Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010: A year in knitting

2010: A year in knits

This year, I knit a total of 23 things:
16 pairs of socks (15 pair adult-sized, 1 baby-sized) (9 for me, 7 gifts)
5 hats (3 adult-sized, 2 infant-sized) (2 for me, 3 gifts)
2 little shawls (both gifts)

All of this means ... I met my knitting goals for this year! I wanted to knit 12 pairs of socks, and I most definitely topped that. I also wanted to make a shawl for my grandma, and I did that.

It'd be hard for me to pick a favorite thing I knitted this year, but I'd have to go with grandma's shawl or maybe these socks for myself. They're just so cheerful.

Overall, I knit fewer things than I did in 2009, but my output this year was more of what I love: socks!

My only knitting goal for 2011 is to knit more socks than I did last year. I better get crackin' -- I have several pairs on the needles already!

Happy knitting, friends.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas knitting ... and a Christmas miracle

It's been done for weeks, and the recipients have received them, so it's time to blog about them!

FO: Josh's socks

Knit out of a hair over two skeins of Regia Tweed (thank goodness I bought three!), these socks were started in August 2008. Yes, I know. Embarrassing! It was a visit from my brother in October that kicked my butt into gear and got the first sock finished, and the second one followed soon after. These were knit cuff-down with size 1 needles, and each sock was 80 stitches around, so that's my excuse as to why they took so long. But because they're knit so tightly (and it's Regia), I'm hoping they last forever! I got a text message from my brother that "These socks f---ing rock!" So I know he's pleased. =)

FO: Mom's socks

Next up are socks knit from Colinette Jitterbug for my mom. She picked a skein out at a visit to a LYS here more than two years ago (gulp) back when I was new to sock knitting. I was worried the yardage so I got a half-skein from The Loopy Ewe and alternated them up the food and leg (they're knit toe-up). Boy, Jitterbug is plump and lovely to work with! I just wish skeins didn't have knots ...

(FO: Dad's Christmas socks

Finally, these are socks for my dad. My dad has large (size 13 feet) and I knit the first sock in FIVE DAYS! I just couldn't put them down. (Overall, the pair took about two weeks.) It's Universal Pace sock yarn on size 2 needles (I learned my lesson ... no more size 1s for my dad and brother!). I'm hoping the nylon content means they'll last a long time.

I have been quiet on the blog front because I've been going through some rough stuff lately. My dad was diagnosed with anemia, and he had a colonoscopy to check things out ... they found a mass on Dec. 9. So for eight days, we were in pins and needles waiting for the results. It was one of the toughest times of my life. But thank goodness, tests showed it was precancerous, not cancer, so they caught it in time! He will have surgery in early January and life will go on. It is the truly the best Christmas gift I could ask for!

With the anemia, he is cold all the time. So I've started another pair of socks for him. I started them during the waiting period between his colonoscopy and finding out the results, so I was knitting them with lots of thoughts of healthiness and cancer-free results. (And I'd like to think it helped in some way!)

WIP: Dad's sock

So these are happy, hopeful socks now. And I can't wait to finish them!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing my American friends lots of happiness on Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

road trip to the Outer Banks

I nearly forgot to blog about the trip I took a week ago! My pals Tiffany, Tasha and I took a road trip to the Outer Banks to visit Knitting Addiction in Kill Devil Hills. I had been to the store's old location but this was my first visit to their new spot. I have to say, it is REALLY nice! The store was abuzz with activity when we were there, but the employees were helpful. It's a really nice, airy, large store. They have lots of Malabrigo and Spud & Chloe to boot. I came home with a beautiful skein of locally dyed DK weight yarn.

Sea Star Handpaints, colorway Avalon Pier

There are 460 yards ... I'm thinking about some kind of gorgeous knee-high socks.

I also bought a pair of Addi DPNs -- they are really nice. I'm using them on a pair of socks for my mom and the socks are just flying! I've knit a sock and a half in a week on them.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday No. 2

The astute among you might've realized that I missed Thankful Thursday last week. Oops! In my defense, I had a 12-hour day at work so my blogging time was slim to none. So here are some things I am thankful for:

1. Fall weather. I've been taking advantage of these cool, crisp, not-a-cloud in the sky days as much as possible. Today, Josh and I took Gracie to the dog park and threw a ball for her over and over again. I know she enjoys getting the chance to run freely. And I just love walking the streets in our neighborhood with crunchy leaves underfoot.

