All posts for the month July, 2010

Connecticut Wine Festival

Published July 31, 2010 by kazkitty

This weekend is the 2nd Annual CT Wine Festival.

We randomly saw the sign for this on the way to the farmer’s market last week and of course knew that this would be a fun thing to do. Unfortunately, Jacie and Tracy were unable to join Kris and I, and we missed them!

There was LOTS of yummy wines and food to sample, music, and more yummy food for lunch, and we had a really good time.

It was only $25 to get in, which was not unreasonable, and that also got you a wine tote and a tasting glass.

Yay stuff!

We sampled pretty much everything, then went back to make some purchases.

I ended up purchasing 2 bottles at the festival (I missed out on the Chocolate Raspberry at the Land of Nod booth.. the sold out! *cry*)

Autum Spice and Honey Peach Melba Wines

The Autumn Spice from DiGrazia Vineyards is fantastic. It just reminds me of fall and thanksgiving. ‘m definitely going to save this bottle until then. The Honey Peach Melba was from Bishop’s Orchards and was nice and light, with a hint of sweetness.

We also got dollar off coupons from Sunset Meadow Vineyards, which was right up the road, so we over to check it out after we left the festival. We sampled 5 different wines and a wine slushie made from their Merlot. We both bought the Blustery Blend, which is a nice white wine, really refreshing and perfect for summer.

And we got a wineglass with the sampling!

They also gave us a passport for the CT Wine Trail. Apparently if you get 16 stamps from different wineries before Nov 1, you can enter it into a drawing for a vacation.

Guess we need to go check out the wine trail!

I definitely want to go to this again next year! Right now, I can’t wait to open up those bottles.



Corgi Hill=AWESOME

Published July 30, 2010 by kazkitty

I have been checking the mailbox constantly, waiting for my prize package and etsy order to get here from Corgi Hill. Not that it was taking too long or anything.. I am just highly impatient sometimes. Last night I came home from SnB to find a box on the front porch with my name on it. Start the confusion! I was expecting a priority mail envelop with one thing in it.. not a box stuffed with Corgi Hill goodness!

I opened the box to find my etsy order, and a whole heck of a lot of fiber! Color me surpised!

Lots of Corgi Hill yumminess!

There was 2.2oz ofย  the bunny silk in the True Blue colorway (which will look really nice with the Silver Surf bunny silk I have)

So soft!

Also 4.5 oz of SW Merino/Cashmere in Antiquity.


And 4.5oz of SW Merino/Cashmere in Gypsy Rose.

I โค red.

And a set of Camel/Merino/Tussah batts in Forest Kitten.

Sooooo yummy!

And 4 little fiber bites of Wensleydale, BFL, Polwarth, and Tussh.

Can't wait to spin these for my Citron!

I am so completely floored by Anna’s generosity, and I can’t even begin to thank her enough!

Also, go to Corgi Hill Farm and buy stuff! The colorways are so pretty and the fibers are AMAZING.


Tour de Fleece 2010: Finish Line!

Published July 29, 2010 by kazkitty

Tour de Fleece ended on Sunday and while it was fun, I can’t wait to get back to knitting.

My main goal for this year was to try and spin every day. The previous two years, I failed with this and petered out after a few days. This year, with friends to spin along with, and fun threads and prizes to win in the Spunky Eclectic and Corgi Hill groups, it was much easier to keep on track. I spun every day except the two rest days, and even though I did not complete all my goals, I am really pleased with what I did accomplish.

Goal 1: Spin every day.ย  >complete!

Goal 2: Spin the remaining 5 Corgi Hill batt and fiber bites.ย  > complete!

352 yds of laceweight

Goal 3: Spin half of the 1.9oz of Corgi Hill Bunny Silk.ย  >fail.

This was to be spun on the challenge day. I test spun a little bit and found it to be really fiddly. I am going to have to attempt it on one of the wheels some other time.

Goal 4: Spin 1 of the two Random Wine batts from Corgi Hill.ย  > complete!

BFL, Merino, Bamboo and Firestar

Goal 5: Finish spinning the Spunky Eclectic Selfish that I started last year.ย  >complete!

405 yds Fingering Weight, 3 ply

Goal 6: Spin Spunky Eclectic Istanbul Sunset.ย  >fail?

Technically I wrote in my original post about the TdF goals that I wanted to “start” spinning this fiber.. and I did.. but I am only 1/3 of the way done with it… so I’ll call it a partial fail.

South African Fine in Istanbul Sunset... aiming for a 3 ply sock yarn

It was a lot of fun and it feels really good to actually have some finished yarns. It was also a really good motivator to get me to start on that fiber stash (especially since I am in stashdown mode until Rhinebeck!).

I also won a prize from Corgi Hill Farm in the Two Tails spin a long! We had to spin Corgi Hill fiber on a Two Tails spindle. I don’t know what it is yet, Anna said she was going to stalk and send a surprise! I can’t wait. =)

Coming up for August and September is the 4oz Challenge. Essentially, you have to spin no more than 4 oz of fiber from either Spunky Eclectic, Hello Yarn, or Southern Cross Fibers, design, and knit/crochet/weave a pattern. Since I happen to have a decently sized stash of Spunky fiber, I thought this would be fun to try. I have never designed a pattern before, so this should be interesting!

