I want to start today’s post by thanking everyone for their nice comments about the socks – can I be lazy and thank you all here, and promise that next time you comment I’ll send a more personal thank you? I was overwhelmed by the number of comments and emails I got after the last two posts – and I didn’t take care of them as they came in…. That ok? Please? Buy you all yarn?
We had a wonderful time at Hershey – the hotel is just beautiful. I think you all should go…..hey, how about we all go? Let’s meet there! But in the spring when its nicer….it was so cold there. But we really did have a wonderful time. Spent lots of time talking and relaxing. We walked around the hotel on Friday – unfortunately, the Circular Dining room was closed for renovations, but I did get a quick peek through a window. Disappointing that it wasn’t open, but just another reason to go back. I think we will be going back in the spring or summer – Larry didn’t get to try the golf courses, and I didn’t do the spa. So who wants to go with us?
Not convinced about going? Hmmmm….how about the Mannings? We went on Saturday …..and I spent a bit too much. I’m not going to show what I bought (well, not in this post) but I did get some very nice stuff. I was both pleased and disappointed in it – make sense? I think I had built the store up in my mind into a huge place – and its big…but…just smaller than I thought. However, they really do have a great deal of yarn, books, equipment. No fiber though (if they do, I didn’t see it). I looked at the weaving looms, but realized I just can’t buy one without knowing anything about it. I’m going to have to take a class or two. There is one in March…and I could stay at the Hershey Hotel….anyway, back to the Mannings. I forget the name of the woman who waited on me, but she was really so nice. I’m not sure the store is worth a 3 hour drive – but if you are anywhere near it, its well worth the visit. It is out in the middle of nowhere though – almost looks like a residential street. Like the pictures I took for you? I remembered when we were too far away to turn around on the way back.
I finished some yarn on Friday – this is an alpaca blend that I bought at Rhinebeck. I still have some to spin, but here is 162 yards of heavy worsted. I was hoping to spin enough for the Irish hiking scarf, but back to the wheel!
I also got (finally!) the DPN’s to do the Ariann sleeves – so I started them yesterday. I’m not sure what to do – the increase is in stockinette and apparently you are supposed to work the eyelet pattern into the increase. Its a 12-stitch repeat, and everyone starts by doing the first 6 stitches (or last) of the pattern as they increase. I didn’t and now I’m not sure what to do….I think it will look weird to just start it now – but I really don’t want to frog back. I have 8 more increases (for a total of 16 stitches increase) so I think leaving it stockinette would look weird too. Sigh….I think either I just start the eyelet or frog it back. What do you think?