Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Trip...

Okay, settle in, we've got some photos to share here. I will go ahead & apologize for any mispelled words, seems as if Blogger doesn't have the spellcheck working on the new update, but I like the photo options better!

Lemme see... Last Thursday afternoon I left my house headed across the entire state of NC & half way into VA to see Chan. The drive really wasn't that bad, most of it was highway & seemed to go pretty fast. Once I arrived we had a slight detour to a meeting of Chan's, but it was a good excuse to wear my Lace Cardigan, so I was game. Of course I forgot to get a photo of that one...  Then we had a wonderful dinner, Chan will have to tell you the name of the place, I just remember that it was great South African food. We stayed up late with the Knight & the Girls, chatting & knitting.


On Friday I got to sleep in & play with the girls. I think I'm a bad influence on them. he he
About noon we headed out for our yarn & fiber tour. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. We headed to Stony Mountain Fibers first. I got to meet Barbara, the sweet shop owner.



Would you just look at all that fiber, yarn, spinning wheels, etc., etc.! I could have spent the whole weekend in that place! LOL I'll save fiber stash enhancement photos for another post. Believe me, it makes a whole blog post in itself!

I got to try out several wheels, that was a lot of fun! I've only spun on my little Heavenly Handspinning wheel, so it was a real treat to try out some of the fancy name brand wheels.

Do you see that wheel there in the back? That is an Ashford Elizabeth, and I'm in love!! I WILL have one of those some day! It's my new goal in life, to own an Elizabeth of my very own. :)  Thank you so much Barbara for letting me spin on your personal wheel, it made my whole day!

Now we are gonna skip around a bit because my photos don't go along with everything we did.  After Stony Mountain Fibers, we hit a couple of local yarn shops. Again, I didn't take photos of the shops so Chan will have to fill you in on the names if you're interested. The first shop we went to Chan picked up 2 lovely hand carved shawl pins. She gave me one as a birthday prezzie. Isn't it pretty? It's sitting there with my Mermaid Scarf & my new hot chocolate Purple Seashell mug that Chan got for me, another birthday prezzie.


I also picked up this skein of Toufutsies at Stony Mountain Fibers. You also see my newly spun superwash wool that I did while at Chan's, and my new blocking wires, again from Chan. I got all kinds of birthday prezzies while I was there! Woohoo!

At the second yarn shop I scored 3 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca, I decided to join in the Colonnade knit along several of you have going. And I know we had some lunch in there somewhere.

Friday night was spent at home with the girls, lots of entertainment there! Gotta love my Sissymonster & little Gretchie. We made some pasta for dinner & we stayed up late again, chatting & knitting. And one hiliarious episode with the ball winder. Should have taken photos of that too but I was too busy crying cause I was laughing so hard. We eventually got our new Berroco yarns balled up & ready to go.

Saturday we spent at home, I slept late again, imagine that! We had lots of quality time with the girls, we got Chan up & spinning again after a few modifications to her Bellus wheel. We cast on for our Colonnades. We made Dorset Buttons...

Chan helped me take new photos of my Mermaid Scarf....


And photos of the absolutely lovely shawl that I won in Grace's contest. Thanks so much Grace, it's beautiful! And I wore it when we went to dinner with the Knight on Saturday night.


We spent plenty of time knitting & spinning, and had dinner with the Knight, we finished up the evening staying up late again. :)

Sunday was the dreaded day of the "trip home". We spent the morning talking & knitting & laughing at the girls in their tutus. Let me tell you, there is absolutely nothing funnier than Sissy running around like a mad woman wearing a tutu!


Do you see little Gretchie down there? She was zooming around too, but she didn't have her tutu on & she was so fast I had a hard time catching her on the camera. LOL

Silly photos I know, but if you didn't laugh at those you just don't know what's funny! :)

And then the final photos (we really did try to get all 4 of us in a photo but one or the other of the girls just didn't want to do it, so I picked the best one of Chan & I), packing up the car, and the long ride home. I had such a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much Chan for having me in your home & entertaining me. Tell the Knight thank you for me too! I can hardly wait till next time!

Whew! Are you still here? LOL
Stay tuned for the fiber stash post coming up soon!

10 comments:

gypsyknits said...

ROTFLMBO........those tutus crack me up!

What an awesome trip! I knew you would have a good time. Thanks for sharing. Just wait till next year.

Grace said...

what a fantastic trip and such great photos, Thanks for including me in your repertoire of the event!!!

Bubblesknits said...

Great photos. :-) Stony Mountain Fibers looks amazing! I'm so glad y'all had a good time. Maybe one day I'll make it up there around the same time.

Crochet Goddess said...

Your scarf is beautiful, I love the colors. I hope you will post the pattern soon. I looks like a great yarn.

Scrabblequeen said...

I was jealous BEFORE you shared how much fun you had! Now, I'm simply green....

Channon said...

Well, I guess I know what I'll post about today - I'll have a "fill in the blanks" post for you! ;)

I can't believe we forgot to get a photo of that incredible cardigan! And we didn't have anyone taking photos Thursday night at the meeting, which is unusual, come to think of it...

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That was tu tu funny :)

What a fun time you all had ~ thanks for sharing about it!

Nichole said...

Great post... great times with great friends! Love all the photos... the ones of you modeling Mermaid are gorgeous! So glad you 2 had such a wonderful time!!

gaylen said...

Lovely photos. Those tutu girls crack me up!

Love the pics of you and your knitting. You take a great photo. g

Knitter in an Urban Zoo said...

Glad you had so much fun!