Hello again and Happy Thursday! This week is just flying by - the big kids will be home from Texas before we know it!
The fun weekend in Estes Park was over before I knew it.... and there I was saying farewell to Margene and the new friends I made during the weekend.
We packed our fiber and spindles and yarn and needles and everything, then waved goodbye. I'll see you all again some time - I had fun - I hope you all did too!
They drove off to pick up Miriam in Loveland (minus Chris who was on her own like me), and I drove down to the parkway to find a parking spot. I still had to pick up souvenirs for the kids and me and grab a cup of coffee and hopefully sit and spin or knit a little before leaving town. I did find the souvenirs and coffee and found a spot to sit down by the post office while I filled out postcards to mail the kids. It was a nice shady spot by the river to sit and wind my singles and begin plying the last skein of yarn for the homespun Comfort shawl I'm making for the Spun Stitches knitalong. Here's the new spindle in action from my shady spot (bad picture but you get the idea). I've begun knitting the shawl since getting home and will have a progress photo for you in a few days!
I couldn't leave town without a fun sock photo:
I left .... oh, around noon I suppose. I took a different route back that took me through Boulder. It's a nice drive and always a little sad to leave a place and weekend and vacation when you had so much fun. Bye Mountains - see you next time!
I was soon seeing the flat plains of eastern Colorado and western Kansas again. The landscape is just pure flatness. Often there is not a tree, not a hill... nothing for miles to see but flat land and sky. I took my time going home, stopping when something in a little town by the road caught my eye (flatness makes that very easy), taking pictures of whatever I liked and not feeling too rushed to get home.
When I left the road to look around the little town of Collyer, Kansas, pretty much all I found was the train and old school house above, one church that I didn't take a picture of.... and two cemeteries (might be just one but they were on opposite sides of the road). I'm one of those people (I hope there are others) who like to walk around old cemeteries reading headstones. I like taking pictures too but the light isn't usually as perfect as it was at this hour (around 7:30-8:00 pm) so I took a lot of pictures. If you're like me, you'll like some of these pictures. If you're not like me feel free to skip ahead. :)
As always I underestimated how long I would spend at the cemetery in Collyer so it was time to move on - I still had a lot of driving to do.
Farewell wonderful weekend. I'll have to do it again some time.
Looks like I've taken up enough space with weekend pictures on this post - I'll save the Wool Market animal pictures for tomorrow and drag it out yet another day. :)
Daily Square Report:
I hope you're still with me! I've got more lovely squares to show and yes, a "stack" picture today too! With today's mail and package left at the office from a lady at the church we're adding 115 more squares to the total today! WOOHOO!! We're past 1500!! We have received a total of 1542 squares and still need 698 squares to meet the 40-ghan total! GAH! THAT's just AMAZING!!!!! I am so extremely happy about this. Last night at church the ladies were just amazed by how many squares we have received and wondered how we'll get them all seamed up! I said "We need quite a seam team!" I'm hoping we can have at least 80-100 people helping seam afghans on September 15th. Don't you think we'll need that many?? I think if we have teams of four then we can get each team to seam two afghans that day. That would be a lot of afghans finished but I think some people will not be able to stay for the entire time. We'll be having lunch for everyone that comes and plan to work on afghans from 10am to 4pm. Please let me know if you're planning to come and how many people might be with you! I'm taking names in a serious way so I know how many are coming and can drag people off the street to help if necessary. hehe
Keep on knitting as many squares as you would like until August 1st then finish what's on your needles and put 'em in the mail by August 10th if you're in the US and August 5th if you're outside the US. That way I can start sorting squares and organizing them into afghan packets beginning August 15th. I hope I can get it all done in a month!
This is so great! I have a few knitting and spinning projects to finish up and then I want to start selecting squares for an afghan to assemble myself before the seaming date.
Today's squares came from the following people:
- Vicki and Carin - Algonia, IA (this it at least the third or fourth package from them - I've lost count!
- Gay - El Dorado, KS
- Anne - Essex, (does this mean England?) UK (Yay! From outside the US!)
- Karen - Glen Arm, MD
- Emily and Rose (Great Gran!) - Bay Minette, AL
- Cathy for Love's Many Cloths - Chapel Hill, NC
Have a wonderful rest of your week and I'll be back tomorrow with animal photos! Take care! :)