Again, our heroine has not bitten the bullet, kicked the bucket or bought the farm. I might well have, for all the time I've spent blogging! Usually, my lack of time has only been due to work and kids. Let me review...no, there is no time...let me sum up!
First, during one dizzying weekend in September, we had:
The Kauffman County Archeologic Fair
Our Tuesday night fiber group (knitters, crocheters, knitters, spinners, tatters, etc) had a tent to demonstrate spinning, knitting, etc.. as examples of how our grandmas did it!
DD#2 actually got to dress the part...
(although I don't think they had face paint in the 1850's in Texas!)
And practice her skills at laundering, when the apocalypse comes and we are reduced to washboards and homemade lye soap!
There was butter churnin', square dancin' and a hoopin', hollerin' gunfight in the middle of a bunch of kids!
That lasted till noon when we left to go to
DFW KNIT OUT AND CROCHET
For some reason, I thought this would be bigger (as are all things Texan)! When we got there there were about 40 people. The classes were ok, I guess, but nothing new, or particularly interesting. They did, however, invite people to give their RAVELRY names on the sign up sheet, as well as their URL's! I don't know why, but I was inordinately pleased by this! See Jess! Ya'll are a phenomenon!
I sat next to this lovely pair, simply because of the beautiful lacey something that she was knitting out of the most gorgeous Schaffer "Anne!" It is the most amazing color! Rusts, coppers, browns! Very autumnal!
And crocheters were well represented, by this lovely "Crochet for the Cure" afghan! A good time was had, knitting, crocheting, and meeting up with Skittermagoo and Nance, whom I haven't seen all year!
Then on Sunday:
Alpaca Ranch Day
One of the nurses who recently re-joined the staff of the hospital where I practice has an alpaca ranch! Woo-Hoo! Talk about instant friend! Janet and her lovely hubby Steve had an open house for the national Alpaca Ranch Day! So off we drove, to the middle of basically nowhere, only to find the loveliest place on the planet!
The first thing I noticed in her fiber room, was this shelf full of Alpaca Bears!
I mean, could you just die? There were wheels, and all kinds of alpaca yarn and fiber, a big worktable, chairs, shelves, and a beautiful quilt that the L&D nurses had made for her when she left. The largest room in the house, and devoted to all things fiber! I want one!
Then the boys...
Oh, mama, I want me some of these! If for nothing else, for the photo ops!
They are truly beautiful animals. And they like peppermint treats! And even better, they produce beautiful fleeces, which I now have 3 of! (And one is the baby fleece of the dark brown alpaca in the first picture! Squee! I will learn to wash, card and spin this fleece and make a sweater for DD before I pass! I swear on the blogging gods! Ya'll can hold me to it!
Pretty good weekend, huh?! And that's only one of them!
I'm still working on Kauni, and have made the arm holes, and have gotten about 3 inches up, but haven't been working on it because, long, long ago in a yarn shop far, far away....
Episode V - The Knitter Strikes Back!
Unfortunately, this knitter was outdone by some really bad-ass sockers out there! Talk about lightning fast! We got the pattern on Friday night in the US....and my impending death was announced on Monday! I got a lovely pair of "Scar" socks from Vanessa, and have since sent her my weapon, so she can knock out my target, as well! I hope she manages to kill everyone off! At least that would be worth dying for in the first round!
Knitting adventure in Austin! Whee!