Had a very nice spring break with the family last week. Did a lot of knitting and reading – and even managed to get my husband to visit a yarn shop with me!
We drove to Gatlinburg, TN and stayed in a nice mountain cottage. Got into Knoxville one day to co-sign a lease for my daughter for next year! So exciting!
I decided that for the trip I would take along two brand new knitting projects. I selected Long Leaves Beret from the book “Weekend Hats”. This was mostly a knit-in-the-car project. Small enough to hold in my lap and an easy enough pattern to follow. I used the yarn I had recently purchased from Craft Me Happy. It’s a nice aran weight in the color wine – very similar to the color the hat in the pattern! Here’s the finished product with my son photo-bombing me . . .
The second project is June’s Favorite Cardigan – a new pattern by Knitbot. I ordered some Quince & CO Lark in “Storm”. So pretty. Love the pattern. Didn’t get quite as far. The following isn’t an up-to-date shot, but you can get the idea . . .
I can tell I’m going to love this knit. Just what I need: another project on the needles!! Back to reality now and I see the gift knitting I still want to get to!
The yarn shop we visited is the Smokey Mountains Spinnery in Gatlinburg. What a great little shop. I purchased a couple of yarns. One skein ($$) of a locally hand-painted yarn
and four skeins of a Crystal Palace yarn I fell in love with . . .
And finally, I bought the best souvenir and something I’ve wanted for awhile – a yarn bowl. It was locally made in TN and is just lovely:
Just love this.
Now back to reality and to lots of gift knitting for babies, retirements and Christmas (already!).
I also really want to attempt Level 1 of the TKGA Master Knitters course. I’ve got one and a half swatches done. Swatch knitting just isn’t that fun, but I really want to do this. I think I’ll schedule two nights a week for my masters knitting. Not weekends!! Also decided to bring knitting to work for lunchtime. New routine during lunch: close my door, knit and watch the original Upstairs Downstairs!! Could be a great mid-day break!