Traveling Socks

Last week my husband and I visited some of my relatives a few hours away from where we live. We packed up and set out on our journey.

sock1

We stopped in the lovely Asheville, NC for lunch. As we were exploring we came upon a yarn shop and my husband encouraged me to go in (he is a keeper).

skywool

That’s 3.1 oz of Merino combed top and a skein of Viking Raggen for man gloves. What else do you expect when visiting a yarn store?

We made it to my family’s house mid-afternoon and spent the evening talking and visiting. When it was time for bed I was surprised by the most beautiful quilt.

quilt detailfull quilt

The next morning we explored my uncle’s garden, picking beans and learning how to dig potatoes. It is super hard work. I spoiled quite a few potatoes finding that out.

We had a picnic lunch with more of the family that came by to see us. We even had an unexpected visitor!

My husband was tired from digging potatoes, so he took a nap.

nap

He had a lot of fun playing with the dogs.

As the afternoon waned we got ready to come home to the city.

This sock has a lot of good memories knit into it now.

 

This Week

This has been a big week for me.

I finished my first Watermelon Sock (and started the second).

I published my second pattern, the Raindrops and Wildflowers Cowl (on sale for 20% off with the coupon code BEATRIX until July 5) (Yes, this is shameless self-promotion).

both cowls

I bought a new (to me) car! It’s a 2013 Honda Civic, for those of you who will ask. Isn’t it pretty?

car

How was your week?

Dear Second Sock,

I understand if you want to harbor animosity toward me because you are not an original. The thing is, I had 2 skeins of the same yarn, and your brother had the luck of the draw. I guess that kind of sucks for you. But is that any reason to take it out on me? I am trying my hardest to knit you and make you beautiful and functional, and if you were for me I would totally knit you in a different pattern than your twin. But you are not for me, and the person I am knitting you for would really like for you and your brother to match. So can you please stop dragging your feet and just knit up faster? I want to start a sweater. It’s the colour of Conch shells and beautifully soft.

Thanks. I knew you would understand.