Saturday, August 25, 2007

Mini-Family Vacation

We took a few days and went to central PA, Elysburg/Danville to be exact. Our destination was Knoebels. It was fun, very hot and we're a bit tired out. The weather broke on Friday rain-wise, however the excessive heat was a bit much-not as bad as it was today, which was the travel day home and they're having thunderstorms there tonight. What we didn't realize was the Little League World Series is being held in nearby Williamsport, PA and the hotel and towns were mobbed-thank goodness we had reservations cause the hotel we stayed out was booked to capacity.

Rides, miniature golf, eating, swimming-the usual amusement park fun.








Of course, before we went I tried to scout out yarn shops online and found one over an hour the opposite direction of any place we were heading-however, the telephone book at the hotel scored a hit only 5 minutes away, Swisher's Yarn Basket-nice shop, the owner was super nice and helpful. I went in looking for specific yarn, which they didn't carry, but it was a nice little shop (no website, sorry). I have her email addy though, and can order more from her at any time. I did pick up three balls of Ella Rae Amity Yarn in a pretty plum color to make Elena a shrug (or even myself). It's an acrylic/wool blend, has very nice hand and the owner had made a sweater out of it, had it on display and showed me how it didn't pill or anything.

I also picked up a couple skeins of Plymouth Galway Wool-I can't find the color online anywhere, but it's a three ply, each ply is a different color-with purple, kiwi green and hot pink for each ply. She said it felted great-so I decided a bag would be good.

I also picked up a skein on Supersocke 100 for the Ravelry sock CAL-color was City. Of course I had sock yarn, but it's always fun to try a new sock yarn and with over 400 yards on one skein and since I never tried that brand-something fun.







I did manage to start the flip flop socks and did complete two 12" squares for Blankets for the Gulf. and I promise pics tomorrow. Once is a basic granny, the other is the Butterfly Square from Heartmade Blessings (link tomorrow too). Jaye recommended it and it's a great square pattern, however it only came out 12" using an H hook (all I had, that and a D hook) and I have to add a few rows of DC edging to get it to 12" (the last row was DC around). I also ran out of the yarn color I was using while there and have to check my stash to see if I have any of the Raspberry upstairs, if not, I'll make a complimentary border in SS and then probably make another Butterfly Square in a different color also, go up a hook size and see if it comes out to 12".

15 comments:

Linda said...

It sounds like an ideal getaway, and I'm sure Elena loved it. It's always nice to pick up yarn while you're away, too.
I've always thought Elena looked like you, but seeing a closeup of her with her dad shows she looks a lot like him, also.

Wendy said...

I love the picture of you and Elena. I know you are on a roller coaster, but I think your hair looks really good in that picture. I like the shorter cut on you.

So...what is the yarn you are looking for? I need to know...wink, wink...

I am glad you all had a nice time. You definitely deserve it.

Megan said...

Sounds like a great time! Elena is getting so big- where does the time go with these kids?

Cindy said...

The picture of you and Elena is the best.

Mimi said...

I love the pic of you and Elena, too cute!

Kimberly said...

Glad that you had a good little escape....and managed to find yarn while away! Love the colors in the Plymouth Galway.

Tracie said...

My daughter went to that amusement park last year with my sister and her husband. Cool.

And all that yarn--well, let me just say that if you have any problems figuring out what to do with it all, just send some my way. ;)

Sue said...

Sometimes those mini vacations are the best. Great pics!

Andy's Crafts said...

Nice pictures and well the yarn is very nice as well. Glad you had a sweet time.

Andy's Crafts said...

Nice pictures and well the yarn is very nice as well. Glad you had a sweet time.

WilBlg4Yrn said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. You look great!

April said...

Aw, sounds like fun. The picture of you and Elena is great. She always looks so happy to be in pictures with her mama.

That wool is beautiful. It will make a great bag.

Sheila said...

What a cool mini-vacation... great pics.

noricum said...

I love that shot of you and Elena... with the date stamp in the thumbnail, I thought you even had a tattoo! ;)

KnitXcorE said...

a free amusement park? shut up! that's awesome!

and a yarn haul to boot? awesome.

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