Sunday, September 7, 2008
I knew I packed too many knitting projects, but it's hard to know what I will want to knit until I get there. On the first night, at the in-law's (before we got down to camping) I realized that I had put in my pocket openings in the Estes Vest in different places. Argh, rip, rip.
I then put it aside and began my Cardigan for Arwen. It's going swimmingly, did a hem and started the cabling. Then I forgot the project at the in-laws and went camping.
Luckily, I had with a skein of the standard Peaches N' Cream stuff and made two washcloths before I had enough courage to face my Estes Vest, which was in oddly wound balls.
The socks never had a chance to start. I didn't finish the pair on the needles so I didn't feel like starting another pair. And to be quite honest, I'm kinda tired of knitting socks. This may shock the knitting world, but yeah, I even get tired of knitting socks. There, I said it. Throw your rotten tomatoes.
I did find two nice knitting shops. The one in Nisswa, Utrinkets was small but nice. I found a skein of yarn in a pretty colorway (see top photo) that is not my usual thing. I've been trying to stay away from reds and blues because that's all I seem to buy.
On the first rainy day (yes first, not last) we went to Park Rapids and I found Monkia's Quilt & Yarn Shop. It's a very nice large store and I could have browsed for hours. I wanted to get a skein of the lace weight Malabrigo but didn't really love any of the colors. Instead, I bought some Marble Chunky yarn for a prayer shawl and some 100% silk (last photo) on clearance.
All in all, it was a nice vacation but it wasn't what I expected. I did get to experience a few different yarn shops and score some cool yarn and start over on Estes. In fact, tonight, I'm almost done with the increases on Estes, it's over 1/3 done. And yes, I did get the Arwen back, but that's now on hold until Estes is finished (or so that's the plan for now).