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Another Fiber Road Trip

 

20180526_123829My friends and I went on another road trip – to see yarn!  This time it was much closer to home.  The Great Lakes Fiber Show.  It was our first time at this venue and we hoped to see some familiar yarn vendors that we met at Pittsburgh.  It didn’t disappoint!  If you get the chance, head on out!  They have a lot going on and a lot of vendors plus its free admission and free parking.

They have workshops, competitions, and vendors.  There was fleece judging, a sheep show, loom weaving, many different vendors with yarn, finished knitted or crocheted items, spindles, hand lotions & balms, fleece, and much much more!  Go check them out, its going on today and Sunday.

What did you buy?

Well….as luck would have it, our new favorite local yarn dyer was there, Destination Yarns, and we found her first!  She had a special colorway just for the event, Farmland Sunset, and we were able to grab some!  I decided to get a green color to go with it!  Go to her website by clicking here or check out her Instagram feed by clicking here!  You can read more about how she came up with this colorway!  So fun!

 

I also bought a beautiful green color from Yarnhygge.  With each purchase you get a free pattern!  I chose the pattern ‘Short Row Shawlette’… It should be a fun quick project!!

So what else has been going on??

I just completed ‘Murph WOD’ at CrossFit.  I shaved 20min off my time from last year!

For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”. From here on it will be referred to as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.

img_20180525_145854-1246507133.jpgI chose to break this up into segments…and modify the movements for my skill level.  It worked great and I completed it in 53minutes and change.  Also having been sick the last two and half weeks prior, I didn’t make it to the gym much…so today, my legs are still           J-E-L-L-O!!

So what is next??

Well, I have a ton of knitting ahead of me… my flower beds at home have been severely overlooked and need completely torn out and redone…and the hubs and I want to do a lot of hiking and kayaking this year….so, maybe I should take a leave of absence from my full-time job….but then, how would I buy yarn????  Guess that idea is out.  My sisters baby shower is soon…I’m holding out on making baby stuff until the little bundle is here….then I can figure out sizing better…and last but not least….continue to organize my knitting space…

Till Then Love…Logo w handknits

 

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Travel & Yarn

I missed you guys!

I’m sorry that time has gotten away from me…again! Life…it seems…is too busy for me. Last year I spent time knitting and traveling…

A Few of my adventures…

As Director for the Clan MacRae Society of North America, our annual meeting was held in Denver Colorado last year…and my husband and I have never been to Colorado and thought this would be an excellent road trip…or air trip, then road trip….

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Items on the Itinerary… attend the Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival, general meeting at the Stanley Hotel, find elk & moose, hiking in the Rockies, and find a local yarn shop (LYS)!!

During the highland games, we were one of the honored clans of the weekend…go Clan MacRae! Which meant we got to march/walk…in the parade! That was the first time I’ve ever been in a parade! Such fun!

The Rocky Mountains & Animals

Imagine….before sunrise, quietly walking through the park….waiting for the elk to appear…and you see one lone female…wading through the lake heading to meet the heard….hearing the calls of the elk and seeing them up close… all just before sunrise! It was the most amazing thing….and scary too – cause they are REALLY flippin big!

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We spent a few early mornings trying to catch a glimpse of the moose in the area, but wherever they were…we weren’t….so bummed.  We did see a herd of sheep!!!  SHEEP!!

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The hubs and I did some awesome trail hikes, took our packs, ate lunch along the trail and earned some hiking patches. At one point we were nearly caught in a thunderstorm while up in the mountains….this cross-fitter kicked up her pace and sprinted down the mountain side to get to low ground! I thoroughly enjoyed the glory of God’s great handy-work and am counting the days until we can come back again!

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So…did you find yarn??

I am happy to report – that I did find yarn! The LYS had such a great selection of local fibers. At The Stitchin Den I chose three yarns based on a cowl pattern I found there…and I chose earthy colors to remind me of the mountains….

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I chose the Vermont yarns by Tahki Stacy Charles Inc.  in colors bark, granite, and mica.  The pattern is the Quaking Aspen Cowl designed by Petra Marcelle.  You can find this pattern on Ravelry.

