As promised, here are my acquisitions from the Madrona Festival. I hope I didn’t excite you too much, because they were pretty minimal. I had promised myself one skein of sock yarn. However, Kris, bless her heart, made that unnecessary with this lovely gift:
This is Hazel Knits sock yarn in the Greenlake colorway. Hmmm – do you think I have time to knit up a Landscape Scarf before St. Patrick’s Day?
So that left me to peruse the Merchant’s Mall to my heart’s content. I came across the booth of Two Swans Yarn. They are a mail order only company based in Kent, Washington. They had a whole wall of Jamieson & Smith in, I think, every color they make! A feast for the eyes. And they had this. Is that not the cutest thing you have ever seen? And it only takes one skein of each color. So, I bought enough to make two cozies, one for me and one to gift.
Those are for the gift cozy. Immediately on arriving home, throwing project monogamy to the winds (you knew I couldn’t do it, didn’t you?), I cast on for mine. However, all was not well. The pattern called for size 2 needles. Knowing I’m a loose knitter, I went down a size, thinking that size was not all that important for a tea cozy. However, it quickly became evident that this thing was going to be gigantic and I would run out of yarn. So, I went down to a size 0, and even though I am still not getting gauge, I’m hoping for the best and will just order more yarn if I need to. However, all was STILL not well!! I cast on again, and got almost 1/3 of the way done with the body when I realized that I had twisted when I joined the round!!! How could I have done that? The yarn was ripped and I started again. Do you see it coming? I did it again. D’oh! The third time was the charm, and I’m happy to report that I am untwisted and that Jamieson’s Spindrift holds up very well to frogging:
You can just make out the letters "Little".
Yesterday was another great fun day (two weekends in a row!). My best friend called me Friday night to say that she had tickets to "Mame" at the Fifth Avenue in Seattle. Her daughter was supposed to go with her, but she was sick, so I was invited. I have never seen "Mame", not even the movie, so I jumped at the chance. We had a great time and even fit in some shopping at Macy’s. They had a fantastic sale – I got about 5 sweaters for $4.99 each!
I should caution my regular readers (all five of you) not to worry if I’m MIA for the next week or so. I’ve got a lot of schoolwork coming up that I really need to buckle down and finish if I’m going to be able to leave for Orlando in April with a clear conscience (and no textbooks to lug along). I’ll be going down to Tacoma next weekend (three weekends in a row gone – poor hubby!) for a seminar, but hope to get some good pictures of the Museum of Glass. Until then, I have tons or reading to do and at least two projects to finish for my other class. But I shall return. In the meantime I leave you with one very cute granddaughter:
And a puppy who can apparently sleep anywhere:
Yes, she’s sleeping with her face in the basket.