My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Philadelphia

I returned home from my trip to Loop in Philadelphia last night, totally exhausted but very happy.

If you find yourself in Philadelphia, don’t pass up a chance to visit Loop. It’s a great shop filled with wonderful yarns and friendly people. Craig and his staff are great.

I traveled up via Amtrak on Friday — and the train was actually five minutes early! Craig picked me up at the station, took me by my hotel to drop off my stuff, and then headed over to Loop to sit and knit for a while before the Friday night Stitch Party.

Yes, given the choice of resting in my hotel room for a couple of hours and hanging out is a yarn shop, I will always choose hanging out in a yarn shop!

I re-connected with some old friends and made a bunch of new friends at the Stitch Party — and even made some good progress on my knitting.

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Saturday morning I taught a class on toe techniques for toe-up socks, and in the afternoon a class on heel techniques, both of which went really well, thanks mostly to the fun, talented knitters in the classes. Either that or I’m a genius teacher. And I know better than that . . . icon wink Philadelphia

All too soon it was time to head back home. I’m always torn after a quick trip like this. On the one hand, I can’t wait to get home and see Lucy, but on the other hand, I’m having a great time and just want to stay and play in the yarn.

Some yarn did come home with me, though . . .

Carol stopped by on Saturday and gave me this:

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A skein of her gorgeous Black Bunny Fibers hand-dyed Alpaca Shetland Lace yarn — it’s 90% alpaca and 10% shetland wool. 1300 yards — enough for a good-sized shawl. The colorway is “Hot Lips” — isn’t it amazing? I’m having a lot of fun thinking about what it’s going to become!

I also acquired this:

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Two skeins of merino sock yarn from Colorful Yarn, which is local to Eastern Pennsylvania. I love getting local yarn when I go on these trips, and this yarn is really lovely. And in semi-solids! What’s not to like?

Lucy got a prezzie:

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I think she likes it. icon smile Philadelphia

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Hey, thanks for all the lovely comments on my Exonumist’s Shawl. I’m very pleased with how it came out, and I’ll get to work on finalizing the pattern since so many of you indicated that you want it — and thank you so much for that!

There were several questions in the comments about how I steam-block with an iron. Brace yourselves — I don’t use a damp cloth, I don’t hold the iron a couple of inches above the shawl. I set that sucker to full steam and iron the crap out of the shawl while pressing down on the “Shot of Steam” button, while stretching the shawl out with my free hand. My iron is a Rowenta, by the way, and it steams beautifully.

Okay, back to laundry duty!