Sunday, June 30, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Driving to Colorado and back gave me plenty of time for listening to my iPod.
I had never really listened to these lyrics.
This is my new absolutely favorite song.
Where I've been
Where I am
Is the show.
Where I've been
Where I am
Is the show.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
I drove to Colorado to stay with Ben and Bekky while I take a nursing informatics class in Boulder.
Yup, drove to Colorado to sit in a windowless conference room for 18 hours.
It was an excellent class, but my days of being attentive during extended lectures are long gone. I made it through half of the first day before I started to nod off.
However, I am able to be attentive (by which I mean stay awake) when my hands are busy.
This led to knitting.
Nice garter stitch knitting that doesn't require attention.
I probably made more eye contact with the instructors than anyone else in the room.
3S Shawl in Knitting Fever's Painted Desert yarn.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Today I drove around SouthEastern Minnesota, yarn shop to yarn shop. It was a beautiful sunny day for a drive and I hit five yarn shops, from Winona to Northfield.
It was YarnVenture!
I picked up a dandy new bag at Yarnology in Winona, and managed to fill it up throughout the day. A skein of Sun Valley Merino fingering yarn from Hank and Purls in Rochester. Luscious spinning fiber from BeeLighted in Zumbrota. Nifty notions and another skein of fingering yarn from What in Yarnation in Cannon Falls. A new pattern and yarn from Northfield Yarn. Every shop had its own strengths, and it was fun to see the differences. I really consider myself lucky to have Northfield Yarn as my local yarn shop (I liked it the best of them all!)
And goodie bags at most of the shops, full of fun stuff!
My favorite goodie bag item? The bright red knit sign, also from Yarnology.
If you're in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin, you can still take part in this event. Second day is Saturday June 15. You'll have a lot of fun!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
It's been a good week for the US mail at my house.
I received my copy of the first issue of Jacey Boggs' new PLY magazine, a magazine for hand spinners.
I'm going to take my time to savor and fully evaluate this one. It looks really useful at first glance.
And I like the sheep on the back cover!
Monday, June 10, 2013
Number one way to improve a Monday: Driving home in the sunshine (unusual around here lately) and coming in to a delicious supper being prepared by my husband.
Number two: My yarn and pattern arrived from KnitCircus (and a freebie sample!)
Pixie Dust Fingering yarn in the color Andromeda.
Can you see the sparkles?
There's a knitalong for this Corrina shawl, and I'm in!
Sunday, June 9, 2013
I managed to get a run in today between the intermittent rain showers.
The wild phlox are blooming like crazy.
I don't need to plant flowers in my yard. I just go visit them in the Carleton Arboretum. The best part? No weeding necessary.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Soccer games that are an hour and a half from home offer plenty of simple knitting time in the car. I actually got these finished.
Knitting these mittens reminded me that with my handspun, when I think I made a worsted weight, it's really a bulky yarn. These are only 37 stitches around.
This is a great pattern for handspun, as you knit from the tip of the mitten and get a personalized fit. Sizing on the fly, regardless of yarn weight.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Slightly over a month ago, the Carleton Arboretum looked like this:
It's getting greener now, but I'm waiting to see how the open hillside develops:
The way it looked before they cleaned out the old non-native growth:
Monday, June 3, 2013
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Clue 1 of the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl.
Maybe I should have chosen a blue as my lace color?
I've been working to expand my wardrobe color choices.
Orange is definitely outside my usual selection.
Well, it is a mystery knit along. I'll keep going.