First of all, a special thank you to Dale Ann for her kind comment on my last post. I'm always glad to know someone is out there reading my blog. It was great to see Dale and other knitting buddies when I finally made it to Yarn Cravin' last Tuesday night. It had been a whole month!!
June 15-17 was a busy weekend that I haven't posted about yet. I went to Columbus on Saturday for Knitter's Connection. I had hoped to stay with a friend but she had a family reunion out of town, so I just booked a hotel room for Saturday night, knowing I'd be too tired to drive home.
I was signed up for a 1:30 spinning class, so I left home with plenty of time to drive there and shop in the marketplace a little while. EXCEPT...
Saturday was also the day for the Gay Pride Parade in Columbus, on the SAME street as the convention center. The police had closed off all the surrounding streets which made getting to my destination nearly impossible. Brian, my GPS, was trying hard to help but was unable to adapt and got very upset when I kept refusing to turn around. I had to turn him off and go it alone.
I'm not sure how, but I finally made it around the whole mess and found myself on the other side of the convention center. Of course, the parking lot I ended up in was miles from the classroom and I had to somehow schlep my Sequoia spinning wheel to it. (In 90+ heat, by the way)
The little suitcase I had with me had wheels on it, so I managed to balance the wheel on top of it and trundle it along. The cracks in the sidewalk nearly upset the applecart many times, but I got to my classroom safely with 10 minutes to spare - just enough time to mop my sweaty self off with a hundred paper towels in the restroom.
My class was on the mechanics of the spinning wheel. I can't say I learned a ton, but it was interesting to consider spinning from a physics viewpoint. (yes, I am a total science nerd - what's your point?). It was also nice to sit and spin in air conditioning on a wheel I wasn't balancing on a suitcase.
You can imagine I didn't have a lot of energy left for the marketplace. I bought one 4 oz ball of mystery fiber because it was a magical blue and then I called it a day. Made the long, sweaty trek back to my car, allowed Brian to redeem himself by locating the hotel, and sent Kermit away with the nice valet while I dragged my wilted self up to my room.
I was not anxious to leap out of bed bright and early the next morning. I finally meandered back to Toledo about 2:00 and then my crazy family decided we had to go to the gym. Because that's a traditional Father's Day activity, right? One load of laundry done, one half-hearted salad assembled, and then one tired mama hit the sheets!
Anywho...I'm finally ready to show you the pictures I've been promising.
The happy graduate with her proud parents! This is after the ceremony when L was celebrating crossing the stage without mishap and DH and I were marveling at the realization that McGill University would not be receiving any more of our money. Hard to say who was happiest.
We went out for a celebration dinner and then got the worn-out grandparents back to the hotel. L finally got to open her present that evening when all the madness was over. I made her a granny square afghan.
This was a double triumph because a) she loved it and b) it removed one of my oldest UFO's from the list. I crocheted these squares long before we moved to our current house in 2005! They sat in a bin until this Spring when I suddenly got the urge to use them. I edged them in black, crocheted them together with a zig-zag joining and crocheted around the whole thing for two rows until the black yarn gave out.
It isn't quite big enough to be a bedspread, but is a very respectable size for tossing over the back of a couch and snuggling under watching TV. I was actually a little sad to give it away, but it was worth it to give L something pretty for her next home (wherever that may be and please help her to figure it out and make good decisions and end up happy. Amen)
Next time, a new project rises from the ashes of a fugly UFO which was unmercifully frogged. No regrets!
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