Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sock update

I have been preparing for the Knitting Olympics Summer Trials by finishing up all my WIPs. I started with the socks because they are the easiest things for me to finish quickly.

I finally finished my Monkey socks. I was very proud of them, and I thought they were the loveliest socks I ever made. Then I gave them to my DD.

Part of my on-going sox experiment. I will have to do a very detailed post about this when I am finished. For now, the details are on my Ravelry page.

More experimental soxs.

And another

Right now, the experimental soxs are on hold. The first reason, I am just board with the same basic pattern, same yarn, and same needle size. Secondly, these really are a cold weather sock. I am pleased that I will have plenty of (hopefully) hard wearing socks this winter. When I start student teaching in January, my knitting endeavors may slow to a trickle.

I am working on several sweaters in the weeks before the Summer Trials. I hope to at least finish the one I am working on in Rowan Summer Tweed. A silk and cotton sweater will be very useful this fall. It is also purple and black. We all know how much it lurve purple and black.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Hanging with the Amish

Not far from my house is a large Amish community. Naturally, the local area has made a bit of a tourist industry around them. I like to visit a few times a year. The restaurants are good, and I can get some pretty awesome food to take home.

There are two main tourist hubs near the Amish community. One is Das Dutchman Essenhaus, which has a really good country restaurant. We had lunch there, and poked around in their shops and bakery.

I did get some Amish noodles and powdered beef and chicken soup base used in the restaurant.

The Cabin was supposed to be a "Christmas Shop," but I swear, there were only three small trees in the whole place. It is a very cute building though.

We decided to drive through Granger before going to our next Amish stop. There is a small yarn store there, but dang it all, it was closed.

After being disappointed in Granger, we made it to Amish Acres. We didn't do the house tour, or eat in the restaurant this time, but there is a collection of shops that I like to visit. In addition to the useal touristy stuff, there is a lovely bakery and a really nice meat and cheese shop.

Yes, we bought meat, cheese, and homemade butter! I think I am going to have to make some totally amazing macaroni and cheese this week.

An apple butter pot

Supposedly, they make cider here, but I have never seen them do it. I have never even seen cider for sale at Amish Acres. It is a cool looking building though.

Just a kitty sleeping on a chair. I thought he was cute.

The food I bought. Yummm

I'll have to share some of my adventures in cooking with some of these ingredients. It was a great drive, and Sly and I are enjoying our cherry strudel with coffee right now. MMMmm!

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Spring MIll State Park

Yeah, a summer camping trip. I have been to this park before, but it is actually one of my favorite places to camp. This is a photo heavy post. Enjoy!

I took loads of pictures of flowers. The last time I was at this campground, it was fall. I just loved all the splashes of color.

Spring Mill has a Pioneer Village. Many of the buildings are original structures still in the place where they were built. Some have been recreated, and some moved, but much of the village seems to have remained tucked away in the woods undisturbed for many years. There are several homes and businesses filled with antiques and crafts people. Sly loves a good blacksmith shop, and I go looking for fiber. I found lots of fiber goodness.

Lots of spinning wheels

This is just my attempt at an arty, back lit photo.

We only had one minor mishap. Look closely. We lost the cover to the AC during the drive. I have no idea where.

No photo post of a camping trip would be compleate without Buddy, so I give you Buddy.

I know it looks like Buddy wants to play cards, but actually, there was a thunder storm. He climbed up in the chair because he was scared.

Buddy relaxing in the sun

Happy Knitting!