Whirlwind weekend! I intended to get a blog post out by the end of the weekend, and it looks like I made it in the nick of time.
So remember the clues I gave in my last post? All is now revealed…
This was my view on Friday night. Nosebleed seats (hey, they were cheap!) and a little pre-season hockey action with my hubby and friends. Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Washington Capitals, baby! Kris and I are Penguins fans, but we live in the Caps city… so, when the Caps won 4-3, we were a little sad. Nevertheless, it was a great game! The official NHL season starts on Wednesday, October 5th, and we are already planning a few road trips to see some other teams in the region.
Lolly and Becca had to huddle together for warmth–brrr!
I joined forces with the awesome Jenna Pink Monkey on Saturday morn for a little brunch action (we ate brunch at a biker bar(!)–it was vegan and SO good! who would have thought?) and some crafty fun in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC. It was time for the annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair!
|I wanted to go last year, but didn't make it, so this year was a must. The fair was so large I felt like I could have stayed another 3 hours and still not covered it all.|
The arts and crafts really ran the whole gamut. There was high end jewelry and fiber to recycled art. I got about a million ideas of things I wanna try and make myself (in my spare time–ha!). Things I want to learn more about now: sewing, making rugs, screen printing, paper making, embroidery… gosh, the list keeps going.
But the place that Jenna and I spent the most time: Woolarina!
Kate and Paula are so talented. They worked their butts off for this fair, and they had some lovely things to show for it. Handspun yarns, hand-dyed yarns, felted totes and purses, scarves, hats, accessories… and both of them have real jobs too! They deserve a big round of applause!
Jenna and I chatted with them and dug through their beautiful hanks for about 30 minutes before finally making our decisions.
Jenna samples the luscious Woolarina fare. They have some great stuff!
These babies kept on catching my eye over and over. I think it was providence. So, I got them.
1100 yards of laceweight merino lovliness. I have an idea about what I want to do, but I have to experiment before I can give any more details.
After the fair, I left DC and headed back to Maryland to meet up with Kris and his family for dinner and some birthday celebrations. It seems that everyone in his family has birthdays within a month's span, so it is better to celebrate them altogether.
|Here is Kris, and our niece, M, who turns 8 on Halloween. Our other niece, K, turns 4 next week. I am planning to get them some Hawaiian dresses for their birthdays on my trip. I hope to have some knits for them in time for Christmas too.|
And today? Today was a perfect day to visit my parents. We enjoyed the lovely weather, looked through my new knit books (more on that in the next entry) and watched a movie. I also managed to finish these :
Opal Magic Socks
Pattern: Variation of the FiberTrends Hellen's Socks pattern.
Yarn: Opal Magic colorway 1043
Started: September 4, 2005 / Finished: October 2, 2005
Modifications: I continued a 2 x 2 rib down the front of the sock, and made the heel slightly longer to compensate for my big feet.
Tam mentioned something in her post today about knitting socks throughout October–and that got me thinking… how many socks can I knit in a month? (Of course I have some sweater projects that will get some love too!)
Who wants to make OCTOBER into SOCKTOBER?