Sunday, June 26, 2016

Good Things

(c) The Loopy Ewe
Last weekend I was in Denver and had a VERY good time.  It's always nice to see my friends and spend time with them.

On Saturday three of us made a road trip north to The Loopy Ewe in Fort Collins.  Their monthly yarn offering for June was "Lake Dillon" by Socks That Rock.  Isn't it pretty?  I was lucky enough to spend some relaxing vacation time at Lake Dillon when I lived in Colorado.  These colors are a good representation.

I haven't decided what to make with the yarn.  I don't know whether to make socks or a scarf or something totally different.  For now, the yarn is just going to be admired.  It's not like I don't have any other knitting projects to work on in the meantime!

We had planned to visit Fancy Tiger in Denver first thing on Saturday morning.  They were celebrating their 10th Anniversary.  However, there was a line down the street and around the corner.  Some people must have lined up very early as they had lawn chairs and were knitting.  Part of the draw to the shop, too, was a visit by Stephen West. We passed on an early morning visit but did drop in later in the afternoon.

On a table inside the door was a sweater that caught my eye immediately.  It is simply constructed and will be great with slacks, jeans or a skirt.  The pattern is the Junegrass Pullover, designed by
Carrie Bostick Hoge.  The yarn, Junegrass DK, is surprisingly soft.  It was a pleasure to meet the people from the company.  I've got the yarn and plan to have the sweater finished to wear this fall.  I only plan to make one small change to the pattern.  I don't mind the slit in the side but will make it shorter than it's shown in this picture.  I also like that the back is longer than the front - very practical when bent over a computer.

(c) Fancy Tiger Crafts
This is the description of the yarn found on Ravelry:
         This pattern is designed for Junegrass DK, a small batch yarn entirely grown and milled in Colorado. It is a soft, lofty blend of white Merino/Rambouillet cross wool and dark grey Wensleydale wool, blended together for the perfect natural heather grey.

On Sunday evening was the Gladys Knight concert at Hudson Gardens.  It was so pleasant to sit in a lawn chair and listen to beautiful music, even if it was 104F for the first part of the evening.   Don't tell me that it's a dry was hot! It did cool off and there was a slight breeze a little later.  I always knew that Gladys Knight can sing, but she CAN SING!  For almost an hour and a half she sang and talked to the crowd.  There was even an opportunity to stand up and dance and be a Pip!  I wouldn't hesitate to go to one of her concerts again.

Good things are continuing.  After Shetland Wool Week this September, myself and two friends decided to spend a few days in London.  By coincidence, it's at the same time as the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, also known as "Ally Pally".  Tonight I got my ticket to the Show.  Also planned is a visit to Loop for their knit night.  

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