Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I didn't pass away ---but I did go away

It's been a long time, I know, and while no one is wagging their finger, I feel remorse (guilt) at not having updated before this. Nonetheless, I have 3 clients, a life and a daughter who just graduated from college - so I've been busy working, runnnig around and visiting Portland Oregon where my youngest is now living after graduating last Monday.

First, here's an update on my sweet lamb friend, Mae. She had her first lamb this year, but since Mae was way too young the lamb didn't make it. Nonetheless, she seems fine and there is a veritable wealth of new lambs in the flock at my friend's home in Ct. Take a look at the pictures and notice the experienced moms who protect their babies from the two legged camera wielding suspects who turn up on the farm. The small donkey is a dear and patient female who seems to function as a good surrogate mom and patient presence.

A few weeks after these were taken, we headed to Portland for the graduation and a littel trip. After 3 days in Portland, one of my favorite cities in the Pacific Northwest and a thoroughly wonderful time with my pal Sharon who owns Lantern Moon along with her husband and partner, we took off for Bend Oregon. The countryside is beautiful and in the shadow of Mt. Hood (no real shadow since the weather was glorious) I explored not only the lava fields but also all the yarn and knitting and antique shops I could set my sites on. Here's a picture of Mt. Hood - a beautiful back drop.

While in Portland, I visited a wonderful shop called Knit/Purl. (www.knit-purl.com) The owner has developed a great line of yarns and patterns so I stocked up. It was a case of coals to Newcastle but this was not yarn I can find on the East Coast so it was not a waste. In addition, I spent some quality time at a place called the Button Emporium (www.buttonemporium.com). Wonderful stuff!

We have an embarassment of riches here in NY and I am eternally grateful for our vast selection, but what is it about shopping in another city that makes everything seem so new and fun to discover?

What's on the needles you ask? A wonderful shawl made of silk and knitted in a grass green - picture to come as soon as I find the right flowers to decorate it with - maybe i'll make them. A neat little baby sweater for a new boy expected in my husband's family next month, a wonderful new shawl from Candace Eisner Strick (www.strickwear.com) and the sweater I started for myself before I left - oh, and a little baby hat to match the baby sweater. Now do you understand why I don't write more often? . I'll try and get some pictures of these projects up before the weekend.

Oh, I almost forgot - in between the above two sojourns, I was in San Francisco for a trade show and I managed to squeeze in an afternoon with my 3 year old nephew - here's a picture of him with his first banana split - celebrating our time together.



Anonymous Anita said...

I love your 'travelogue' posts but no pictures of the exotic East Coast yarns?!

We have a very similar small donkey which lives nearby (also with a cross on her back - isn't it the case that all donkeys have that?) - we are rather hoping that she is expecting her own small donkey this year although it is somewhat hard to tell plus donkeys have the longest gestation period!

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Blogger Nit One Perl Two said...

I am so happy I found your site. It appears we have more in common than knitting! I'll let you know when I complete the "world renound" triple lindee patern!

7:57 PM  

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