Wrap it Up!

 Marsel spun up two skeins of Peruvian wool, 140 yards!  
 She washed and dried the skeins and started right away on the next yarn…
…some beautiful rainbow Superwash Merino/nylon we dyed last Spring (2015!)
We split the roving into 4 sections so there will be two, 2 ply skeins.
I will have her send me a pic of them when finished! 
Abigail and I had a sewing project this morning, a cross shoulder bag for her to wear!
She is enjoying her sewing skills and has a quilt in her next HomeSchool home ec class! 
While we were working inside, the guys were trimming the bushes, 
making things just so for the Fall/Winter months.
The job went faster with fewer bushes this Fall.
(the big job of changing the landscaping took place in May this year!0
This is the finished job in the back yard!
You would never know there was a jungle here a few days ago!
Bill seeded it with rye and with a week of watering, it will be green and lush and ready for mowing in a few weeks!
Just in time for their November yard Church gathering! 
We said our goodbyes , see you soon!
And Bill and I hit the road at 3pm to head back home.
We planned to spend the night again at the halfway point but once we hit there, we decided to just keep going!  It was a fun, crazy trip but we made it! 
See what I finished on the way home?!  Presenting the Dovecote Capelet in DK weight yarn on #5 needles, 2 skeins.  It fits wonderfully and I know this because I wore it for part of the trip home! 
 I will be mailing it back to Marsel tomorrow-I was mad I didn’t finish it in time to leave it with her but time just got away from me!
I will be blocking it before I send it out but I was too anxious to get the picture here and share it!
The ribbed sections really make for a nice fit that stays put-a great design.
I will be making one for me in olive green!

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Having fun in Vegas

It’s not a trip to Vegas without visiting the Conservatory at The Bellagio.

I’m in the room writing while my phone charges. I had the post finished and then something went wrong and it was gone. Take two.
 
 
 

After the Conservatory I took the tram to Aria.

This window display is amazing. It looks good enough to eat – all chocolate and sugar.

Tonight is going to be an early evening. The Ryder Cup starts tomorrow. 8:30am at home which is 5:30 here. I’m not sure I’ll be up that early but I could be out of bed before the sun rises. There is a stack of paperwork sitting in front of me. I’ll type and watch. And knit. My shawl is growing.

I made it to the next colour. Now it’s time to head downstairs for dinner. And watch football, baseball and hockey.
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A speaker at our October meeting

I am looking forward to our October meeting.  It’s next Tuesday, 4th October, 8 pm as usual.

We have a speaker coming.  Joyce Meader is her name and she will be talking about Knitting from the 1800’s to 1945.  Joyce has an amazing collection of patterns and often adapts them for the modern day figure.  She knits historical knitting expert and has knitted for film and re-enactments.  http://historicknit.co.uk/

It promises to be a very interesting meeting, so I do hope lots of you can make it.

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Hello from Vegas

We have a new addition at the store. A very cute storage shed. Now we have somewhere for all our show displays and extra storage for boxes and non yarn items. Now to decide on the colour. Beth thinks that we are going to paint it ourselves. I’ll let her mull that over for a bit before I have someone come in and do it properly.

My flight was great. No turbulence. We left early and we had great tail winds – our flight time was 1/2 hour less than normal. You can’t really ask for anything more than that. I did a bit of knitting. 

This is from my hotel room. The pool is looking inviting.

I walked through the Forum Shops this morning. There are a lot of hand knits in the windows. Including some very high end stores.

I’m back in the room for a rest. Maybe a nap before the Jays game tonight.

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Outings!

   
Marsel is doing some spinning while I am here to help.
She didn’t need me really-what she needs is for me to help her keep caught up at home so she has a 1/2 hour to sit and relax at the spinning wheel!
I can be a tyrant about her getting some down time while I am here to help!
I love to see how she is so natural at the wheel! 
This morning we visited the American Girl Doll store so Abigail could purchase a new doll.
She has been saving birthday money and chore money along with her babysitting money so she could make the purchase with her own money!
She couldn’t decide between 5 dolls….then narrowed it to 3 and then 2 and finally she picked- 
 
A Truly You doll that looks very Irish or Scottish to me but she chose an English name for her,
Elizabeth  Anne , and is calling her Ellie!
They were inseparable the rest of the day!
I foresee some doll sewing in my near future!
I would love to figure out how to make a tradition Irish outfit for her!
While we were shopping, the Bill and David were burning up the links!
It was a perfect day to be outside!
(Bruce stayed home and worked-he is both a lawyer and a pastor-he has plenty to keep him busy!)
Yesterday, Bill and David worked hard to clear that brush and fencing from the old garden.
They got to the last tree and were stopped from finishing because of an angry nest of ground hornets! 
They had to retreat for a spell and while they waited for dusk, they worked on spraying a nest of carpenter bees from the eave and sealing up their hiding place!
It was very high up…I’m taking the picture from the back deck! 
Come evening, Bill gave them a drink of gasoline and followed it with a bit of flambeau!
This morning when they checked out the nest before golf, all was quiet!
Sometimes the most basic approach is all it takes!

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Royale Needles

My dad came yesterday and changed our flags. We’re ready for fall.

