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Friday, August 12, 2005

No, I'm not dead yet... ;)

Three weeks into my American experience, and only now do I get write about it. Yes yes, blame it on the weather, on my thesis or on having fun with my guy and our newly arrived load of baby birds.
The little critters arrived three days after I got here, and we have been very busy 'raising' them. We built a wooden coop with chicken wire (tools baby!) and had them in a big box in the bedroom every night. It's ten chickies, two turkeys, three duckies and two geese, and oh my god are they cute! And they grow like mad too. Here's some goose love for you:

I'm having a super time in this beautiful country and already met some great knitters. The "yarnoholics meeting" in Seattle was a lot of fun. I saw Weaving Works and Hilltop Yarns, two beautiful, though a little pricey, yarn stores and got to meet sweet Carry, BaaBonnyBelle, Midnighskyfibers, Gibbous and Stariel. I engaged in some heavy yarnporn activities at Weaving Works, and got this.
Now I just happen to like rainbows. Never knew they were a gay symbol here. So there, these are going to be my Big Gay Socks. ;)

Two weeks ago, Dave and I went to the first annual Stitch 'n Pitch, a very cool baseball game initiative by some knitting Seattle Mariners employees. It was a huge success and we all got to wear our fabulous pink and white XXXL t-shirt. (Some cute girls had cut theirs up and re-sewn them into tight fitting female tees. Now why don't I ever come up with stuff like that?)
As you can see on Carry's blog, we had a great time.
I really enjoyed meeting Carry and her cute boys. Too bad Ang, her partner, couldn't make it, but we'll no doubt meet at Burning Man. Woot!
Dave got me a gorgeous ball of Opal Rainforest Papagei sock yarn that he'd like to see turned into some fabulous socks for him to wear with the hideous Dutch wooden shoes I ordered for us. (That still haven't arrived, damn intercontinental snail mail.)

And then I've been trying to get this thesis finished, but it's not easy with so many nice distractions. (Of course I've been driving Dave crazy, it's what I'm good at.)
We went to Portland, Oregon last Thursday to drop the big hippie schoolbus off at Horning's Hideout. This past weekend, I witnessed my first ever String Cheese Incident show and I have to say, it was amazing. I mean, they have real hippies there! ;)
The hugging and otherwise hippie-esk behavior is not something this Dutch girl is used to. (I explained to the guys that in a country where you hear your neighbor's every fart, you won't likely be hugging strangers.)
But more on that later; I have some great pics! ;)

On the knitting front, well, I'm officially on the Yarn Diet Diet. No more yarn for me until I lose 5 lbs, or about 2,5 kilos. Of course this doesn't mean I can't buy just has to be for someone else. Hehehe.

Oh, and I finished the first Big Gay Sock, that's in fact on my cold tootsie right now. And the purple sock is on the other foot... Time for a finished PAIR. (Shut up...)
Also almost done with the French Market Bag. I'm going to wash it on my birthday this Tuesday, when my concept thesis has been handed in. Ahh, bliss....

But for now, back to work! Let's get some American workaholic ethic into my slack ass bloodstream!
Thanks for sticking around y'all! I'll be back very soon with more stories, pwomise. I'll leave you with this:

That's me at Snoqualmie Falls, a beautiful area where Twin Peaks was originally taped. Bu-bye!


Blogger spirals said...

so good to hear from ya.... im glad you are having fun! im am so nervous. i start my vacation in 6 days AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHh and i keep having bad nightmares about forgetting my burning man ticket at home... scary... oh k well i will hopefully see ya round...later

Friday, August 12, 2005 at 9:19:00 PM GMT+2  
Anonymous Liza said...

Klinkt goed allemaal! Heb je gemist meid, begon al een beetje ongerust te worden (ja, laat dat aan mama Liza over. Morris had het vandaag nog over je ;-)) Mooie foto! (Ja, die van jou ja...)

Friday, August 12, 2005 at 11:57:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger Danius Maximus said...

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Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 12:31:00 AM GMT+2  
Blogger diary of a knitknit said...

good to her from you! It's been a long wait ;-)
Glad you're having a good time and that you're just about done with the thesis. More knitting time when that's done, eh? :-)

Good luck with your FMB. Looking forward to see it felted.
Take care

Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 10:41:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger diary of a knitknit said...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you.... :-)

Hope you have a nice one!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 1:52:00 PM GMT+2  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi MJ! Dat klinkt allemaal erg goed, je hebt het naar je zin. Maar we missen je natuurlijk wel een beetje hier hoor......
Veel plezier verder en ik verwacht een zeer uitgebreid verslag van alle wolwinkels hoor!

Groeten van Carla

Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 9:25:00 AM GMT+2  
Anonymous Bummble said...

Ooooh, sounds like you're having a wonderful time!
I'm SO jealous (in a good way of course ;-) of you going to Burning Man - I've been wanting to go there for ages.
Please take lots of pictures and tell us all about it!

Marilotte (aka Bummble)

Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 2:47:00 PM GMT+2  
Blogger Barb said...

Ah, man, I am so bummed! You see, I lived in the Seattle area until last summer when we got transferred!!!

The Stitch N Pitch sounds like it was a blast! I'll have to keep my eyes and ears open to see if the local teams here do that!!!

Monday, August 29, 2005 at 6:03:00 AM GMT+2  
Anonymous Noortje Henrichs said...

Hoi MJ

Leuk om te horen hoe het met je gaat. Ik vind het altijd erg leuk om wat van je te horen. Ik vind de eendjes echt ontzettend lief. Wat ga je er eidenlijk mee doen? Opeten?

Je schiet meer op met je scriptie dan ik. Af en toe kan ik het niet meer aanzien. Ik hoop dat we snel afstuderen, dan hoef ik nooit meer zo'n monster te produceren.

Veel liefs en kusjes en de groetjes aan Dave.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 11:37:00 PM GMT+2  

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