Thursday, July 9, 2015

July Knitting and Listening

It's been since WWKIP Day since I blogged.  Summer will be freer, now that July has arrived.  

Just as a point of catch up info:

I'm still working on my Rainbow Top by TSC. Unlike the earthen version on the pattern

mine is navy, sparkly white and a weathered reddish/violet an white. Although the colors are not exactly, it looks like a red, white and blue top, which was my intention. The front is done and I'm nearly finished with the back. I expect the FO will be ready to wear in a week or 2.  (I'm multi-craftual, otherwise, I could probably have it done by this time next week or sooner. I think I will get  a lot of wear out of this cotton top.

I have been catching up on the various podcasts to which I listen regularly and have added a few to my favorites.  I generally enjoy knitting, Mac, iOS, tech and Christian shows.  I know what it takes to put a good show together because I did over 100 Guitar Technique Tutor podcasts a few years ago, so I listen not only for the actual content, but also for the production and quality of the podcast.  (My first shows were done with a terrible sound system and insufficient software, but by the time my show was established, the sound wasn't too bad.) 

I have added 2 new-to-me podcasts, that I have heard other knitters and knitting podcasters mention:

I thoroughly enjoy Knitting Pipeline with Paula, which I had  been hearing positive comments about for quite a while.  She's just so salt of the earth!  She's  a musician, too, so perhaps there is some deeper connection than just the knitting, when I listen to her shows.

The other podcast I have been thoroughly thrilled with is the PomPom Podcast. I love, love, love  Sophie and Lydia.  They're young and have a great sense of humor. I think one of the reasons I enjoy them so much and am so sad that they only podcast monthly, is because they remind me  of a dear dear British friend who passed away several years ago.  We were very close and although she was from Cheshire, and  Sophie and Lydia's accents are not, they still remind me of Kath Lewis, with whom I shared such a long, warm friendship.  

Both above-mentioned podcasts have been a great addition to the former list that I listen to daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever-ly.  I still miss Yarn on Tap, the podcast Wendy from Knitters' Brewing Company used to do.  

I'm also in the midst of a free 3 month free trial of Audible.  I use my county libraries' digital services, including audiobooks, but their collection is limited.  I just finished my first free Audible  book, the biography of Oswald Chambers, and it was excellent.  With my Amazon Prime membership, the usual 1 free month and 1 free book trial extends to 3 free months and 2 free books.  I haven't chosen my second book yet.  I will compare audible to downloading audiobooks from  iBooks as well as  the Kindle app.  I'm not sure whether I will take a monthly subscription to Audible or not.  If not, it will not be for any lack of quality service or product.  It will be a budgetary decision.  

I am having an absolute romance with a device/web app that I plan to write a separate post about this week.  Stay tuned. 

Friday, June 12, 2015


That's the official hashtag for tomorrow's event.  So use it you're coming or from the venue or watch it for news of the the day.

The great news is that we won't have any weather issues.  No library back up is necessary. We will have partly sunny and partly cloudy skies - which is okay for a hot day.  We will have a lot of shade available, but please bring hats and sunscreen if you usually use them.  

Just a reminder about  the facility: the Ramsey Municipal Pool usually requires all guests to be accompanied and hosted by a resident member.  Tomorrow, everyone is welcome but at the entrance be sure to indicate you're with the Knitting in Public event.  There is a small fee for the full use of the facility, ($5) which is a significant discount from the usual $15 guest fee.  

Food and beverages are  available to purchase, or bring your own.  There are grills at the other end of the property, which you are welcome to use, if you wish.  

The pool is pristine and there are depths for waders through lap swimmers.  

On site restrooms, changing area and showers are available. 

Across the street are tennis courts, if you wish to bring your racket along with your knitting.  

There's free Wi-Fi.

Please remember  pool rules : No Glass Bottles
                                                No Alcohol
                                                No Tobacco

Once inside, look for the gazebo with large colorful tassles.  If you have a Ravelry button with your Ravelry user name on it, wear it!  You'll find me in a lime green T-shirt with my Hello My Name is Sealed4Ever Ravelry button (and maybe a few other knit-ish ones.)

If you're bringing a beginner with you, I'll teach a lesson at  12:45.   Please bring size 6 or 7 needles and some smooth, single color yarn.  I don't have extra needles but I will bring some leftover yarn balls in case  they are needed.

