Oh goodness. Today’s an overwhelm day, apparently. I spent a long weekend in Wisconsin with knitting friends, and it was a wonderful weekend and I got lots of beautiful yarn. But last night I logged it all in the spreadsheet and added it to the stash shelves, and wow I have a lot of yarn. I need to knit more of it! But I need to wind more to knit more! And I also want to write a blog post! And I want to finish reading the book for my book group, plus read the books I got for my birthday. Add that to my actual job stuff and suddenly I feel like I don’t have time for all the things I want/need to do. So! My solution to that: Make a list and just begin, one thing at a time. Bird by bird, as the wise Anne Lamott once said. Hence, blog post.
There were eight of us who convened in Wisconsin, partly for the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival but also partly just to be together. There were two I’d never met in person who I love even more now, and the others I was delighted to see again. We had one big AirBnB so we spent a lot of time hanging out knitting, but we split into smaller groups for different excursions. It was just GOOD to be together. They even put together a little birthday party for me one night, with cupcakes and the most thoughtful gifts. I’m a lucky lucky girl.
I got to pet sheep and go to a bookstore and a yarn store (The Sow’s Ear is SO GOOD!!) and the yarn I came home with is amazing. It’s a good thing we don’t do this very often! Some things were gifts though — I got a specially-dyed skein of yarn plus a gorgeous project bag from Chestnut Hills Farm & Fiber that I adore.
So yeah, good weekend. But after five days of togetherness, I was ready to recharge with a little solitude. I’ve got two projects in mind to cast on, so hopefully tonight I’ll be able to tackle the “wind yarn” item from my list.
I feel so lucky to have you as a friend and to have got to spend time with you in real life! You got some beautiful purchases and gifts during the trip. It will be interesting to see what we all do with the yarn Alissa dyed. Good luck with your list…I’m just knitting my socks on the sofa today…I’ll make a list tomorrow of the stuff I need to get done. 😃
I think we should all knit a hat or cowl with the yarn. KAL!
I thought about that too but I was too impatient and already cast on!! I’ll share soon. 🙂
Sometimes winding yarn is a nice meditative process, and other times it just feels like it’s a stumbling block in the way of knitting time. I hope you get your yarn wound so that you can cast one!
It’s definitely meditative for me. I love winding yarn, at least until my arm gets tired!
It all depends for me on how impatient I am to cast on! 😉
Loved getting to meet you in person too! It was such a fun weekend 🙂 You found some beautiful yarn – can’t wait to see what you do with it!
Now I REALLY want to go shopping for yarn in WI.
Oh gosh it’s SO GOOD.
Such a good weekend. 💜
I had a great time with you! You found the prettiest yarn.