After our last really hot day in the mid 90's last week, it looks like Fall is really battling to arrive and stay here in the great Seattle area. Today is gloomy, rainy, and cool and I must admit that after our unseasonabley hot and dry summer, I am really looking forward to the Fall-it is my favorite season of all! I may even bring out my Autumn decorations tonight. :)
The Timberline Lodge was amazing-built in the 1930's during the depression and so well preserved--it was like stepping back in time as we stayed there. Myra, from Fancy Image Yarn, (my favorite yarn dyer) was the sponsor and she brought oodles of her yarn and kits to sell as well as dying a special (free) skein especially for all of us who came. We also played a white elephant gift exchange--her providing all the bags of goodies to choose from--and all of them full of fiber fun and yumminess. When it was each person's turn to "go", we could pick a mystery bag on the table or steal something from someone who had already gone-lots of laughs and fun. I ended up with a gift pack of 6 different but coordinating colors of small yarn skeins, perfect for color work or striping---250 yards worth. We really had a wonderful and time and as she has already booked the lodge again for next Fall, I am hoping I will be able to attend again!
While there, I finished this adorable little Christmas hat for the littlest Grand, Rosie.
It is from one of Myra's fun little hat kits, and I purchased 2 more kits so all three girls will have a new Christmas beanie. Click the link to see her line of kits-all the novelty yarn is attached to the main skein of DK, so you just need to knit and knit and knit and it looks like you really worked hard! Plus, she also includes the super cute hand made buttons in he kit--She also does little wrist warmers and leg warmers kits in this fun style.
Here is the gorgeous hand dyed fingering all the participants received--and if you wanted DK she had some of that instead! This is destined to become a pair of fingerless gloves for myself...
After finishing the wee hat for wee Rosie, I began a pink Sorello, for my oldest little sweetie, whose favorite color is pink. Her 4th birthday is in November and no birthday is complete without something knit with love from Mimi! This lovely pink yarn is also one that Myra dyed and is a delight to work with--her yarn never splits or is knotty, and always makes me look like a great knitter! This Sorello pattern is so well written, as are all of Tikki's patterns-top down and seamless make them quick to knit up. I also love the attention to detail-like the baby twist rib at the neckline---
Before leaving for the retreat I did mange to finish Rosie's Vertebrae Sweater--and I will show it to you hanging in the window-although, since my little family is visiting for a week, I plan to snap some photos of her in it! I also finished the 3rd Milo Vest, so you can expect to see a little photo shoot of all three girls in their matchies!
That is all the yarn news I have to share. In other news, my job has been super stressful the past couple of weeks and is not set to let up soon as we are short a person due to a death in her family, (her daughter) and I am trying to learn her job to cover--insurance authorization and benefit checking. It is like a whole new language and I feel so inept!
Also, we moved college boy back to school yesterday. My husband drove a 16 ft. moving van all over creation as were not only moving up his stuff, but 4 other housemates as well. There first house--which will be great fun for them. So I rode with my saint of a husband,who would do anything for his boys, like drive that huge truck all over crazy road construction Seattle and points north on our way to school, and we followed college boy as he drove Dad's truck with little brother riding along for company. It was a long and bittersweet day for sure. I sure miss that kid!
I am off to post this and visit all of you! Please don't forget me if I am too exhausted to update here in the coning week. Life is bound to slow down eventually, right?
~*~*~*~smiles and love ~**~*~*