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I’ve had a nice relaxing weekend. The outing on Friday was actually pretty nice and I didn’t touch my knitting once. The club was beautiful and we were only there for 3 hours. We spent most of our time on a boat ride around the lake and at lunch so I was prety well entertained. Despite my lack of knitting during the outing I managed to finish the leg of the second sock and I’m now working on the cuff. This pair will be done before you know it.

Yesterday we took Dad out for a round of golf. We had a great time but I really sucked. I’m thinking too much. All these lessons have me thinking about too many things. My swing was off, my aim was terrible and by the 16th hole I was too tired from the sun that I could barely swing the club with enough speed to be move the ball any worthwhile distance. But this was the 3rd round I ever played so I can’t expect to be Tiger Woods now can I. On the plus side, my putting is improving!

Carl and I spent the night at my Dad’s. We had lots of wine, a lovely dinner and played with the doggie. It was great. We got back to the city mid morning and Carl left for work. Since then I’ve been plugging away on his sweater. The front is finished and on holders. I need to do the shoulder shaping on the back but I don’t really want to do it right now so I started the cuff of the first sleeve. It looks like I will actually finish this beofre the wedding!!

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The week got away from me again. Work has been crazy and we’ve had a visitors so I haven’t had time to sit down and blog. Luckily I can’t sleep past 6:30am anymore so I’ve had time to wake up relax and get my thoughts together for a post. Nothing like waking up early for no reason. I guess this means I’m getting older but I’m going to try to not think about that.

I was making amazing progress on the Bog Jacket and then I forgot to cast-on extra stitches for the sleeves. I have to rip back a few rows and cast them on but I’m letting that sit for a bit. As I’ve been working on this I keep thinking I need more colors like something dark to set off the grey stripe down the top of the arm so I ordered 4 balls of yarn from Cestari. I ordered a couple dark blues, a yellow and a thistle color. I’ll see which one I like when they get here and others should make great hats of something. Worsted weight merino never goes to waste.  In the meantime I’m working away on the second knee sock. I’ve turned the heel and I’m going up the leg now! I hope to finish it by next weekend. We’ll see if I can do that.

I’m finding that I’m not really interested in these simple knits. They’re not holding my attention like the Corrie Vest did. I think it’s nearly time for another fair isles knit. I won’t start till I’m done with the jacket and the sock – Promise! But the question I have is which do I knit: Autumn Rose Pullover or Bressay Cardigan? I have the yarn for both of these but I can’t decide. Autumn Rose is gorgeous and modern in its shaping but Bressay is tradition fair isle.  Help me!

You might be wondering why this post is called “Par-tay” well that’s because today is my Dad’s 60th Birthday Party!! I’m super psyched to celebrate with him. My Dad and his family love a good time so it should be a fun afternoon. Plus my brother is driving me so I don’t have to worry about packing a bag to stay over night, or finding a parking spot when I get back or if I drink an extra glass of wine. Today is going to be a good day.

Yesterday morning I cast on the Heart Hat by Elizabeth Zimmerman and now it’s done!

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Isn’t it adorable?! Over Christmas my soon to be SIL Jen mentioned that she wanted a really cool hat so I’ve been on a mission to find just the right pattern. I found this pattern and some leftover bits of yarn in my stash and viola — HAT! I wasn’t in the mood to start my second sock yesterday and thought this would be a nice, quick break. I just have to pop down to the post office this morning and ship it out to her. I hope she likes it as much as I do. I wonder if I have enough to make a second one for me…hmm…

Now it’s back to sock 2.

We spent a lovely afternoon with my mother. Ok it probably wasn’t traditional and everyone around us probably thought we were completely dysfunctional but that’s just how we are. I think she had a lovely day and that’s all that matters right?

We’re back at home now and we actually managed to find street parking without having to drive around for an hour which is pretty shocking to me. But the parking gods must have been on our side which is always  a blessing. Sometimes I wish we could afford a parking garage in this city but alas, it’s just too expensive.

I thought I would get more knitting done while we were at mom’s but things were just too crazy so I’m happy to be home so I can focus on the vest. I’m nearing the end of chart 3 which means I’m sooo close to setting up my first set of steeks. I’m really excited! I feel like I’m on the home stretch but I know I’m going to be working on this for a few more weeks. Of course this hasn’t stopped me from looking at what I can knit next. I was poking around some of my flickr groups and someone’s photo a project led me to Kate Gilbert’s Cold Snap and now I really want to knit a dress. I’d love to knit something like Cold Snap but unfortunately that would me I’d need to buy more yarn and I can’t justify that after MDSW. BUT I have the yarn to make Locus by Cirilia Rose and the pattern and I think I will finally make this dress. But I do need to finish this vest first. I will focus!!

Of course this means I’m off to knit and The Life and Times of Tim. If this was rambly I’m sorry. I’m a little tired and I think I got a little car sick this afternoon so my heads a little fuzzy. But knitting cures all ails so I’m off! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies!

Today my mommy turned 60! We took her out to a lovely restaurant, Blue Fin, and ate way too much food.

My brought my new jumbo flyer and spinning stool. I’m really excited to use both but one of my bobbins was broken 😦 so I have to call The Woolery tomorrow and let them know. Hopefully they will send me replacement. I think it was the “free” bobbin that came with the flyer that broke. They’re really nice at The Woolery so I’m sure they’ll take care of this quickly.

I’m very close to finishing my last sleeve so I’m going to shit up and get to work.

P.S. I like this “shit up” I think I’m going t0 use it more and more.

