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As we head into the last day of eventing.
It was a talented deep field of competitors.
One teammate starting the week on injured reserve but coming off the bench to finish strong.
But as the period wore down tonight three players were looking ragged and sickly.
Let us raise our heads and cheer the noble team from Marchville on in the quest to bring home the “Final Week of School-First Week of New Job for Mister-First Week adjusting to New Daycare Place-While fighting Off Nasty Summer Cold” CUP

We may not look pretty at the finish line, but by golly, we will have made it and not lost or accidentally over medicated anyone in the process.

Look out July

I am so thankful to all my Team Members and Sponsors for their support this year. We had a great day for the walk, near eighty degrees and super sunny. Dwyer Stadium in Batavia is a great location and this is the third year we have participated and it has grown so much since we started. I’m not very good at ball parking numbers in crowds but I would easily say the number of walking participants has quadrupled. There’s still time to help Team March reach our goal of $5000 (we are a bit shy of our goal) so please click HERE to help get us there! Every little bit helps.

I want to take a quick public bloggy moment to say a special thank you to my Cousin Courtney who has outdone her fundraising self again this year. At the time of the Walk MS on Sunday she had collected from 52 sponsors for a total of over $2,000! And a special thanks goes out to all her co-workers at Fisher-Price in East Aurora, You are helping so many Upstate NY MS patients and families – Thank You so Much!

Willow

Just a few more details to sew up before it’s ready to wear.

Pattern: Willow

Yarn: Avalon Springs Farm 55% mohair/45% wool in Peacock colorway

Yarns last known address: here

Some snuggly mohair-wool to wear before it warms up around here.

WNY has been in the 20’s at night – unseasonably chilly!!!

…but all the online thingys that take up my time on my iPhone and make me wish lust for an iPad. I don’t know about most folks but I do subscribe to quite a few online newsletters the greatest percentage having to deal with knitting stuff and to a lesser degree herbs, gardening, and natural living. These newsletters usually go beyond just an advertisement for a sale of a product, most times there are announcements of new products, or free patterns, or a just released pattern.

I thought I’d share some of my favorites that show up in my inbox throughout the month. Do try to keep in mind that I also read a ton of blogs too – but that will have to be a topic for another post.

Jimmy Beans Wool I love reading this newsletter & look forward to seeing the new limited time Lorna’s Laces colors that become available (loving the March ’12 Sea Turtle Dream). They also sponsor a Stitch Red campaign to stick-it to women’s heart disease. Not only do they tell you what’s new in the shop but suggest patterns to go with the yarns. I also enjoy the staff project section at the end of the newsletter. They carry Madelinetosh onseies, be sure to check them out, but they carry fabric, buttons, notions and so much more.

elann.com This is more of a sale flier for their great bargains on yarns, pattern books, and notions. Sometimes their staff designers have re-worked an existing pattern to work with a yarn they are promoting and the results are quite wonderful. The prices have made me do a double take.

Morehouse Farm. This is a NY farm that I have fallen in love with ever since I read their book: Morehouse Farm Merino knits : more than 40 farm-fresh designs by Margrit Lohrer. Great yarns, wonderful service, beautiful and creative patterns. Every child needs a ‘critter’ scarf or set of mittens.

Knitting Daily This is the Interweave Knitting daily email. Sometimes it’s great information, a free pattern, giveaways, KAL announcements, but other times it really is just a self promotion tool for sales.

Craftsy I signed up for this one not too long ago to get more information on their new model for online classes. You set your own pace, unlimited access to the online class, notes, and online access to the instructor. Classes are available on a variety of subjects from gardening to cake decorating, plus their site hosts independent designer pattern postings for sale and some for free. Worth checking out.

Schoolhouse Press The late Great knitting Guru Elizabeth Zimmermann‘s daughter Meg Swansen now runs the company and I want to keep abreast of the latest and greatest. What more is there to say?

Quince & Co. This company has been THE hot yarn and getting hotter! The two owning knitwear designers: Pam Allen and Carrie Bostick Hoge have been attracting other popular designers like Hannah Fettig, Cecily Glowik McDonald, and Melissa LaBarre to compliment their wearable, non-fussy, classic, visions of shape and ease of design which make me and many other knitters find it hard to decide which pattern to knit first!

If you have tried yarns and love them, be sure to look up their website from it’s band. Chances are they have a newsletter or blog. Lately I have been preferring a newsletter to reading a blog post. Go figure?(the irony has not been lost)

Tahki Stacy Charles

Classic Elite

Cascade Yarns

Madelinetosh

Knitting reading

I find that sometimes my knitting mojo wanes. It’s not for lack of projects on the needles, or ideas for projects, or yarn to knit with, or even inspiration, perhaps just slight burn out? So I tend to turn to all things knitterly or fiberish in print or online to try to occupy my cravings for my fix.

