When we first had to shelter in place, and my kids were suddenly with me all day, I definitely felt a lot of stress. I even lost some of my knitting mojo for a bit, and set aside the socks I had been working on in favor of more mindless crochet granny squares.
Well, having finished the big granny square blanket, I finally picked up my Angee socks again, and finished them pretty quickly! I am so pleased with them!
The pattern is Angee by Cookie A. The yarn is Little Skein in the Big Wool House Sock, in the Gotta Give Em Hope colorway. I picked it up at Stitches West in 2019. The rainbow speckles really tickle me, especially now, being stuck at home due to COVID AND fires.
I didn’t spend as much time in the marketplace as usual, which was good for my wallet. I also notice that with every year that I go, I feel less inclined to buy a lot. But it’s still really fun to see what’s new– patterns, yarns, trends, and to visit favorite booths (I’m looking at you, Miss Babs! http://www.missbabs.com).
It’s really pretty, and the hiking can get your heart working but not so much that you’ll hurt yourself. And the views of the rolling hills are beautiful. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the dirt trails as well.
The littlest trooper.
The fish pond was definitely the highlight of the outing!
“dipping toes” means different things for different people….
In other news, I’ve written a blog post for my knitting group in which I recap my friend’s and my excursion to Stitches West. You’ve read my side, but my friend’s knitterati encounter is pretty special, I’d say!
Phew! Stitches West was great! I ended up spending a good chunk of the day helping out at the Mother Bear Project booth! I was glad to be able to help out, telling people about MBP and selling bear kits and other items. 🙂 I donated 4 project bags and a slew of stitch markers to sell.
I spent much less time than usual perusing the market, but that was just fine with me. I was able to see and buy all that I needed wanted, and then some.
This was the first year that Plucky Knitter was at Stitches, so I checked it out and bought some pretty gray sock yarn. Wonderland Dyeworks is also a favorite of mine, so I bought roving and sock yarn there. I also love Miss Babs, where I got yarn for a sweater. At Hiya-hiya, I finally replaced my sad old circular needles on which I’ve made most of my socks. One last tour of the market led me to Huckleberry Knits, where I bought some gorgeous roving. Good haul!