Monthly Archives: April 2008

Spring Knitty Surprise

The new Knitty spring surprises are up. I love the socks and I can see me making and wearing the sweater but in shades of raspberry. So go and enjoy the new patterns. I need to write down yardage requirements to take with me to MDS&W which now about 72 hours away. Back to studying. (It helps to study if you read the book first…)

One of many apple blossoms on the tree right behind my house.


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Friday Night Fun

Are is jsut a small sampling of some photos that I took Friday night during a training burn for a fire fghter 1 class at the training center. Te instructor for the class always tries to hold extra burns for his fire 1 students so that they may can build the skills and confidence they need for their final burns. He always invites several of his past students to come along and play. Friday night, I think the ratio of instructors/officers/senior fire fighters to students was almost 1 to 1. Every time I go one of these burns, I enjoy myself. And I also manage to take plenty of photos during these burns. I will make a point of stating that my camera never goes into the burn building while we are actually burning. For the students who there Friday night, I am editing the photos and will make sure that there are copies available to you either by my dropping them off to your class or at a few of the stations. Remember safety first!

The small burn room was hot enough to open theshutters.

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My Frederick

Some photos from around Frederick. Apples are big in the northern end of the county so as you drive up the highway you an see fields of white blossoms in the spring. (If you get out of the car, some of the older trees look they are wearing a veil of blossoms.) And in Frederick, now that the weather has warmed up, Culler Lake is always full of life. And the ducks of Culler Lake love it best at night when there are no pesky humans around so they have the lake all to themselves.

An old apple tree in bloomThe secret life of the ducks of Culler LakeThe fountain in Culler Lake at nightDucks require a lot of rest to deal with humansThe lilacs in bloom right behind my house.


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Parlez Vous …

Sorry, I hit publish before adding the photos since this time here is the post with the photos.

Last week, I received a wonderful package from my new BFF Vivi. Vivi happens to e a semi-regular member of the cast on the Katia and Kylie Mac show. And the show is how I found her blog and started reading it. Well Vivi had posted about one of the things she misses from the US is all the cooking magazines. And every time I go past a cooking magazine, it seems to follow me home. So I offered to send her some. (The box needed some packing material so I used some STR as packing material.) And she generously sent me some French chocolate and magazines. And I got the package late last week.

chocolate chicken for Easter from Vivi

Can you say yummy? Having grown up in Europe, I prefer European chocolate over the US produced. And Viv send me some French Easter chocolate. In France, they have the Easter chicken instead of the Easter bunny. And there was some dark chocolate truffles and some Kinder chocolate. The Kinder chocolate included a Kinder Surprise egg. Vivi included two French embroidery magazines along with a French quilting magazine. Here in the US, embroidery does not have the same respect that it does in the rest of the world and in particular France.

I had promised my niece that I would share with her when I received the package from Vivi. And she was thrilled when I sent her an SMS telling her it was in. I sent the chicken up to her on Saturday using her grandmother as the conduit. I knew better than to use her older brother. The chicken had laid some small chocolate eggs during its trip across the Atlantic. And my niece decided that she would be generous and allow her brothers to each have one egg. Daddy might get two and she would allow mommy to eat some of the chicken. She knows that boys just don’t appreciate chocolate as well as they should. I did sent her brothers some of the chocolate from the Kinder box just so they would have some chocolate. The littlest nephew doesn’t care about chocolate just yet but better to be safe and train him right early. The word that I have is that the chocolate is the best she has had. And don’t worry I kept the dark chocolate truffles for me.

I have also been trying to clean up some odds and ends of yarn but knitting them up. P and MG had spun up some yarn using the directions in the new PluckyFluff book awhile ago. And since neither of them could figure out what to do with it, it was sent to me. And I finally figured out what to do with it. It is now a scarf with a severe corset problem. The scarf will be given to P when she comes for MDS&W next weekend. And she will take it home and will wave her magic wand over it and block it. And the scarf will stay at her house. We have a great arrangement, we both buy fiber, she spins it up, and I knit it up for both of us.