2. Trivia games. Last night I competed with seven colleagues at an annual trivia competition. We came in 2nd in 2007 and 2009 and 1st in 2008. Well, we regained our title last night! It requires lots of knowledge about current events and world leaders. We were so surprised to win -- our main competition is a local defense contracting firm, and they're really, really good. This just adds to my desire to appear on "Jeopardy!". I'm on the e-mail list, but they so rarely announce auditions. Someday ...

3. Colinette Jitterbug. I've never worked with this yarn before but it's so lovely. It's squishy and works up at a nice gauge (only 60 stitches around for a sock is unheard of for me). The only downside? The knots and fuzzy joins. Still, though, it's got a great twist and I've got more than half a sock done in three days.

Monday, November 8, 2010

It's finally sock weather!

I'm so excited that I can wear wool socks every day and NEED them. Compared with a year ago, I probably have twice as many handknit sock options. And these are the latest added to my collection:

FO: Easter Egg socks

Yarn: Opal Kaleidoskop (90% of a skein)
US 1 needles
Time to knit: 20 days, all of which were in October, making these a nice pair of Socktoberfest socks!

I'm hard at work finishing up a pair of socks I started for my brother TWO YEARS AGO. Holy moley. The first was on the needles that long but I finished it during his visit last week. The second is flying and I'm already past the heel flap. Let's hope I don't put it down for another two years just because he has enormous feet!

In other news, I'm thinking about signing up for a Woolgirl kit for my birthday month -- the theme is Victorian Writers, which I am perfectly fine with, but I'm more excited about an Anne Hanson sock pattern + sock yarn. It would be a lovely birthday treat!

I'm also looking forward to a road trip my knitty girls are planning, down to the Outer Banks to Knitting Addiction. No doubt I will be wearing handknit socks for the occasion. :-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I found out about the idea of Thankful Thursday on another knitting blog and thought: "I can totally manage blogging at least once a week. The idea behind Thankful Thursday is that you list three things you're thankful for, on each Thursday in November. So without further ado:

Star Trek, Michalski style

1. My brother. He flew in from Ohio a week ago and we did the Wicked 10K together. Most people dress up since it's Halloween weekend. We put together our Star Trek uniforms (patches from, phasers from Amazon, my ears courtesy of a costume shop in Ohio -- thanks, Mom!) We walked the race (because of his bruised rib and my general feeling of yuckiness) instead of running, and it was a nice time. While he was here, we went down to the Outer Banks and played some pool one night, too. It was lovely!

2. My beau. Maybe it's getting to be that time of the year when I get all gushy and reflective around the holidays, but I just feel so lucky to have him in my life. He's hilarious and smart and cute and generous.

straight hair

3. Lest you think I'm all about the humans ... I'm thankful for my flat-iron. After years of borrowing them from roommates or just going curly, I plunked down a little cash for a flat-iron of my own. It does not take anywhere near as long as I thought it would. I picked one of the top-rated ones on Amazon, and I'm definitely impressed.

Monday, October 11, 2010

a round-up of FOs

oh hai.

Vacation + life got in the way of blogging -- but not knitting! My beau and I went to Vegas a few weeks ago and had a blast. I even did lots of knitting, thanks to long flights each way.

Most of my vacation knitting was a Sockhead Hat out of some luscious Madelinetosh Sock in Clematis:

Sockhead Hat, from the side

It took for-EVA to knit this thing. Four inches of ribbing + nine inches of stockinette. But I really love it and it's so soft and cushy. I can't wait for it to get cold enough for me to wear it...

Next-up - a beret for my friend Barbie, who designed some tags for me to attach to knitted gifts. This was knit out of Malabrigo Worsted in Emerald Blue.

FO: Barbie's beret

A friend from college had a baby girl, so I whipped up these socks from leftover Trekking 100 and mailed 'em off to Pennsylvania:

FO: wee socks

And finally ... a pair of socks for me!

FO: PSU socks

The yarn is Malabrigo Sock and Trekking 100. I used about a half a ball of each.

And that's it! All the knitting I've been working on. I've got a couple more socks in the works right now -- it is Socktoberfest, after all ...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Earl Earl Earl

This hurricane is on my mind! I work at a newspaper so this is prime time for being busy. I picked up an OT shift Friday night.