Ramsey Municipal Pool is on East Oak Street in Ramsey, NJ, between Wyckoff Ave and South Central Ave.  See you and your knitting, and I hope, your knitting friends from  11:00 - 4:00.

Friday, May 29, 2015

WWKIP Day 2015 in Ramsey Pool Rules Update

Just to keep you informed, everyone is welcome to join the group of knitters that meet for this celebration.  Here are the most pertinent Ramsey Municipal Pool Rules that attendees with which attendees will be expected to comply:

No Glass Containers Allowed
No Alcoholic Beverages or Alcoholic Beverage Mixes Allowed

The pool facility is a Smoke Free Zone, so No Smoking

The above constraints should not hamper anyone's enjoyment of the pool'a park-like setting and all it offers the group.

Looking forward to seeing you in Ramsey on June 13th.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WWKIP Day 2015 in Ramsey, NJ

Save the date! June 13. 2015 - for the 10th anniversary of the first  World Wide Knitting in  Public Day.  Knitters from all parts of the world will be coming together to knit in public and draw attention to the craft we love.  Let's face it, knitting isn't something that only grannies do to while away their time.  In the 21st Century, knitting can become anything from a humble dish cloth to a runway garment to the creative yarn bombing of public space and anything in between.

Last week I went looking online for a local WWKIP Day activity near me.  Yes, I know half of the east coast will probably descend on Bryant Park in NY, for the day, but for me, it isn't convenient to go there.  Honestly, I'm mystified that the nearest other event was several counties away.   So... I'm hosting a local WWKIP Day gathering.

This is a call for northern NJ and Rockland/Suffern County NY knitters: Go to your LYS as soon as you can to pick up some yarn for that next project you're dying to start  -- or go deep stash diving for that yarn that needs to be turned into something now.

DATE:  June 13, 2013

TIME:11:00 AM - 4:00 PM or as long or short as you'd like to stay

PLACE: Ramsey Municipal Pool, East Oak Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446

The Ramsey Municipal Pool has been voted Best Pool in Bergen County by readers of the the prestigious 201 magazine.  The pristine, newly renovated pool has water attractions, an adult swim and lap section and barrier-free access.  There are tennis courts across the street, beach volley ball on site and plenty of shade trees.  There are shaded picnic tables set back from the pool, a snack bar with offerings above and beyond the usual burgers and dogs.   There are bathrooms, showers and changing stalls.  Free WiFi is available, too.

WHAT TO BRING: food and beverages if you don't care to purchase them, optional bathing suit, optional shade umbrella (but there are plenty of trees), sunscreen, optional hat, beach supplies and oh, yeah, KNITTING!!

FYI: There are grills available if you'd like to bring your own charcoal for BBQ-ing

COST:  I did my best on this one: This is a premier members-only town pool and the regular guest price for non-members attending with a sponsor member is $15.00.  The Director, Mr. Bach, has graciously reduced the guest price for our event to $5.00.  You will be my "guest" (each attendee paying their own entrance fee unless they are already Ramsey Pool members) and as event day approaches, I will post/message more about your entry procedure.  

CHILDREN/YOUTH; If you bring a non-knitting child or youth, they are your responsibility. All children must be under the care and control of their attending parent or guardian to insure everyone's safety and enjoyment.

INTERESTED IN LEARNING?: I will offer a brief beginner lesson at 12:45 PM.  If you or your companion would like to learn to knit, please bring a pair of size 7 needles and a partial skein or ball of smooth, single color worsted weight yarn and add your name to the sign up sheet when you arrive.

If you are an experienced knitter and would like to assist  beginners, please let me know. 

I will create a Ravelry group for this event in a day or so.  I will request that you indicate to me whether you're planning to attend, just so I can give the pool an estimate of the size of our group.

So, get out to your LYS for yarn and a new WWKIP Day project, unless you already have stash and projects :-)  Or, bring your current WIP (work in progress.) 

We will have our event at the Ramsey Municipal Pool whether sunny or cloudy. If it's a stormy day, the alternate location will be the Ramsey Public Library, 3 blocks away, at 30 Wyckoff Ave, Ramsey, NJ 07446. Watch this blog, the Ravelry page and Twitter for details if the weather on June 13 is iffy.


most recent posts: