Oh so soft!

I treated myself to a quick trip to Stitches East in Hartford today.  This is a convention with knitting classes and a huge vendor mall.  At the time registration was open, my schedule was too indefinite for the fall to make any plans that required pre-payment of fees.  However, my schedule was actually free today so I drove over to the vendor mall.

So much yarn!!!!   So many goodies — knitting needles, knitting jewelry, magazines, books, . . . . . . . . . . .

I did stop in the booth of my local yarn shop to say hi to the gals working there.  They were doing a shining business and the booth looked great.  Also visited the booth of a yarn shop whose owner I only know thru email1313s and messages on Ravelry.  It was great to meet her and her staff in person and to have a little chat.

If I have the nerve, I will lay out my wonderful purchases and take a photo.  The yarn was either all hand-dyed or natural alpaca.  The alpaca is sooooooooo soft.  Cannot wait to start on a new scarf with the yarn — and I just “happen” to have some new knitting needles to knit the scarf with.

Catskill vacation – a short one, but very nice

Hubby and I drove to Woodstock, NY and spent four days being “tourists” in an area that we are actually quite familiar with.

We took a scenic train ride and hubby spotted a bald eagle that I was able to get a photo of:

Bald eagle - Delaware Cty, NY
Bald eagle - Delaware Cty, NY

did some shopping, did lots of eating, did lots of relaxing, and today, walked across the Hudson River on the brand new Hudson River Walkway at Poughkeepsie.

Hudson river from the walkway at Poughkeepsie
Hudson river from the walkway at Poughkeepsie

All-in-all it was a great long weekend/mini-vacation and some much desperately needed relaxation.  Even with the home phone forwarded to my Blackberry it was very quiet and the world left us alone for a few days.  What a gift!