I've been back from Vancouver for a few days now, and it's great to be home to Joe and the kitties. I had a lovely time in Vancouver, and was busy the whole time I was there. One thing that was clear this time though, is that I'm not a city girl at all, I found that the noise and the busy-ness really bothered me. The city is a great place to visit, lots to see and do, but it is great to come home to a quieter environment. I have another week off work still, which will be used as a staycation. It will be nice and relaxing to stay closer to home, I anticipate lots of time knitting on the patio, sipping an ice tea and listening to my Ipod.
On my last day in Vancouver, I had the pleasure of visiting Sweet Georgia Yarns. I have admired Felicia's work on line for a few years now, and it was lovely to meet her and see her studio in person. Unfortunately, her stock was a little low, but there was still lots of lovely yarns to admire, and of course some came home with me:
The roving on the top is a bamboo blend that I'm really looking forward to spinning up. The two skeins are sock yarn, however I think much too nice to be stuck on feet, maybe a shawl or something?
While at Sweet Georgia, I found my birthday present from Joe. My birthday is today, so I am now able to officially use it. Joe and I often buy are own gifts from each other, however the rule is that we are not allowed to use them to the actual occasion rolls around.
I've been wanting a loom for a while now, probably since before I even started spinning, if the truth be known. I chose this inexpensive starter loom, the Schacht Cricket, as a way to see if weaving is for me or not. If it is, I will upgrade to something a little bigger and more versatile. The price of this lovely Schacht loom was very good, and it has received excellent reviews too. I'm happy to have entered the Schacht fold, I know so many people that rave over their products!
We are currently experiencing a bit of a heat wave, and by the time I cleared off the kitchen table today, I was too hot and tired to set the thing up. Soon though! For now I'm grabbing my knitting and heading out to the patio. Speaking of the patio, check out this dragonfly that Joe found out there this morning: