All of the excitement that was KDO has gotten me into a planning mindset…
Sept. 22nd – Yarn Garden is celebrating their 5th anniversary (5 years already???) with an Open House event featuring Susan Gibbs of Juniper Moon Farm. This farm is the first Fiber CSA in the country – how fantastic! Read about it here.
Sept. 24th-25th – Alpacas of York is ringing in the 4th Annual National Alpaca Farm Days with their own Open House. I’ll be trekking out their way on the 25th, with my very indulgent husband and daughter in tow. Because alpacas = love.
Oct. 1st – Dec. 31st – Knit like the wind. The number of knitted gifts I intend on giving this year is growing exponentially.
Jan. 11th, 2012 – I’m betting that this is the date of the Sheep-To-Shawl Contest at the 2012 PA Farm Show. I didn’t cover it last year… explanations here… but I’m thinking that this year, I’m ready to do it again. But in the age of Twitter and YouTube and live broadcasts from the local cable network, would anyone still be interested in following the event via a live blog? I’d be interested to hear opinions on this – if there’s interest, I’ll be there, on the floor with the shearers and carders and spinners and weavers. If not… I’ll still be there, but in the stands (*sniff*). Watching (*sniff sniff*). And knitting. 😉
What fiber-y events are on your calendar?
So I’m sure you’ve heard by now that my hometown is having quite a day. The remnants of Tropical Depression Lee hit PA hard – rivers and creeks are overflowing their banks as I type, and evacuations have been ordered. I’m fortunate that I’m living in a part of Harrisburg that won’t have to evacuate, although my basement is in danger of flooding if my sump pump fails. It’s happened before. It’s not pretty. My heartfelt sympathies to anyone who’s dealing with floodwater in their homes today.
The Sunken Gardens in Riverfront Park, Harrisburg, are living up to its name.
As I listen to the news, and await some friends-turned-refugees who are spending the night, I’m wondering about the Knitter’s Day Out conference, scheduled for this weekend… located just outside of flooded Wormleysburg. I haven’t missed this conference since I started knitting, and I know I won’t be the only devastated yarnie if it gets cancelled. Happily, the website says it’s still on… but, y’know, that could change. Sigh… nothing to do but wait. I hate waiting. So… time to figure out those crazy YOs on the Norfolk Ramblers…
Any updates on KDO or the flood, please feel free to post it here, and I’ll Tweet and/or Facebook it.
(is Facebook a verb yet?)
* picture by Scott Detrow
No, not the heel turn with YOs on my Norfolk Ramblers socks… I’m still figuring that out. And no, not whether I’m going to knit the Lace Jacket holding Symphony Lace single or double… actually, I haven’t picked up my needles since earlier this week. Why, you ask?
Stop laughing. There’s a good reason why I’m the last person on Earth to join the madness. It’s very simple, really: I’m a Java developer/Web designer, and after spending 8 hours a day staring at a computer screen, the last thing I want(ed) to do was go home and… stare at a computer screen. Also, I really valued my anonymity, since it’s such a rare attribute in a world of reality shows and social networks. I figured if someone really wanted to find me, they would. I mean, I’ve found plenty of people using Google and Wikipedia alone. Takes time, but it’s not impossible.
My downfall started with Twitter. Believe it or not, it was kind of a revelation, with all the info that was zooming at me. It was exciting, and fun, and look! A link! Taking me to… yikes… Facebook. Someone’s wall… which I couldn’t see, because I didn’t have an account. This happened so many times that finally, and with much humility, I caved and signed up.
Two days later, I’m making plans to spend a weekend in NJ to visit some high school friends that I haven’t seen or heard from in years. A happy reunion, courtesy of that which was ridiculous and frivolous to me only a week ago.
Alright, alright… I get it now.