Whirlwind Weekend

I don’t even know where to begin.  It was a fun, full weekend, and we’re not done yet.   Go grab a cuppa’ and a snack, and then we’ll see how much I can cram into one post. 

First, we have to slip back to the contest prizes.  More have arrived!

It’s not a great photo, but it’s been rainy and/or overcast here since I honestly don’t remember when.  The sun almost made it out yesterday for a while, but not when I was at home.  The yarn is a custom colorway from NH Knitting Mama, just for this contest.  The colors are some of my favorites, as noted in my recent coffee swap questionnaire.  The stitch markers are from InsanKnitty, and while the photo is inadequate, there’s a cute basset hound and a bone amid the ruby red beads.  Thank you so much Amanda and Michelle

Speaking of Michelle…

We had a great weekend.  Friday night, we went out to dinner, hit the grocery store, and then sat up late knitting and talking.  Saturday, we headed out for Carodan Farm.  It was a pretty drive through the countryside, with redbuds and blooms galore, but Caroline was as accomodating as ever.  I wanted the April Tofutsies yarn and pattern, so she kindly walked over to her home, unpacked a skein or two, downloaded the pattern, and brought it back over.  While Michelle had no trouble finding yarn, I touched everything and yet, I wasn’t moved to buy much.   I had this feeling I was leaving something behind.  When Caroline asked if she could help, I jokingly asked what she would feature in the shop newsletter that would find me saying “Shucks!  I wish I’d seen that!”  She laughed, and left the shop again, returning with Online’s new cotton sock yarn, the whole box, so I could see all the colors, and with some Elsebeth Lavold Bamboucle (which for whatever reason, didn’t make it into the photo). 

I love that pattern too.  The sample was done in Koigu, which of course, I have in my stash thanks to my Red Colorswap pal.  I was torn between the Anne and the Heather yarn, but the Anne came home with me.  The Bamboucle is a must-see.  It’s not so boucle, and it’s actually cotton, bamboo, linen and nylon.  I think it will be a little scarf, but who knows?!


It would truly take all day and dozens of photos to show you everything Michelle had in this basket.  There were treats for the dogs, shortbread which the Knight is sure were for him, teas, flavored syrup…  and three new magazines.  I am going to take a moment to mention that I’m sorry I let my suscription to Creative Knitting expire.  They have a new editor, and the whole feel of the magazine is different.  (Yes Jessi, that’s Spin Off, and a subscription is in order.)  Knit Simple is always a good choice, and the assortment of “tee shirts” they offer is sure to have something for everyone.

Then, there are the highlights from the basket.  I mean, everything in there was obviously selected by someone who know me well, especially my requested candy-coated sunflower seeds, but these are the things I thought the rest of you might appreciate and/or “need.”

Love this very sleek mug.  Can’t wait to drink from it, and it might get a quick wash for that early evening cuppa’ I’ll need after this long composition.  Yes, it’s slightly assymetrical, but that’s part of its charm.  I like brown a lot too, so even without loose tea packed inside, it’s a keeper!






Next, there’s a treasure I think some of you will have to special request from Michelle’s shop.  (She is indeed the InsanKnitty linked at the top of the post.)  It’s a yarn cutter, taken off the chain, and slipped onto a clip, with some very “me” charms added.  I’m still thinking the blue teapot needs to move over to my charm bracelet.   This little baby is going to be clipped on my project bag, and it will go everywhere with me.  No more worrying about my scissors on planes, as Caroline pointed out when we were looking at the cutters in her shop. 




I loved Pez dispensers as a girl, and this little one delights me to no end.  Could it be any cuter?  It has a hook to be a keyring, but I know that with my life, it would be dirty dingy in no time, so I’ll have to think of a nice, clean place for it to live. 






The folks at Lindt are so clever.  Isn’t the little black sheep precious?  I hate to rip the foil, but you can bet that if I don’t, the Knight will. 





Can you guess what this is?  Yep!  It’s the cutest tea ball EVER.  It’s now offical; I’m going to have to collect novelty tea balls.  I had no idea they made anything fancy or silly, but isn’t this fun?  Even the metal “tag” on the end is a little slice of citrus. 