We have new needle sets from Knitter’s Pride.

Colored Birch wood needles with shiny metal tips for perfectly tapered tips
A rare combination of strength and sophistication
Size specific colors for easy identification
Lustrous finish and smooth feel
Easy to connect cord with a smooth join that enables stitches to glide easily – no snag!
Perfect points, flawlessly tapered – ideal for all yarns and every project
Lightweight, strong & durable
Polished wood surface works effortlessly with every type of yarn without slowing down stitch rhythm
Resilient, flexible Cords lay flat, with no kink or twist – easy to store
Easy to use & perfect for beginners
The knitter’s favorite needle: Providing hours of pleasurable knitting with no hand fatigue

The double point set is 6″ in length.

US 0 (2.0mm) – Aquamarine
US 1 (2.25mm) – Orange Lily
US 1.5 (2.5mm) – Burgundy Rose
US 2 (2.75mm) – Candy Pink
US 2.5 (3.0mm) – Yellow Topaz
US 3 (3.25) – Royale Blue
in Paris theme embroidered fabric case

US 4 (3.5mm) – Aquamarine
US 5 (3.75mm) – Orange Lily
US 6 (4.0mm) – Fuchsia Fan
US 7 (4.5mm) – Grey Onyx
US 8 (5.0mm) – Cherry Blossom
US 9 (5.5mm) – Misty Green
US 10 (6.0mm) – Candy Pink
US 10.5 (6.5mm) – Purple Passion
US 11 (8.0mm) – Royale Blue
in Paris theme embroidered case
4 Cords (to make 24”, 32” (2Nos.) & 40”)
8 End caps
4 Cord keys
1 Set of cord connectors

I’m heading home in a few minutes to finish packing and then it’s off to the airport. Lynn and Cathy will be holding down the fort while I’m away.
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Outline Take 2

There was a bit of knitting at Camp. Here is Outline. I loved knitting the first one and started playing with a totally different colour scheme.

This isn’t the best plane knitting. There are five 100 grams skeins – that takes up a lot of room in my carry on bag. There is room in my suitcase so it will come along. Instead I’ve picked this.

A SweetGeorgia Party of Five to make another Hitchhiker. I wore mine all weekend at Camp and love it. I’m starting with the purple and working to lime.

Speaking of Hitchhiker, here is Sarah’s. She’s almost finished the fourth colour. I can’t wait until the Fleece Festival. We are going to look sharp in our scarves.

The Woodstock Fleece Festival is a great show. Knitting, weaving, spinning, dying, rug hooking, felting and animals. I’ve been told that the lunch served at the show is really, really good. We love doing this show. The weather has started to get cold and it feels like knitting weather.

Now it’s time to finish packing. Who am I kidding? There will be time for that tomorrow. I’m going to knit. :)
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A Hike!

I am slogging through the 280 stitches a round….but I am almost to my first decrease round and I can’t wait!  It has a beautiful feel and drape! 
My  new medicine regime is making a wonderful change in my pain level!
I have such high hopes!
I even went on a hike with David, Bill,  Abigail and Marsel!
There is a greenway at the end of their housing development that David discovered;
he shared it with his family and now it is their regularly scheduled picnic spot! 
He couldn’t wait to share it with us!
The gentle creek gains some rocks and boulders then gets fast and melodious! 
Wouldn’t you like to explore with us?!
It was a feast to my eyes!  So much color and texture! 
I wish I could share the bubbling brook sounds with you, too! 
The rocks are beautiful and a nice place to rest in between ‘sticks down the crick’ races!  
We saw signs of wildlife that enjoy this brook also-see the deer print? 
And a raccoon that slid in the mud here!  
Most of the trees around us were deciduous but this was the tallest tree-
a mountain pine!  It towered above all the others! 
It is steep up both sides of the watered valley.  
It reminded us of the Adirondacks where we often hiked as a family! 
A Selfie of the happy hikers! 
Out the gate and back to civilization….

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Evening of Fun

Saturday night is our student fashion show. The ladies always bring amazing projects to show off.

Kate Atherley taught at Camp last year. Both Janet and Julie bought the kit to make her Rosetta Tharpe and last night we saw the finished shawls.

I was busy oohing and aahig with the rest of the room. I missed pictures of a lot of the garments but here are a few that I did get.

Thanks to all the Campers for another great weekend. We had a lot of laughs and I’m pretty sure that everyone learned something during their workshops.

My first load of laundry is in. The suitcase isn’t going upstairs because it’s being repacked. I’m leaving Tuesday evening for a few days of rest. Now I need to pick out my airplane project.
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Weekends….

I worked on my Close to You shawl.  It is such luxury yarn-Yak down and Silk-wonderful to hold!
Bill’s job was to remove the fencing from the garden that is no more.  The corner posts are cemented in! 
He removed the fencing and piled it up so that it can be sold. 
And he removed the cemented posts-look at that Georgia red clay! 
Bruce finished the power washing the driveway.  It looks brand new! 
After church Marsel took a pic of us with the kids.  We rarely remember to take pictures of us with the kids and I wanted to do something about that this visit!
Here’s to a good start!
We were still pretty droopy from the virus this weekend but do see some peripheral improvements!

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