a weekend’s worth

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apropos of nothing really, while taking photos for today’s post i realized that i’m currently knitting with the widest array of colors i’ve had on the needles in a long time (and that’s not even all of them in that photo). my knitting projects are pretty well spanning the rainbow right now, which for some reason, is an endless source of delight. for now anyway . . .

i got a whole bunch of this and that done over the weekend—bookkeeping, cooking, spinning class, and in between, some knitting.

i finished up those brown socks i had on the needles, once i located some leftovers that would work at least somewhat well—my stash was devoid of a true match.

i used some leftover STR—it doesn’t match, but it “goes”, picking up some of the golden brown from the skye sock yarn. i loooove the fabric in these socks; i’m already cooking up an idea to use it again in a future project.

once i had those squared away i turned to the gray pair and had MUCH better luck with matching the yarn

this photo is not doctored in any way—in one of those great knitting ironies, the yarn i found really does match this well, despite the fact that is it from a completely different manufacturer, is a different fiber composition, has a different number of plies, and is more lightweight/less lofty.
go figure.

the most hiLARious thing about the match is that the yarn i found was the ranco yarn i used to knit david’s school socks—at the time i knit those socks, i could not find two skins in the same dyelot that matched each other and the foot of the second sock is noticeably “off”.

good to know it matches something . . .

i started a pair of mittens with the zen yarn garden serenity worsted roxanne sent me in the spring. i’ve kept it aside to knit with now, because it is such a great yarn for mittens

dense, soft, and warm, with a touch of cashmere in the blend and machine washable to boot. perfect for a hat and mitten set. this is the tealicious colorway.
i picked a little cable motif that often makes me pause when i browse my stitch dictionaries—it’s so cushy looking, but quick and fun to do. i think it plays really well with the rich colorway and soft yarn. and who doesn’t love a touch of garter stitch?

the mitten on the needles is too small for me, but will be perfect for someone with normal-sized hands. i think these would even be great for a guy.

while i was up in my workroom rummaging for matching yarn, i remembered to dig out the red malabrigo leftover from a sweater i knit two three years ago. i always meant to knit a scarf from the leftovers to contribute to the red scarf project and never did it. but this year i’m determined to get one done.

so, saturday night i cast on for a paris-roubaix scarf, a quick, easy, and truly unisex pattern that has an interesting pattern on both right and wrong sides. malabrigo is a good scarf yarn—very soft and cushy—though i will never again use it for a sweater; it doesn’t wear well enough for my taste (my sweater was a mess of pills just a few months after completion. i still wear it, but only at home).

oh yes, about the red scarf project—SUCH a great support group to the orphan foundation of america, one of my favorite organizations. if you are interested in participating, by knitting a scarf or making a donation, please visit the red scarf site or norma’s blog to find out lots more.

and because i apparently can’t go long without having some mink/cashmere yarn in my hands, i started another scarf and hat set as well, this time in the radiant purple colorway (which i adore; it’s SO much more my color).

this photo doesn’t show the deep rich color to its best advantage but i’ll try harder next time—it is the lovliest stained-glass purple with a light haze of natural brown around it. everyone who saw it today in class just sighed over it.

speaking of class, barb showed up at spinning class yesterday wearing her now-completed aztec mazes sweater

which she knit up in lanas puras melosa fingering yarn, colorway, midnight. it’s a lighter yarn but still nice and warm, similar to the charcoal gray version i knit. she loves her yarn choice (and her sweater, finally; this is the one she ripped all the way out last time i saw her).

as long as we’re talking about lanas puras melosa, w might as wll look at the littel green cardi next. i’ve gotten one of the sleeves almost done—after this, just one more to go and i can sew it up.

actually, in class today, i got all the way to the top of the sleeve cap. we have to think up a name for this sweater—”green cardi” just isn’t that inspiring. i’d sorta like a one-word name that is springy—something like sprout or hayseed or seedling.

it feels like a patch of seedlings to me. i’m sort-of liking the german word sprössling (sprout; seedling)—waddaya think?

by the way, for those that asked and/or are curious to know more, i found the website of peggy hart, maker of the brown-and-cream blanket i purchased at rhinebeck last weekend

peggy offers several blanket styles in regular wool and merino, as well as custom weaving with commercial or homegrown wool yarn.

