March 30, 2009
We’re back from a snowy trip to Colorado for Spring Break! I was a little sentimental about this trip, as it’s Web Guy’s last Spring Break (he graduates in May). But I think we may be able to talk him into coming with us again next year, since he likes Colorado so much. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. We had several days of flurries while we were there, and then one day of “blizzarding”. It was fun to sit inside with the fire going, watching the mess outside. We had about 20 inches of snow in the Keystone area, where we were staying. We had been waiting all week for a nice day to go snowmobiling. (We gave up skiing several years ago, but we do like to snowmobile.) The day after the blizzard was the only sunny day that we had all week, and it was perfect for riding on the trails, since the snow was fresh. (Check out the lovely, very flattering, suits we had to wear…) We have a favorite tour company that we use and they take everyone up to a very very high “bowl” at the top of a mountain. The first time we went up there, I figured that it was as close to Heaven as you’re going to get, here on Earth! It’s simply amazing. (There are some pretty steep hills up and down to get there and back, but that’s all part of the fun. Click on the photo to make it bigger.) We had a great guide who veered off the trail and made new trails in the fresh snow for us to follow. When we stopped for some photo ops, College Guy took that opportunity to dump his sister (College Girl) in the snow. Several times. She will definitely have to plan some serious revenge for that.
We traveled over to Boulder one day last week. I have always wanted to visit Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins, so we found that shop and enjoyed our time there. They have a Lab named Jack who is happy to greet everyone. (Although their website shows Shop Dog Brigit.) It’s always fun to see a shop dog or cat. We also enjoyed shopping on Pearl Street in Boulder – so many fun shops. It’s a good thing that I don’t live there.
The other thing we did when in Boulder, was to visit the Schacht Spindle Company, makers of the Ladybug and Matchless Spinning Wheels that we have here. It was so fun to see how these wheels are made (and made me even more appreciative of my Matchless, which I love.) The time, care, and precision that goes into each wheel is amazing. There are several large rooms with computerized routers, cutting and then sanding the different parts and pieces. And OH, there are a lot of pieces that go into each one. Check out just the box of parts for the Ladybug (including the little Ladybugs. One is sitting somewhere on each Ladybug wheel that ships out.) This man is the one who does the final job of putting it all together. Before any wheel is shipped out, either Jane or Stephanie spins on it to make sure that everything is working properly. That’s a lot of testing going on, for two people to take care of. There were some new products that they are working on, including a traveling/folding wheel for the future. (I did ask if I could tell you that on the blog. Jane said, “Sure!”) Not any time real soon, but just know that they’re working on it. With their commitment to quality, I know that any travel wheel they come up with will be top-notch.
Today, I’m back in the office, catching up on emails and getting some Sneak Up things done for you. I know that I said we might not have one this week, but WH got up early this morning to come in and color-correct all of the photos that Photographer Elf Wendy got done last week. Yay! So this week you will see these things going up: Cherry Tree Hill’s new semi-solid line in Supersock Select, Dye Dreams Dream Sox, Enchanted Knoll Farm Roving, The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos, Hand Maiden Sea Sik, Lorna’s Laces Pearl, Lorna’s Laces Clara Parkes colorway in Sock, Sport and roving, MonkeyPal (new indie dyer), Noro Silk Garden Sock in 8 new colors, Perchance to Knit Pamper Me Sock, Tempted Glam Grrl, Shibui Knits re-stock, new SpillyJane Patterns, 2 new Wendy Knits patterns, and new Woolpets kits. (And you saw that we added in Chocolate Princess and Blogging Geek window decals, right?) (Added later: all of the new things are now up here!)