(My biggest fan. Who insisted we see the knitting FIRST... before the rides!)
I'd say it was a successful run at Stampede this year! I placed first in both my categories and 3rd place overall for knitting! I'm very pleased with my results this year and the feedback I got was wholly positive.
By the way, the 1st place overall winner was a STUNNER this year. I don't know who you are... but lady that was a well deserved win!
(Must. learn. to. knit. shawls.)
We didn't plan it this way, but we ended up on Stampede grounds on the only day it wasn't a rainy mess. (10 days of Stampede and it rained every day... but not on the afternoon/evening we were there.) Once we had our fill of rides we spent some time in the agriculture tent... checking out the animals, including the sheep. Here's me with the wool...
Here's how I really feel when I see wool.... (CRAZY PANTS!)
(Husband actually told me to "look less crazed" after we saw this one... but I feel this one really expresses how I feel when it comes to wool.)
Since the weather has been really crap, (SO. MUCH. RAIN.), I've actually burned through a lot of knitting progress... I even finished the one acrylic blanket I cast on.
(4 yr old toes photobomb)
(I don't technically consider it "DONE" because it isn't blocked. It sure looks done doesn't it? Just trust me, in my my little world of rules and order it needs a wash before I can move it over to the "finished" pile.)
There's a lot of acrylic in the "get out" pile... so I immediately cast on another blanket and well, progress is moving at a clip on that one too.
I'm sort of not-so-secretly falling in love with this one. It is simple. SO SIMPLE. (Pattern is Chevron Baby Blanket) And the colors I have seem to just go together cutely and I might not be able to part with it for charity. (Truthfully I might not be able to part with the other one either.) So often my ego pushes me to "knit to impress" with challenging patterns. But, the truth is, with the right colors, even the most simply knit blankets look beautiful. (And I'll admit it fun. It's fun to see progress go SO fast.) I'm sure at some point my brain is going to say "alright... CHALLENGE ME LADY" but right now, I'm enjoying the break with simple projects I can get off the needles quickly.
I was going to knit hats too... wasn't I? Except I haven't. I've been too obsessed with these blankets! I've decided just to indulge the beast until it gets tired of large squares. The travel sock also saw a little work on it recently as well... but I'll save that update for another time as this post it getting long.
I suppose rainy summers are great for blog posts... because there's a lot to talk about this time! Cross your fingers this rainy system moves somewhere else and we can get out in the sun!