Summertime Update

So, I started this post about two weeks ago.  I suppose I ought to finish it.  I apologize that my hiatus has gone on longer than I anticipated!  I had my Alaskan Cruise in May, was home for a week, then I was off to Boston with my boyfriend's parents to go meet up with the boyfriend there.  After I came home from Boston, I had about two weeks to move out of my apartment.  Moving has always been stressful for me, as I imagine it is for anyone.  But I made it and am now living at my aunt and uncle's in their spare room while I work temp jobs.  Onto the next step: job hunting in San Diego. The cruise was amazing.  I had plenty of time to relax and knit, all the while seeing amazing places.  I even was able to stop into a couple of yarn shops!  One was in Skagway, called Changing Threads.  I bought my souvenir skein here.  The yarn is Raven Frog Elegante, the content is 50/50 Merino and Silk, and the colorway is called Totem Spirit.  I thought that was very fitting due to purchasing it in Alaska.  There was a wonderful lady in the shop who fawned over my Lonely Tree shawl and Hello Sailor handwarmers I was wearing that day.  Together we excitedly discussed fibers and knitting.  She even let me hold some Qiviut fiber!  SO SOFT AND WARM AND LIGHT AND UGHHHH.  I want some.  I don't know what I'd do with it, other than just probably pet it.  I digress.  I should have given them my card, because I asked for the lady's name, but now I've forgotten.  So, if anyone knows the names of the lovely employees of Changing Threads in Skagway, Alaska, please let me know so I can remember who it was who was that assisted me in the shop!

I also visited Seaside Yarns in Juneau.  I saw it when we drove by on the way to the excursion we went on there, so obviously I had to go back afterward to check it out.  I purchased a small project bag there to keep the needlepoint project I had on the ship.

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I also went next door to Changing Tides Needleart.  I wish we had all of their fabrics in Arizona!  Walking in there really made me miss sewing.

In Vancouver, there were a couple of shops on Granville Island that sold Fiber Art related things.  One was called Maiwa and it had so many dyes and yarn and fabric.  I also saw the Silk Weaving Studio there.

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While I'm not too excited by weaving, it was great to see all the looms and know exactly what was happening, and to not be wondering  just how they work.

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I had a funny thing happen to me on the second day of the cruise.  I was sitting up in the lounge knitting, watching the scenery go by, when I heard someone come up behind me and say, "I cannot tell you how good it is to see you knitting!" (Or something along those lines.)  It was Paul and Carol Mulvey of Black Sheep Wools! It was so great meeting them and being able to talk with them a little bit.

I wasn't able to do much knitting in Boston with all the sight seeing and visiting the boyfriend on the ship.

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I was able to go see Quilts and Color exhibition, The Pilgrim/Roy Collection, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  While I'm not a quilter, it was so great to see these pieces of functional art up close.

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Anyway, I better stop with my updates there.  Until I have a chance to write again, and it should be soon since I just finished another shawl last week, I hope you're having a great summer full of crafting and making.