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21 September 2011

You, Ewe, Utah!

You know, I can hardly believe that we're in the last third of September already! It's been pretty jam-packed with goings-on, and I guess that's why it's flying by -- all good, but a bit too whirlwindy for me. It's the "lazy" and "hazy" parts I like best about Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of (late) Summer!

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It was only a week-and-a-half ago that I was at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival -- it seems so much longer than that! My one and only purchase there, greatly encouraged by Rae, was a huge hank of mohair from Ewetopia Fiber Shop in Viroqua, WI.

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A slightly more easterly route home from Iowa earlier this summer means we missed Viroqua by about 15 miles. I'd like to visit someday and, since LaCrosse is still on the list of Sister Weekend possibilities, it's likely that someday I will.

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Yep, it's as soft as it looks. So pretty! I have to admit that the sample Fern Lace Mohair Shrug hanging in the booth sort of sealed the deal. It looked so warm and cozy and I'm all about that with the onset of autumn! The colors are more reminiscent of summer -- sky, water, grass -- they ought to be nice, hopeful reminders in the dead of winter of what's to come.

I think I'll be winding this baby up and taking it with me to Utah! I'm flying out on Friday to meet up with Margene and heading to the Rocky Mountain Knitters' Retreat at Alta Lodge on Saturday & Sunday. I'm.so.excited. I've lamented to and commiserated with Margene, possibly more than any other blogger I've "met" in the past 7.5 years (and possibly because I've "known" her almost as long), about "the curse of the internet" -- we're so close and yet so far away! I'm actually pretty lucky in that I have met Margene -- five years ago at Rhinebeck. The atmosphere at a festival can be pretty frenzied, though, and I'm looking forward to a more laid-back and relaxed atmosphere... at a ski lodge... in Utah... in autumn. Oh, it's going to be wonderful, gorgeous, relaxing, inspiring, rejuvenating, maybe even clarifying!

That means there's only two more sleeps... and I'd better start getting my shit together. Other than the above (not yet wound, as we speak, never mind locating needles, etc.), my camera and "some clothes," I've no idea what I'm bringing or how I'm packing!

 

Comments

It is going to be SO MUCH FUN! I can't wait for Friday and for our weekend of relaxing and knitting, oh and catch up chat. Most of all I can't wait to give you a big hug when you arrive!

So pretty! Someone gave me a skein of something similar and I haven't found a pattern suitable yet.

A knitter's retreat sounds pretty awesome.

What a wonderful weekend you have to look forward to Vicki! Have a great time and I await your gorgeous photos next week!

Beautiful yarn! The photo of the Viroqua sample on Rav almost convinced me to cast on, too. I have 500 yds of mohair somewhere in my stash, but it is not nearly as gorgeous as yours or theirs.

Have a wonderful time!

That sounds amazing, Vicki!!! Have so much fun!!

Have fun!

So jealous! Have a great time! :-)

I am torn between being thrilled for you and being completely and utterly green with envy. Hug our Margene for me, okay?

I am drooling over that yarn! It seems I'm going through a "mohair phase."

Have fun at the festival!

Tick tock! Hurry up, would ya? I can't wait to meet you!

It sounds absolutely perfect! I'm so jealous!

Love that mohair, beautifully dyed and I know it'll be knit into something just as beautiful.

I hope you had fun in Utah. I live about an hour away from Alta wish I could've gone. That mohair looks scrumptious.

I hope you had fun in Utah. I live about an hour away from Alta, wish I could've gone. That mohair looks scrumptious.

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