Okay, Saturday is Maryland Sheep and Wool. And I will be there along with millions and millions of other knitters. Okay, maybe hundreds not millions. and yes, I will be at the bloggers meet up. I am lazy, so scroll down to find the info.
To make it easier to id me, I am planning on wearing my FDNY baseball hat since it is my favorite one. And if the hat isn’t on my head, it will probably be tucked into the back of my jeans. This si a trick that a fire fighter taught me so you don’t lose your hat on a call. I might wear my other one which has the words FIRE/RESCUE on the front and it is royal blue but I doubt it. It is the one from my fire company but I don’t like it. If it is cool enough to wear a jacket, I will wear my fire company wind shirt which is navy blue and has a big 11 with an American flag on it on the left front. I would say that I would wear a fire company shirt but I only wear them when I have to. Plus navy blue can get hot.
And I would like to encourage everyone to go over to Firedog Across America and read the essays and vote for your favorite. Circuit City is sponsoring this contest and every vote means money for the fire company listed.
Some fire companies in this country are still hurting. A complete set of good turnout gear can run around $3000 maybe a little bit less but is still over $2000 per person. Fire hose, ladders, tools, engines, and everything we use has to be replaced on a regular basis. And there are many fire companies out there who can not afford to do this. So keep this in mind when you read the essays.
There are federal grants out there and I know people who have sat on the review committees and the stories in the requests are heart breaking at times. So go and vote. My fire company is really lucky in that we have money in the bank and we live in a state and a county where money is available.
I have received my Bloomin Socks already. Yummy!!! My socks were knitted for me by Jennifer of Craftylilly. The socks are knit in Lorna’s Laces Bitter Sweet color way. The pattern is Ryan‘s Dublin Bay sock pattern. It is warm enough here that I have already switched over to my Chaco‘s so these socks will not see much wear until the winter. (And yes, I do end up with a Chaco tan by the end of the summer. Well, the skin where the straps are is paler than the rest of my foot.)
There a some extras in the box as well. Jennifer made me a new bag to carry my sock knitting in which is always useful since you can never have too many socks on the needles. How else will I knit through my sock yarn stash? And we will not discuss how large that stash is because sock yarn doesn’t count as stash.
There was a wonderful bar of lavender soap in the bag to make the socks smell pretty. There were some lovely coasters which are always useful. There are two post it pads which will be used for notes on sock patterns. There is also this really neat dragon book mark. And I do love dragons.
I also have received a package from Eva over at From Sheep to Shawls and Socks. This is the lovely package that had the cookies and candy for the people at my post office. We traded Knit Picks needles for Addis and of course, the needles can not be lonely in the box, so yarn to had to accompany the needles. So she sent me some yarn. Yeah, just what every addict needs is more supply! 😉 She sent me a skein of Fortissima Colori 1000 in color 9053. Yes, this is the glitter stuff but it isn’t too bright. And she also sent me a skein of Flotte Socke. (I hope this is the right link.) And she sent me a lovely post card of Luxembourg which is known as the Green Heart of Europe.
I also received yet more yarn in the mail recently. There is nothing worse to have than a friend who is also a sock knitter and shares. We some how seem to enable each other. After all what is the fun in not being able to share? I received a package full of Pocky with some yarn in it. I have added more Tofutsies to the stash in a pale pink. And some one claimed they couldn’t resist it when she saw the name on label of Eat Your Veggies. She doesn’t realize how much trouble is going to get herself in this weekend. That color is so pretty and you need it. I think that will work.