Keeping Me in Stitches

Sunday, July 20, 2008

One more night...

My weekend has been fairly uneventful. Full of lots of sleep, lots of food, watching Battlestar Galactica and Dr. Horrible....a pretty good weekend in other words. Only downside was getting a touch of heat stroke when I went out and mowed my lawn Saturday afternoon.

On the knitting front, things have been progressing. I finished the Tulip Baby sweater I was knitting in shades of blue/teal/grey in Galway wool. The turquoise Monkey socks were finished and washed. They have yet to be worn, but I may hang on to them to submit at the county fair in my hometown along with the Mystic Light shawl. The shawl will need to be blocked again before I take it home though.

Current stuff on the needles includes a pair of short Monkeys for a friend's birthday (if I get my butt in gear) or Christmas (if I don't). I also pulled out the plain vanilla socks I started in Austermann Step ages ago. Knit on those tonight while watching Dr. Horrible and I'm almost ready to do the toe on the first one.

Have also been spinning on some BMFA merino/silk in Sea. I'm probably halfway done with it. Hoping I can get that done this week.

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Wedding!

My cousin Mark married Corlet last weekend. So the parents and I drove out to Loveland for the wedding.

My cousin Beth (Mark's sister) and I before the wedding started. Our dads are twins and our moms were best friends from the time we were 4. We've actually been mistaken for one her bridal shower, her friends/bridesmaids thought I was Beth when I walked in.
beth and I

The cake!
cake 1

Close-up of one of the cakes.
cake 2

Corlet walked in to "Storybook Love" from The Princess Bride. Love that song!
corlet and dad

The water feature that was the backdrop for the ceremony.
water feature

Columbine flowers

lillies 3

Close-up of the pink one.
lillies 2

And some burgundy ones.
lillies 1

That's it for now! Knitting content will happen next weekend. I hope.

The Fiber Fumes!

Saturday in Estes was for the wool market. Mom and I only ended up staying about 4 hours before we were overwhelmed. I thought I restrained myself quite well. At least I didn't try to shove one of the baby alpaca in my trunk to bring home with me.

Here's the haul!

12 oz of llama roving that was just too pretty to pass up. It reminded me of a cup of coffee as a swirl of cream is being added.
llama coffee roving

At the same booth, there was this gorgeous 80/20 llama/silk blend. I couldn't pass it up! The silk content looks like sari silk was handblended in to the llama. So soft and squishy!
wool market stash close-up

From left to right:
Bonkers' Fiber merino/bamboo 8oz in Autumn
30/2 yak/silk cobweb lace yarn
Bonkers' Fiber merino/tencel 8oz in Raspberry
wool market stash 1

And that was all I got! Not too bad. I'm amazed that I didn't walk away with another wheel. Mom did though. Get a wheel I mean. She came home with a Schact Ladybug and it's so cute!

Coming up next in part 3 is my cousin's wedding!

ETA: I completely forgot the final item that I purchased that day!!! How I could forget an entire alpaca fleece is beyond me, but I did.
alpaca blanket

It's been too long!

I have been busy busy busy lately and the blog has suffered because of it. So this update will be broken up into several entries.

First up is Estes pictures!

View of the front range from the Stanley Hotel on Friday.
view from stanley 2

The storm over the front range as we drove in on Thursday. It snowed 10 minutes after we checked into our hotel!
storms over estes

View of the Stanley Hotel. Went hunting for a letterbox on the grounds, but came up empty handed.
stanley hotel

Prarie dog by the Stanley. There were about a dozen of these little guys running around, but this was the only one that would stay still for a picture. The rest dove for cover as we walked toward them.
prarie dog at the stanley

Not Phoebe! Mom and I were trying to find a lady we used to know who worked in a quilt shop in Estes. This little dog, Gabby, belonged to the shop owner. We played fetch on the quilt shop floor for about half an hour.
gabby - quilt shop dog

Part 2 coming up!