Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A Week in the City

I spent last week hosting my parents on their second trip to New York City. I think they enjoyed it, even though my dad is a pretty bad traveller--he thinks there's no place like home and has a hard time appreciating NYC. I took the week off from work, since I have plenty of unused vacation time, and we did some touristy things.

Here they are at Top of the Rock (which, by the way, is a great improvement over the insanely crowded and overrated Empire State Building).

On the knitting and spinning front, there has been some progress. I finished my first pair of Christmas socks and, after much swatching and deliberation, decided to knit Bristow for my mom out of some Cotton Fleece in the stash. The French Market Bag for my mother-in-law is also nearly finished; I ran short of the handspun I was using, so I will use a handdyed mohair-wool handspun as contrast on the handles. Luckily, it matches the burgundy and green perfectly.

I did find the time to spin up 4 oz. of superwash merino that I bought at Maryland Sheep and Wool. It's from Bonkers, and should be enough for a pair of socks. I Navajo-plied it, which is quickly becoming my favorite technique for handpainted roving. I really love this yarn, and I'm itching to use it!


Sarah said...

Love that yarn Val! Have you cast on yet?

Sounds like the parents had a nice trip too!

aija said...

I love navajo plying, too :)

Karen said...

I love that shot of the building thru that hole...(middle/top row). The yarn is awesome! I'm becoming more adept at the navajo plying and like it more and more.

Cathy said...

Looks like you had a fun week, and the weather seemed to have cooperated.

The yarn is lovely. The colors are so pretty!