I live in an area that is 'cushioned' by the Outer Banks, so we won't get a direct hit, just tropical-storm-force winds and rain sustained for about 20 hours straight. It will start as I'm at work this afternoon and won't let up till noon or so tomorrow. (Then I get to drive to work in the mess. Fun fun.)

I picked up some supplies at Walmart after work the other night, including this:

Bring it, Earl.

Now I'm ready to knit in the dark. Bring it, Earl!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

the sock report

I've got a bevy of finished knits to show you, but first up will be the knitted good nearest and dearest to my heart: socks!

FO: Ohio State socks

These are my first Christmas gift of the year -- socks for my brother's girlfriend in Ohio State colors.

Yarn: Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Strawberry and Smoke (about a half skein of each)
US 2 needles
Time to knit: About 2.5 weeks

I'm happy with how the joins turned out, too:

Detail of the jogs

I think Meg will really like them. She's been coveting the Ohio State mittens I made for my brother a couple years ago.

Detail of the jogs

Next up is a pair of socks for myself. Also stripey!

FO: Stripey Socks

Yarn: Vesper Sock Yarn, colorway Lovely Lollipop Sky (a summer 2008 Vesper Sock Club offering)
US 1 needles
Time to knit: a month and a half

FO: Stripey Socks

I'm really happy with them -- I got lazy on the first one and bound off a little early, so they're not the tallest things. But that's OK. They're so bright and cheery, I smile every time I look down at my feet!

stripey detail

These pairs are nos. 9 and 10 of 2010, putting me ahead of schedule for my goal of 12 pairs in 2010. I already have two new pairs on the needles ...

If you'll excuse me, I will return to my knitting. I have a pot of chili in the crockpot for dinner tonight. Yum!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Perhaps I will return to blogging more frequently now that this is in my hot little hands:

new computer = YAY

I finally upgraded my 6-year-old Compaq laptop! The breaking point was sitting down at the computer as I ate my morning cereal (as I do every day), clicking on Firefox to open a browser window, and eating all of my cereal before the damn thing loaded. I decided to stop waiting and just plunk down the money!

Of course, I'm blogging from the old computer right now ... I have to transfer my iTunes and various files over to the new one with the help of a Flash drive. For some reason I'm being a baby and am insisting on waiting until the boyfriend is home from work to do it. Oh hai, I'm a helpless female.

I can show you this: the socks-in-progress for my brother's girlfriend. These will be her first handknit socks:

WIP: Meg's socks

They're pretty cute, if I may say so myself. Yarn is Loopy Legends Solid Series -- I didn't care for its hand at first, but it's growing on me now that I'm well into the second sock. I'm knitting these 4-row stripes on size 2 needles, but if they were for me, I think I'd have gone down to a 1 for tighter gauge. She has small feet (US women's 7.5), which is the smallest adult sock I've ever knit! So wee!

This is probably as good a time as any to confess that I am rather ambivalent about knitting any more socks for my family for Christmas. It's not that the socks aren't worn, or that my family doesn't know the work that goes into them. That couldn't be further from the truth. And it's not that I'm pushing sock-making duties off on my mom, now that she's knitting socks. I must confess that I am just itching to knit more socks for myself! I know my feet so well that I can knock out a pair of stockinette socks for myself in a week or so, but gift knitting seems to drag and drag ...

With four months till Christmas, I'm hopeful I can overcome this ennui and kickstart my gift knitting again!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Where am I?

Well, dear readers, I'm in the midst of a summer funk. I've been working six-day weeks. I've been knitting, but not too much. I've taken zero pictures in the past three weeks or so. Just when summer tempts us and gives a day *only* in the mid-80s, the next day it returns to 95 degrees with a swampy heat index of 110. Ugh.

I'm seeing my parents and brother in less than two weeks, so I hope that breaks up my mood. In the meantime, there is some good old summer TV filling my time ("True Blood," "The Colony" and "Mad Men").

I have two finished socks -- one self-striping Vesper yarn, the other stripes of my own doing for a Christmas knit, but again, the camera hasn't left the bag in weeks. Here's hoping I can report back with something to show for myself ...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

pairs no. 7 and 8 of 2010

I'm checking in with two newly finished pairs of socks. This past weekend was very good to me, knitting-wise.

