This past weekend was the first one where Andy didn't come home from Ohio. They are letting him work through the weekends so he can come home for a couple more days in a row. That will give him more time to get things done here. Plus, I'm sure it's exhausting -- getting home late Friday night and having to get up in the wee hours (last time 2:30 AM) to drive the hour and a half to two hours to the airport. On top of that, he has to work all day once he gets to Ohio.
The house seemed just plain weird. Also, mealtimes are weird. I can't seem to get it together. Hard to cook for one and also I don't make myself sit down and eat. I get busy and then realize that I missed dinner. Oh well. So far, there have been lots of soup and Healthy Choice frozen dinners.
Saturday, since Andy wouldn't be home, I headed to Richmond for the River City Knitters Guild meeting. I arrived late - just seemed like a sin to get up at 6:30 AM on a Saturday morning so I rolled over and snoozed another hour. The sky over the lake in Clarksville was just waking up.
As I drove up Highway 360, I spotted a field with three llamas. Evidently, they spotted me, also. I had to turn around and take their picture!
Margaret knit this adorable snowman! I love him. I need to find out what pattern she used. She said he's very versatile - remove his hat and scarf and he looks like a ghost!
Barbara made this gorgeous coat!
And, I wish I had gotten a close-up of the buttons and the collar of this jacket. The buttons were just perfect and the collar was a batik fabric. Wonderful accents. The accents can make or break a garment. These didn't stand out - just melted right into the knitted fabric.
Then, there was this beautiful teal vest and a very interesting geometric blanket.
After the meeting, I headed to Lettuce Knit. They were so clever with their doorprizes for the knitting retreat. It was build a coupon. The more info you provided them, the more % you received off on your purchase. They requested your name, a recipe, and a picture of the participant at the retreat. Someone took a picture of me holding a shawl up in front of me. I took that picture and a copy of the recipe booklet from the retreat to get my 25% off.
I just finished getting allllll my yarn into plastic storage bins so I KNOW I really don't NEED anymore yarn. BUT, Barbara walked around at the retreat with a drop-dead-gorgeous scarf on. It was the Voyager Lace Stole (free pattern) from Elann.com. She knit it out of Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool in a tan colorway. It was beautiful and I immediately got the itch -- you know the one you get when you just have to knit a certain item??!?? Well, I bought seven skeins of the Silky Wool in Color 31 (an orangey-rust color with the flecks of natural). Not my first choice but it is one of my favorite colors. I also bought three skeins each of Rowan's Felted Tweed in a beautiful olive green flecked with blue and a purple flecked with rust and blue. I figured scarves, cowls, something. There was that itch again! I love those colors!!!! A couple skeins of sock yarn also found their way into my bag. How does that happen!?
Headed home, I decided to go by way of Powhatan, VA - home of Holly Spring Homespun. There, I picked up two skeins of Twinkle Handknits Soft Chunky wool in Quartz colorway to do this cool Cabled Scarf featured on Stitch DC Blog. I love this scarf and can't wait to start it! Shouldn't take long on size 17 needles.
As I said above, I just finished getting all my yarn into plastic storage containers in my studio. And, NO, I'm not telling how many. Let's just say, I'm VERY VERY happy (see previous post). In doing so, I ran across projects that were actually organized (pattern with the yarn) to do. One project was the Angora Baby Booties on page 36 in Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and called for just one skein. One very special skein. I tucked that skein in my pocket and pulled it out when I got to the house. I immediately cast on. The yarn - 70% Angora, 30% Wool - is cloud-soft and will make some little baby's feet VERY warm. The booties are knit in a very interesting way. I cast on 24 stitches at the toe and K1, S1 all the way across for two inches. Then, with needles held parallel, I slipped all the knit stitches on one and all the slip stitches on the other needle. With the stitches separated onto the two needles, I could open the toe. Too cool! I highly recommend this book to every knitter. It's a MUST-HAVE for every knitter's library.
I couldn't go to sleep last night until I finished the first bootie. I just hope I didn't bind off too tightly. I'll knit the mate tonight. Too too cute!
I had a 8:00 AM appointment today in Lynchburg, VA. I despise driving to Lynchburg - especially in the dark - because I have to travel up two-lane Highway 501. Very dangerous road. As I drove, I kept seeing something fluttering around. I finally realized it was snow! The closer I got to Lynchburg, the heavier it snowed. Very teeny tiny little flakes. That was totally unexpected. I don't get the VA weather on TV so was expecting the temperature predictions from my NC station. Pleasant surprise!
Earl Gray says that he doesn't care if it's snowing or not! It's time for a kitty nap inside!