Yes, it was indeed a fun weekend. Our favorite friends came down to visit from Iowa for the weekend. These are OLD friends. I have been friends with Steve since 7th grade! Then he and Wonder Husband became good buddies in high school, roommates in college, etc. They have aged grown up a bit since then. (Steve on left, WH on right) Janice came into the picture in college, when she and Steve started dating and we hit it off immediately. Janice and I haven’t aged a bit since then. (Here we are enjoying knitting time with Knitting Daughter. Actually, Janice has a Knitting Daughter, too, and our daughters also happen to be favorite friends. However, my KD had to play Starbucks Barista almost the entire weekend, so Kirstin didn’t come down. We were sad to miss out on time with her. I’m not sure why she didn’t think it would be fun to just hang out with the moms all weekend. Go figure.)
We visited two LYS’s (neither of which has websites, or I’d link them and show you). Actually, we tried to visit a third but it was closed because of ice. (No ice on the roads, no ice on the sidewalks, just ice on trees, but it was closed. We weren’t happy to have driven 25 miles to find that out. But I digress.) I bought some yarn to make felted bowls. You see, I usually am pretty dedicated to sock knitting. I’m still working on making a Log Cabin Quilt that I love, but have little desire to knit sweaters and such. (I have a great desire to own them and wear them – just little desire to knit the whole thing up. My knitting time is limited. You know what they say – don’t expect to have a lot of time to knit when you own a yarn shop. It’s very true.) At any rate, I frequently see fun yarns that I like, but don’t have a use for. I bought some fun yarn to felt this weekend. Janice is the Felting Queen. Here is a photo of the bag she gave me for Christmas. Do you love it? I do. (Check out her felted wonders on her blog, here.) So when I’m with her, she gets me thinking about felting, and I get her thinking about socks. It’s a good trade.
Besides shopping, Janice had fun helping me pack Loopy orders. I wish she was here all the time to help, as it went sooo fast. We had a whole stack of them Friday night, and between Janice pulling the yarn, me writing notes and wrapping them up, and Knitting Daughter packing them into boxes, we were done in no time and had more time for knitting and movies. Look who else likes Janice. Zoe loves sitting on laps of knitters. She does a good job of staying out of the way of the fast-moving needles. I think she just likes Janice because Janice has promised to make her a felted kitty bed. She’s a smart cat.
I have new yarn in that we are in the midst of photographing. Hoping to update the website with new things on Wednesday (solid colors of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn, new Yarn Pirate, more clear tote bags in, including a new size), and then again next week with more (hopefully sKNITches and Fiber Euphoria, possibly one more new one). It sure is fun around here! (psssst – a new flock of stitchmarkers might have arrived and they might be going up on the website on Wednesday, too. Right now they might be all bundled in a ziploc bag, waiting to be attached to cards. Might. So don’t quote me on any of that.)
I hope you had a great weekend. Did any of you start your Martha or Frank socks? I think my first Frank will be done by Wednesday, ready to start on the second one. With this pair, I’m knitting the second one right away. I promise. I’ll keep you posted……