Happy New Year 2008!

 Blogging today was one of the first items on my list today.   It became impossible when my mouse/trackball took on a life of it’s own.  lol   No matter how I tried to position the cursor on this thing it had a life of it’s own.   I was convinced I had a virus or bug on my computer.   I ran Adaware and did a fresh virus scan, nothing.   Ran McAfee’s Stinger and still came up with nothing wrong.   So then I had to dig up the Dell mouse that came with this computer and try it.  Viola!   It worked.

The trip back from Colorado was uneventful until we hit I-40 leaving Amarillo.   It was around 5:30 and the sun was sinking when we hit the first of many icy spots.   We slowed to 25 mph and made a pitstop in Shamrock.   Gathered our wits and got back on I-40 for a few more icy sections and made the Oklahoma border where the road was D-R-Y!  Yay!!!!!!

There’s no place like home, right Dorothy???   I was soo glad to be back in my own bed with my own shower.   Michael was glad to have a real bed to crash in and sleep to his heart’s content.   And Lexi was very glad her mama was home even if THAT boy was here.   lol   Have I mentioned that Lexi is v-e-r-y selective about who she lets see her not to mention who she will let pet her?   lol  She’s a persnickety girl for sure.

My sister took me around to the yarn shops in Colorado Springs the day after Christmas.   The Knitter’s Kove had moved and downsized from when I’d been there a couple of years ago.   She still has a great variety of yarns but I did not see the great selection of sock yarns I’d seen before.   Also it was a bit difficult to see all the yarns with ease because of the cramped quarters.   It’s still a nice shop just not as large as when it was on Tejon.   This is what I got there:

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One skein of Cascade Eco + in purple.   I only snagged yarn I had a project in mind for use.   I will knit the Hemlock Ring throw with this.   Yum.

The next shop we visited was Green Valley Weavers and Knitters.   This shop also has weaving supplies in addition to yarn.   They have a great selection of Brown Sheep.   I did see some gorgeous gloves knitted out of Laines du Nord Cash-silk.  I wanted some of that yarn but walked out without buying any.   Stupid move.   I also saw the standard felted clog but this pair had some cute pizazz.   This pair was knitted with fun fur in the upper foot section.   I know, I know….fun fur yuck.   But these were so darling and really did make the slippers look cute.

Next stop was Needleworks by Holly Berry.   This shop is both yarn and needle point supplies, although I think the yarn is taking over.   Yay!    They carry Debbie Bliss, Lorna’s Laces and Blue Sky Alpaca.   And many more that I can’t recall right now.   My sister, who is very attracted to felting, loved this shop.   She is still learning and isn’t comfy in knowing what yarns felt and which don’t.   This shop had small tags above the yarns that would felt.   Makes it very easy for the novice felter.   This is what I bought there:

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Three hanks of Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk in a deep teal.   This yarn is destined to become gloves.

As you can see I really didn’t buy much.   Losing my debit card to the ATM before I could leave town really took a bite out of my after Christmas shopping plans.   lol   Talk about an enforced yarn diet!!!   lol   Oh well.   That only meant that I had more money to spend when I got back home and went to the sale at Gourmet Yarn.

And this is what I scored at that sale:

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Two skeins of Rowan Handknit cotton for Sweet Pea Hats; two skeins of Rowan Tapestry for a neck gaiter;  four hanks of sock yarn, two Mountain Colors and two Cherry Tree Hill.   I think the Moose River by Mountain Colors is not shown in this picture because I had already cast on a helmet hat for my nephew.   The variegated Cherry Tree Hill will become a pair of socks for my  niece who told me no less than 3 times that she wanted hand knit socks.   lol   The other two sock yarns will become socks for me some day.

For some odd reason I did not have Bunny Tail out for pictures.   That’s ok, the ribbon on the ears got wrinkled on the trip back from Colorado so I’ll fix that and take some pictures later.   Oh, I did not put the tail on the hat.   I figure most babies sleep alot and having a bump of a tail digging into the back of your head wouldn’t lend itself to a nice nap.  lol   But the hat is still darling even without a tail.

And here are some pictures of my niece, Caitlin, modeling my finished Clapotis.

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Please take my word for it, the clappy is much prettier than  photographed.   I guess I need some special lighting to get the colors to show correctly.   But it’s finished and I LOVE it!

I have the black eyed peas on the stove and will have some before the day is over.   I hope you have a wonderful 2008 that is filled with lots of fun and knitting.

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5 Comments »

  1. 1
    Shelly Says:

    Love the clapotis! I’m glad you had a good and safe trip and that you’re back. Nice yarn buys, too!

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    Carolyn Says:

    So glad you made it back safe and sound!! I love the clapotis! I still haven’t done one of those yet…..it is on the list, but the list is sooo long…lol!

  3. 3
    anita Says:

    I love your Clapotis. I still want to make another one but there are just so many projects out there that I’m not big on making something twice.

  4. 4
    emily Says:

    The Clapotis is gorgeous!

  5. 5
    linda Says:

    Welcome home! Caitlin is just gorgeous.


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