Back in June when I drove to Estes Park, Colorado for the Wool Market I stopped at a very sweet little yarn shop called Gove City Yarn in Gove, Kansas. I had read about the shop on my friend Tracy's blog about a year prior and had wished and dreamed of visiting there. I don't know why. Maybe to be in the same place as a virtual friend had been? Somehow it would make me feel closer to Tracy. After reading about her visit to the shop I would see their ads in Interweave Knits and ask my husband "how far away is Gove?" I must have asked him ten times over the space of a year. I knew that when I drove to Estes Park I would be doing everything in my knitterly power to stop and visit that yarn shop.
And I did. And it made me have a few tears and a lump in my throat when I drove up and recognized it from Tracy's post telling of the quaint little community, the shop, and the shop owner. The owner was friendly and outgoing and loved telling about all of the yarns in her shop, especially those special ones that could only be purchased there, spun from the llama and alpaca fiber grown locally. Tracy selected one of those special yarns as her souvenir and I believe she made a shawl.
My souvenir purchase from Gove was two skeins of Manos Del Uruguay in color 113, Wildflowers. I hadn't seen this yarn in person before (nor many of the others she had there) and had long wished to have just the right yarn to make the My So Called Scarf. I had tried other yarns and none had just the right look. It had to be Manos or a similar single ply hand painted yarn.
While knitting the hat/mitt/scarf set for Lila Pearl I ran across a pattern on Ravelry that was similar to the MSCS as it used similar yarn but the flow of stitches drew your eye upward. The delightful name was Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks. The stich is a star stitch but the yarn paired with the pattern name made me think of birds in flight. Others see small flowers. I knew that before returning to the entrelac scarf I had to get out my two precious skeins of Manos and cast on for Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks.
I have just cleared 4520 unread posts from my bloglines. Some my own. ha And I start anew. I miss my knitting blog friends very much and I don't think I've been myself without them. I haven't been playing on Ravelry. I just haven't been doing much other than chase children and clean house since school started. I'm tired and overweight but there could be something else. It's premature to be guessing about anything at all but I have a doctor appointment Thursday morning for a .... something. Not sure what. "Small hard lump in underarm" is the only way to describe it. We'll see what she says about it. And maybe say a tiny little prayer or think a good thought and send a positive vibe my way.
The afghan project is quietly running itself at the moment while I nap and knit and chase babies. There are still afghans to be returned from seamers and I have received some contact names in Greensburg from a few sources. A lady at church who is part of the quilt guild here in town said that they made lap quilts to send to Greensburg and when they were sent there was nobody to receive them so now their quilts are in police cars being distributed to whoever they encounter that might need something like that. I'm okay with waiting and contacting the churches there when we're ready. I've said many times that I'm glad I'm the project boss so I can make up the rules as we go along and at the moment the latest new rule is that we're waiting until it's the right time to take/send these afghans. The hats and scarfs and other miscellaneous items are another story. I'll keep you posted about how these things find their new owners as soon as I know something and can make a decision about it. The cold weather is pushing me to find people who are ready for them. :)
Currently knitting: Silk Garden entrelac scarf - 65% finished.
Next to knit: Raglan Cardigan for myself, Mission Falls 1824 Wool, sage with evergreen and brick accents at cuffs and bottom - maybe at collar, haven't decided yet.
Lila Pearl at nap time today, lulled to sleep by Dr Seuss. Why does it take a picture like this for me to realize how crazy close that outlet is to her bed? Gotta get one of those special outlet covers.
Everyone have a lovely fall week and take good care of every little thing! :)