Monday, February 12, 2018

Bliss - At Least Twice a Year



I used to get paid bi-weekly, or every two weeks (not twice a week).  How come bi-annual doesn't mean every two years?

Double the Pleasure

As a child, there was always the last day of school before Summer break and Christmas.  As an adult, there were the two vacations each year...away from work and hopefully someplace sunny. 

These days, my bliss is hanging out with 40 other guys knitting and learning and laughing...and now I get to do it bi-annually (semi-annually?)...twice a year.

While I always attend the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat each year in May (because I help produce the event), I now will have the opportunity to "retreat" with other guy-knitters in September because of a second event at Easton Mountain Retreat Center.  Aaron (of AaronKnits fame) has opened up a second Men's Knitting Retreat in the Northeast at Easton Mountain.

The new event is call North East Men's Fall Knitting Retreat and will take place Thursday, September 20, through Sunday, September 23, 2018.  It was specifically scheduled for this weekend so it would coincide with the Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival (formerly Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival).  Since the acronym is NEMFK, I affectionately call it "Any motherfucker" to remember it correctly.

Suffice it to say, I plan on registering as soon as the event opens for registration (slated for Saturday, May 12th at 10:00 am).  There's always a flurry of registrations for new events when they open, so I'll be waiting eagerly at my computer for the "opening bell."

Readers' Comments/Questions

Julie writes, "Okay, Joe, inquiring minds want to know (or maybe I'm just plain nosy) - have you decided on a price for the Read Between the Lines Shawl? I cannot remember you struggling through a project the way you have with this one. You deserve some compensation for your 'pain and suffering.'"

Like the pain of childbirth, time brings a little perspective to a painful knitting project.  The most difficult part of this project was continuing to work with colors I wasn't enjoying, and sometimes I just get tired of the colors in a project and I lose perspective.  I ended up washing and blocking this project and as it was laying out, I grew to like it more.  At the same time, I got an e-mail from a blog lurker who loved the shawl and wanted to purchase it.  Normally a project this size, using this quality of yarn would be priced at $79.  I ended up selling it for $52 to the reader/lurker with the qualifier that once they saw it in person, they could return it for a full refund.  It should be delivered within the next day or two.

Current Knitting

I did end up completing the folded hem and second pocket on the Silky Wool Cardigan.




You'll note I also completed a few more inches on the body of the cardigan.  As far as I can tell, blog readers were SO right about using the Silky Wool...it creates a perfect fabric for a nice light cardigan.  Hive-mind wisdom at it's best!

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