Ready, set, mail

I am putting together a box of goodies to go with the Hearts. Since I am shipping overseas, as well as leaving for China before the official mailing date, my pal’s sockapalooza box will go out a couple of days early.

What do you think about wrapping up everything inside with tags that say….do not open until 7 August? Just in case a miracle happens and the post office comes through early? What is anyone else putting in their Sockapalooza packages?


They have started to install the tub! Along with the platen for the shower, I can finally see progress. I am thrilled to say the least. But I am back to my worries about the tile. Looks like I will need to pick up a few more trim tiles.

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Probably more appealing than what happens in a country where the door to the terrace seems to be left open and the teenage boy is loose with the camera.


The dragon fly is more appealing than the windows. Ick, time to clean.

Wait a minute! The teens are out of school and bored. My chances of pulling this one off is in the small percentages, but definitely worth a shot.


Between volunteers from the Aran list and a few of you, I am set for test knitters. As I am putting the pattern together, I am looking over formats, directions – trying to clarify what I do and don’t like about other sock patterns.  How much explanation do you like? How do you prefer to have patterns presented? Do you like knowing about the background and development of the pattern? Or do you just skip that part?

Inquiring mind here would like to get it right!

Opinions and ideas more than welcome.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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One Response to Ready, set, mail

  1. Susanne says:

    Hi there,
    I saw on the socknitters list you are looking for testknitters. Well. As Scotland is sunny as ever I volunteer 😉

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