Mr. Snips and I just recently returned from a flat-out amazing, wonderful trip to Hawaii, which is why it’s been so quiet here recently. It was a great trip that had a lot of time for relaxing and reading by the pool, but with enough fun outings that it didn’t get too restful. Above, you will see a picture of me knitting in our rental car, roof down (we had a convertible), and the sunset in the background. Bliss.
I’m nearing the finish mark on a quilt I’ve been working on for a while, and will be handing it off to get it professionally quilted very soon. I’ve never done that, so I’m excited! The other quilts I’ve done, I’ve bumbled along doing some straight lines on my little machine. Since this one is for BK, and the fabric is out of this world beautiful (Magic by Sarah Jane), I want to make sure that it gets a fancier treatment than I can give it alone.
It’s almost Halloween! I can’t wait! It’s hands down my favorite holiday. It may have something to do with growing up in a cornfield and always having to be driven to different houses for trick-or-treating. It’s not nearly as magical as what I always saw on TV where kids just walked out of their front door and went around the neighborhood. When we moved into our old house, I nearly burst from excitement when we had 100 trick-or-treaters come to our door (yes, I’m a nerd, I keep a tally). Our new house gets less traffic, but it is amazing to trick-or-treat in because it is basically a big loop. We also have a few neighbors who really go all out on the decorations and make it really fun. BK and I did the whole neighborhood last year and it was a blast. I can’t wait to go out with her again this year.
I’ve picked up a few beautiful skeins recently that I wanted to share with you.
So… no surprise… I found a yarn shop while we were in Sedona. Knit Wits was a super lovely shop. I could have stayed much longer than I did, but I did stay long enough to pick out this absolutely beautiful purple yarn from Mary Gavan, who is a local dyer. I was asking Mr. Snips which color he liked best and he said, “It depends. Do you know what you’re going to knit with it yet?” And I laughed and said, “Of course I don’t. I just want it!” Since then though, I’ve been thinking of a plan – it may end up being a French Cancan, which has been in my queue for a long time. But then I saw this loose-gauge sweater pattern last week… and I might be swayed. We’ll see where I land!
The color is lighter and brighter in person. Trust me, it’s beautiful.
Also, my friend Heather from BaH Yarns had a trunk show near me a couple of weeks ago, and I snatched these two absolutely awesome skeins of “Cowabunga” (in fact, I may have talked her into dying it)! One is fingering weight (the slightly deeper color to the left) and one is DK – the slight color differences are because of the base – but I think they are both equally gorgeous.
My little girl is a HUGE TMNT fan, and I promised her some winter accessories out of the DK skein (hat, mitts, cowl – I’m a bit undecided at the moment). The fingering weight skein is all for me, though. I couldn’t resist having my own very special TMNT project, because I’m pretty fond of the Turtles myself. We’ll be full of Turtle Power by fall for sure!
I got a really bad cold, and was completely and totally miserable for a couple of days – barely moving off of the couch. I got well just in time to…
Go to England to visit the Mr Snips side of the family. We got to visit Dublin for the first time (bought some green Irish yarn there! – Coolree Merino/Silk in Eye-Balm Green!), saw family in England, attended my lovely friend Sarah’s wedding, celebrated BK’s birthday and explored London with my parents.
Lost almost all of the pictures of those things when our camera memory card corrupted unexpectedly, and no one in the universe can recover them.
Our flight home was cancelled, which resulted in an extra three days away. That meant we got to make a side trip to Wales, which was fun. But I was getting so tired and then we spent so long on planes that I got home…
Just in time to get sick again! Only to start recovering…
To go to England again just 6 short days after coming home! This time for a work conference. I left on a Monday, came home on a Friday, to find…
That my mom, dad and BK had all developed various levels of cold/virus/nasty lurgy of some kind.
Which meant that Mr Snips and I had to do some creative childcare to give my parents recovery time (my mom especially was very ill).
Once I finally got back to my regular schedule, I have come down with Cold #3 in just 7 short weeks!
BK has decided since my return home that it is awesome to get up at 4:30 every morning.
So, in short, I am tired, sick, and feel totally drained. There is a little knitting going on here and there, and I’m finding my sporadic work on it relaxing and a little return to sanity. I’m working very hard on my Bigger on the Inside shawl, because my knit-a-long partner has finished hers, I’ve been working on it since October, and I’m starting to feel guilty it isn’t done. What are you working on??