Monday, September 3, 2012

Time Well Spent

My cousin P & his family were here for the Labor Day weekend. We relaxed, relaxed, and relaxed. The guys golfed, the ladies shopped (for yarn, of course), and BigC took The Bear on a field trip with her Man.

Friday night was quiet. We watched a movie or two and The Bear fell asleep standing up.

Saturday we all went our separate ways. 
The guys golfed
BigC and Her man took The Bear to Cabella's
Thousands of gallons of fish tanks and mountains of 'stuffed' game fascinated him for hours. 

D & I visited a couple no-so-local yarns shops.  I picked up a Yarn Buddy and some sock blockers in Buffalo, and a couple skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino in Archangel in Excelsior, for my Quaker Ridge Shawlette KAL with my Knitting Buddy
(Holy Too-Many-Links, Batman. I'll stop now. Just trying to give credit where its due.)

D & I came home to an empty house and had a few skeins of un-dyed yarn to play with so I have a few skeins to share!

 This is a yellow/orange/natural/lt green/evergreen gradient. Looks like a cowl-to-be to me!

 Big C thought it was rude that some dyers/knitters call skeins like this 'clown barf'. I love it and the Linen Toes Socks I started with it. The colors travel evenly with the linen stitch, and look less juvenile when worn by a grown-up..

Sunday mornings at home call for yummy breakfast by Big Daddy. We had lamb chorizzo with eggs, super crunchy hash browns, and sweet, sweet cinnamon rolls. The Bear established a corner seat at the snack bar, devoured his breakfast, and ran his sugar-high off in the back yard.

We played badminton, swords, ring toss, and the Bear even took some time out to help Big Daddy fill the bird feeders. They also had a really long talk down at the fire pit.

 This is my favorite pic of the weekend.

Our last dye project of the weekend was learning how to create a true, one-color gradient. We used Juniper Wiltons Cake Frosting Tint, vinegar, and BFL fingering weight yarn. Dee did all the dying and several of us performed the un-knotting and re-skeining. We won't talk any more about THAT.

I think the skein is GORGEOUS! She did a great job.

I recently found some yarn in my stash downstairs. I have no idea what brand it is. There were no labels on it. I started a pair of Charade socks with it and love the way the colors coil around the sock! It is a very easy, 4-stitch pattern. These will knit up in no time!

Wow, long post, but lots to share. Thanks for sticking it out this far!

I've noticed my blog posts are full of UNFINISHED knitting projects. That's just how I roll. I get bored easily. I don't think its the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome. I just get bored after the first sock and if I don't want to wear them right away, or the gift isn't 'due' for a while, I will move on to something else and go back to it later.
Be patient. I'll finish something....soon.