I’ve fallen very far behind with updating this blog. My friend Lina suggested blogging certain things once a week; she for example does travel Thursday. I like the idea and perhaps I will start something like this, but I’m not sure what day yet since my life is still so up in the air.
I want to talk about a lot of things, so for now, I’m going to just provide a few highlights.
Last week, I finished preparing the defense copy of my dissertation. I scrambled to finish, having spent most of the year focused on getting a job. I’m very happy I actually got a job so I could just buckle down and focus, but the 2.5 weeks I spent doing nothing but writing and teaching were pretty miserable. I am thankful that’s over.
This weekend, I spent the weekend in St. Louis at the Loopy Ewe’s Spring Fling. Although I didn’t take any pictures while I was there, some friends did, so I will link to their blogs. I arrived on Thursday after submitting my dissertation and needing a really nice break. I do have pictures of yarn; here is the lovely orange Wollmeise I got in my goody bag. I don’t know what color it is.
We had dinner at Trainwreck and closed down the knitting lounge, chatting about everything. I started a vanilla sock which was a good idea, as every other thing I tried to knit over the weekend I messed up!
On Friday morning I went shopping at Loopy. Shopping there is super fun; there are so many fabulous yarns to buy. I came in this year with a list, and almost everything I bought has a purpose.
My haul includes Madtosh Pashmina for a cardigan, Bugga and Hazel Knits for socks, Studio June for a pooling scarf, Loopy solid series for colorwork, Malabrigo Rasta for a winter scarf, and Tempted laceweight for a lacy shawl. I tried to go outside of my color palette also (purple and red), and I did a decent job of that.
I had a free period in the afternoon, and I finally was just exhausted. I went to take a nap after lunch, but they hadn’t cleaned my room, so I came down to the knitting lounges to hang out. After about an hour I felt like I was going to pass out at the table, so I went back up to the room. Even though they still hadn’t cleaned it, I took a nap anyway. It was only for one hour. When we came back in the evening they never cleaned our room, so we had to have them bring us some towels. It was a strange hotel experience.
In the evening we went back to Trainwreck, which was fun. I like the food and the company was lovely. Plus it was really cheap which was nice. Then we stayed in the knitting lounges until after midnight. This time, some folks actually stayed after us in the lounge, but not too many. I like staying up late at these things.
The next day I had my classes. My first class was Anne Hanson’s sweater fitting class. We took each other’s measurements and learned how to knit patterns to fit our actually body size. It was a very informative class. I also made it to Anne Hanson’s blog again this year. I’m in the first picture and have a bit of a goofy grin on my face.
In the afternoon, I took a beaded shawl knitting class with Laura Nelkin. We knit the first 12 or so rows of Entomology, her free pattern on Knitty. The class was great because we learned the beading techniques at the same time we were knitting the actual project. I’m knitting mine with cashsilk lace from Sweet Georgia that I bought at Fling last year. I also got to guest star on Laura’s blog–I’m in the picture for the Saturday afternoon class.
Saturday evening we went out for Italian, and the restaurant was super slow with our food, so we ended up eating really fast to get back for the raffle. This year, I actually won something in the raffle which was super exciting! The skein on the top the one I won, and we each got one of the skein on the bottom.
After we closed down the knitting lounges, we hung out in the hotel lobby until 2AM. It was a really fun time. Lina‘s photo recap includes a few pictures of me also, so I’ll link that one here. I’m also linking my favorites in flickr so you can see a few pics from other friends as well.