Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Little Bit of This and That

Hi Knitters,
Business first today. I need to mention a few things going on. Here is a list:

2. I am interviewed on the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast today. You can listen anytime on itunes. You can also listen on your computer right here. (At the time I posted this the show was not posted on the site yet but it will be shortly.) The hosts of this podcast are the owners of Webs yarn shop and I shop with them all of the time. They are awesome. Click here for this fantastic online shop.

3. There is a winner for Rachael Herron's book, How to Knit a Heart Back Home. Congratulations to Cynthia and thanks for everyone for entering. Here is the winning comment:

Blogger Cynthiacc said...

I'm so glad she is writing more, I loved the first book.

ravelry cynthiacc
April 27, 2011

4. Come join me in 2 weeks!!!!
I am teaching a toy knitting workshop at Stitcher's Crossing in Madison on May 14th from 1-3pm. There are still spots available so if you are interested in joining me please give them a call to sign up or to find out more at 608-232-1500. There are going to be wonderful presents from Spud & Chloƫ for the students (you will not be disappointed:) and a few surprise giveaways at the class. I can't wait and I hope to see you there!

Also, on May 14th, after the workshop, I will be having a casual book signing and trunk show from 3-4pm so if you can't make the class but want to see the new book projects (and maybe some old book projects) please stop in to say hello.

I also just popped in at the shop to sign a stack of books for anyone interested in having a signed book. You can call or shop for signed copies of any of my books at Stitcher's anytime.

5. Starting on Monday, May 2nd, I am hosting a knitalong for Spud! If you are interested click here to find out more. It is a very casual knitalong and you can join in anytime so don't worry if you don't have your materials by Monday. I will be posting instructional videos and will be available to answer questions as we work together. We will have loads of fun while creating this chubby sheep together.

That's enough business for now. Phew!

Last night Peachy and I went to get a salad bar dinner at Whole Foods which is one of our favorite treats. I picked up a scone to have with my coffee this morning, orange and chocolate. Yum is all I can say.
Last night TC and I watched a Rugrats movie and I grabbed this old pair of Zauberball socks that I could never seem to quite finish. I finished and it only took two short years. I had 1 1/2 inches on the foot and a toe left to make the pair. I love this pair so much.

I now have three new pairs of handknit socks in my sock drawer. That feels pretty good.

I bought the yarn for these here. Call them up and they will send you a ball.
It was still dark this morning when I took these photos. After finishing the Zauberball socks I remembered this Watermelon Stripes sock I had started at least two years ago. I started working on this during the movie. I can't remember why I ever put this sock down. The yarn is incredibly soft and the colors are wonderful. The yarn is from Sunshine Yarns, one of my favorite indie dyers.
I am going to end today's post with a few more trip photos. I had a lot of people write to ask exactly where we stayed in Captiva Island. We rented a house that was on the beach and had this fantastic pool through Royal Shell. My husband really should have been a travel agent. He scouts out deals for plane tickets, houses, rental cars.... he is completely awesome and fun.
This house was nothing fancy and sat between some gigantic mansions (which we thought was funny). For us it was perfect. We didn't spend much time inside at all, it was comfortable and clean, and there was plenty of room for everyone. We ate several dinners out by the pool and the beach access was the best, about a 30 second walk down a path. Royal Shell is a home rental agency that I would highly recommend as their customer service is top-notch.
The Captiva Island beach is so private, non-commercialized and gorgeous. We couldn't get enough of it.
The shell and creature collecting was spectacular.
This is what the weather was like everyday.
It was thrilling to see green leaves and bushes and flowers. Spring can't come quick enough at home.
My son did a lot of fishing which was fun. He caught fish and would just throw them back out. The sunsets were so beautiful every night. We would run down to the beach and just watch the glory.
Two out in the ocean and two sleepy-heads.
Have a good weekend, Knitters! I'll be knitting away all weekend....
best, susie