FO: more socks

Yarn: OnLine Supersocke Afrika (about 80% of the skein)
US 1 needles
basic stockinette
Rav details

I have a hunch that these socks will wear like iron. It wasn't the softest yarn to knit with, but BOY does it make for a solid pair of socks.

Next up is my latest pair of Socks that Rock socks.

FO: Quinault Canopy socks

Quinault Canopy, mediumweight (93% of a skein -- yippee for toe-up!)
US 2 needles
Rav details

These might be the tallest socks I've ever knit. Love 'em!

These are my seventh and eighth pairs of socks for 2010 -- putting me ahead of schedule for my goal of knitting 12 pairs of socks this year.

I'm hard at work on a pair of stripey socks, thanks to some Vesper sock yarn I got in a membership to the Vesper Yarn Club two whole summers ago (gulp). I also picked up my long-suffering Clapotis and knocked out another repeat, so perhaps I'll finish that up before, oh, the end of the year ...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mimi's shawl

After a furious few days of knitting (god bless the three-day holiday weekend, even if mine was Friday through Sunday unlike most Americans), the shawl for my grandma is DONE!

shawl, modeled

Yarn: Fearless Fibers sock yarn, colorway: Speak Softly (about three-quarters of the skein)
Pattern: In the Land of Oz
Mods: Knit charts 2, 3, and (to make it larger) chart 2 through row 14
Rav details

This was the second time I've knit this shawl. It felt like it went a lot faster this time, even though I made it bigger. Perhaps it just felt intuitive? Anyhow, I could see myself even making this a third or fourth time. It's a lovely, easy, well-written pattern.

shawl, modeled

My grandma is 88 on Wednesday but I won't be giving it to her until I see her in person next month in Pittsburgh. I cannot WAIT to give it to her. She's one of the most special people in the whole world and she deserves a shawl more than anyone!

shawl's wingspan

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I've been a quiet blogger lately because I have little to show for my knitting progress. I've found it hard to knit the past few weeks because it's been so darn hot here - temperatures in the 90s or 100s with high humidity. Ugh. I think I finally found my groove with the In the Land of Oz shawl (rav link) I'm knitting for my grandma -- I'm seriously flying through the lace right now. Though her birthday is July 7, I'm planning on giving it to her in August, when I see her in person on a trip to Pittsburgh.

I don't think I ever blogged this wee hat I knit for my friend Judy's baby. She's due to give birth to a boy in August.

FO: Baby hat

I used Trekking 100 (white) and scraps of Araucania Multy (blue). It knit up really fast. And technically it's my first colorwork project! I got a little carried away with the checkerboard fun and I definitely think I'll try some other easy colorwork in the future.

I finished the hat over a month ago but waited to give it to her until her shower this weekend. She really loved the hat, so I'm tickled. Nothing like sharing a handknit with a friend! It makes me so happy.

A friend snapped this picture of us -- isn't she such a pretty gal?

me and the lady of the day

Sunday, June 13, 2010

an assortment of FOs

I have a couple finished knits to show ...

First up, a finished pair of socks:

FO: Tricoter Socks

Socks that Rock lightweight in Tricoter
US 2 needles, 68 stitches, 2x2 rib

I knit the first toe-up (to maximize height) and the second cuff-down, just for fun. I really love this colorway knit up.

Next up, a sock that took about a week or 10 days (I think), because it was my trip knitting in Missouri:

another finished sock
STR mediumweight in Quinault Canopy (a MDS&W 2010 purchase)
toe-up, 64 stitches, 2x2 rib
US 2 needles

I'm so happy with how the yarn worked up! No over-the-top pooling. It's just a really tall, cushy/comfy/cozy socks. Again, I cast on the mate as a cuff-down sock, just to mix it up.

And the last of the sock brigade:

FO: a sock

Yarn: OnLine Supersocke 100 Afrika
US 1 needles, 72 stitches

I started this in late April and put it on hold to show my mom how to do a heel turn and gusset when we were in Missouri two weeks ago. The foot of the sock just flew.

Speaking of sock knitting, my mom has finished her first sock!! I am so very proud. She sent me a picture-text message at almost 11:00 last night showing it off once she kitchenered the toe.