Yes I have a "Princess" mug, Carl has a "Prince" mug but I bought it before I met him...shh don't tell him

We’re heading out to CT tonight to see my dad and to have dinner at our reception place so we can taste the menu. We’ve tried twice before to do a tasting and failed. The first time it snowed so bad in CT that dad had to cancel. The second time it snowed again and the town where we’re having reception was covered in ice so the restaurant closed early and they had to cancel on us. Today it’s supposed to rain heavily and there might be flooding in areas. We’re hoping none of this keeps us from being able to taste the menu!! My mom and I are hoping that we’re getting all the bad weather out-of-the-way before the wedding. But if it rains on my big day then so be it. I’m already planning on getting myself a pair of wedding wellies just in case there’s rain or mud.

I started the 9th and final full hexagon last night and I hope to finish it up this morning on our drive. After that I only have two half hexagons and two sleeves to knit. I was hoping to finish the half hexagons tomorrow but my boss asked if I could do some work this weekend since we’re all swamped (yay tax time!) so I have work to do tomorrow but I can do it all from home so it’s not that bad. Plus I get overtime pay and I can totally use the extra cash (really who doesn’t need extra cash?). I”m going to try to finish the two halves tonight. I should be able to finish them as long as dad’s dog, Brinks, doesn’t demand too much of my time. I have a secret weapon though! I bring him these all natural organic cow parts that he goes gaga over. They’re gross and carrying them home on the bus is just plain weird but the dogs go nuts for them and they’re good for them too. So this time I’m bring him a cow scapula and a knee cap. So gross but I promise you the puppies LOVE them. Over Christmas I brought him an achilles tendon and he stopped playing with all of us and just chewed on his treat. I’ve never seen him so calm and happy. It’s so worth the gross out factor.

I finished watching Sit and Spin last night and I L-O-V-E-D it! Jacey is a great teacher and I’m totally inspired to spin more. I have some roving hidden under my desk at work that I’m going to bring back here on Monday so I can practice my thick and thin. Once I’ve mastered that I want to try coils! I’m thinking of making one night a week my spinning night. I don’t spin enough for my liking and I need to give myself the time to practice and get better. I’m thinking it might be a good Monday night activity. Monday’s are usually awful and tiring. It would be nice to come home and relax to the rhythmic motion and sound of spinning. What do you think?

Another very late post today but it’s been a long day. I woke up really early for no particular reason today and then I passed out again a few hours later and I woke up for good I was in a daze. After that I had to hit the ground running. Carl spent the day cleaning the apartment which is great except that we usually fight when he’s cleaning so I left and went to mom’s so I could mail out our save the dates and sew in the zipper on Grandpa’s vest. My grandfather lives down the street from my mom and he keeps a P.O. at the post office so when I go there I usually run into him. I arrived at the post office and surprisingly he wasn’t there. While mailing out our save the dates to our foreign guests I struck up a conversation with the post office lady about my grandfather and my grandmother. I love talking to people who knew my grandma. She was such a great lady and it’s so nice to hear that people outside the family loved her and miss her as well.
Who pulled into the parking lot as I was leaving? Gramps of course. We said hello and had a little chat and then I quickly ran to mom’s so I could finish his vest. I sewed in my first EVER zipper (go me!) and drove over to Gramps’ to give him is gift. He was shocked to see me again and was very happy about the warm wooly vest!!! And it fit!!!

He wouldn't let me take a picture of his face.

I snuck one picture. I’m sad that I couldn’t get a shot of the knot detail on the back but what can you do?

Normally when you visit Grandpa you’re never allowed outside the kitchen but once he saw me taking a picture he asked if I could take a couple pictures of some portraits of my great great (maybe a few more greats) Grandparents from Italy without using flash. I said of course I could and Mom and I were escorted upstairs! I never knew these portraits were of family members. He lives in an old Victorian that’s filled with antiques and beautiful prints and paintings. I always thought they were just portraits that he or my Grandmother liked. So I now I have photographic proof of my Italian heritage.

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For most of my life my Grandfather denied he was Italian. I think he did this because back in the 30’s it wasn’t so “cool” to be Italian and this side of the family was and is all about keeping up appearances so to speak. But with a name like Carbone how can you deny it! After Carl and I met with Gramps to tell him we were engaged he shook Carl’s hand, looked him square in the eye and said “Remember Son, Ginnys have long memories.” That was the first time I ever heard him admit he was Italian and I’m so happy he’s starting to open up (ok it’s just a little bit but it’s something) about our family. There’s so much I want to know about who we are as a family. Maybe I can stop by for lunch one of these days and grill him for information. It’s only fair after the grilling he gave Carl, right?

Now for the sad part the day (well that depends on how you look at things). Mom and I went to Pearl River after visiting Gramps so we could have lunch and we sort of went to The Stitchery and Adam sort of enabled me. There was this beautiful Norah Gaughan sweater in the store and I just had to have it so I bought the yarn…and the pattern and some yarn and a pattern for a baby sweater for a colleague. I was bad. I know. I’m sorry. But to remedy the situation I’m going to knit both of these things really fast so they don’t really become stash. And then I swear I will be good. When I told Adam I was on a diet and he was a bad bad man he said “a yarn diet!?” like I was insane. Am I insane? No, this is a good thing. I guess this is like the recovering alcoholic having a drink. I just have to get back on the wagon. Baby steps Bob, baby steps.

After shopping and lunch I had to run back to the city to pick up Carl from and appointment and then we had to get ready for dinner with friends (known as Family Dinner) and now we’re very stuffed and lounging around the house. Since it’s nearly bed time I’m going to sign off. I’m sorry I failed miserably told be it won’t happen I again…promise!

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