Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Nice haul

Every so often, my friend Jan and I go on these very awesome, very therapeutic yarn crawls. This past weekend we had a much needed trip, which coincided with the beginning of spring break on the campus where we work. Our afternoon adventure started with hanging out at Black Locust Farm yarn shop in Lodi.  If y'all have been paying any attention at all, you know that I love to knit socks. And that sock yarn doesn't count as stash. Soooooooo these pretty things came home with me:

The ball of yarn on the left is to knit my husband some socks.  He is one of those guys that doesn't really wear colors aside from black, blue, gray, and occasionally some brown. I got yarn to match his wardrobe.  The self-striping should keep it as interesting as it could possibly be ;-)

Last year on a trip to the shop I fell in love with a project bag made by Aimee of Cackleberry Creations.  I met Aimee in person at the Great Lakes Fiber Show last spring, and mentioned my love of elephants and Doctor Who. And then I promptly forgot about that conversation! Well I was pleasantly surprised to get a message from Aimme via Ravelry, that, despite some life challenges, she completed the bags for me!  Look!  Elephants ....

... and a close-up of the matching stitch markers!

And then TARDIS ....

... and matching stitch markers!

As I was paying for my yarn, I also spied these beautiful pearl stitch markers near the register.  Some of y'all know how much I love pearls too, so I couldn't leave these in the store!  

I have since messaged Aimee to ask for a couple more bags ... one with a coffee print, and one with FIREFLY.  Actually I might need two Firefly bags if possible, one for me and one for a dear friend who got me hip to that show in the first place.

After hanging out at Black Locust for a few hours, it was time to head down the road to Wooster, where we had dinner at one of our faaaaaaavorite places, Broken Rocks Cafe.  Wild mushroom pasta for the win! That's a standout favorite dish of mine, especially when it's followed up with pecan pie for dessert. 

It was a lovely day, indeed.  Guess I need to get knitting and FINISH some stuff before I start something else.  Well I DO have that cowl I'm knitting for a store sample.  I'll post pics of that next time. Until then ... good night!


Sunday, March 06, 2016

Charity check-in

I won't bore you with all the stuff I've been up to (particularly work-wise) that has kept me from blogging lately, but here is a charity check-in post.  The last few weeks have been all about the chunky hats (my own design!):

I've got a black & gray one on needles now, and I'll try to remember to post a pic next time. That's about it for knitting at the moment.  I've gone pretty far down the rabbit hole of coloring (particularly swear word coloring books!), and drawing Zentangles. I think that's how I shall spend part of the afternoon until it's time to go knit with a group of friends.

Until next time,

... this has been a QuietStorm production, dahling ...