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I have returned!

Well, okay, I returned last Sunday. But I returned with a horrible cough and sinus infection, and it's only been in the last couple of days that I've felt like uploading and organizing the mass of pictures I took on vacation. I'm composing a more detailed post, but I think it will be more efficient to begin with the pictorial highlights.

To that end, I've made a set on Flickr. It's big, with 129 pictures, and most of them have comments about the trip. If this does not deter you, and you'd like to experience the full chronicle of our Kiawah holiday in pictures (well, not really the full because I took a little over 500 pictures and only uploaded 129), go here:

Kiawah Beach Trip 2007 Photo Set on Flickr

For those wishing a less comprehensive photo tour, visit the quickie ten-picture tour below.

Kiawah, the quickie ten-picture tour )

Kiawah 2007--Day Five

Bye-bye, beach. See you next year!
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Boo's Sparkly Socks

Pattern: Boo's Sparkly Socks.
Yarn: 1 100g/425m skein South West Trading Company Tofutsies (50% superwash wool/25% Soysilk fibers/22.5% cotton/2.5% chitin) in #730 (Light Foot). 1 87yd skein Lana Gatto Crystal (63% viscose/20% Nylon/17% Polyester) in #4112 (Pinks)
Needles: 2.5mm (US 1)
Gauge: 9 sts = 1"
Notes: Flush with the success of the Fixation socks, I decided to make Boo a pair of pink socks. I showed her the pink yarn I'd bought, and she asked if it was "sparkly." I said I'd see what I could do. The next day, I went back to where I'd bought the Tofutsies, and found a matching pink eyelash yarn that certainly qualified as "sparkly." (And it was on sale.) So, I cast on more stitches than I needed, added the sparkly yarn, and ribbed the cuff in sparklies. After the cuff ribbing, I reduced the stitches to a more normal circumference and just knitted a basic sock. If I had it all to do again I might not double the yarn, and I almost certainly won't rib the eyelash parts, but the effect of the cuff was exactly as I'd hoped: big and floppy and foldable down to a nice anklet, but also capable of staying up.

More Pictures )

More Pattern Details )
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I took approximately three billion pictures during Boo's field trip to the Bicentennial Mall and Farmer's Market yesterday. For those of you not native to Nashville, there's a huge mall in front of the state capitol. It was constructed in 1996 to celebrate Tennessee's bicentennial, and includes a 1,400-foot wall of history, a ninety-five bell carillion (one for each of the counties in the state), an amphitheater, a nine-ton floating marble globe of the world as it was during World War II, and a plaza with thirty-one fountains (to represent each of the rivers that flow through Tennessee). The fountains are pretty much designed to be played in, and the kids had a fantastic time:

Bicentennial Mall

More pictures under the cut )
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Playschool Zoo Trip May 2007

Boo's playschool class went to the zoo last week. A dozen 4-year-olds were set loose in the wilds of the Nashville Zoo, with the following results (some numbers estimated):

Number of children per adult: 1.5
Escapes: None successful
Rest stops in two-hour period: 6
Bottles of water consumed: 60
Organized pee breaks: 2
Emergency pee breaks: 47
Animals seen: 10
Meltdowns for reasons of fear: 2
Meltdowns for reasons of hunger: 23
Meltdowns of unknown origins: 3
Children lost: 0
Parents lost: 2
Moment most likely to be remembered: The peeing giraffe

More pictures here

Since Boo and I met up with the rest of the playschool on our own, we were able to stay a bit after the others left. We continued on from the Unseen Adventures building (this is where they have fish, snakes, insects, and other smaller critters) and set off to see tigers. The tigers were sleeping in the far corner of their enclosure, but we did get to glimpse them, so it was all good. Being there with the rest of the class was fun, but I really enjoyed the one-on-one time with Boo afterwards.
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Riley's 5th Birthday

As you can see, I've uploaded the pictures from Riley's party. I just went ahead and uploaded files that are, theoretically, big enough to make prints from. The pictures are all in this set, here:

Riley's 5th Birthday

Or you can just click on the picture above.

If you would like to make a print, look at the right side of the individual photo page, in the "Additional Information" section. You'll see a link called "different sizes." Click on that link, and it will take you to a page where you can select from several size options.

Thanks again, [livejournal.com profile] sunshinedew and [livejournal.com profile] shadowmancer_x. It was an awesome party. :)
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Okay. I have now finished uploading my digitized pictures, to the tune of some 800+ photographs. I'm still in the process of adding captions, titles, and dates, but they are, for the most part, properly grouped and tagged by subject, so you won't have to wade through the knitting to the get to the people, and vice versa.

As I mentioned in the previous post, they've been divided up into two collections, one with knitting pictures, one with actual people and events. ([livejournal.com profile] melissagay, [livejournal.com profile] vaklam, [livejournal.com profile] shadowmancer_x and [livejournal.com profile] sunshinedew might find this set of particular interest.)

All the pictures have been reduced for uploading and easy computer viewing. If you would like full-size files to make prints from, you can leave a comment on the picture(s) you want, and I'll upload a more detailed file for you. If the details of the picture (in the "Additional Information" section to the right, under the tags) say "Taken with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT," the full-size file will be around 3,500 pixels and a few megabytes in size. The older pictures will be much less detailed, but the full-size files still make good prints.


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