My local library system surprised me by adding a few scholarly reference knitting titles to their shelves and I jumped at the chance to loan them. I’ve been geeking out ever since! So go and search out these titles yourself:

Knitting around the world: a multistranded history of a time-honored tradition by Lola Nargi. A wonderful retrospective of the art and history of the handicraft. I was drawn in by the detail with which she researched each of the chapters and the historical photographs. There a few patterns, the knitter in me would have liked a few more, but as a library reference book this title is quite inclusive. I was a tad disappointed to not find any mention of the country where my ancestors harken from; Poland. I have yet to see it mentioned in any ethnic knitting book, I know there are lots of elaborate folk embroidery patterns from there and the Ukraine area, but I couldn’t help being curious and hopeful for a mention. Personal let downs aside I still had to renew it after the three-week loan because it was such a fascinating read. (Voyageur Press, 264 pages, $35.00 list price)

After reading about the international history of knitting I loaned the title,  Knitting in America: A glorious heritage from warm socks to high art by Susan M. Strawn Forward by Melanie Falick. It’s not often I enjoy a forward or introduction to a nonfiction book as much as I did this one, each wet my appetite for this enjoyable and readable retrospective. The images were the first thing that grabbed me on the cover, because of course we all love to judge a book by the cover, but that is like assuming there is nothing inside a creme puff! Yet inside this volume there were delectable chapters of our eras in history complimented by savory images I had never seen before. Some of my favorites were the modern art pieces towards the end, they inspired me to knit outside the pattern so-to-speak. There are twenty historical knitting patterns and the best part is that they are indexed separately in the back of the book! I do enjoy a good index. (Voyageur Press, 208 pages, $24.99 list price)

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn, by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius. This title had me ignoring the family for many a night as I studied its pages learning about the many varieties of natural fleeces, how to use them best and where on earth to find them. Did you know that there are eleven classic colors to the Shetland rainbow? or how about the controversies surrounding upbreeding/upgrading? It’s in here! There are even entries for horse, cow, and wolf which I thought were among the more unusual. Most every entry has a photo of the fleece in various stages: raw, clean, spun, woven, and knitted when available. I enjoyed reading the histories behind many of the breeds, especially ones that were left feral for decades or possibly centuries to fend for themselves and how they adapted to the local conditions and lack of shearing. I know now more than ever that there needs to be a space in our family for a fiber animal or five soon, perhaps some angora goats and some guard llamas. (Storey Publishing, 488 pages, $35.00 list price.)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I couldn’t help myself and had to post an Orange shamrock!

Even though I come from good Polish stock, St. Patty’s day always held a special place in our hearts growing up. My grandparents were married on that day because you couldn’t get married during Lent, but only on St. Patrick’s or St Joseph’s feast days. So we always celebrated Grandma & Grandpa Daminski’s Anniversary.

Gram would be amazed at the choices for a St. Patrick's Day Wedding theme today!

Grandpa was always in charge of the St. Patty’s float for his church’s entry in the annual parade. In the weeks leading up to the parade I remember helping Gram make hundreds of tissue paper carnations which would be used to cover the float and the visiting Grandpa at the workshop as he and his buddies were busy smoking their cigars and debating design elements. Ah the things we remember as kids…

Thank you all for tuning in for a Wonderful MS Awareness Week of crazy posts. I hope you learned something and enjoyed yourselves but most of all have a greater awareness of those that might be suffering from ANY invisible illness or disease. We may look great on the outside, but some days we really are just trying to fake it!

I’m off to lunch today with my Mom (her treat – Thanks Mom!) It’s an annual fundraising luncheon with lots of who’s who, volunteers, those of us living with MS, doctors, nurses, PA’s, and fundraising extraordinaires!

Mom and I have a lot of fun, we enjoy a great afternoon out together (which we don’t get very often), a great meal at a posh location (Locust Hill C.C.), and I take a couple of photos here and there trying to act like the press (for the blog) to see what some of the trendy fashionistas of the Rochester area are wearing and go home filled with courage, inspiration, and smiles! Last years luncheon was my first time at the event and I was so filled with hope after listening to the speech by Jennifer Mason. Be sure to click over Here to read about it!

I realize this week most everyone has been all about the Green and St. Patrick’s Day, it’s been very confusing for all my story timers as I read books about green and leprechaun’s yet am wearing orange and an orange ribbon for Awareness Week. Try explaining that to 1-3 year olds! But most of the tall people got it (I hope).

Please help me turn this Awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and the celebration of Green into the movement of some of your hard-earned Green into Orange! Please donate to sponsor Me and Team March as we Walk for MS this spring on Sunday, May 20th. Click here to sponsor us!

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