Friday, June 15, 2007
Vacation day #2
Well, I could also have called it "Shopping Frenzy 2007", but I don't want to encourage myself any further. LOL I have done a bit of that as you can see.
I started off my Vacation Day #1 with a trip to order my advanced copy of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. Why wait so long? Ah, well, I wanted to draw out the excitement. Then I got all weird about getting my hands on a copy for sure (like that's really going to be a problem) and decided to get my copy reserved. Now I can sleep at night. I also picked up a couple of mysteries (here and here) that I absolutely did not need, so of course I bought them. sigh. And the Summer issue of Spin-Off. Don't faint, I've never gotten a look at an issue before, it was there, so I bought it. Seriously, it was like sharks on chum. I can't tell you how many books I put back. (I got my oldest DD Skippyjon Jones, it is very cute. See how I work?)
Okay, seriously. I'm a librarian with little time to read (mostly because I knit instead, not that I mind), and when I do read, I go a bit overboard. I have a huge pile of TBR books (To Be Read), but when I finally get time to read, I go buy new ones. Well, if I don't they'll disappear from the shelves and then I won't ever read them, now will I? (Work with me here, support my logic system. It extends to Fiber Acquisition too. If it fails for one, it may well fail for both.) I'm thinking I'll knock out the Harry Potter numbers 4, 5 & 6 next week to refresh the details in my memory before the next movie and book. In the meantime, I've been reading Gil's All Fright Diner and In the Company of Ogres. I go on binges, okay? I can stop any time I want to. Really.
Next stop on my list was a LYS I never get to visit. It is in-between work and home and is really not very convenient. It is a cute little shop, I went a few times when it first opened, but haven't been back in some time. Wow. When I walked in there was a lovely group of knitters just knitting and laughing and drinking tea. I really wanted to sit down with them, but I had sort of a time schedule and I really wanted to shop. I was delighted to find that the shop had added spinning supplies to their inventory (it was not there before). Sooooo, I bought some lovely roving, a beautiful new threading hook for my wheel (because it is pretty, that's why), sock yarn (like I needed it, but it too was pretty and it was Fleece Artist Seacell!) and some more washcloth cotton. I didn't need that last either, but I was on my way to see Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and they had this cute little Jolly Roger washcloth and I just had to have the pattern... You know how that goes. So here's the details on my booty. Arrrrrrr.
The Fleece Artist is up top. It is their Sea Wool (70% Merino, 30% Seacell) and seems to be Raspberry or possibly Ruby Red. I really couldn't say for sure. I can't find anything on the lable to indicate the colorway (at least not that I can see), but it is a very pink red and some orangey stuff in there too. It has the Sea Wool Bordello Socks pattern, and I'm looking forward to getting this on my needles. (I think I like the pattern name as much as the yarn!) Also pictured is the new threading hook for my wheel. It is made by one of the ladies who was sitting and knitting while I was there. Gotta support those local artisans, right?
Next up is the Jolly Roger pattern and some GGH Java in black. I got two because I never see this cotton stuff in black. I mean, I have to have a couple in black and white, then I can go all pink or something later. Right? (The Java was on sale too, so as good a deal as the Sugar 'n Cream.)
Lastly, this lovely roving from Dragonfibers, another local craftsperson. (There's an email on the label if anyone is interested, let me know.) This is 4 oz. of Bluebells and Buttercups and is 60% Merino and 40% Bamboo. This will be new and exciting, I've never spun bamboo. The colors on this are just lovely and completely unlike anything else in my stash. I just love it, though, and I can't wait to get spinning on it. Right after I finish plying the other stuff on my bobbins...
Hey, what else is vacation for? Getting caught up on projects, and starting new ones, right?
The evening was spent at a Sock Hop at my daughters school. I had a lovely time dancing with my girls, some of their friends including the Fiber Hating Twins (I've mentioned before). It was great fun, but my knees are killing me today (and a good bit of last night too!) The Bunny Hop, Cha-Cha, Jitterbug, Conga line, Hokey-Pokey, the Swim, the Electric Slide, the Macarena & just general dancing. Some people pay for that kind of work out! The kids also did the Limbo, but I was definitely not competing with 5 year olds. They can get lower than me just walking. No sense in putting myself into physical therapy for a few months over that. I figure I'll recover from this just in time to paint the girls' room.
Vacation Day #2 was shopping for very specific things (things I couldn't find - so very frustrating!) and to the movies for Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer. I can't tell you how nice it is to sit through a movie all by myself. No trips to the bathroom at the most exciting part, no one begging for popcorn and candy (I don't have to beg myself - lol). Also, it is a chance to preview things for my kids. "No" on Pirates, the girls are just too sensitive (even if they don't think so) and "yes" on Fantastic Four, not as intense.
I should have spent more time knitting, but I managed a bit while I was getting the oil changed in my van. That was a chore that was way overdue. Next week, I think it will be knitting and cleaning time. I have promised myself to find a balance in that. We'll see how I do.