from my vacation. Well, it’s not that I’m weary, but I didn’t get much done, all that having fun stuff I suppose just eats up daylight. Actually, we had a good time in Vermont. It is beautiful, though a bit cool for my taste. Did you know that Vermont has a law against ugly billboards and other signage along the streets and highways? It makes for a gorgeous drive anywhere you go. And the gardens are just stunning. EVERYBODY has a garden! Flowers, veggies, both, it’s just amazing and yet you never see anyone out slaving in the garden. They’re just there, and blooming. Wierd. In a good way.
I started these socks on the plane waiting for take-off in Austin. I got most of the leg done before we landed in Burlington. The pattern is Lacy Scallops from Sockbug. The yarn is Socks that Rock in Pebble Beach, gifted to me by S t a c i. The pattern is nice, the yarn is nicer. I love the colors so much.
Abby loved all the touristy stuff that we did in Vermont – Ben & Jerry’s (Duh), Sugarbush Farms (we are set for Maple syrup for the year), Quechee Gorge, but the highlight for her was the Billings Farm where she got to don an apron and help out in the kitchen washing beans and cutting potatoes for the wood stove cooking day. She also got to help with butter making and laundry. All those hours in front of the Food Network are starting to pay off.
Abby found a Red Eft while she was making chalk art in the grandparents new blacktop driveway. I didn’t even know what it was, I had to look it up but they are totally cool and we don’t have any in Texas. The Red Eft is the transitional stage of the Red Spotted Newt (like a salamander). After they hatch, they live in the pond or stream for about 3-4 month and then they grow lungs and emerge on land to live a terrestrial life for 2-3 years and then, get this, they return to the water for the rest of their lives (up to 12-15 years!) and grow a broad swimming tail. How cool is that? And they are really bright and pretty!
There was some yarn tourism too. I found two yarn stores with poor representation on the web, but they were found, nonetheless. In Woodstock, Vermont, my MIL took me to a little yarn shop by the library and near the Woodstock Inn so while Tom was using the Inn’s wifi to check email, we checked out the yarn shop. Whippletree’s Yarn shop is small, but has some nice yarns. I picked up a skein of Trekking that I had not seen elsewhere, it’s wool and bamboo – Pro Natura – in a nice earthy shade – they carry lots of sensible shades of sock yarn, I guess men actually wear hand knit socks in New England and I guess they need to be in sensible shades. The Yarn store employee stated that they were working on getting a web site. I encouraged them to do so. The other shop was in Norwich, VT, Northern Nights Yarn Shop. A bigger shop with a great location on the corner across from the park. They had a nice selection and I bought some Colinette Iona (my first Colinette). It’s a gorgeous color called Moss and I’m thinking of making something for the new niece – I’m hoping there’s enough yardage for an EZ Baby Surprise or the classic Baby sweater.
So much for vacation. Tom started school yesterday and Abby starts on Monday and I’m headed to Athens, TX for a 3 day meeting. Gotta go pack the knitting…again.