Ten on Tuesday

Published July 27, 2010 by kazkitty

10 Things to Do Instead of Watching TV

1. Knit

2. Spin

3. Read a book

4. Go hiking or walking

5.ย  Harass the furkids

6. Take a nap

7. Go to a museum

8. Cook

9. Go visit with family or friends

10. Clean.. but that’s a last resort kind of thing..ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ten on Tuesday

Published July 20, 2010 by kazkitty

This week:ย  10 Things to Bring on a Camping Trip

I’m not much of a camper, but it is fun.. even if the bugs eat you alive. ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. A tent. I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to sleep where wild animals can crawl on my face at night.

2. Sleeping bag. Totally not going to sleep on the ground… brrrrr

3. Tools Kit: including a rake, matches, small hatchet, knife, rope and mallet

4. Bug Spray. This is super important. Make sure to spray before you get dressed as well as after. Those bugs will bite you EVERYWHERE.

5. First Aid Kit. Just in case. And especially if you’re camping with someone who is klutzy, like me.

6. Food and water. Important: BRING STUFF FOR SMORES. It’s not camping if there isn’t melty marshmallowy, chocolatey and graham crackery goodness to nosh.

7. Toiletries: baby wipes, hand sanitizer, deodorant, etc.

8. Few extra clothes and an extra pair of sneakers or sandals.

9. Random things that you should bring but are likely to forget: garbage bags, toilet paper, and small camping cookware.

10. Last, but not least, knitting! Pick a project that is easy to wash and small.

Tour de Fleece Update Weekend Randomness

Published July 18, 2010 by kazkitty

It’s just past the two week mark of Tour de Fleece.. where am I with my goals?

Well, I finished the Spunky Eclectic Selfish.

Shetland 3ply 405 yds

I’m so happy with it, even if it didn’t come out the way I planned it when I started last year. I think it wants to be socks.

I am also past the halfway mark on the Corgi Hill Batt and Fiber bites. Only two left!

Merino/Silk/Firestar (green): 41 yds, BFL/Silk (blue): 65 yds

Superwash BFL: 61 yds

Polwarth: in progress

And one of the Corgi Hill Random Wine batts is completed.


There’s one week left to the tour. It ends Sunday, July 25. I have two fiber bites, 4 oz of Spunky Eclectic Istanbul Sunset, and just under an ounce of Corgi Hill bunny silk to spin to make my goals. Can it be done???

Aside from trying to spin, spin, spin, I have been a busy little bee. I have been slowly unpacking and trying to put away my things before Nico decides it’s all junk and tosses everything in the dumpster (j/k). And there’s the constant chasing after the kitties, and cleaning up after the bunnies. Last night I went to my friend Bri’s sister’s Jack n Jill. It was a little akward at first, seeing as I didn’t know anyone.. but she introduced me to some of her family, andI ended up haveing a really good time. I’m still sad that I had to miss out on Kris’ birthday dinner, but there’s always next time. There was also a big raffle, and I ended up winning a 24″ flatscreen tv! Which Nico had already claimed and wants to use as a computer moniter. He’s the definition of computer nerd. *eyeroll*

Today, I went to the farmer’s market in Coventry again with Kris and Jacie. There was an art gala, and wine tasting, and as usual, it was a really good time. I bought a pretty pendant, Jacie bought some sweet handpainted martini glasses, and Kris bought some really pretty dragonfly pottery coasters from the art gala. I also came home with some yummy basil, blueberries, raspberries, and peaches. And then they took me to Penzeys Spices where I bought some random spice rubs and hot cocoa mix. They do introduce me to the most awesome places. ๐Ÿ™‚

The blueberries and peaches became the most awesome cobbler (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)

Peach Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Biscuit Topping

And the raspberries became a Raspberry Buttermilk Cake (also courtesy of Smitten Kitchen). I haven’t tasted that one yet, it will most likely come to work with me tomorrow.

It doesn't look like much, but it's filled with raspberry deliciousness!

And the basil was put on pizza. I love making food with fresh ingredients.

Next weekend, there should be tubing on the Farmington River and more farmer’s market fun, so I have lots to look forward to!


Ten on Tuesday

Published July 13, 2010 by kazkitty

This week’s topic:
10 Things You Like About Where You Live.

Well I just moved two weeks ago to a new town.. but it’s still close to where I was so this shouldn’t be too hard, right?


1. I can walk to the grocery store, various food places, and coffee.
2. I am now a lot closer to some awesome friends, so I can hang out with them more.
3. I am appx 1 hr away from WEBS!
4. Boston is only a couple of hours away.
5. I’m close to my family so I can visit (or not) when I want.
6. Lake Compounce is 15 mins away.
7. There are little yarn stores to explore nearby.
8. Lots of hiking trails to check out.
9. I get to see the different seasons. (even if I don’t like them all)
10. I get to carpool to work now, saving lots of gas.