Monday, July 10, 2023

Episode 138: So Many Directions

My son caught our toilet smoking!

This episode will publish July 15, 2023

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Warm Thanks :
Everyone supporting CFR2023! Brenda for nudging me to post event room’s hours; StephieJo for correcting the link to the Calm Cowl. Thanks!
TinyShinyThings, who points out that fried bread indeed does NOT go into the Scottish variant of the fried breakfast--it's a potato scone.

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2023: it’s on for Saturday, November 11, 2023. 9 AM to 5 PM (event room hours).

Cost: $35 per adult attendee—PayPal to gemmadw AT not refundable 

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott: 28523 Westinghouse Place Valencia, California 91355 

+1 661-257-3220

Event Summary:

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2023

Start Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

End Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Courtyard Santa Clarita Valencia for 169 USD - 179 USD per night

Book your group rate for Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2023

Guests can also call the hotel directly, at (661) 257-3220, to have their reservations made under the 'Cogknitive Fiber Retreat' rate

Attendees so far:

1. OliveMavis/Jennifer-$
2. Lex--$
4. Kai H.--$
5. Estelle Acuna
6. Jenna I--$
7. Mary P.
8. Carrmal 
9. Potchke-$
10. Maridee--$
11. Ariane G.-$
12. Gigi-$
13. Jasmin-$
14. 2009nissanaltima
15. Peachy-$
16. Smidjin -$
17. LeftyRebelKnitter 
18. Redsknits
19. Goodstuff/Brenda C--$
20. Judy K.
21. Priscilla A.
22. Drew Kaitlin-$
23. Sustainablelivin--$
24. CherulSlover
25. Myladyirony--$
26. Glowingelegy-$
27. Ann McGee-$
28. Knitonepugtwo $
29.Amy storm—$
30. Celiakc
31. Jedimom $
32. Plexippa--$
33. Pamhogarth-$
34. Lisa marchbanks
35. --$
36. Heather campbell
37. Tracy DeFreitas
38. Kimmel
39. IzzyNov
40. MarjorieW
41. Lorkcreates
42. Elisegenevieve-$
43. Klynnaw/Karen
44. knittingpretty50
45. Vivascrapper-$
46. Vivascrapper daughter-$
47. Mary Tiffany—$
48. Loretta Loebs-$ 
49. Carmentrinidad-$
50. DyharKnitter/Diane Harris-$

1.  LittleFence/Monica

Lisa Souza Yarns --confirmed hotel!!
Oink Pigments—confirmed!
Tina’s Soaps
Lazersheep Yarns—confirmed!!

And the Sea Glass colorway by Dizzy Blonde Studio!

Mini skeins swap-- 25 g, about 100 yards, please. 
Patterns to use:
1. Knit: Manic Panic cowl or scarf
2. Crochet: Calm Cowl--free on Ravelry!
6. A Mermaid Darkly by Y. Dasher
7. Buggiflooer hat from Shetland Wool Week

Mother Bear Project (official charity)=extra raffle tickets
Goody bags

What's On My Hooks and Needles:



In Progress:
Stash toss 2023 (8 in versus 40 out)  Knit Picks for sweater planning. Finding the Lazersheep and Oink Pigments yarns; planning a sweater with my Lisa Souza stash.

2 more Simplicity 8605: and love to our own Linda Charvon for teaching me how to I age search with the Google app.

Lanesplitter Skirt- I’ve turned the first corner and I’m on the straight-away--32 inches along!

Lady Eleanor Shawl-- The Next Big Thing. Progress in middle of skein 10/11. At least 53” long so far.

Minerva’s Meow Socks:

My Favorite Resources:


LYS and supplies:

Webs for supplies

The Altered Stitch in Valley Village, LA

The Knitting Tree in Airport-land, LA

Latelier on Ventura

Nice extras and Cool Stuff:

Birch and Cider for custom leather tags on Etsy

Razzberries Studios on Etsy for chatelaine supplies

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress
A fuzz ball of Minerva daily continues: 1 per day
Unboxing the new Nano—not yet

Strategy: Thanks to DrewKaitlin for her support on the 911 strategy. Remember to ask for a cop's name and badge number if you must, and also you can tell anyone that "I need to put this in my report." and ask for their name.

letting the other shoe drop—mindfulness

Fluffy Books:

Netflix: binging Seinfeld
The Bridgerton books—sweetness of ordinary people with reasonable dialogue

Something I Really Like:  

Tea. Earl Gray. Hot. The tin. Order at Plum Deluxe. on Instagram

art supplies at

Put a Lid on It: 
Tea tastings:  continue. My latest bundled teas from PD arrived.
Picard (pecan Earl Gray)--Meh.

Pupdate--  Captain and Queenie: grooming  come July

Hubsdate: sprucing up the place: passed the fire inspection.

Gardening--Pollinators for Zone 9B: delayed until the 19th, so I bought gear!

Gloria: new beginnings outside. 


Cogknitive FiberRetreat 2023: Saturday, November 11, 2023
Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference: Anaheim, Dec. 12-17, 2023

And Minerva gets the last word: Did you have a question?

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