I had a fun day last saturday. I treated myself to a rare day off, and drove about 2 1/2 hours south of here to the Portland area to attend Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.
Despite the long day, and driving back over three hours to get home for work the next day, it was such a delight to be among friends.
I wasn't able to get photos of everything, but here are a few to tickle your curiosity:
Lois (of the famous duo Linda and Lois) from Bellwether Wools
Dicentra Designs - Lisa's booth
There were tents on the lawn and two buildings full of vendors, and more customers than I have ever seen at a show. It was nearly impossible to even get into someone's booth. Such an awesome display of fiberly goodness!
I saw Tina, Morgaine & Lan, Sheila & Michael, and so many others that I cannot even begin to tell you - I got more hugs that day than I think I have had in a year :-)
I was literally bathed in wool (consider me happy)
I took a class in the afternoon on Fair Isle knitting tricks, and had fun. I'll save photos of the headband I made for another post.
It was a challenge to come back to "reality" and go to work the next day (grins)
So, I have a slightly weighty concern on my mind tonight - that being my Mom... well, more specifically, her shoulder. My Mom is going in for a complete shoulder replacement surgery on Monday, and I ask that you would keep her in your prayers, and send healing energy through the next 3-4 months of her recovery. Going in for such major surgery is always a serious situation - and in this particular case, since she is... well, "older" than me (I won't embarass you Mom by giving away your age..) it is even more serious. Suffice it to say that I think that she is very very brave.
She tore her rotator cuff a few months ago, and has lived with intense pain all this time. The surgeon has told her that it is beyond repair, and thus the shoulder replacement.
She is at the point where she is completely ready to be out of such miserable pain, and has gotten together the courage to face this enormous choice. It will allow her to have movement in her arm once again.
Her name is Harriet - and I appreciate your prayers.
My Dad (an MD tiwce over - yay Dad!) has helped her to select a marvelous surgeon down in Naples Florida. And I know that he and my oldest brother will be looking over her throughout this time.
This is one of those times when I wish I didn't live in Washington (with them in Florida)...It's just too far away in this big ol' country.
With all this going on, I decided that she deserves something special, knit just for her. and so I began a little something... (sorry no photos yet, I know Mom is looking too grin). And thus, the knitting "news" will be a bit absent until I am finished with this particular stealth project.
Love you to the moon and back Mom...
Here's a big gentle hug for my Mom. She's wonderful. You'd all love her too.