We returned from our 10 day tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania with a house to rent, significant knitting progress, and a whole lot of board games. Fortunately, most of the board games were acquired through trade, though we did make a few select purchases, and we did win a couple as well.
Darren did all of the driving, which allowed me to work on my first Camp Loopy project.
First, a few words on Camp Loopy. The Loopy Ewe, which is the yarn store in St. Louis who has sponsored the retreat I’ve attended the past 2 years, has started a summer camp. For each of three months there will be three projects. You buy the yarn for each project from the store (and if you buy in their sale week, you get 20% off), you knit out of the yarn, you finish the project in the allotted time frame, and then the store gives you a credit towards future purchases. Basically the yarn pays for itself. Plus, if you manage to finish all three projects, you’ll get a skein of highly coveted Wollmeise yarn and a pattern. A pretty good deal!
The first project for camp is a 2-color shawl. I’ve already been caught by the bug for these and knit two of them (pictures forthcoming), so this was easy. I even knew what yarn I wanted right away, Bugga in Golden Orb Weaver (blue) and Oleander Nymph (yellow), a color combination someone was knitting with at Spring Fling.
I cast on before I left and got lots of knitting done in the car. I’m almost finished, the pattern calls for 6-8 more rows, though I may knit more just to use up the yarn.
On the first day of our visit to Huntingdon, we found a house. It is a 2-story 3 bedroom old house that’s cozy and has lots of personality. It’s less than a mile from campus so I can walk to school, and it’s close to the coffee shop and downtown restaurants which is nice. I think we’ll enjoy living there.
My dad came to visit on Sunday, which was also father’s day. We went for a drive to State College so we could go shopping, and we stayed for dinner. On our way back to Huntingdon we took a few pictures on the top of the mountain.
On Tuesday we were off to Columbus for Origins game fair, one of our favorite game conventions. We had a lot of fun. This year, we traveled with two new gaming friends from Champaign, George & Dave. Here’s George checking his video game.
Because the rooms are cold, and because the theme of the con was Steampunk this year, I wore my Flamboyan shawl to keep warm. Here are a couple of good shots of the shawl.
This was my first 2-color shawl, knit out of Skinny Bugga in Oak Timberworm and the Herald. It came as a kit from the Sanguine Gryphon. The yarn is fingering weight and I knit on size 7 needles, so when I finally blocked it, it came out big, which I really like.
This year as in previous years, we enjoyed the North Market everyday. I had Vietnamese Food, Indian Food, Crepes, a box of chocolates, and Jeni’s, the awesomest ice cream ever.
We also came home with a lot of free games. The board room gave us one game each from Rio Grande, and we won Black Friday and Asteroyds. The Dice Tower also gave out some games, and I won Skyscrapers in the raffle. Our friend Brian won Mansions of Madness and decided to trade for an extra copy of Hagus that we had (this was not an even trade, but he was being generous because I lent him my car to drive to Origins). We also bought a few games: Hagus, Automobile, and Grimoire are a few of my favorite purchases. Finally, Darren did the math trade this year and traded 17 games. I’m not sure of everything we got but I know we got the Game of Thrones card game which I am excited about. Here’s La Strada, a game we played while waiting for the Mayfair raffle.
Origins is making some changes next year, and one of the biggest changes is the date, which is now at the end of May. I hope we’ll end up going anyway, because it really is a lot of fun. And it’s only 5 1/2 hrs from PA, so it’s actually a driveable distance.