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Riding High on Yarn Fumes

A couple of weeks ago, Sonia and I loaded up our cars with all sorts of fun things from Stash and a huge amount of enthusiasm and headed up to Seattle for Vogue Knitting LIVE. We had such a great time creating a unique booth and showcasing some of our favorite dyers, button-makers, books and magazines.

The Pompom garland was a huge hit! 

It was such a delight to meet designers, yarn dyers, and other knitting celebrities over the course of the weekend. You can read more about our weekend and all the amazing people we met on the Stash Blog.

Of course, no knitting event would be complete without a little stash enhancement! Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo of the whole haul together, but here’s the yarn:

VogueHaul

Clockwise starting at Top Left: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (purchased at the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas booth) in a sweater quantity, Freia Flux Sport (2 skeins, purchased from the StevenBe booth), 2 Skeins of Hazel Knits Entice, and a Gradient Set from Black Trillium

I also bought an amazing new knitting bag from Chicken Boots! It’s this style, but in a super fun raindrop fabric.

Of course, being at VKL has only been making my knitting obsession even stronger. I’ve been whipping out a few baby hats for a close friend, which I’ll post once she receives them, and plugging away on a fingering weight sweater and have finished a couple cowls. I’ll be back later in the week with some pics of the newest FOs!

Happy Crafting, Friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Orcas Island 50K

This past weekend Seth, Sailor and I took a trip up to Orcas Island so that Seth could run the Orcas Island 50K. We headed out Friday morning, stopped at the REI in Seattle, had dinner in Anacortes, and then took the ferry over to Orcas Island. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of Seth from the race. Sailor and I only met up with him at the first aid station and then we spent the day exploring the island while Seth ran. Of course, we met him at the end of the race and saw him finish! We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the views from the top of Mt. Constitution were incredible.

Unfortunately, I’ve been having trouble with the automatic sensor cleaning on my camera (as in, it doesn’t do it…). It was so bright out that I couldn’t tell that all my pictures had a huge spot on them as I was shooting. sigh. I guess we’ll just have to go back! But I’ll share some photos anyways…just try and ignore the glaringly obvious spot (actually, a large line) on all of the photos.

View of Mt. Baker from the top of Mt. Constitution

Mt. Baker, the San Juan Islands, and the North Cascades

The tower at the top of Mt. Constitution, a lost runner, and the folks running the aid station

After exploring the island, shopping in the Eastsound area (and finding a glorious bakery with amazing cookies only to have Sailor steal 3 of the cookies when I was snapping photos), Sailor and I relaxed in one of the parks in Moran State Park (where the race was taking place) until it was time to go to the finish line to meet Seth. It was relaxing until Sailor saw these guys:

There were 4 huge swans just hanging out on the lake. 

When we were looking for a place to stay, one of the other local ultra runners suggested we check out Pebble Cove Farm. We had a fantastic view from our front door, there was homemade granola in our room for breakfast, and they have chickens, goats and a pony on the farm!

The view from our front porch

On Sunday, we headed out on the second ferry and drove to Seattle in time for lunch. Of course, no trip would be complete without a yarn shop stop! We stopped at The Weaving Works and I picked up a few skeins of yarn (no surprise there!). After a little yarn shopping we headed to Pikes Place Market to wander around and find some lunch.

And of course we had to stop and see the Gum Wall:

Gross, but kind of fascinating! 

And since this is a crafty sort of blog…here is a pic of Seth wearing the hat that he designed:

Taken on the ferry back to Anacortes from Orcas

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