Fortunately, I had plenty of supplies to curl up on the couch with.
This was my acquisition from my trip to Tolt Yarn and Wool with Mom and Mel. Lovely,squishy, natural, sportweight cormo from Elsawool. I'm sad that Tolt won't be able to continue to carry this, but totally respect the farmer's need to keep their distribution manageable. I highly recommend this wool, however you can get it.
I also took time to visit Madrona, No classes this year, but that was okay. It's the first time I have been able to go for a few years and I just wanted to socialize with these lovely ladies. A significant portion of my favorite fibery friends live out of state, so getting to see them is really special. Now that Mom is finally retired, she got to come too. She's the second one from the left. (Unfortunately, not everyone is pictured here. We were quite the crowd.) My spouse (and dog) spent the day with Dad.
We took a side trip away from Madrona. Several of us had never been to one of our area's destination type yarn shops located on Bainbridge Island. We drove to Churchmouse Yarns (which provided the backdrop for the previous picture) across Hood Canal and the Kitsap Penninsula, and had a lovely ferry boat ride back, exiting in Seattle, then heading back to Tacoma. Even though the weather was stormy, the drive was pleasant, the shop was lovely, and the company was the BEST. The scenery from the ferry was pretty nice, too. For some, this was the first ferry ride ever. It was pretty fun experiencing that with people who had never ridden one before. Washington State can't claim to have any really fantastic public transportation---except for the ferries. Those are pretty great.
In addition to Zaria, I managed to knock out a Darkside Cowl out of some ancient handspun merino/ tencel. I can't even remember how many years ago I spun it. How sad is that?? Well. . . some yarns just have to marinade until the right project comes along. I spin yarn because I like to spin. I don't always have something in mind.
I hope your day is lovely, and that you get time to sit on the couch and knit too.
With warm and woolly thoughts,