Yes, I'm checking in from sunny California, where I have enjoyed two days of rest, relaxation, knitting and shopping.
I arrived very late on Friday but since my body is still programmed for EST, I was awake quite early. I had to wait two hours to find someplace open for breakfast! I spent my downtime for the day working on a little cowl using ArtYarns Bohemian Rhapsody. This yarn was a special birthday present from Lauren when I turned 50. I really wanted to be able to wear it instead of just admiring the skein! I chose a pattern called Burnished Leaves for a small cowl. It's a lovely pattern and the silk is luscious to knit with. I started it on Valentine's day and finished it Saturday evening. It's beautiful and fits nicely - I'd like to block it to see if the lace opens up a bit.
Stitches is marvelous! It's larger here than Midwest. It was fun to see shops from the west and some familiar faces as well. Miss Babs of course, and Webs and Yarn Barn. No Signature Needle Arts, didn't see any Kauni, and of course I missed Knitting Today. Atenti and Namaste bags were here directly with some specials (yes there was damage) and also Blue Moon Fiber Arts. A new favorite is Becoming Art. I had a pair of socks on the needles already, now I have a pair in DK weight working as well. Wonderful colors! The one on the left is DK Sunlit Amber and on the right is fingering Olive Oil. Scrumptious!
Well, I have more to report but the train to take me to my next destination arrives soon. More later!
Cynthia (aka Designated Knitter)