I had all good intentions of putting up another post before we left for Maine and our Thanksgiving holiday, but it just didn’t happen. I hope all of you who celebrated had a wonderful holiday. We certainly did! Our travel plans had nary a hitch (which is saying a lot considering we flew out of Newark!) in both directions. In fact, we got back to Newark about 30 min. early which I do believe is a bonafide holiday miracle! We stuffed ourselves with so much food it darn near hurt. Sadly, camnesia struck me pretty badly while we were there, but let me just tell you that a 24 pound home raised turkey is a sight to behold. And 15 people around a dinner table in one house is certainly not typical for holidays in my world, but I was continually told how “small” the gathering was by HWJF and his relatives. Considering I’m used to 4 people tops, I thought it was pretty “big”. We did manage to get one picture before we headed to the airport:
It had gotten up to about 18 degrees at that point. Excuse me if I’m shivering.
We also saw an amazing sight on the way to the airport and had to pull off for a picture:
A MOOSE!!! I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this
little big dude. I have lamented many a time to anyone who would listen that I had been to places far north many times and had never seen a moose. Elk – yes. Deer – yes. Other critters – yes. But never a moose. I can no longer say that. He was gorgeous! I think he may have been looking for a lady friend moose and we were totally cramping his style, but he sure was a sight to behold!
However this is a knitting blog, not a wildlife blog. There was some definite knitting progress along the way. There was also a couple of yarn store hits. The first was an old favorite at this point, Yardgoods in Waterville. In a desperate attempt not to purchase sock yarn I came home with these:
Yes. That would be sock yarn. But one in a solid color and one that I did not purchase! HWJF bought the second skein (Classic Elite Alpaca Sox) so that totally doesn’t count. I also picked up a book which you’ll see in a second.
From there HWJF decided that it was time to bring me to his old hometown of Orono. He also happened to scope out a yarn shop in advance and although we didn’t have much time there because we were trying to have a look around town before it got dark (rather unsuccessfully I’m afraid) we definitely made some good purchases. HWJF decided that he needed yarn for another sweater and picked out 8 skeins of this:
That would be Peace Fleece and yes, it is blue and I had nothing to do with it! The boy has good taste, what can I say?! He picked it out while I was looking at books:
The sock book was from Yardgoods. The cabled sweat socks pattern in there sold it to me. I’ve seen it around and really like it. The other books will satisfy my extreme jonesing for colorwork for a while until I can actually get around to doing some. And the EZ book is something that I figured would be a good addition to the bookshelf, especially considering that the Toney Road fiber is almost spun up and ready to go into a sweater that I plan on sort of making up as I go along. I’m sure EZ will have something to teach me before I embark on the knitting portion of that endeavor.
All in all, a wonderful trip and a wonderful holiday which yielded a completed sweater. You’ll have to come back to see that though.
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