You would think that after a day at the fair, the rest of the weekend would be chores, chores chores. Au contraire!
Friday evening niece B came over for a visit from college. She stayed for supper and the night, so we got to visit and chat and eat homemade mac and cheese. 🙂
Saturday morning, A and I left her asleep. A went off with her sister L for a pre-knee replacement road trip to Waterville to the Colby College Museum of Art, and lunch at Big G’s in Winslow. I headed in the opposite direction, to Blue Hill, to take photos at a fund raising event we were having for work. It was a fabulous day – very breezy, blue skies, sunshine. the event was held at the Blue Hill Country Club, which is right on the bay. Could not ask for a lovelier location. I checked in and discovered that one of the volunteers had the photos taking completely under control, and was able to stay for the whole event! I took a few photos and then headed back toward home.
On the way, the strangest thing happened. I pulled up to a stop sign, and almost with a mind of its own, my car pulled into the parking lot of the String theory yarn shop! Naturally, I went in. I have not been there in a very long time, and during that time, it seems they have developed a lot of lovely colors. 🙂 Since Cousin P asked me for some blue socks the day before, I had to check out the sock yarn. You have to look for yourself – the colors are amazing. I finally chose Caper in cobalt blue for the socks, and escaped with only one skein. But it is a definite re-visit with lots of money kind of place. The downstairs of an old farm house just FILLED with beautiful yarn, all their own yarn and colors. I think I might need some turquoise socks…
Back on the road again, I stopped at the PO to pick up this week’s batch of circulars and bills. So excited to find a card from the UK – and a pattern for a lace shawl that Claire of Mollie and Claire sent me! She has written a couple of posts about the shawl, and when I asked her how I could get the pattern, she offered to mail it to me – so very nice. I happen to have the perfect yarn to try it – some silk/merino sock weight from Cloudlover. I have two different colorways, the Lady Edith and Lady Sybil colorways. Add it to the pile of projects I want to cast on!
I got home to a lovely niece just rousing herself from a long night of sleep, and we had omelets – mine for lunch, hers for breakfast. Mmm. 🙂 We were just sorting out what to do for the afternoon when Mom and step-dad called – they were out and about and wanted to stop by. So they got to visit with niece B, which was great, as they haven’t seen her since we made the flying trip to her sister’s graduation.
By then, we figured we should just hang for a while – we watched the Butler on DVD – B’s favorite movie and I hadn’t seen it yet, B painted her nails – something she hasn’t been able to do at school – she is an RA now, and says it never fails, she gets the polish on and someone is locked out or needs other assistance, so it messes up the polish. She tried every color I had, took a photo, emailed her friends and got a vote on the color. Then cleaned it all off and painted them that color. I would say it is an interesting world when a girl needs that kind of feedback to choose a nail color, but I know that is an old-fashioned viewpoint. 🙂
A got home from her adventure, and we played a quick game of Guillotine before B headed back to school, with her laundry all clean and dry, a bag with some goodies (like leftover mac and cheese and a giant Whoopie pie from Big G’s) tucked in her car, and her nails sparkling pink.
I hope she had a good time, and enjoyed her break from the dorms. We loved having her, and hope she will seek refuge here again soon.
Sunday A headed out to go to work for a couple of hours. I stayed home to do what I had been thinking about earlier in the week – sit on the couch and knit. Sit I did! While I managed to wash and dry several loads of laundry, I also managed to knit a hat, knit on the hitchhiker shawl and knit on the socks that I can’t seem to finish. I also wound lots and lots of skeins into balls, so they are sitting ready to knit when it is their turn. 🙂 The hat is another alpine topper – this one made from some “blue loch” Bartlett yarn in a worsted weight. I used some stash mohair in blues, greens and pinks, and held it with the pink angora/merino I got at the fair. The soft yarns created a fabulous soft lining as well as a pretty pink highlight on the outside. I immediately cast on a smaller hat with the pink angora as a lining to a hat that will have the mohair on the outside. I think it will be child sized or maybe small adult, but it will be so soft and warm and pretty. If it turns out as I expect, it will join the growing pile of hats I will have for sale at the craft show. I did all of this while watching the third episode of the Roosevelts – I am really enjoying that series, and hope to have a chance to watch number 4 soon. A does not appreciate the show like I do, so I try to find times when she is not around to watch them. She doesn’t love history like I do, doesn’t love TR like I do, doesn’t love public TV like I do, so thank goodness for the DVR. They are all safely recorded for future viewing. 🙂 Our differences make life interesting, I have to say! I got home from work last week one night to find her watching Jaws. I sat on the couch carefully not looking at the TV until it ended. We just find different things entertaining. 🙂
So, it was a good weekend, all around, and left me somewhat rested and ready for the week ahead. I think. So you might not have any whining from me this week, won’t that be nice?