I got home a little while ago from my quick trip to visit L-B and take a tour of some of her fiber haunts.
I’m too tired for an extended entry, so here’s the quickie version of my visit:
Our first stop in Richmond yesterday was The Yarn Lounge.
A lovely shop, with lots of unique things I’ve not seen in any other shop. We we made welcome by Stewart and her adorable dog Homer.
Next up, The Knitting Basket.
The ladies there were just as nice as they could be and we had a great time.
Then Unraveled (whose website appears to be down, so I won’t put in a link).
Once again, an exceedingly warm welcome! And the Noro! Gasp! The Noro!
Then we headed out of Richmond, to Powhatan and Holly Spring Homespun.
Kathy was out on the front porch to meet us. And the staff made us feel right at home:
This is Scarlet, who helped me pick out yarn.
You can see she’s just worn out from that task.
And this is Zoe, the angora bunny.
We sat in the downstairs room and knitted for a couple of hours and Zoe was happily hopping around while we knitted. I think maybe Lucy needs a little angora bunny sister.
L-B and I spent the night at the Erin Hill B&B, which is just spitting distance from Holly Spring.
Here’s L-B this morning, ready for anything!
First stop was Kathy’s home, where we met my new true love:
This is Harry, who is a cashmere goat. Need I say more?
Then we headed back to Holly Spring, where we spent the rest of the day. Kathy provided yummy snacks in her spacious downstairs room, where a bunch of us hung out and knit and talked for hours.
As you can see, Kathy is adept at knitting with help from Scarlet.
And to my delight, Rusty from Virginia Beach (Hi Rusty!) casually whipped out this:
That’s the Bohus Blue Shimmer, which she got from Solveig in Sweden. Oohing and Aahing commenced!
The most exciting moment of the day for me? “Alice in Richmond,” who comments on my blog from time to time, arrived.
When Alice and I were in college, we worked at the same summer job two summers in a row. We immediately became fast friends and partners in crime. And we had not seen each other in at least 26 years.
So as you can imagine, a lot of hugging and shrieking and tears ensued. We managed to settle down long enough for a photo op.
Alice and I got to spend several hours catching up. We quickly realized that neither one of us has changed a bit! And we vowed that we’ll not let another 26 years pass before we get together again.
Even the train ride home was fun (although the train was an hour late) because I met two lovely knitters on the train!
So. I’m back home with Lucy, who was very happy to see her momma, in spite of turning her back to the camera here.
And it’s almost time to say goodnight, but first . . .
The Last Installment of the Birthday Contest
This one is really easy.
Send an email (one email per person, please) to The Official WendyKnits Contest Email Address by 3:00pm EST on Monday, January 2 wishing me a Happy Birthday. I’ll draw a name for the winner from among the emails. The winner will be announced in Monday’s blog entry.
I’m not saying what the prize is, but it rhymes with “loigu.”
If you are unable to use the mailto: link, leave me a comment, and I’ll email the correct email address to you.
Time to go spend quality time with Lucy. Good night!