The events of the past few weeks left me rather exhausted, and thus I only attended Madrona Fiber Arts very briefly - but what a fabulous time it was. (as always).
** There was shopping at the vendor market - virtually everywhere you looked, it was a fashion show.
**There was visiting my friend Lisa's booth (aren't her colors gorgeous!) (Dicentra Design) She shared a booth this time, with another friend , Kay, who is a great metalsmith.
** There was a brief, yet very fun, meeting up with Cathy-Cate (and no, my photos of her didn't turn out either - dang) She is every bit as sweet in person as she is on her blog, and she looked stunning in her lace shawl :-)
**There was hanging out with the peeps (Barbie, Mary, Judy, Kate Gretchen, Diane, Lisa, Kay, Tina, Virginia..and so many others) I was much too busy collecting wonderful hugs to photograph them all (silly me)
**There was the requisite "modeling of each other's garments - note the multiple empty champagne bottles in the background) - and so much goofiness that might have included some jumping in the elevators - that my face hurt from laughing..
** there was the gang walking to dinner (I think it was a dozen of us that went) What a grand sight we made, completely covered with gorgeous hand knit items, strolling through downtown Tacoma.
** there was a fabulous meal at "Matador" in Tacoma (yummy - yummy) (and of course, silliness by all - many hugs, lots of laughter, good food and vino. (I wish that I had gotten good photos of everyone.. sorry to those who got left out, but you really would be pleased with me for not publishing those pics.. heh heh )
**There was a class with Sally Melville - Essential Skills for the Self Taught Knitter - where I learned a bunch of neat "tricks" (bless you Sally!) Sally is right up there with the famous "Judith M", who could pretty much teach a class on how to butter toast in a new way, and I'd attend (hah hah). They are fabulous teachers, and there is always something new to learn.
There was a bit of stash enhancement (no photos yet)
AND there was the modeling of my newly finished Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl (thanks for the photos Barbie)
I have details over on my Ravelry page about the yarns (let me know if you cannot get on there and see them listed) It was knit on size 1 needles, and the final number of stitches on the longest row was 752. wow.
For my very first stranded knitting, I must say, that I have now become a total fan (and you can look for more projects in the near future! - there might even have been a small purchase of Kaunai yarn at the vendor market.. ahem)
Thanks for all the encouragement that you dear ones gave me. I was so glad that I finished this in time to show it to my peeps.
And now, hopefully, life will be quiet enough that I can resume some more regular blog reading and posting. I've missed you guys!