Monthly Archives: October 2012

Christmas Knitting

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I have officially started my Christmas knitting! Last Christmas, as I have done for many years before, I vowed to start my Christmas knitting in January. Yes…well…. This year has gone by so fast and suddenly I realized in August I should maybe get going on the knitting so I started making a list, looking at patterns and buying yarn (No, I didn’t NEED to buy yarn….but who can resist) Then life got busy again and just last week I KNEW I had to start so I got the project that will take the longest out and started. So far so good and I think I will get it done (can’t say what it is because the recipient reads this blog). I will post pictures after Christmas. I am also going to try to get 3 pairs of mens gloves done. Gloves don’t take too long but these will be much larger than the ones I made my Mom last year. Still, no problem…I think.

Last year I started a knitted mouse (about 8 inches tall, with scarf) to decorate the table. My husband Kevin saw it and said that it would be wonderful for the “Christmas Animal”. Back story: Many years ago one of the pattern companies came out with a Lounge Lizard pattern. It was wonderful, looked a little like a gecko (only 31 inches long) and was weighted with beans so that it could be posed. I thought they would be great for Christmas for everyone (I made 8 of them) and they were a big hit. Thus was born the “Christmas animal”. Over the years it became obvious that not everyone wanted a stuffed animal so we have switched over to more practical things like polar fleece blankets, quillows (at quilt that can be folded and stuffed into a pillow) and last year I made a fabric organizer that fit into a cup for desks. Most years I also include a small animal, which brings us to last year. After Kevin thought the mice would be great for Christmas I told him that I didn’t think I would have time to finish them all but I would try even though it was December already. And so I started to knit..and knit…and knit. I knit in the morning while Kevin was getting ready for work (this is from 2am to 3am!). I knit at night while watching tv and with my headlight, after Kevin went to sleep. And I knit and I knit. I finally got all the pieces done and was feeling pretty good about it when I realized it was was a week before Christmas and I still had to sew, stuff and make the little scarves….. Long story short (oops, too late) I did get all 7 finished but there were late nights and a few tears.

This year I am NOT going to knit the Christmas animal but I do have to say I have a darling pattern for knitted rabbits that I am going to try to make to decorate the table. I am NOT going to make one for each person. But they are awfully cute and only 6 inches tall…..and it still October, I might have time.

Dana

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Maya Hand Spinner

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My Maya Hand Spinner came!

 

 

 

 

 

I guess I should mention that this spins yarn, the fluffy stuff is a sample of roving that came with it, the fabric with the name is a bag to store it all in. It came as a kit and I found it on eBay.  The company, Finniwig Studios,  makes a number of lovely wood fiber tools. The wood on this is a hardwood and so wonderfully smooth.

I have tried to spin with a spindle and didn’t have much luck. This one is suppose to be easier to use for those of us with arthritis in our hands. I hope so. Still, unless the power goes out, I will have to stick to doing insurance until 4:30. Bah

 

Dana

Unearthing Hidden Treasures: A Review of “Epcot:: The First Thirty Years” (All Ears® Guest Blog)

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Another test, this time to see if a link to my blog is posting to Facebook. So many settings to learn.

Unearthing Hidden Treasures: A Review of “Epcot:: The First Thirty Years” (All Ears® Guest Blog).

Oh to be in Epcot today!

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Today is Epcot’s 30th anniversary and I so wish I was there! The first time I went was in February of 2003 during a trip with my daughter, sister and Mom. We had gone down to meet my other sister’s new daughter from China. Somehow it was decided to spend a few days in Walt Disney World before continuing on to St George Island. We actually stayed an extra day because we were having so much fun.

My daughter Jennifer and I went to Magic Kingdom the first day. Mom and Linda stayed at the hotel (Animal Kingdom Lodge!) so Mom could rest. We had a great time and met back at the hotel at 7pm. It had been a wonderful day. The next day we went to Epcot and I was totally in awe. I had never thought I would EVER be able to go to Disney World and here I was. Epcot is huge, roughly twice the size of the Magic Kingdom and is divided into two different areas: Future World and World Showcase. Both are wonderful in their own way and I really don’t have a favorite. Both have so much to see that there is no way you can see it all in a day or even 2. The first attraction we rode was Spaceship Earth. I could have ridden it all day; it was wonderful!

We ended the day in the same way my husband and I would end our day for many trips to come: we watched Illuminations! That first time wasn’t the best veiw (I actually could only see the very highest fireworks) but I was hooked. The music is what I love the best, it is so moving and beautiful.

Over the years, my husband and I have been to Disney World 5 times. Not nearly enough!! We always spend the most amount of time in Epcot and always end our day in Epcot because we love it so much. We are hoping to get back down when they have finished the new Fantasyland area, maybe in 2014.

Rather than recreate the wheel as far as history goes, the following are a few websites to explain Epcot better than I could.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epcot

This is Deb Wills website, I HIGHLY recommend it for all your Disneyland or Disney World travel/information needs.

http://land.allears.net/blogs/debwills/2012/10/happy_30th_birthday_epcot.html

http://allears.net/index.html

And this is the Disney website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/

I am planning to write blogs about each park but they will take some time to do. I just wanted to write this short one about the anniversary. Happy 30th Epcot!!

Dana