Family and Parenting…on the side


Have been spinning and doing research to open my online Etsy shop. My patterns, including the Angel Sweater with improvements, and the Arsenic & Old Lace Afghan, will become available for online purchase then. We are looking at a start date of September. Also have some new designs cooking–all no sew items for your knitting pleasure! Yarn, both handspun and commercial will be available.

Just checked my exercise diary to find I have been at it six weeks and making steady progress. I have lost 10 pounds, my waist is smaller, and I am in a great mental/emotional space–not to mention I have been sleeping like a rock at night. I began with just cardio–a slow paced walk with variable incline work included (like on the Camino). Now I am lifting as well. I workout five days a week with two scattered rest days. It feels so good.

The four legged children are so happy with me at home, and I think huz and son are as well. We have been playing card games at night and it’s been great! Let me recommend Sabateur (easy peasy), Pairs, and Boss Monster (for those of you who game). I finally found a way to turn off the technology and gather my family around. Yay!

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The names have been changed and altogether withheld to protect the sharers. I will never reveal my sources. Part of LYS-owner/Knitter privilege… This post is NOT for anyone SQUEAMISH. You can google “Worst Baby Shower Cakes” because there were even worse ones. OMG —
Speechless in Scranton

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Traveling home went better for me than some of my other camp companions, like Jane who had to spend the night in Chicago. While in Chicago, I called my husband and told him it looked like I would be getting in earlier than expected. Then once they closed the door we sat on the runway for a LONG time (can’t tell you how long because my watch died at camp) and arrived 30 minutes late.
The good news is: GARY REMEMBERED TO PICK ME UP so he gets props this time.

We talked the whole drive home. I was going to sneak in the house before Gary opened the garage door, because I knew full well Brian was up playing video games when he was supposed to be in bed sleeping. But we decided I might trip and do something stupid. I asked Brian point blank when I got home (because he was wide awake waiting for me) –and he looked down at the floor and just grinned. He had made the mad dash for his room when he heard the garage door…just like I thought. It’s good to be home.

When I got to the bottom of the stairs Nikkers and Sputters nose bumped after they saw me…as if to say: Yay, the one who feedz us is back! It was midnight. My bags are where I dropped them. Nikkers stole my pink mohair shawl last night. I put it in my bag, but he must have stole it again before I left for work. Little booger.

CAMP EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS! If you have not been I am putting a group together and coordinating with camp so we can be together. Just let me know. I LOVED Camp 1. Seeing things through first-timers eyes is always the most informative and most fun….probably because we all felt so humbled to be in the presence of SO MUCH knitting history. All levels of knitters can go — you just need to know the basics and then the wave of camp inspiration will carry you along. Let me know.

I have so many stories and photos to share with you over the next few days. Stay tuned!
xx M.E. and Summit Yarn

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School is out and my beloved son begins High School in the Autumn. With this in mind, the studio will be closed on Wednesdays during the summer (until after Labor Day). Thank you for your understanding and I do apologize for any inconvenience.

Summer Hours

Monday 10:15-12 noon, 1-5 pm
Tuesday 10:15-12 noon, 1-5 pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday. 10:15-12 noon, 1-5 pm
Friday. 10:15-12 noon, 1-5 pm, 7-9 pm
Saturday. 10:15-2 pm
Sunday. 1-4 pm

Have a wonderful summer and we will be glad to see you as you come to Summit Yarn in your many travels! xx M.E. and Summit Yarn Studio

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Every Memorial Day weekend we make our annual trip to Kettell’s for our summer garden plants. Mostly Gary picks out the vegetables and I pick some new perennials and take some pretty pictures. Here are this years photos. Enjoy! xx M.E.

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On Monday, after Nikkers shared coffee with my husband, we went to our favorite local diner, The Silver Spoon Diner, for breakfast. We were lucky enough to get a seat by the front windows and enjoy the parade out of the heat. Below are the photos I took; my favorite is the dog sharing a Popsicle with its owner! ;-D

The Nuble arrived today; this is the yarn the Undertow Shawlette was designed with. I brought in a bag of the same color and it is just $12 a skein. Also arrived is Tolten, a cotton and linen blend with 250 yards per skein at $10 a skein, perfect for the same shawl. Jamie and I are back to work on the HiKoo Simplicity blanket. The original pattern called for just twelve squares, but we are going to enlarge ours to sixteen and I will be happy to post the additional pattern blocks here as we design them. Stay tuned.

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