Larry and I started talk about summer vacation today. We usually know by now what we are going to do, but this year was different as we were trying to figure out finances. We decided that although its going to be a bit tight, we do want to do vacation – its important that we get time away to spend together and with the kids. But where? Somewhere relatively cheap, but fun….so I started looking online. The problem with looking online is that I started with a cheap house in the Outer Banks….sidetracked to a Caribbean cruise….then went to look at Alaska cruises….Hawaii…..ended up in Maine. No idea how I got to Maine from Hawaii, but somehow I did. I went to Maine as a child – don’t remember much other than we stayed at a cabin on a lake and the water was really cold. But it looks beautiful, and I think I’m going to talk everyone into it. I saw a cute (and cheap!) rental on Deer Isle….but the Southern part of Maine has beaches. Anyone have any input?
Yesterday I went yarn shopping with Laurie and Chris. We went to three yarn stores – one was a waste, and the other two were much better. I’m not going to bore you with everything that I bought…but just this.
Colinette Jitterbug in Jewel and Magenta (ok, not sure on the second one, but the yarn is upstairs and I’m downstairs and I’m lazy).
I also roving – Cherry Tree Hill roving in Jewels…and I started spinning it already. Loving it – I’m going for laceweight. I have 8 oz and think I should have enough, at least in a single ply, for a shawl.
I really enjoyed spinning this morning – its been a while, and it was just peaceful. Until I started looking at my bobbins and realized that I have something on all three bobbins now, and I better clean off two if I change my mind and want to ply this. Sigh….maybe I should just order more bobbins.
I had a very nice time with Chris and Laurie – we had some time to knit together as well, and as always, it was fun. Laurie is trying to teach me magic loop – I tried it 5 times before I put the needle away – I just can’t get it tight enough between the needles. But I’ll try again – I think this method would be great for train knitting (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dropped a DPN on the train and then contorted myself to pick it up before it rolls off).
I realized that I’ve shown pictures of my dogs, and Nala the cat on the blog…but I don’t mention the other animals I have. I actually have 4 cats – Nala, Tom, Molly and Nipper. Nipper is my oldest cat – she’s 14 (ish) and starting to slow down. She’s a sweetie, and I thought I’d take her picture today and show you….
Now I remember why I don’t have pictures of Nipper on the blog….
So Laurie made some pretty stitch markers….and told me that if I generate enough buzz, she’ll give me a pair….so please go comment and tell her that I sent you so she gives me some?
I’m working on socks again – nothing much to show at this point – and I may frog them – just not loving the pattern. And of course I’m working on Ariann….I hope I’m done before summer!