Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Sunday Wrap-Up . . .

Time has been getting away from me again, and money is being spent . . .

Here's the update:

The Meret Hat is, indeed, TOO BIG!  Seriously, this NEVER happens  :-D  Since it's finished and wet-blocked, I am not going to deconstruct it.  I have enough of the yarn left to make another - in the next smaller size, and I guess I know now that Woolly Wormhead's hats are going to fit my noggin'  :-)

I took Friday off and headed up to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.  It was my first time going - I've wanted to go for years.  It was a long drive, but well worth it.  I got to catch up with some of my friends, and I fell in love with Ewetopia Yarns.  There is a lot going on at their fiber shop - including a mill that's jumping off on December 1st, so definitely check out their website.

Here's what came home with me:


Clockwise from the far left:

Notecards from Barb Lassa.  Many of her holiday photos are of her husband and their Border Collie, Tess.  I met her husband.  He really does look just like Santa  :-D

The New Directions Infinity Scarf kit from Hearthside Fibers and the pattern for the matching New Directions Hat.

Three skeins of Yara Bulky yarn in the Charcoal colorway, from Ewetopia.

Two packages of Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes Unspun - Kimber didn't have much of this the last two times I've been somewhere where she was.  The fiber is 80% Merino superwash and 20% nylon, and it's pencil roving.  Perfect to attempt to spin for socks.  The colorways are Red Queen, and Blackbird.

One skein of Ewetopia BFL BFF in the Tapestry colorway.

Two skeins of Opal yarn in Harry Potter colors, Dumbledore and Lupin, in sport weight.  My friend, Tammy, actually found these in Germany and she brought my two skeins with her this weekend - so I didn't buy them at the festival, but they did come home with me, so they got to be in the shot  :-)

Two skeins of Ewetopia Cashmere Sport (it's gorgeous).

One Skein of Ewetopia Kickapoo Sock in the Monet's Lilies colorway.

Ten skeins of Ewetopia Ramboulee in the Sumac colorway.  There's a cabled sweater in my future :-)

Those knives went with me to be sharpened at one of the vendors.  They are all my old kitchen knives!

The drive home from Wisconsin was brutal - I hit rush hour traffic both ways, but coming home was the worst - it took me four hours to get home.

In other news of the past couple of weeks, I bought a new bed the Thursday before Labor day, and it was delivered yesterday.  I love it very much.  I also love being back in my own room.  I'd been sleeping in the guest room for the past four or five weeks because my old bed had become too uncomfortable to sleep on, and it hurt my shoulder.  I'm really looking forward to sleeping again tonight  :-D

Michelle asked if I decorate seasonally - I do, but not nearly as much as I used to.   This is for my front door (I'm looking for the wreath hanger at the moment  :-D):


My wee village for the seasonal kitchen shelf:


It's in the middle set of the kitchen bookshelves: 


My birdcage, which actually hangs over where you see that big plant hanging (it got moved).


And I burn Harvest candles from Yankee.  It's really not all that much, and pretty easy to change it all out for Fall, Christmas, and the rest of the year. 

And speaking of my shoulder - I'm on the tail end of PT.  I'm going 2x/week now through the end of the month and I go back to the surgeon for my third post-op check in mid-October.  I'm hardly ever in pain, and although I don't have full mobility back yet, I'm at 85-90%.  I started water aerobics last weekend, and I also started swimming again, something I really used to enjoy back in the day.  I think they are both helping my shoulder, and helping me.  I had forgotten how much I love being in the water.

That's the news from The Third Coast today, but before I go, a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on 9/11 - can it really be 15 years ago?

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