I had another wonderful weekend. Actually, it turned out to be a long one. On Thursday evening, Jim told me that he was taking Friday off so we could take a drive to our property in the North Carolina mountains. And it turned out to be a beautiful day for it. The air was so clear, I felt like I was seeing everything in high definition. We've owned this property for almost exactly twenty years, and somehow I think this is the first time we've been up in February. I really enjoyed visiting when all the trees were bare and the vegetation in its winter rest. Along with the clear air and the bright light, the understated forest combined the feeling of winter with the promise of spring. Of course, I took a lot of photos, but this is one of my favorites. Walking through the meadow, I turned to see the long afternoon shadows spilling across the grass.
Since I recently pulled out a neglected lace project, I decided to start another sock so I'd have something easy to knit on the drive.
This is Trekking XXL, and I'm using a pattern from the sadly discontinued Mustersocken knitalong Yahoo group. (I turned the heel today, and am halfway through the gusset.)
It was a lovely drive and I enjoyed my mountain walk while Jim beat back some of the brush at our property. He needed the day off, and while it did mess up my normal Friday schedule, I'm glad we made the trip.
Of course, this meant that on Saturday I had to do my Friday errand of grocery shopping. But I also knew that some of my knitting buddies were going on a field trip to the LYS nearest my house - Knitch. I told Jim I was going to stop by, and if there was a parking place, I'd just drop in for a little while and then do the groceries. Well, as I was pulling into the lot, someone was pulling out, so it was obviously intended that I be there, right? I spent the next couple of hours checking out all the new yarn, chatting with my friends, and knitting. It was WONDERFUL! And then I went to the grocery store.
Today, Sunday, was the monthly Peachtree Handspinners Guild meeting. Again, a chance to hang with my friends, and to finally get some expert instruction in plying. The program committee arranged for the more experienced members to provide instruction in the various methods. I chose the group for regular 2-ply, and was so happy to finally have it all explained. Hopefully, I'll now be able to make not only better singles, but also respectable two and three ply. Afterward, Claudia, Jen, and I walked over to the Brickstore Pub for our now regular post-spinning treat. Then I had to go home to make dinner.
Jim and Cory spent the day moving the last of our belongings out of the old house, in preparation for Wednesday's closing. Then Cory and his girlfriend came over for dinner. I needed an ingredient for the meatloaf, so I drove over to the Kroger. In front, a woman who runs an animal rescue was offering animals for adoption and asking for donations. She had a pen with the cutest puppy ever. On the table next to it was a darling rabbit and a fuzzy blonde dog who would bark and give you a high five. It took all my will power to walk away from those dogs, I tell you! But what really tickled me was the puppy's playmate in the pen.
Yup. A lamb! How cool is that?? After a fiber filled day, here it is on the hoof! The woman told me she has quite a few sheep at her farm in Dawsonville. I hope to see her at the Kroger again, because I'd like to talk to her about her rescue and her sheep. And no, I won't be bringing home any animals - not even the sheep!
So, you see, it was a busy and interesting weekend. I'm going to have to keep in mind what a good time I had, because tomorrow (Monday) I'll be spending who knows how much time at the county tax office, transferring my homestead exemption from the old place to the new. At least I have a sock to work on!