Dr. Gemma

CFR 2013 – Here we go!

I should know better…I never sleep here.

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I am truly blessed…

I have to say…one thing about knitting that always amazes me is how many awesome people I meet. In my 5 years of knitting, I have so many people from different walks of life with various life experiences. People who willing to help you out, whether it is a knitting problem or a life problem.

I have to admit, I have had quite a lot going on in my life the last 6 or so months. Some of the situations I have found myself in are very much new to me. At times, I feel like I just need advice from someone who might have a more objective point of view. Lately, I’ve needed it quite a lot.

It must have been in the stars. Friday night I was hanging out with the ladies and Dr. Gemma (of CogKNITive) and Gigi (of The Knitmore Girls) walked in. I was talking about some of the stuff going on, and the advice these women had given me was perfectly timed.

So I just wanted to say thank you to Gemma and Gigi for making me feel so much better! I appreciate it more than you know!

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CogKNITive Fiber Retreat 2010 – The Finale!

I waited too long to post this video and I almost chickened out. Here I am…heavily edited and incredibly tired. The last and final installment of my CogKNITive Fiber Retreat videos.

There are days I wonder if I should put together my outtakes. It might be a little embarassing…


A blurry pic of my corespun yarn...


My "Pas de Valse". Still not done...


A hall full of spinners...

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CogKNITive Fiber Retreat 2010 – Part 2

Because when you can’t get internet up in order to update the blog…you can always just record video…


Jamie made *this* for Tally. Amazing!!

Lunch. An Indian Taco...

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CogKNITive Fiber Retreat 2010 – Part 1

Monday, October 4th, 2010 | blah blah blah, CogKNITive, Field Trip, handspun, spinning | No Comments

(Video blog)

I got the Hipstamatic for my iphone and walked the halls taking pics…

Hallway Window


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Labor Day Par-tay!

Is there anything better than getting a project done? Heck no! My desire to get stuff done has gone into overdrive and I spent my holiday weekend making stuff. Yay! Of course it helps to get together with a bunch of other folks who like to get stuff done too!

Knitters Gone Wild...Sunday Morning Version.

Knitters' Gone Wild...Sunday Morning Version.

Patty plays bartender...

Patty plays bartender...

I made my yummy breakfast casserole….and there were so many goodies to eat!

I started the spinning right away.

Spinning, in a chair way too short for me...

Spinning, in a chair way too short for me...

Ok, so in the “do as I say and not as I do” files…please don’t send me notes about my poor spinning habits and/or posture. I know, I know….I did get a better chair later.

I got a boatload of spinning done. Would you believe I had 1lb. of fiber completely spun by the end of the weekend? I did. I didn’t get it all plied, but I am well on my way to getting a sweater started. I also have a couple of projects on the needles…just little ones though.

I had also heard that Dr. Gemma of the CogKNITive podcast was going to be headed to the shop so I decided to hang out until the shop closed. Dr. Gemma and Limejuicy of the Fiber Collective came to visit and meet up with Red Queen of Here’s to Ewe! All of them are super cool to hang out with and we all talked about our excitement for the upcoming CogKNITive Fiber Retreat and there was a little bit of Sock Summit gossip!

Red Queen and Dr. Gemma!

Red Queen and Dr. Gemma!

So, I am super excited for all of that yarn to be finished. I am overdue for a little yarn porn on this blog. Don’t worry…it’ll be coming very, very soon!

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Best weekend ever!! Part Two

So, Saturday we got up bright and early and just kinda did not a whole hell of a lot. We had all decided that we could do things at a slower pace since we had done one full round on Friday. Um….I didn’t really realize what kind of yarn induced haze I was in on Day One, but boy did I see a whole boatload of stuff I didn’t see before!

I got to the marketplace sometime around lunchtime and it was packed. Thank goodness for twitter. At some point not too long after we hit the Brooks Farm Booth, we got separated. It wasn’t a bad thing, but I am the only one in our little group that does the spinning thing. That is when I tracked down the ladies of The Fiber Collective via Twitter.

I met up with Bellatrix at the Carolina Homespun booth. We tried to track down Dr. Gemma from the CogKNITive podcast, but she was lost in a sea for fiber (later to find out she found someone to show her how to draft). So Bellatrix and I headed over to the Purlescence booth where we got the chance to meet with Jasmin and GiGi of the Knitmore Girl’s Podcast. We grabbed some goodies bags and tried to reach Gemma again. Time to move.

This is where my day got interesting…Bellatrix and I, the ladies of The Fiber Collective, and Dr. Gemma all converged on the Carolina Homespun booth. It was fun to watch Dr. Gemma try out all of the wheels. She showed enormous restraint in not purchasing, because she sure had me wanting to buy another wheel (which would have broken my budget)!

Dr. Gemma on the Majacraft

Dr. Gemma on the Majacraft

At some point, Stashymama told me I needed to follow her to a booth. She had found a raw fleece and wanted to show me. OMG, this thing was beautiful even with dirt! I wanted so bad to go in on it with her and then all of a sudden reality hit me in the face.
1. I have never washed a dirty fleece before
2. I live in a tiny condo with
3. Twin toddlers
What the…? Boo. Stashymama ended up buying the fleece though and hopefully she will let me buy some from her now that she cleaned it. She is totally a fiber rock star!
At this point, the ladies of the Fiber Collective had to go, and I decided to venture out on my own to shop. Talk about scary. When you don’t have someone to reign you in, you can go a little nutty. I bought all kinds of fibery goodness from Tactile Fiber Arts, Mary Jane’s Attic, and Red Fish Dyeworks.
Stash Aquisition, Day 2

Stash Acquisition, Day 2

So, I popped out of the marketplace and tracked down my friends at the bar where they comment on how wide-eyed and crazy I looked. Then I verbally barfed at them about my afternoon. It was awesome. 🙂
Day Three
Not much happened on Sunday. I drove us home, and I finished my Christmas Herringbone Rib Socks (not necessarily in that order). Yay!
Christmas Balls Herringbone Rib Socks

Christmas Balls Herringbone Rib Socks

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6 Degrees of Ravelry

Monday, November 10th, 2008 | blah blah blah, crochet, knitting | 2 Comments

I am a fan of the podcast world. Knitting and non-knitting, I listen to lots. I used to be a big talk radio listener. I think it was because I was so used to listening to it back home in Michigan. My mom would be home in the afternoon, listening to the radio. It never really seemed like we had the television on much…… until my dad retired. Then it was balls to the walls coverage of “How It’s Made” or anything DIY related (don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of “How It’s Made”).

So, my ipod has now helped me to get connected to all kinds of people. I learn about the latest in knitting, or listen to stuff that makes me chuckle. My latest in favorite podcasts is actually by someone I have met…Dr. Gemma.

Now, podcasts aren’t how I met Dr. Gemma. I actually saw her in the LYS one night and I recognized her face. I kept thinking to myself….”I know that I know her from SOMEWHERE!” Then it dawned on me. I recognized her because of her avatar on Ravelry (scary, I know). She sat down with me and we chatted about Plurk, Ravelry, Podcasts…it was enough to make all of the non-techies in the room look at each other all glazed over at our geek speak. She is a fascinating woman with an equally fascinating job.

So really, if you like knitting/crochet podcasts and wanna get some extra therapy tips, you should give her a listen! Her podcast is called “CogKNITive” and you can find it on itunes and here.

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