We pulled into St. Louis from our loooong drive home and were amazed to see all of the Bradford Pear trees in full bloom. It looks like Spring has arrived! (It was also humid and mid-70′s at 11 pm at night. Definitely Spring in St. Louis.) The grass has greened up and the other blossoming trees are not far behind. As long as the humidity stays relatively low, springtime in St. Louis is usually a good thing.
Our time away as a family was fun and we fit a lot into the schedule! And of course the Elves did a marvelous job of keeping things running smoothly while we were gone. I had to bring Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Toffee back for them as an extra thank you. (Have you tried that chocolate?)
We typically drive the 13+ hour trip in a day, but this time we broke it up into two days so that we could pick the kids up at the Denver airport earlier. That also meant that we had time to stop at a couple of yarn shops that we had seen advertised on billboards every time we drove out to Colorado. The first one was Quilt Cottage in Hays. If I was a quilter, I’m sure this shop would’ve been like a candy store. It also has a large corner dedicated to yarn, which is where I spent my time. Then we stopped at Gove City Yarns & Antiques. We had to drive 10 miles off the highway to get there. It is a shop full of stuff, with a lovely shop-owner! However, I don’t think we saw one other person or car in the two-block downtown area while we were there. It was like a deserted ghost-town. (That’s WH wandering down the sidewalk. Really – it was the shop owner and the two of us in town that day. Very quiet. A bit strange.)
It snowed a lot while we were in the mountains. We haven’t skiied in years, but we do like to snowmobile and always plan an excursion while we are there. Here are Web Guy and Knitting Daughter, waiting for our tour to get going. (It was getting pretty warm, but I still find it funny that Florida Resident Web Guy is in short sleeves, trying to cool off.) The nice thing about riding a snowmobile is that you can get to the top of the mountains and see some really pretty views, without having to hike it. Not that I’m lazy like that or anything.
We took a couple of daytrips to Denver and then to Ft. Collins. I visited two yarn shops in Ft. Collins. My Sister Knits was a wonderful little shop. We plugged the address into the GPS and I was pretty sure that I had copied it down wrong, because it took us down a residential street. I noticed a little “open” sign hanging on a tree in someone’s front yard, and behind the house was this charming little house-turned-shop! It’s as cute on the inside as it was on the outside. I loved shopping there. I wish I would’ve taken a photo of the hen cage to the right of this photo. It’s an interesting backyard setup. (I wonder what the neighbors think?) I also visited Lambspun, which is located in a house on the edge of town.
I did get a lot of knitting done. A couple of stealth projects (to be shown as soon as I can show you), plus a sock in the new Mountain Colors sock yarn. What a great yarn base they came up with. This was fun to knit and comfy to wear. I used the Shells pattern, which I think is from one of Charlene Schurch’s sock books. It’s in my little pattern notecards that I keep in my bag. This yarn started arriving this week, so we’ll be photo-ing it and getting it up for you next week.
I also finished all but one sleeve of a Noro sweater that I started last year on Spring Break and then tucked away in my knitting closet for …. a year. No reason. Now I’m determined to get it done. I’ll show you photos when I get it finished. I knit up another Little Jazz scarf-lette for a friend, in a beautiful Fiber Optic colorway. (Pattern available in September.) I started another scarf-lette for myself out of Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Sea Sock (love love this yarn base) and another sock in an upcoming yarn line. Are you wondering what Knitting Daughter worked on while she was there? My birthday present. She finished it and it’s beautiful. I’ll share a photo on Friday!