Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Okay. So, the fifth Harry Potter movie opened ("Order of the Phoenix"), and I went to see it with my DH. It was good, but I was really glad to have re-read the book before seeing the movie. Those who haven't read the book may find the movie a bit disjointed. Of course, that's bound to happen when you turn an 870 page book into a 2h45min movie.

After seeing the movie, I re-read book 6 ("Half-Blood Prince") in preparation for the release of the final installment - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". Went to the release party with a friend. (We got our line numbers, wandered around a bit, then spent several hours at College CoffeeHouse - thank goodness they're open until midnight on Fridays.) We then stood in line for a rather short time (considering we had numbers 215 and 216), got our books and headed for home. I let my DH have dibs on this book as I got to read #6 first when it was released. He started it Saturday morning, and handed it to me Saturday evening (done in under 12 hours). I was finished by Monday evening. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but I will say that it was a very satisfying read.

And having got myself deeply into book mode, I have also now finished "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini and have just started "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke.

Just as we finished the last Harry Potter book, we started preparing for an event at the Georgeson Botanical Garden. They were having a flowers and fiber event which included a floral-themed quilt show. I spent much of the week preparing "color boxes" (what I call my deli boxes filled with dyed wool roving in 8 harmonious colors) in six of our colorways. I also helped my DH warp a loom for demonstrating. And then there was the packing up of all the goodies, samples, and notecards for sale at the event. It was pouring rain when we got up Saturday morning and took everything up to the gardens. We got quite wet hauling everything to and from the truck. But the weather decided to cooperate, and by a little after 9am the sun was coming out.

And now with Fair week approaching, we are busy helping the Fairbanks Weavers' and Spinners' Guild with judging (that was Sunday 7/29), and soon with booth sitting and demos. Which means over the next few days I need to figure out what I want to demo at the booth and get all my tools and materials ready. Shall I take a wheel or just spindle? Shall I take the Ashford Knitters' Loom or an inkle loom? Maybe I should do some needlefelting? Oh, and I need to plan my attack on the Fair food - got to have an Elephant Ear, a filled crepe, chocolate covered strawberry .... Decisions, decisions, decisions ...

Probably won't see you until after the Fair (which runs Friday 8/3 thru Saturday 8/11). Hope you all get a chance to get there. Be sure to check out the competitive exhibits at Badger Hall - including Weaving & Spinning, Needlework, and Knitting & Crochet.

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