Vacation Blues

October 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm | Posted in knitting, Uncategorized, vacation | 1 Comment

Today I have a serious case of the vacation blues because it’s the last day of it. For the last week Chris and I have been vacationing in Washington State while visiting with his family and having a wonderful time. Sadly, tomorrow it ends and I have to go back to the stress of work. But, I’m not going to think of that now…on to happy things..and vacation pictures!

First though, I have some real live knitting content to share with you! While we were in Tacoma I made another trip to the lovely little yarn shop, Lamb’s Ear ,and while I didn’t get a lot, I did find a few bargains.

This tweedy Plymouth Lambs Wool was 50% off! I bought the last 4 balls in this blue-grey color at about $3.50 a piece! The yarn is pretty soft and I’m imagining these balls becoming a pair of Dashing mitts for my sister-in-law.

I also picked up 2 skeins of Berroco Comfort that I’m working into a Clapotis scarf. I really like this yarn because it’s super soft, and weighty enough to be a little drapey, which I like in a scarf. Interestingly. I’m not usually one to pick blues and greys but it was rainy off and on during our visit so it seems maybe my mood was reflective of the weather. I have to add here, it feels so good to be back at knitting. It’s just that time of year when it’s a warm and comforting thing to be doing.

Anyway, still speaking of knitting…I learn so much from all of the knitting blogs I read whether it’s different techniques, patterns, or even in finding inspiration. While in Washington, Chris, my sister-in-law and I did a little hiking up at Mt. Rainier. The leaves are just beginning to change colors and that day the sky alternated from grey to bright blue depending on where you looked. I was reminded of one of my most favorite knitting blogs, Getting Stitched On the Farm. Kristen Nicholas often posts about colors you find in nature and how you can get inspiration for knitting by them, so I’m posting a few pictures here that will serve as color inspiration for me.

I love the yellows, oranges and red of fall.

I think part of what made me so awestruck with these vibrant colors is that we don’t really get much of a color change in the leaves in Florida. Everything goes from green to darker green to brownish green in the winter.

How about those blues?

And even some pink! But this picture was taken at the Port Defiance Zoo on Friday.

Ok, now for some plain old gratuitous vacation shots.

The mist you see there is actually in front of a big glacier.

The three of us, Cathy, Chris and me.

And lastly, I’ll leave you with this picture of Mt. Ranier taken from the plane as we flew home Sunday morning just before sunrise.

Oh, one more thing! I came across these awesome Mittens today at Knitlob’s Lair that were a must have for me. I love them and will be making them soon!

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