the foliage here in ohio has been spectacular this year—the prettiest fall we’ve had since moving here, i think. it’s actually brighter and more colorful than it was in new england, which surprises me (though my mom reports that the northeast is now seeing a full display; it must have been a little early to see the peak when we were there).
anyway, over the weekend i got outside with my camera for a bit, so i’ll post some nice pictures tomorrow of the trees and other fall stuff.

for some reason, i’m tired today, even though i got a rare full-night’s sleep last night. maybe it’s the changing weather, but i’m going to leave my desk now, have some supper, and knit for the rest of the evening. time to stop looking at the computer . . .

tottering cables

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a little lace never hurt a guy, right? especially when hidden inside an adorably staggering cable. those little eyelets perform an important job in these sturdy socks, too, keeping the fabric soft, supple, and breathable. knit up in a yummy, squishy yarn, these socks are appealingly cozy for the chilly months ahead and at the same time, comfortable to wear all day.

shown here: size medium in zen yarn garden squooshy, a superwash merino/nylon blend, in colorway, silver moon.

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the product page in the knitspot pattern shop.

it’s always a real pleasure to work with roxanne, owner of zen yarn garden, who provided the delicious yarn for this project. roxanne offers a wide array of beautiful sock, DK, and lace yarns at her online shop—go see!

my good friend gail, whose beautiful blog i visit for each new post (go see!), was jumping up and down with her hand in the air to test knit this pair—how could i resist? thank you ever so much gail; your socktoberfest tottering cables are gorgeous (see october 2 post)!

there was knitting and spinning, too

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one of the best things about our yearly rhinebeck trip is the crazy amount of knitting and spinning we get to do, despite our busy social schedule during the weekend. because, thankfully, it is completely socially acceptable to whip out one’s knitting (or spinning) over coffee, cocktails, snacks, or while traveling, chatting, and waiting. everyone does it.

it is also totally cool to get up, put on coffee, and proceed to wallow for hours in our pajamas drinking it leisurely, with all manner of knitting spread across the dining table, sofas, coffee table, or end tables—a sort of knitterly pigsty (you think i’m kidding?). no one objects.

i got my third ivy vines neckwarmer (using fibre isle bison/cashmere) done the night before kim arrived—i was able to knit six or seven repeats of the body motif for a nice long, lightweight gaiter (maybe ten inches in depth total?).

this was the easiest of changeups—i cast on for the larger-sized piece with a 3.25 mm needle and proceeded through the instructions as written, then kept repeating the body motif til i saw i could not get another repeat out of the yarn i had. i knit a couple extra rounds of garter edging at the top, since i had some yardage left (no sense wasting any), and bound off with about an inch of tail to spare, effectively using all the yarn in my little one-ounce skein (about 180 yards of laceweight). in such a light fabric, this translated to a piece that collapses into velvety folds just right for capturing warmth (but breathable, too, because it’s a little lacier).

i washed it the next morning and it was dry by the time we left town on thursday. this was the single best item of clothing i brought with me—not only was it a big hit as a show-n-tell item, but i wore it all weekend long as the perfect neck cozy; not heavy or bulky at all, but totally soft and warm. i couldn’t even tell it was there, except for the warm; hence a lack of modeling shots. it’s not one bit itchy; i would wear this against my bare neck.

(that’s my wiggle cable scarf with it in new hue handspuns bunny patch yarn; i never did get around to writing up the pattern for that . . . ooops)

once we got on the road i pulled out my brown skye safari sock to knit on the trip out. i’m tentatively calling this on uncomplicatedly, because its so unassuming, but easy to love . . . waddaya think?

i got the whole leg done on the ride to NYS and worked the heel friday afternoon while socializing at the marriot, then worked on the foot at the fischer’s sunday evening, and finished as far as my yarn would take me on the ride home. as you can see, i ended up a little short on yarn for this man-sized pair; i need to dig through my stash of sock leftovers to find something to match—i have so little to go. i knew it would be close, but i was hoping for the best (and i almost made it).

when that project came to a halt, i pulled out the gray cabled sock, hoping to fare a little better. david is sorta chomping at the bit to get his hands on this pair—we did a photo shoot with the first sock only, for the pattern cover, and he fell in love with the way it fits and feels.

roxanne’s squooshy sock yarn in silver moon colorway is so cozy and the lace cables create such a nice firm fit (but breathable, too). there’s even a touch of nylon for durability—everything a guy needs in one handsome package.

