Jul 30, 2010

Dear Linda,

Thanks to you, I am diligently working on my gauge swatch hat, and am previewing the colors.  I'm not sure if I'll get it completed prior to leaving, but I am working on it.  Are you proud?

For the rest of you?
Hoping your knitting is going well. . .Soon I'll be seeing this:

Wish you were all coming with me.  Wish me good weather, good friends, and good fun--see you soon!

Jul 16, 2010

Pictures From Camp

The sheer amount of sweaters there are in our classroom is amazing.  Many were knit by Elizabeth, but others by Meg. . .I feel like I want to have about 8 different sweaters knit up to the yoke so that I can try out one of the interesting techniques that were taught today. . .it was sort of like a live version of "Knitting Glossary"!  Have a bavarian twisted stitch hat on the needles that I hope to make progress on tonight, but for now, it's nap time!
Wish you were here. . .

Jul 15, 2010

Road Trips, Dells, Curds and Knitting

On the road to knitting camp.  Promised to post at least one sentence and one picture each day--and it's midnight at home, but only 11:00 here, so I figure I'm safe.

Spent last night with a friend, Isabella wasn't too happy for the company, but Dorcus and I were pleased to be able to relax in the comfort of a home, rather than a no-tell-motel.

Today was a leisurely trip on the hunt for good shopping, good eating and full of laughter.

Went to Nancy's Notions, and bought some goodies. . .tried to take a picture with Nancy, but aparently she was camera shy!

Found a great place for lunch--or was it our breakfast? with an excellent view of a Piggly Wiggly!  Wanted curds, but wanted them fresh, rather than fried, so we're still on the hunt.

Found a local yarn store that will be celebrating it's grand opening this weekend.  Really, a super sweet shop, and the owner helped us plan the rest of our day.

We intended to head to three other stops, but time got the best of us, and we needed to get to our destination.  We drove past the Dells--and wondered. . .what is a dell anyway? Saw some bogs that were growing cranberries, and many other farms growing undetermined crops (we think they should put up signs on the side of the road for tourists), and a bit of wild life too.

Made it to dinner just in time. . . and ate with Michelle from Schoolhouse Press.  Found our seats in the classroom and were delighted to be sitting near Jennie the Potter. . .who had just gotten an email from Suzanne!  Several otther nice knitters who've all been to camp more than once made sure to give us the scoop, so we're prepared for tomorrow.

Lots of inspiration in the classroom, and we haven't even begun the instruction yet!  We feel like we've put in about a week's worth of a journey and have only been gone for a couple of days.  sheesh.  More tomorrow, with pictures of EZ's sweaters. . .


Jul 12, 2010

Down the Rabbit Hole

I actually did accomplish many good things  in the past couple of weekends.  Construction is officially done--as in the poly coat was put on the floor on Friday, and after the floor cures, we can start moving furniture in this weekend--WAHOO!!  So that means that I can start to clean and move things back into our living spaces.  Over the holiday weekend, I touched washed EVERY surface in my kitchen and dining room including the walls, ceiling and floor.  This weekend it was the spare room, sewing room and living room that got our TLC.  We've set up the tents in preparation for MichFest, and have hauled all of the gear into a pile in the spare room to begin our packing.  We've pulled at least 5 compost bags full of weeds from the garden, taken 7 boxes of books to donate to the local public library, returned cans and bottles, and took a truck load of things to the recycling center and a bunch more to the Salvation Army. 

I taught a lace class for this scarf on Saturday morning. . .We've been productive, but I still have a number of things that are calling for my attention.

I should have been working on my nametag. . .Meg Swanson asks that we knit a nametag for camp.  Mine is going to be a mobieus sock ring with a letter of my name on each sock. . .obviously, it's not done.

 I could have been working on my sweater to take with me. . .I comleted the spiral yoked sweater (although I put in the alternative colorwork instead of the spiral), but wanted to try the steeked sweater too.  I'm not gonna get there before I have to leave.

What I wound up doing was making hexagons. Lots and lots of hexagons. 

They've become so addictive, I fear I cannot stop.  I'm not sure if it's because they're like potato chips, and I can't crochet just one. . .

Or if it's because they're so colorful. . .

Or if it's because they remind me of the granny square afghans that my Gramma made me (that, I should point out, are sitting unused in a cedar chest, so why do I need another?)

All I know is I can't stop making them.  I'll let you know when I need an intervention.