I have also managed to find a few minutes to spend at the sewing machine. The doll quilt challenge over on Flickr for March and April was to use to Chinese Coin pattern and the quilt must have green in it. Back before Christmas, I had traded some sock yarn for some 30s prints. And I personally think I got the better end of the deal. I worked my way through the box and there was quite a bit packed into the box of fabric including several small pieces. So I cut them all up into small strips and actually finally managed to make a scrap quilt. There are a few mistakes like fabric puckers in the quilt that I didn’t find until after I had sewn on the borders. (Actually there are two puckers that I see while I am doing some photo editing.) But I am going to leave them. (Or I may go back and fix them.) I am going to think of them as something that might happen if some one was making their first quilt. I have plenty of scraps so I will do a second one in the same pattern and make sure that I don’t add in the same problem again. I will machine quilt both of these and give the first one to my niece for her American Girl doll. Or she can hang it on her wall as art.

Chinese Coins in 30s Prints
Now to go study. I have a final a week from today. And in unusual fire fighter fashion and with all of our good study habits, I need to go and read the book. At least I am not waiting until next Wednesday to start studying. And I need to stay away from photo editing. It is a big time suck as I already know.

Raindrops on PinkRain on a parking meter in Frederick


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Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!!! Today is the official Earth Day although most places celebrated on Saturday. And in honoro of Earth Day, I am going to post some photos of what makes the Earth so wonderful and why we need to do everything we can to preserve it.

evening sunsetSunset in Carroll County


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Eye Candy Friday

Well the spring flowers are finally out up here north of DC. And that means lots and lots of fun with the camera. And I am finally learning to become more comfortable with the manual focus on my camera. So I have been playing quite with the macro lens on the camera. So today’s post of Frederick sights is all about flowers. I did not have to venture any further than my garden for these. So I hope you enjoy them.

Pink BeautySunrise in a TulipHappy

And there are more spring flowers over on my Flickr page.. And MDS&W is only 1 days away.


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Playing Catch-Up

I have received two swap packages recently and I have been really bad about not posting them here. First up is are my mittens from the No More Hundrum Mitten Swap. My upstream partner was Kim of Woven ‘n’ Spun. She knit me a pair of mittens that have sheep on them. They are super cute. I think I will have to watch out and make sure they don’t end up on my niece’s hands. She also wove me a scarf in purples. There is a pattern for Pop-Up Paws or the only mitten I will wear as my nephew puts it. (He says that not me.) I will be using this pattern for his holiday presents. And there is a nice skien of blue Finnish yarn to try the pattern out with.

I have also received my swap package for the Earth Day Swap. The swap was set up over on Ravelry. I did this swap last year and enjoyed it. So I agreed to do it again this year. My upstream partner this time was Jess aka wingedsheep on Ravelry. Jess send me several wonderful items. There is first up two undyed skeins of Trekking Pro Natura which will be dyed sometime after MDS&W. There is a pot scrubber made using some plarn. Plarn is made from plastic bag strips. She also sent me a starter ball of it. Plastic bags are something we all have tons of and I think I may be able to get my nephew interested in knitting with this yarn.

She also sent me two reusable grocery bags. Once is a green bag and the other is from her yarn store. The one from the yarn store is nice and pink and big. I love it. Her yarn store loved the idea of this swap and gave her the bag to send to me. It will be used at MDS&W. And her yarn shop has a wonderful website so go and check out Woolbearers online. Tucked inside one of the bags was a nice bar of jasmine glycerin soap and a bar of dark chocolate from Green & Black’s


And are you aware of the fact that we are getting closer to MDS&W? We are less then 15 days away!!! Check out the countdown blog.


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Project Spectrum – Earth

I was up in the attic today and took the camera up there with me. You can really see the age of my house by looking at some the nails used in the rafters. And the colors of the beams are perfect for Project Spectrum Elements since the brown is an earth color.


And the reason for being up the in attic was to hold the flashlight while the a/c repair worked on it. It was supposed to be a regular seasonal tune-up but it looks like I may be replacing it before next spring. Apparently the company that installed it took a short cut or two that has shortened the life of the unit. It is working now so I can turn the a/c on if I need to.

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I found several of these this weekend while cleaning. And a few were much bigger than this one. We will not discuss how dusty the curtains were and how many baby bunnies were found near the floor.


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Time Suck

I have found an even bigger time suck than RavelryAdobe Photoshop Express!!!! Okay it is a time suck if you like playing with your digital photos. And guess who likes playing with editing? And I haven’t even uploaded the photos I took yesterday evening from the garden where I was playing with the overcast skies and the macro lens. I read an article in a digital photography magazine about using the sky as a special effect.

But here are some of the photos that I have been playing with over on Photoshop Express. It allows me to do more with editing than what I have been using so I may be switching over to it. (Click on each picture for the bigger image to see some of the subtle things you can do with Photoshop Express.)

More photos will be up on Flickr shortly.


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