Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Birthday to My Blog / Moving!

It's a few days late, but I've been chatting with y'all for a year now. Thanks so much for keeping me company.

As a birthday present, I've given myself a new address. Please change your bookmarks, RSS feeds, etc. to my new home:

See you over there.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Saturday Sky - 7 April 2007

It's chilly in North Carolina today. With out-of-town guests here, I entirely forgot to look up today. So, here's a cheater Saturday Sky from our trip to the Smokies last month. Enjoy!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Horses and Kid Socks

Lynn commented:
Ok you SO need to tell me abt this kid friendly B&B in the Smokies... We have a trip planned for the area and I would love to stay in a place like this......

I know how you feel! I wasn’t sure a kid-friendly bed and breakfast really existed. Many B&B’s have an outright “no kid” policy, and many that say they’re kid-friendly seem to just tolerate kids. This was the first one I came across in my search that seemed to actively embrace families. We were extremely happy with our short stay there, and will be going back. A word of warning: you may want to plan one full day to stay at the farm. The kids didn’t really want to go anywhere.

The B&B we were at is called Persephone’s Farm Retreat. You can find them online at If your kids like gathering eggs and petting animals, this is the place for you. There is a large farmhouse with rooms, as well as two cottages (full kitchens) down toward the paddocks. We opted for a cottage – there was no extra charge for the kidlets - and lucked out with a really nice family in the cottage next door. The kids all got along; they petted the animals and played with the outdoor games together. The innkeeper also has musical instruments on hand for those who play and a fire circle for evening fires when appropriate.

What? Knitting content? OK!

Spring has sprung chez Flyin’ Needles. This is a sock for Tweedle-dee from some panda cotton we picked up on vacation. He says the yellow is like “having sunshine whenever you want it!” This kid is destined for marketing.

The Panda Cotton is treating me all right so far. It’s less bumpy than I had anticipated, which is a pleasant surprise. Also, it doesn’t annoy me nearly as much as Cascade Fixation does with its use of elastic. I have a hard time getting even tension with Fixation. That said, it can be a rather splitty yarn, and don’t think about frogging and reknitting large sections. “Rather splitty” morphs into “these seven strings are all one yarn?” at that point. I’ll let you know how it goes.