Michelle had been taunting me all week last week about her secret project.  Sigh.  It was worth the wait!  She hand felted this adorable little rooster, bless her heart!   He’ll have to find a very high, very safe perch, because Sissy’s reach expands a little every day.   

Michelle also made me a very sweet cloth with a “profile” head shot of Winnie the Pooh, but I just can’t get a good shot of it.  It’s hard sometimes to get a good photo of a cloth, and you know I’m not a great photographer.


There’s so much more, but this is already very lengthy, so I’ll stop here for now.  There’s a photo of Michelle and me just before she left this afternoon, and much more about tea and friendship, but the Knight wants to take me to dinner, so you’ll just have to wait!

PS – Where did spell check go?!  WordPress, what have you done!?







19 comments on “Whirlwind Weekend

  1. Gaylen says:

    Wow! What a fun weekend. I would love to just pop over for a little visit! Maybe next year? Anyway – sounds like you girls had big fun. I love the new yarns – can’t wait to see what they become. Back to the ‘sweat shop’ for me. Too much to do before vaca – UGH!!!! g

  2. Anita says:

    Love, love, love the new yarns! What a great basket Michelle brought too! We will have to hear more about your weekend, sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. 🙂 Beats the heck out of scraping kitchen floors & cleaning messy rooms! LOL

  3. crimsonpurl says:

    All the goodies look great!

    Can’t wait to see you knit up your red Koigu one day! No rush! Mine is still sitting there too! LOL

    Glad you had a wonderful time with Michelle!

  4. Amanda says:

    Hello, my friend. Boy did I miss chatting with you this weekend! I want to hear more about your awesome weekend!

    I booked my Stitches hotel. I’ll be there Friday and Saturday night… don’t have flights yet, but that can wait. So, I’ll be there pretty much anytime you may come. I’ll be online tonight.

  5. You are a very blessed lady, indeed. Sounds and looks like a wonderful visit, wonderful basket, wonderful reading ahead.

  6. Grace says:

    what a treasure trove of goodies, it was so cool seeing everything in your pictures!!!! I love the yarn cutter with the charms, especially a teapot thats awesome!!! Glad you had a wonderful weekend You DESERVE it!

  7. MrPuffy says:

    Great pics of a lot of fun loot!

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    What a great basket of treats!!! I’m so glad y’all had a good weekend and I’m looking forward to hearing more. 🙂

  9. Mary says:

    Oh I Love the new yarn Mama made up..gorgeous colors!
    wow, sounds like a great weekend was had! NICE basket too, that was sweet of Michelle! Such pretty yarns too and that pattern is neat looking!
    Hope you have a great week ahead! Hope I get to hear more.

  10. Nancy says:

    What awesome goodies you have there! I’m glad you had fun. That Anne yarn caught my eye. How pretty. Love the basket contents, Michelle done good!

  11. KM says:

    What a great weekend!

  12. p3knitter says:

    OMG – what yummy yarn!!!!

  13. Alana says:

    Wow!! What a great bunch of goodies! And I absolutely love your yarn. Can’t wait to see what you knit up. Especially with that big, multi-colored hank. That one’s especially gorgeous!

  14. AlisonH says:

    That was all fun, but then the rooster at the end made me laugh out loud. Too cute!

  15. Monnibo says:

    What goodies!! Michelle sure did spoil you!!

  16. nichole says:

    What a great houseguest Michelle is -that’s a FABULOUS basket of goodies!!! 🙂
    I love that Online sock yarn – how’s the feel?
    I collect(ed) Pez dispensers… I’ve stopped over the past few years though.. one can only collect so much, lol!

  17. Devon says:

    Looks like you guys had a great time. I’m so glad that both of you got to meet. Lovely gifts and that rooster is too cute.

  18. Natalie says:

    Sounds like you had a great time and got some great stuff!! Hope you are doing well….I’m still catching up on my blog reading!! 🙂

  19. Artinreality says:

    I had to smile when I saw your pez dispenser. I have the exact same one, which my mom gave me as a pre-birthday present last year!

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