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Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

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The most wonderful time of the year (for knitters!)


Yes, friends, it’s that time of year – time for RHINEBECK!!!!! I am really looking forward to spending next weekend with some of my favorite people in one of my favorite places.

Rhinebeck 2011

It’s pretty much the best weekend ever. We stay at a cheese farm

Rhinebeck 2011

Drink lots of beer…

Day 287 - Friday, October 15th 2010

Pat (and buy!) lots of lovely yarn…

Day 290 - Monday, October 18th 2010

Enjoy the beauty of autumn…

Rhinebeck 2011


Squee over sheep dogs…


And just have an all-around wonderful time!

Rhinebeck 2011

Cashmere Face!

If you are at Rhinebeck and see me, please say “Hello!”


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Mill City Skill Share

Next Sunday is the Mill City Skill Share, a series of free community workshops including a super-fun knitting class led by Yovani and me. If you’re local, you should definitely come out and play! More information and a complete list of workshops can be found on Mill City Skill Share’s site.


A number expressing the ratio of the circumference of a perfect circle to its diameter (or any excuse to make and eat pie!)

It’s a big holiday week ’round these parts: today is, of course, St. Patrick’s day (and I will be celebrating my Irish heritage by eating as many potatoes as possible, hopefully in the form of colcannon and boxty) and Monday was my favorite sort-of-about-math-but-really-about-food holiday of them all: Pi Day! Yay pie!

In honor of this very serious and important holiday, I made not one, but two pies for supper: pizza pie…

Pi Day Pizza Pie

…and buttermilk pie. Continue reading


Sweater Weather

Guess where I’ll be in just three short days?


I love the sheep dog contests!

The most wonderful place in the world! Yup, it’s that time of the year again: NY Sheep & Wool Festival aka Rhinebeck Weekend!

I am looking forward to so many things: spending time with some of my favorite people, maple cotton candy, the lovely yarn, the Ravelry party, the many, many opportunities to drink local beer, the sheepdog agility displays, the Taconic State Parkway, being surrounded by so many fiber folks *sigh* Continue reading


Time flies…

I am having a hard time believing that tomorrow is October 1st, especially as it is currently very warm and muggy here in Lowell. I know that most people like to hold on to the warm temperatures of summer for as long as possible, but I can’t wait to see the snow!

This past month has been all about adjusting to life with Simon. Gist and I are both so in love with him, but living with a high-energy dog has been quite a change for us. We’re up and out for our two-mile morning walk by 6:30 am, we head home at lunchtime to give him a brief walk/bathroom break, and we generally take another 1.5 to two-mile walk in the evening.

Day 229 - Wednesday, August 18th 2010

One of my favorite parts about all this walking (other than spending time with Simon, of course) is the fact that many of our walks now take place in the state forest. Continue reading