unfortunately, i ran low at the finish on this yarn too (rats!). last night i was just at the point to begin shaping the toes when i noticed i had only about ten inches of yarn left. oops.
i might have something in my stash to fill the gap or roxanne just might have a bit laying around; we’ll work something out.

so, i have two stalled sock projects. which means i need to start thinking of what socks to get on the needles next. for one thing, i know i’m working with roxanne on a new sock for the yarn4socks december club, but i’m not sure what that will be quite yet; i’m waiting to see the yarn. i might also have an unfinished regatta sock (or two) laying about that i really should complete (they’d make nice gifts, right?) i’ll keep you updated . . .

at the house, i opted for working on a less portable project in the early mornings and evenings (oh man, you would not have recognized me, i was up so early every day. ha! that’s what happens when i get to bed by 10:30 every night . . .)

not that this sweater is at all heavy or bulky, but it’s not a sock, either—it has shaping and directions i need to take along. no worries though, i got the back almost done while i was away—i’m just a few rows shy of the shoulder shaping now. after this, two narrow sleeves to knit and then i’ll be all set to start the finishing work (my fave!).

i also brought my wheel along since i was taking a sunday morning class. no sense letting it sit idle for several days, so i set it up the first night and did some spinning on a couple of evenings. i brought some of beckie’s beautiful cream romney wool and she brought me some black shetland which i’ll be needing for a project david and i are planning for january.

i spun one bobbin of the cream to ply with a bobbin i had done at home. i plied and wound off two nice skins of poofy cream yarn which i then did not get a photo of, dummy me. i sent those home with kim so she could make a hat or something fun with it.

then i started in on the black shetland—beckie used to raise sheep and her shetland is some of the nicest i’ve ever spun. this black fleece is from angus, a little pet of hers. she has since given up the shepherding life, but has lots of fiber still. when i said i needed something black for our project, she found a small bag of angus fiber for me in her stash. i’m thrilled to be including it in the project.

(have you guessed yet what the project might be? we know it requires black fiber and blue fiber to match the rug i bought . . .)

on sunday i took a class in spinning luxury fibers with beth smith, owner of the spinning loft in howell, michigan. i rarely get to take classes, so i was excited.

we got to spend three hours spinning all sorts of beautiful luxury fibers (translation: short, difficult-to-handle fibers). beth passed out samples of camel, camel down, cashmere, cashmere/silk, cotton, and finally, yak (in two colors). there may have been a couple more types, but i can’t remember without traipsing off to dig through my bag . . .

we warmed up with the regular camel, which was a bit wiry and hairy (well, compared to what was coming, heh). then beth handed around some camel down, which is the soft undercoat alone, dehaired

mu-u-uch better, mmm. we all set our drivebands on a higher whorl and released the brake to a minimum takeup, for better control with the very short fiber. i’ve been spinning some baby camel/silk blend at home on my merlin wheel, and i have to say that i think using the single-drive wheel worked much better with this type of fiber. there’s more opportunity to create that necessary differential, at least for a beginner, like me.

next we progressed to some gorgeous cashmere top beth procured from amy, owner of the spunky eclectic, who just happened to come to beth’s rescue with this superlicious top.

i admit, once i started spinning this, i just couldn’t stop. beth kept circling the room, handing out one sample after another and i’d just shove those in my bag—i was sticking with the cashmere to the end. i plan on spinning the cashmere/silk blend to ply with it; i’m hoping to end up with enough yarn to knit wristwarmers or something . . .

i did finish my bit of cashmere up, just in time to try some yak

the yak was the most difficult of all to handle, actually—it’s as short as dryer fluff and about the same consistency. i found that trying to use all but the lightest control while drafting caused it to break off, so i went with a long draw and let the twist take complete control of the fiber release. i didn’t use my thumb at all unless i needed to straight an uneven part. normally, this would result in a very uneven yarn, but with yak, when the twist takes up too much of a clump, you can still draft it out even after the singles has acquired some twist—fascinating. i also found i had to spin it a little heavier than the other fibers, at least to begin with.

this is why i love spinning; fiber has an endless number of facets to explore . . .
i’ll get all of the fibers out again this weekend and finish up my samples so i can wash them and show you the resulting yarns. it’ll be fun to have a little gallery with everything from the class finished . . .

the night we got home, kim went to bed early and i stayed up with david to watch TV and knit. thanks to our friend johanna, who sent me her fearless fibers cashmere leftovers, i was able to finish my second ivy vines (the one i started with my own leftovers)

it’s almost dry now and ready to go to the gift shelf in my closet; i’m glad to have a spare one of these so i can keep one for myself and give one as a gift. thank you johanna; you saved the day.

