The west is not a place. . . it’s a state of mind. ~ Jack Weil

I recently spent 10 days in Michigan visiting my parents.  While there (and on the planes), I made good progress on my Genius Dishtowel.

Despite not understanding the whole knitting and yarn love thing, my parents humored me by joining me on a yarn crawl.  The yarn stores there are amazing and I indulged:

I found a couple of project bags that I couldn’t leave behind:

I also bought the coolest stitch markers.  They’re made out of Petoskey Stones:

Thankfully (considering all of the sock yarn I brought home), my sock mojo has returned!

I’ve switched from dpn-ing from the cuff down to magic looping from the toe up.  For this first pair I’m doing one sock at a time, but my plan is to do two at a time once I nail down the whole toe up and magic loop techniques.

One of the first things I did upon returning home was take the girls to the dog park.   Sadie celebrated by getting muddy:

Kishka treed a squirrel and patiently waited for him to fall or return to the ground (he never did):

July was a very dry month here in Colorado, but August has been very stormy:

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10 responses

  1. So nice to hear from you again! What a nice haul! Love your new stash enhancement! What yarn are you useing for the dishtowel? I quite like it.
    Pup pictures are so cute again. Just lovely. Has Saddie lost more weight? She looks a little thinner…

    Best,
    Monika

  2. Welcome back! And thanks for sharing all those lovely goodies you brought back. Sadie looks like she’s lost some more weight and I love your stormy pix. Tell Kishka squirrels don’t taste very nice anyway. :)

  3. That is some serious stash enhancement, girl! Love the markers…and the girls look very happy to have you back!
    (((hugs)))

  4. That’s a nice-looking dishtowel-in-progress. And nice looking dogs too. :)

  5. I love the paisley project bag! Gorgeous! I’m glad you’ve still got your sock mojo…the sock looks great. And the scenery…WOW. Glad you’ve had some rain this month. My dad told me that this summer’s been really dry in the Greeley area, too.

  6. You brought home some yummy looking yarn! The other buys are equally delightful. I bet the kids all missed their mommy! Your sky pictures are gorgeous, as always.

  7. I’m glad you had a nice trip with goodies to boot! The dogs look so happy! As always your nature pictures are so lovely. :)

  8. I’m glad you had a great trip. Those fossilized coral stitch markers are wonderful, I am green with envy. As usual, thanks for the colorado skies and happy doggy pictures. Your Sadie looks wonderful.

  9. Don’t fret too much about non-knitters not “getting” the yarn crawl…it’s not their fault. Just think of all the folks out there we can convert!
    Sadie’s looking good…29 more pounds you say? Gettin’ there! Freckles (my beagle) winked at her picture…Hmmm

  10. how are the pups? I miss your updates :o(

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