I bought Latvian Dreams on Saturday with "cigarette money." I'd seen it before and even had it on a wish list once, then Stephanie not only wrote about Joyce but showed us a few pages from the book, then I took Joyce's class and saw her work and had an opportunity for a signed book and -- hello! -- it was a no-brainer. Steph is right, Joyce does not screw around, but you can tell that she definitely knows how to have fun, too! She's very quick to laugh and so generous with her knowledge.
The "Notes" book bordered in orange was a gift from Amy Lu! (Yay, she can't quite kill the blog!) The weekend was such that I don't know if I even properly thanked her for that thoughtful gesture. Thank you! One of these days I'm going to head down to Cedar Grove to visit and knit with Amy Lu where she works at Bahr Creek Lllamas & Fiber Studio.
On the left is the Louet Celebrity Flair linen/poly novelty yarn that was my door prize. I really haven't used any novelty yarn and, to be honest, I've always thought "cheap." Then I saw the $29.99 price sticker on this hank of yarn! Yowza. It's enough for a six-foot scarf, but that's still a pretty pricey novelty scarf, huh? On the right is a ball of formerly snow-white Galway worsted that was dyed with Lizbeth's help. One end was dipped in "Jamaica" Kool-Aid and the other in "Orange" and in between the two have met. I have no idea was flavor "Jamaica" is, but I love the color!! Some of it will be used for Ann Budd's Better-Than-Booties Baby Socks (pdf), a web-exclusive pattern shown in the new Interweave Knits which arrived in my mailbox yesterday.
This is my backyard bleeding heart as of Sunday evening. Look how it has grown since April 6th!
Also appearing are the bloodroot. They're popping up all over the garden and in the path. I just love how the flower bud emerges from the shroud of leaves. Those leaves will continue to grow and grow and GROW!
I have done a little blog reorganization. My burgeoning, obnoxious bloglines list (those with feeds) and other blog links (those without feeds) and my knitting library list (ooh, need to update that!) are now on a separate page -- click on "Blog Links" on the sidebar to get there. I've also added a new list for "Wisconsin Resources." I will continue adding to that as I learn of new and interesting shops and farms and fiber studios. Holly left a comment here and wrote on her own blog yesterday about her Weekend in Wisconsin and she's so right -- Wisconsin does have a lot of yarn stores! I've begun populating it with sources found in Fiberline Magazine, published for Michigan Fiber Festival (Aug. 20-21), which I picked up at the seminar over the weekend. Though I don't intend to go this year, I had a great time looking at the ads and class lists -- and maybe someday I will.