We’ll get back to the bag, but friends are much more important. I remember reading somewhere once that the average person has a single digit number of TRUE friends in a lifetime. (It was long ago, and the details and source are long gone from this mind.) This person made a distinction between acquaintances and real, see you through it all friends, and that’s a point well-taken. Maybe I’m deluded, but I’m sure I have more than single digit real friends at this very moment. I’d do a roll call, but this is a knitting blog. I just needed to take a moment to note how lucky I am to have some phenomenal women (and a couple of men) to call my dearest and best friends.
Some of you were expecting photos of two knitters from blogland meeting. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. POUT. I was doing payroll while Michelle and I finalized plans, and I didn’t write down the time. I got it wrong, and by the time we talked, she was 15 minutes from our meeting spot, while I was still over an hour away. Big sigh. Guess it just wasn’t meant to be right now. Sorry Michelle!
In other news, my Green Yarn Junkies pal’s box mailed out this morning, along with my first No Sheep Swap package. (Yes, mailed on the last possible day to be considered timely…) But more interestingly, I finished my vest. The arm holes are bigger than I like, but otherwise, it fits well, which for my first garment is good enough. I loved knitting with the Plymouth Royal Bamboo, and since I have nearly 250 yards left over, I can make another little project. My sweet husband suggested socks, but I don’t think that’s anywhere near a good choice for that yarn. It is a fairly heavy vest, as summer clothing goes, but on, it doesn’t feel heavy at all. I will likely wash and block it later today, and wear it very soon. Maybe then, I’ll be able to get a better photo. If you haven’t tried bamboo, I highly recommend it. It just glides through your fingers and off the needles. I also mastered the three-needle bind-off on the shoulders. Piece of cake! I’d done seaming before, first just a bit on Mugsy’s sweater, and then, on the Mitered Squares bag. There really was very little on this – just the shoulders to the back with the three-needle bind-off, and then, each side to the VAST arm holes. Oat Couture patterns are great!
That’s about it for knitting content. I’ll likely finish the first two circs. sock later this afternoon, and then I’ll have to decide what to cast on next. Probably a dpn sock, but I do have non-sock projects I could and should consider.
In non-knitting news, I have to give props to my incredible sister and her husband. We had an early birthday dinner for me last night, as they’ve headed off on vacation. My sister gave me FOUR charms, including the one Anne spotted on our Richmond yarn crawl. The picture could be better, so that’s a grater on the far left, a colander on top, a whisk on the right, and the needles and yarn in the center. My sterling charm bracelet will be much heavier once those are added!
However, my always funny, kind brother inlaw gets the bow. Because botching dates and times is what I seem to be doing this summer, I somehow flopped Anne and Ingrid‘s arrival date around, thinking I could go with my sister and other friends to Williamsburg, for the big Longaberger event there. So, my other brother inlaw’s girlfriend signed us up to weave our own baskets, something we’ve done before, but these were special, designed just for the Williamsburg crowd. Long story short, my sister said she’d found a friend to go with her to take my spot, and I stayed at home and greeted my guests. I thought nothing more of it. No one shared any details, which I thought was a bit rude, but I decided they didn’t want to make me pout – which you know I am apt to do – and let it go.
Wrong! They were all in on it. My brother inlaw, disdainer of all things baskety, set aside his eye-rolling urges and instead, rolled up his sleeves and made me a basket. I can honestly say, prince that he is, my own hubby wouldn’t have done that for me. Now, I have known my brother inlaw most of my life, as he’s also a volunteer firefighter, and first dated my sister when I was just a little girl. My inlaws are his son’s godparents, so even before he and my sister reconnected and eventually wed, he was still a significant family friend. My other brother inlaw’s girlfriend was sworn to secrecy, so now I know why she didn’t email with details of the trip either. I love it! There’s the close-up of the Colonial Williamsbur signature pineapple (a symbol of hospitality) and the special nearly Williamsburg Blue trim. Note the splint commemorating the event, and the beautiful tie-on. He also initialled the bottom, in Longaberger tradition, got the weaver (the guy who talked him through it and helped out as needed) to sign it, and then stood in line to turn it into a certified collectible with a signature from one of the Longabergers. Thank you!!! I am truly spoiled.
PS – I love spell check, but it doesn’t love me back. “Baskety” isn’t a word. “Blogland” isn’t either, if you can imagine…
1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why?
Oh, that’s a toughie. There are so many… Maine. I’ve only been once and I was kinda’ along for the ride on that one. Washington. It’s just so different from my image of the West Coast. Montana. Big Sky Country. Texas. So many friends and family there. (I’ll quit there.)
2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why?
Again, can’t do just one. Scotland, because I want to see the ancestral home and more. Ireland, because it’s such a great mix of the pastoral and urban cities. New Zealand, because I miss my cousins, and with all those sheep, there must be great wool, thus, great yarn… Greece, because it’s the one place I feel I must go or I’ll really be missing something.
3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries?
Oh yeah. The favorite example would be the cross-half-country trip around 1992, to a wedding in Chicago. “Life is a Highway” was a Top Forty hit, and I will never hear it without thinking of Rebecca and that trip!
4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it?
Nope. The only islands I’ve been to are off the Virginia coast, if that counts?
5. What was your favorite “travel” vacation? Why?
Any of those summer trips in college with Rebecca.
6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain.
LOL… Yeah. I live next door to one of James Monroe’s holdings. I work at the foot of the back side of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. We have a host of great, local wineries and vineyards, a couple of unique museums, and I love to share it with friends!
7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker?
Mostly beach comer with a dash of museum visitor thrown in. Since I can’t ride the rides anymore because of my back, amusement parks just get on my nerves.
8. What’s your favorite type of yarn?
Sock yarn! Or did you mean a brand, or particular fiber? I really don’t have a favorite. I like to try different yarns, different brands, and maybe when I’ve been knitting for more than just over six months, I’ll develop more opinions.
9. What’s your least favorite type of yarn?
Novelty yarns. Otherwise, everything has a purpose. Acrylics are great for soft, easy-care baby items and such. I didn’t really enjoy knitting with Noro Kureyon, but the finished results are nice enough to make it worth the trouble.
10. What items do you like to knit/crochet?
Right now, I only knit, but I’m hoping Anne’s mom (two different blogs, there) will teach me to crochet in a few days. But that wasn’t the question. I love socks. I like felted bags an awful lot too. Dishcloths are quick and fun. Hats aren’t bad. I’m going to cast on for my first sweater/vest shortly, so I’ll get back to you on that one.
11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation?
Dunno. Won’t be an issue until July. I’m assuming socks, and maybe a dishcloth?
12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet?
I scrapbook. I make cards/stamp. I used to cross stitch and needlepoint but have no interest in either right now.
13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise)
14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite?
My favorites are greens, reds, blues, pinks… actually anything except orange or a strong yellow. Those are my least favorite, and I’m not crazy about purple or lilac/lavender either, but I love pastel pinks and blues.
15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)?
Sweet, sweet, sweet!
16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know?
Not really. For matching me, I do have dogs but I don’t smoke, if that matters.
ETA – I live in central Virginia.