i think that catches me up with you completely now, yay. here we are in the present again—later today we’ll release the tottering cables sock and soon i’ll be nattering on about yet more knitting and new projects.

it’s so good to be home . . .

fabulous rhinebeck

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with david’s help, beckie, kim and i piled all of our luggage into the car last thursday morning and set out on our 2009 rhinebeck adventure. the weather reports for the weekend weren’t all that promising, but it’s not about being discouraged by the weather.

we had great success (and many laughs) with my new iPhone GPS app. she sounds a bit impatient, but not mean, exactly—i totally recommend it. we tried out a few names for her, settling for a while on “nora”, but eventually changing that to “norma” when we realized she slurred her speech just enough to sound like a slightly-drunk floozy. then we wondered if that was disrespectful of the real norma, so we switched to “phyllis” for a while.
turns out, the real norma couldn’t be happier to have our GPS named for her; see below (what was i thinking??).

our trip east was blessed with snow most of the way, but not bad enough to delay us. we arrived at our cozy rental house excited and ready to have a ton o’ fun for the next five days. the creekside house was perfect and we’ll rent it again next year if we can. we had a quick dinner of soup and bread, then settled in to warm up and knit for the evening.

the next day began a five-day food fest to top all food fests—we didn’t really plan it that way ahead of time, but we ended up eating one incredible meal after another throughout the weekend.

friday was our annual outing to CIA for lunch. this year we were joined by woolen rabbit kim at the american bounty restaurant, a new experience for us (we’ve eaten in escoffier room for the last three trips). next year, who knows—maybe the st. andrew’s or the tuscan restaurant . . .

we arrived a bit early, which gave us plenty of time to snoop through the bookstore and roam the halls of the main building, where there are great views into the kitchens.

plenty was going on behind the scenes in the bakery and patisserie. we watched these plump caramel apples become something entirely different and extravagant

then made a pass through the cafe/bakery where a person can get takeout goodies or eat a casual meal any time there is a table free

of course, eating a meal is just an excuse to follow up with dessert and there’s quite an array to choose from (kim might have come home with a red velvet cupcake . . .)

our meal in the more formal dining room was exquisite and delicious—i had crab cakes to start, followed by cioppino (seafood soup), followed by this

is it carrot cake or sculpture? pretty, yes, but yummy too—a really good fall dessert.

after we rolled out of there, we headed down-river to the mariott where our friend kim was staying to knit with her during the afternoon and early evening. we drew up chairs around the fire and before we knew it we were surrounded with the familiar faces of the new england knitters we’ve come to know over these last few years—laurie, carol, manise, kathy, lucia, vanessa, ruth, norma, claudia—and so many more. it felt wonderful to be back in their company once again.

i finally got to meet my friend norma in person—she totally lives up to her hilarious blog personality and we had many, many belly laughs in just a couple of hours. she was absolutely chuffed to be the namesake to our drunken GPS party girl, after all. so now i have a phone named norma . . .

when the rest of the group was ready to head out to dinner, we bid them good-bye—honestly, we were still stuffed seven hours after lunch ended (two desserts will do that to a girl).

saturday, we were up bright and early to head for a pre-show breakfast at bread alone bakery (BEST bagels in rhinebeck.). we didn’t waste too much time stuffing our faces there, though—the call of the wool was too strong.

it was a very chilly day—the coldest rhinebeck show i’ve ever been to. kim wore her jackie jacket the whole weekend and got lots of well-deserved compliments on how beautifully knit it is. we enjoyed every minute, walked through every building, looked at wool, wheels (i visited again with norm hall and drooled over his wheels), sheep, alpacas, visiting with friends and procuring supplies for winter knitting everywhere.

we were busy trying to take a picture of ourselves when along came our friend hattie to help us out. after which, we wandered down to join some members of the ravelry knitspot group for a picnic lunch and drinks near the racetrack area

it was sooo nice to get together—it’s a really fun and sweet group; there are a bunch of members that post often and are active participants. there’s KCkathy who came all the way from kansas city to attend the show in her central park (not) hoodie with a stonewall scarf/stole

donna (left) in an alhambra scarf and nancy (right) in an autumn arbor wrap drooling over donna’s laceweight la novia scarf.

it was delightful to meet them in person and to see everyone’s FOs—it’s true that finished knits just don’t come across the same in photos.

