Okay. I know it's been two weeks but that's not to say I didn't have a blast meeting up with Jennifer! I did. In fact, I hope there are many meet-ups now that we're only an hour and a half apart. Plenty of knitterly joints in between and around us both. We've been web pals for quite a while. It's so funny to walk into the coffee shop and spot her immediately. I got to see her beautiful sample of the Dale baby sweater class she's going to. So fun to be with people who understand your passion. It's even funnier when people are looking with a crooked eyebrow trying to figure out what's going on. lol. Just as many of you promised, Morehouse was FABulous! It's very dangerous that it's only an hour and twenty minutes from my door. As you can see, Jennifer did some damage:
I put myself on a small budget after the shock of the move and finding out exactly how much wool I already have. I bought some gorgeous soft pink merino for a hat and booties for my neighbor (due with her 5th in a week) and two different varigateds for scarves. One for me and one for my Gram. The one for Gram is a simple Feather and Fan pattern but it's kicking my butt. I've had to rip back about five inches once already and last night I found another big mistake about the same distance down. Tried to just rip down the stitches that were messed up.... yeah... made a bigger mess. I finished the hat and booties within a couple of days of getting home. I forgot to take a photo before giving it to my neighbor so I'll try to remedy that by the next post. I'll hopefully have Gram's scarf done by then to show that to you as well.
I think my favorite part of the visit with Jennifer was sitting down and really getting to chat over lunch. It's fun being around all that wool but a little distracting and SO overwhelming. What the heck am I going to do at Rhinebeck in two weeks? I still can't believe I get to go finally. I've wanted to for years and now I'm so close to it I can drive each day to visit. Wheee!!! I'm not going to buy much (really) but I just can't wait for the experience.
Have I mentioned that I love the Hudson Valley? It's gorgeous here. The leaves are really starting to change. I went apple picking here with my neighbor. So much fun.
Speaking of my neighbor... she has these flowers in her flower bed:
You all came through for me so I thought I'd give it a shot for her. Anyone know what these are? She wants to find out if they are perennials or not so she doesn't yank up something she shouldn't. I planted over 350 bulbs the other day. After all that work and the blisters on my hands now, our flower border better look like the Keukenhof next year!! lol.
I hope you all have a great Columbus Day weekend! Dan has tomorrow off so we're going to head to lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. I've gotten very into Puerto Rican cooking (been watching Daisy Cooks on PBS) and I want to hit some of the Latino markets down there. Then we're taking the boys camping right near our home for a couple of nights. Sunday night we have a camp cabin mini reunion for Daniel in Connecticut. He can't wait to see his pals again. He's been having a pretty hard time here at school so far but the school is wonderful! They have a great team working with him and helping him through things and most importantly, keeping in constant contact with me to let me know what's going on. Have a great long weekend!