Finally (boy, I didn't think I had been knitting this much but now I think otherwise), a Jayne hat:

FO: Jayne hat

This is a hat as seen in the sci-fi series "Firefly" -- many a "Firefly" fan has made this hat. I made it to wear to a screening of "Serenity" (the movie featuring the same cast) yesterday. I saw a couple other Jayne hats but of course I liked mine the best. =)

Next up, I'm going to keep working on the mates to those single socks and keep on working on a shawl for my grandma. I'm in the never-ending stockinette portion of another In the Land of Oz.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Missouri yarn-ventures

Of *course* my mom and I plotted stops at several yarn shops on our trip -- would you expect anything less?

The first shop we went to was Simply Fibers in Springfield, Mo. (Links are going to take you to my mom's photos of the shops.) A little Maltese-Yorkie pup named Charlie greeted us when we walked in. He was one of the cutest pups I've ever seen - when he got going with running, his front legs just went straight and he looked like a marching soldier (for lack of a better description). I have a bias toward dogs in yarn shops (especially when they're small, non-shedding and well-behaved) -- so Charlie was a big hit. Kelle was working at the shop and she was just the bubbliest, nicest gal. She even logged on to Ravelry to friend each of us. (Kelle, if you see this, I hope your trip to Ireland was great!)

I bought two skeins of sock yarn, some Opal (because I'm a sucker for self-patterning yarns right now) and a tweedy purple-blue one by Hand Painted Knitting Yarns, dyed for the store.

Opal Kaleidoskop

Hand Painted Knitting Yarns, Donegal Sock

That was our only yarn shop in southwest Missouri. We stopped at a fabric store for my mom in what felt like the middle of nowhere. The selection wasn't to my mom's liking, but the shop owner was really friendly and outgoing, so I bought some buttons for baby sweaters and that was about it.

Once we got back to the eastern side of the state, we visited Kirkwood Knittery in suburban St. Louis. They had a Memorial Day sale, yippee! Their selection was nice, and they had a nice-sized crowd there, too. One of the proprietors was very friendly and had a ton of questions for my mom about the college where she works (my mom was wearing a t-shirt from it). It's always nice to chat with people when you're on trips. I picked up some Jojoland Melody.

Jojoland Melody

Jojoland Melody

We stopped at Jackman's Fabrics, where my mom picked up some nice things. (Um, can you tell I'm not a quilter/sew-er? This description is a brief one, hee hee.) Then we checked into our hotel in St. Louis, had some yummy Mexican food and a margarita and called it a night.

On Sunday, we visited Knitty Couture in the Delmar neighborhood. This was a cool area, but boy was it a hot day. It was a really cute store ... I *almost* didn't buy anything, but ... at the last minute I spotted this merino-cashmere-nylon sock yarn. Something I've wanted to try for a long while. So I picked it up -- Spirit Trail Fiberworks Frija sock yarn in a deliciously scummy color called Vintage:

Spirit Trail Fiberworks, Frija sock yarn

We weren't going to go to the last yarn shop on our list -- our feet were aching, we were hot and tired. But the GPS told us we were less than five miles from Knitorious. So off we went.

It was a nice-sized store with a TON of selection. I had a tough time deciding but in the end went with something outside my normal color choices -- this Dyeabolic Strong Arm sock.

Dyeabolical Strong Arm sock yarn

And thus concludes my yarn adventures in St. Louis! I think it's time to hold myself accountable publicly and say that's it for yarn-buying and me for some time. I am so incredibly fortunate to have the yarn stash that I do, and I'm going to continue to knit from it as fast as I can. I plan to stay on this yarn diet until Sheep and Wool next year (barring gifts that require a specific yarn that I don't already own). We'll see how it goes ...

Monday, June 7, 2010

visiting Missouri

I'm home from Missouri! (Um, I've been home for a week.) The trip was fabulous -- it felt so luxurious to get to spend four days with my mama!

We visited the Arch (just the base of it -- rides to the top were sold out) ...

Gateway Arch

Best of all, we drove nearly four hours to Mansfield, Mo., to visit Rocky Ridge Farm, home to Laura Ingalls Wilder (for whom I am named)!