cathy modeled her gorgeous ondulé sweater in rose quartz woolen rabbit opulence

doesn’t she look stunning? that’s an oh! canada wrap she’s flinging about her shoulders because, well, you can never have too much pink on a dreary day, right??

i was also pleasantly surprised by a visit from my cousin-in-law, peggy, who found me at lunchtime; it was so great to meet her in person and trade hugs and some news.

everyone looked lovely and happy; we laughed and hugged and chatted for about a half hour until the chill got to us, then headed off for more shopping and browsing.

i bet you’re wondering what-all i bought?? not too many fiber purchases on this trip, i’m afraid . . .

at carolina homespun, i bought more of this luxurious cashmere/tussah top by chasing rainbows dyeworks. you might remember that i spun some up recently in evergreen and totally feel in love with both the fiber and the yarn it turns into. this time i brought home the forest colorway.

honestly, there were so many booths i didn’t even get a chance to visit—the crowds were dense and i got sidetracked talking to people so often that i had to run ot keep up with kim and beckie, thus skipping quite a few vendors and products. i thought i’d just revisit them on sunday, but that plan turned pear-shaped when the weather got so rough the next day.

still, i managed to score a few great items—i had a list from david of things we needed for the house. many of these items have been on our shopping list for a long time (several years, even) but we hadn’t been finding what we wanted at other shows. this year, my luck turned—and big-time.

we have been searching for a good blanket for our bed seemingly forever. we wanted something unique and handmade as much as possible, from real farm wool. oh, there are lots of throw-type blankets around and we found them, but it’s pretty hard to find ones can actually be used as bedding—large enough for two people to sleep under with some left over for tucking in.

and then beckie found one—way to go beckie. it’s woven in a plaited twill pattern with a wide brown stripe along the selvedges. we just love it. this will go either on our bed or on the guest bed—still deciding. we might use it as a coverlet in the guest room this year (more about that later).

david also had a standing request for wool pillows, which i had been unable to find at a few other shows we visited over the last two years. then, while looking for fleece-lined slippers, i came upon the dashing star farm booth and found them.

they were even available in three different softnesses and several sizes. score!

a couple fo buildings later, i found marilyn magnus, whose rugs i have gravitated to year after year. i love every one she weaves, from the simple and straightforward to her most complex

this is the one i purchased in 2008 for the third-floor landing—i thought i’d try a small one to start and found that i fell even more in love with it over the past year. i look for any excuse to slip my shoes off and walk across it—the softness of it is that soothing.

this year i wanted on for the finished guest room and thought that one of marilyn’s blue patterns would look great with the white plaster, black wood floor, and gray trim in that room.

i love the simple geometric patterns she does, but she didn’t have any of those in the size i needed. i’d always lusted after the more complex patterns too, though, and she had one of those beauties in a good size for the room. i like the way it looks like a fair-isle sweater, sort-of.

david and i are hatching a plan to make an additional piece for that space in the same colors—a spinning/knitting project we’ll work on together after christmas (i know—i’m totally excited to get working on that).

so i was especially happy to see that marilyn also had a few bags of her border leicester fiber dyed in a gorgeous blue to go with the rug. we’ll be using this as an accent color and she had just enough

that was the only other fiber purchase i made. like i said, i did not spend enough time poking around in vendor booths—too many friends to talk to . . . we stayed at the show til the very end of saturday, happy and satisfied and ready to get up to do it all again the next day.

speaking of friends, we were thrilled to be reunited with chris and her briar rose family—their booth was absolutely mobbed the whole weekend and stripped pretty bare by the end of the festival. good thing we made a date beforehand to meet up with them at their hotel for dinner and talking, or we wouldn’t have seen much of them.

we actually had a lovely evening warming up and visiting with chris and roger, christy and nate, little dillan, jennie the potter, her beautiful mom, and her newborn daughter, lillian. debbie grale and her mate were also with us to round out the group.

we all retired early though—a full day of fresh, brisk air and lots of walking did us in.
sunday morning i had a class (more about that tomorrow), so we got going early. unfortunately, the day was not nearly as nice as the previous one and soon after we got to the fairgrounds, it started to rain. it was also much colder and windier (cue in shark music).

after my class we made few quick stops to look at wheels and browse a bit more

with a run to the car to drop stuff off. i wanted to go back through the show for the afternoon, but once we’d traipsed through the parking lot, i was so chilled that it was actually discouraging. just then it started to rain steadily. it didn’t take much persuading to get us in the warm car and headed to town for a hot cuppa coffee.

