Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lowell Mills

My friend, Deirdre, recently took a class where they visited The American Thread Company in Willimantic, CT and did a play based on the Lowell Mills in Lowell, Mass.

I've always had an interest in mills, as my ancestors came from Canada to work in the mills, including The American Thread Company.

I also kept this tradition up by working at Charles House and Sons in Unionville, Ct while I was going to college.  I worked third shift in the weaving room.  Eventually I moved to the winding/spinning room. The mill was demolished several years ago.

So on Tuesday, Deirdre and I went to visit the Lowell Mills, which is a national park, too.

It was a great tour and a beautiful building!
They offer a trolley from the welcome center to the actual mill site....




This is the Boott Mills, a cotton mill built in 1835
The staircase that the workers would climb every morning.


The weaving room...it was kind of like being home...I spent almost three years on the weaving floor. We met the lady, I asked her name and forgot it, sorry, who works the mill..she actually works in several mills...

The looms are on the ground floor, where they were eventually moved because they would, at times, actually move the building...they had been on the fourth floor.

The second floor has the museum part....

These were AMAZING! They were WOVEN scenes..there were several, but these were my favorites.





There are two exhibits, the actual mill and then a boarding house, where the mill workers or "mill girls" would live



All in all, it was a great visit!  We both really enjoyed it. So if you ever get a chance to visit, do...

Also...North and South is on Netflix, about cotton mills in the north of England.  It is based on a book by Elizabeth Gaskell
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
So Far From Home by Barry Denenburg (part of the Dear America Scholastic books)
Hellfire by John Saul ( a ghost story)

I've read or watched these, but there are many more...some have been on my list to read....to be honest...the John Saul book is the one that has stayed with me the longest...I read that when I was a teenager....

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stitch Along: Week 32

Good morning! Yes, it's morning...I forgot about this last night and I was exhausted too...I had spent the day in Lowell, Mass with a friend visiting museums.....

So I've been working a bit on the same ole, same ole....but did decide to cast on a couple new socks...because I'm at the heel for most of my socks and deciding which ones to do...sigh....

So my Dia de los muertos....
Yarn is from Desert Vista Dyeworks...I'd lost the tag AND hadn't put it in my Stash, so had to do some sleuthing on that one!

And these are from Nerd Girl Yarns...influenced by Wicked, hence the Wizard of Oz bag....can't think of name and too lazy to go look it up....

Think today we are heading to Northampton, we may stop in Springfield to got to the Seuss museum....but we'll see....toodles...






Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stitch Along: Week 31

Good morning!  I hope you are having a lovely week....I think this may be my last real week of vacation, as I hope to get into my classroom for setup next week some time....

I've really not done much this past week at all....This week is GISHWHES...the last one and I've been doing some of those items..and spending time with the Hubs....

Yesterday I watched a movie being made in my city....AC Slater, Mario Lopez was in town!
He looked right at me!  Or in my direction.....this was during the rehearsal...I didn't take a picture during the actual filming...it was all very exciting...Melissa Joan Hart is also in the movie, but I couldn't get a good picture of her....

I spent about an hour last night trying to identify a cake of yarn...I knew it had to do with Dia de Los Muertos and I find out it was Desert Vista Dyeworks.....

So that has been my week...how about yours?  I seem to have loss lots of the people who link up...hopefully they'll come back as fall comes in...




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stitch Along Wednesday Week 30

Good morning!  I just woke up and am still in bed, but know I need to get this up, since I flaked last week....I apologize for that.....

I went to NYC yesterday for Knitty City's Knitting in Bryant Park....so I'm a little sore today....

I met Gisela, who will be 91 this month!  She is still very active, coming in from Forest Park almost every week for the event!  She had just finished teaching a wellness class that morning!!!!!

So I brought my Miss Winkle to work on...
Sorry just took that picture on my bed.....

And socks as always!  I'm, of course, at the heel, of several.....

So what about you, what do you have going on? As always, please link back...thanks!



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stash Acquisition Saturday

Da-dum, Da-dum, Da-dum....it's Shark Week and I bought two shark kits that came in this past week....

First up...
Shark Bite II: The Revenge...there is a knit along with Jimmy Beans Wool, where I purchased the kit...I really wanted the main color....I do have the pattern and will make them, just not with the knitalong...(I know I showed this last week, just wanted to show them together)

and
This is for Shark Bite, the original pattern.  The kit came from the Unplanned Peacock.  I will have much fun making these!!!!!!

I also picked this up at my LYS during KNit Night...It's going to be the lace portion of Water, with a darker grey from my stash the main color.....

How about you?  Any new stash acquisitions? 








Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stash Acquisition Saturday


So just a few things to add today.....

I've looked at her yarn several times, but is the first time I've ordered....These may have been on sale..or not....It's String Theory Colorworks in Free Radical

And the first shark kit arrived...this is for Shark Bite II: The Revenge by Laura Smoot....I also ordered a kit for her first shark pattern....I've had the pattern forever, seeing as how Shark Week is this coming week...I've always loved Lorna's Laces...this is Splattershot with mini skeins of Sharky Grey and Natural....it really is very soft! There is a KAL starting, but we all know how I do with those....
And I may have some more things coming in the mail....including some yarn to make the Wonder Woman wrap...as I finally saw the movie and I decided, yes, I needed it.....

How about you? Do you have anything new to add to your stash?





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stitch Along Wednesday: Week 28

Good morning....I may have to go back to doing these on Tuesday evening....anyway...I finished a couple of projects and really haven't worked on too much else...

I did take my Stormborn shawl out...ya' know since Winter is Coming, to figure out where I was and put two more rows on it...I'm on chart B....

I'm also working on a test knit.....the pattern is not really showing up well in the yarn, but I'm only knitting one, as they are too big for me...

And I've added a few rows to this sock..although I seem to have lost my 5th dpn, so I need to search for that...sigh....
So how about you?  What has your week looked like?