Rocky Ridge Farm

This was a trip my mom and I had talked about taking for many, many years. We talked about it as a high school graduation thing, but my dad lost his job around that time and it wasn't feasible. Then college came, and summer internships got in the way. Then I had a job. Then my granddad got sick last summer. But this year, we finally made it happen.

at Rocky Ridge Farm

We both teared up when we walked into the museum and saw Pa's fiddle, which featured so prominently in all her books. They had Mary's nine-patch quilt, which she made before she grew ill (with scarlet fever, I think) and became blind. They had countless "artifacts" (for lack of a better word) from her lifetime, including one of the tablets on which she wrote "On the Shores of Silver Lake." We got to see the very desk she wrote some of the books on, in her study. The house was lovely and I wish we had the opportunity to freely walk around the house and/or take photos indoors. Ah well. I will remember our trip always!

Oh yeah ... I might've taught my mom to knit a sock, too ...

Mom's first sock!

I am so proud!

(I'll be back soon with a yarn-y report.)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

more sockiness

I feel like a boring blogger, because all I write about are socks. I have socks on the brain all the time! I can't help that they're the best knitting project around ...

FO: 2x2 rib sock

This is a 2x2 rib sock in Socks that Rock lightweight, colorway Tricoter. I bought this yarn at a LYS in Seattle with the same name. I love the colors so!

The first sock was knit toe-up, but I decided to knit the second one cuff-down to make it a little more exciting for me. I'm almost to the heel flap on its mate already.

I've got yet another pair of plain vanilla socks started for my upcoming trip to Missouri. I'm so very excited for some quality time with my mom -- we haven't done anything, just the two of us, in a long time!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sheep & Wool goodies

In my last post, I talked about the people. This post is about the yarny spoils.

Sheep & Wool haul 2010

It was pretty crowded early Saturday at the booths I wanted to check out (Cloverhill Yarn Shop and The Fold), so I hunted elsewhere and came back when they were quieter.

My first purchase was a skein of Yummy sock from Miss Babs -- Chocolate Roses (bottom left). (I'm thinking about a pair of Monkeys with it.)

I got the pretty purple and blue sock yarn (second row, first pic) at Autumn House Farm's booth.

After that, I wandered off on my own to check out Cloverhill and fell down. Very hard. I got the two skeins of handspun at top as well as the bright cheery yellow Wullenstudio sock yarn.

After that, I dove into The Fold and got the other three skeins you see - all mediumweight. Quinault Canopy (the minty green), Paula Mae a Night at the Show (red), and Vine Maple (the delicious one that looks so autumnal).

I stayed within my budget, but now I'm wishing I had set a lower budget! I'm going to Missouri in two weeks on a girls' weekend with my mom and I'm sure there will be more yarn shopping!

That being said, I'm certainly doing my part to knit through some of my sock yarn. I finished these socks a few days ago and am wearing them today for the first time!

FO: Lacy Ribs socks

Yarn: Wullenstudio sock in Bad Moon Rising (a MDS&W purchase in 2008)
Pattern: Lacy Rib socks by Wendy Johnson
Rav details

I love how bright and cheerful they are. They fit me like a glove.

The following sock is on hiatus until I see my mom in two weeks so I can show her a heel turn:

WIP: a patriotic sock

The yarn is Online Supersocke Afrika and here's a Rav link.

And finally, I'm on the leg of this toe-up 2x2 rib sock ... hoping to finish it and get a good start on its mate for airplane knitting.

WIP: 2x2 rib sock

Yarn is Socks that Rock lightweight in Tricoter ... and I am loving how it's knitting up! (Rav link)

As I said, my mom is embarking on sock knitting and I could not be more excited for her. She is scooping up sock yarn at Webs left and right and girlfriend even bought herself a pair of Lantern Moon DPNs. She is NOT messing around. I hope she loves sock knitting as much as I think she will!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sheep and Wool: the friends

I'm back from Maryland Sheep & Wool -- what a whirlwind, fun trip! (Also, hot and sweaty. Thanks, unpredictable spring weather!)

I made the trip with two of my Stitch n' Bitch gals, Lennis and Tiffany.

my roadtrip pals

I kept texting my flickr pal, Karen (choochooknits) and got to meet up with her and fellow flickr-er Yarny Old Kim!

It was so exciting to meet flickr friends! And then, later that night, we hung out some more at the Fiberspace after-party where we got a picture together:

flickr friends

It was so nice to get to know these girls better! We talked and talked and it felt like we had been friends for years.

Next post: the yarny spoils ...