there’s always next year . . . i’m sorry i didn’t get to visit with some people and sorry that i didn’t see everything, but what i did see was really really inspiring and beautiful—this show has all the best there is on offer in the fiber world.

i feel very lucky that i’m able to travel there each year with my two beautiful best friends to attend. missing just a little of it this year will keep me longing for more next year.

and anyway, this was NOT the end of our weekend! we had lots more in store for the next couple of days—that’s the benefit of making a mini-vacation out of the trip; it’s not over til it’s over.

i think the three of us agree that the absolute highlight of our trip, in fact, awaited us at our next destination—dinner at the home of our friends, the fischers; john, his beautiful wife nathalie, and his lovely sister, mary.

we first met john at CIA, where he is a professor of table service. after kim chatted him up a bit, we discovered he is a spinner who attended the wool show every year. and, well, an instant friendship was born. we ran into them several times at last year’s events and emailed a bit over the winter.

when an invitation to visit their home for sunday evening was extended, we eagerly accepted.

john was hard at work in the kitchen when we arrived, the table was beautifully laid for a fall dinner,

and a nice spread of snacks waited in the cozy living room. we all got out our respective knitting and sat down for gossip, champagne, tapenade on toasts, and scrumptious cheeses (my favorite of foods and the fischers just finished working on a book all about them, yay)

after a bit, i visited john in the kitchen while he plated the salads (BTW, that’s a staghorn sweater knit for him by nathalie—how handsome is that?? you should check out her other projects—she’s amazing)

and we talked about food, writing, and the future (we discovered we are only a few months apart in age; “the future after 50” is always a topic worth exploring, heh)

soon we sat down to dinner and the serious eating began (well, began again, hahaha).

we started with a beautiful salad of fall pears, blue cheese, and local greens accompanied by a delicious chardonnay infused with the taste of coconut (for me, anyway).
then came the main course—a real work of art.

pot roast with chanterelles and portobella mushrooms in a mouth-watering gravy with herby polenta and sautéed garlicky greens.

john decanted a 13-year-old red and i took pictures, hahaha.

that’s the sediment he was working so carefully to keep out of the decanter.

and well done. it was a tart, musty, rich red (sorry, i don’t even know what variety) that i enjoyed immensely. it’s fun to eat with people who know what they’re doing, especially when you love food as much as we do.

i can’t say enough how much of a treat this was for us all. and we haven’t yet arrived at the best part—sorry john, but you know it’s true; everyone will agree—the dessert was over the top.

a concord grape pie baked by nathalie. if you weren’t in love with her yet, you are now, right??

omg, i never had this treat before, but i know i’ll have it again. and don’t even ask kim what she thought unless you have about an hour to listen to her review.

to be totally fair, john set an example by being the first to lick his plate clean and kim asked permission before following suit. she’s not totally debauched by pie alone . . .

dessert was followed by an excellent round of espresso coffees (john is more than a little proud of the crema produced by his espresso maker, heh)

and luscious chocolates handmade especially for us by one of john’s colleagues (sorry, by now i was dizzy with it all and the chef’s name has escaped me).

after dinner we rolled retired back to the living room to look at some of natalie’s current projects

and talk some more. my one regret is that i seem to have come home with no photos of mary or her knitting anywhere in my camera. darn.

though we would have loved to stay long into the wee hours (or simply move in with our new best friends), after a while we said our goodbyes and headed back to the house; we don’t at all want to wear out our welcome and risk not being invited back. or maybe next year we can somehow return the favor (right.).

our last day in the catskills dawned beautifully sunny and much milder than the weekend. we waffled a bit about whether to stay in and knit or get out in the sun and before long, we found ourselves taking a ride to woodstock (what can i say; we have a favorite shoe store there—need i elaborate?)

we spent a few hours poking around in the shops for gifts to bring home for our loved ones. chocolates, t-shirts, gadgets, and toys were procured over the course of a nice stroll through town.
we ended the day with a drive and one final delicious dinner at seravan in amenia, NY.

then it was back to the cottage to pack and get ready to head home—now it was over. well, except for the car trip which is always fun when you have a norma in your vehicle . . . .

tomorrow i’ll share the knitting and spinning i got done while i was away—it’s been hours now that i’ve been at this post and time for bed (while visions of lemon mousse dance in my head . . .)