Made it home late Monday afternoon after an incredible 5 days of food, fun and friends. Poured myself a cup of coffee and decided I would do a quick post before I finished tackling the mounds of laundry; bills etc.. that awaited me when I got home. Wish I had pictures to share with you, but the camera I took refused to turn on! The only other person who had a camera has not yet figured out the fine art of emailing digital photos. So... you will have to take my word on what a great time we had.
The primary purpose of the weekend is to crop. The mess created by 8 women and all of their scrapbooking materials is a sight to behold! I made an album of the trip my husband and I took to England last April to visit our son who was studying abroard. What a wonderful way to keep the memories alive. This is the title page to the album. A fun way to use the extra pictures that didn't make it into the rest of the album.
Food is always in abundance at our get-togethers. I always go with the intention of 'being good'. And really thought I meant it this year. That was until I saw the Rice Krispie Treats. Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE them. And, I thought, these really aren't that bad for you! Then I cut into them. There was a layer of caramel in the middle. I am not kidding. I couldn't leave them alone. The ONLY willpower I was able to exert was to wait at least an hour between bars!! I finally decided just to eat the rest of them so they'd be gone once and for all (ever done that??). Needless to say, the jeans are a little tight this morning!! I don't have a picture of them. I do have the recipe (but am trying to 'forget' it) But if you want the recipe, let me know. I just will not be responsible if you can't leave them alone.
As I mentioned in my last post, I did sneak my knitting in amongst my cropping stuff and actually spent quite a bit of time curled up on a very comfy recliner knitting away. There was a washing machine at the cabin, so I was able to felt my bags as I finished them. My friends were amazed to see the before and after results!!
Here is my first RunAmokKnotSewHobo bag:
I LOVE this bag and know that I will make several more! The S-cord handle was new to me and I am so thankful that the designer, Betty, walked me through it via email. (All I really had to do was 'trust the pattern'!!!)
I finished a bag for a friend at church and am hoping that it is what she had in mind. If not, my daughter fell in love with it. It is the same pattern I used on my VERY FIRST felted bag, only 'this one is pretty' (quoteth my daughter!!)
Need to find the perfect button and add a lining.
Cast on another RunAmokKnotSewHobo bag (boy that's a mouthful!!). This one will be the small size in the Paton's denim blue color. Will probably add a few lazy daisy stitches onto the front when done.
Besides sneaking in some knitting, I also snuck into town to The Gallery Of Dreams yarn shop. Lots of fun felting yarn and so much more. There was sale yarn that I had to have and there was non-sale yarn that I just couldn't leave there when it so desperately wanted to come home with me. I can't help it. I'm a softy!!
Also swung into Michaels on the way through Minneapolis 'just in case' their Paton's Classic wool was on sale. It was. Several skeins also wanted to come home with me.
All of this homeless yarn created a problem in that my small corner of my stash closet just wasn't big enough. So, in the wee hours this morning I started purging my computer room and closet to make room for my growing stash. (I told my husband I was trying to make more room for his books... which there may be a few inches of shelf space free he can use!) Hopefully by this afternoon I'll have a tidy computer room and an organized stash closet.
Well, off to finish what I've started. Hopefully I'll even be able to squeeze in a little knitting time. May even cast on the clogs for my son Aaron.
Until next time.....