(Still no knitting. Forgot to block. And photograph.)
Last week, on Thursday to be exact, I turned 30. It didn't feel any different from any other day, except that a friend bought a beautiful wheel and I taught her to spin. To celebrate, I went on a road trip and drove nearly 900 miles, to see friends and knit. A group of 40 knitters met for a weekend of knitting and spinning and yarn and fiber and books and tea and wine and such.
I also taught a class on the sweater method. We had fun.
I had fun, and I think the class did too. The picture above of one of our amazing organizers, Samma, was just too hilarious to miss. It was all very cordial, I was nice to everyone.
I swear I was.
In my class, the knitters were fun, smart, amazing artists. I was honored to meet them all. (I loved the Shetland shawl, it looked so warm.)
It all required a lot of concentration.
Their beautiful hands knitted very very fast. And they were all such a joy to watch.
I am so happy I got to meet my fellow knitters. It was a weekend of sheer joy, I hope there'll be another knitting retreat very soon. (I also may have bought another spinning wheel. More of that later.)
On my travels I also got to meet some animals I had not seen before. Lizards, and some snakes.
They were very scary and wild, all 12 inches of them.
These Columbian rainbowboas were truly most amazing animals: beautiful, strong, primitive, and an absolute joy to watch.
The green iguana did not approve of my photographing him.
But the little ADD lizard did not mind, at all. She was awfully cute!
Now that I have shocked you with lizards and snakes, let's look at some yarn. These came home with me. Green mystery lace yarn and blue Drops Alpaca adopted from fellow knitters.
Burgundy Drops Alpaca. What can I say, I love the yarn. And the color!
And then I went crazy. First, just a little.
And the I went completely bonkers.
Yes, I am aware it's yellow. But what a yellow it is! Mustard yellow, in all of the richness of the fall yellow that is only there this time of year! I had to have it. All of it.
Speaking of fall, it's here.
Enjoy your fall days!