We met the most wonderful people and had the greatest adventure!

The mountains are AMAZING! and someday, we would like to call Colorado home!

Till then love,

Darcilla

 

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The Search for Scottish Wool….continues!

Day 2 in Scotland! 

I can not believe that we are in such a beautiful place!  Thank you to my husband for bringing me here!

The views were amazing
The views were amazing

Today we met with Clan MacRae and learned about our ancestors and the MacRae’s in Edinburgh…. We met a lot of wonderful new friends!

My mom and I walking through the graveyards....
My mom and I walking through the graveyards….
Jimi the Piper on Arthurs Seat
Jimi the Piper on Arthurs Seat
Hiking up Arthurs Seat - Whew! that was straight up!!!
Hiking up Arthurs Seat – Whew! that was straight up!!!
MacCrae's Place in Edinburgh near Usher Hall
McCrae’s Place in Edinburgh near Usher Hall

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Edinburgh Castle...no wool here! LOL!
Edinburgh Castle…no wool here! LOL!
Macraes of Edinburgh store! I did find some hand knits - but no skeins of wool....
Macraes of Edinburgh store! I did find some hand knits – but no skeins of wool….

 

We did some more walking around Edinburgh…we got a lot of souvenirs and the hunt for wool continued…I did not have any success finding it or anything knitted related…bummer…but we head to the highlands tomorrow and maybe, just maybe…I’ll find a few sheep and shear them myself!  LOL!!

Till then Love…

 

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Is there Wool in Scotland?

Well…I’m back to sunny, warm weather…who takes a vacation where it rains every day and the sun occasionally makes an appearance?  I DO!!  I’m back from our vacation in Scotland!!  Yes, you read me right…SCOTLAND!

It was the trip of a lifetime!  We have been planning it for several years and finally the day came!

Why would you want to go to Scotland?

We decided to go to Scotland because my family has Scottish roots on my mother’s side.  I am also a commissioner for Clan MacRae Society of North America – I help promote and spread our family history at local Scottish Games…and in doing so, I found out that the MacRae Society in Scotland was hosting a global gathering of all MacRae’s to meet in Scotland and learn about our MacRae family history.  We knew we wanted to go…so we started to save up right away.  My husband and I also invited my mother along since it’s her family history as well…this would make her first airplane ride – EVER!  Mom was nervous but really wanted to go….and I must say…she did amazing on the plane!  She actually had a really good time and enjoyed flying!

The trip I planned was to spend some days with the MacRae Gathering and some days on our own.  There were tour groups from each society in the US, Canada, Scotland, and Australia.  We met on specific days with the tours and met some really lovely new friends…some I had already been talking with through Facebook and couldn’t wait to finally meet them!

Knitting in Scotland

I found out that you can take knitting needles on the flight!  I chose not to risk having my needles confiscated by airport security…heaven forbid they take my new bamboo cable needle!! EEK! But one of my goals was to find yarn produced by local farms in Scotland.  When I asked several people about where to find yarn…I kept getting a confused look…one of the lovely ladies that I met at the gathering is also a knitter…she clued me in that they refer to yarn as “wool” there, even if it’s not made with wool!  So once she set me straight…the search is on!  I had hoped to get so much wool…that I would be forced to leave some of my traveling clothes behind to make room for all the wool in my luggage!!!

Day One

Well, that was an incredibly long plane ride and I’m happy to be finally here and able to stand up!! Time to pick up our rental car and begin the scary drive into Edinburgh to find our B&B.  I’m so sorry that I made my poor husband do all the driving…but for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians, it is probably best…even my mother said not to let me drive!!  What does that tell you!  Driving on the left, sitting on the right, shifting with your left hand, street signs I do not understand, street names I cannot find signs for (oh, they were on the sides of buildings vs. our street sign poles), round-a-bouts – oh the round-a-bouts…can I close my eyes now??!! My husband successfully navigated and safely got us to our B&B!  Once settled in, we head out, on foot, into Edinburgh!

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Yarn…wool…where are you??

I am searching each shop we go into for some local wool…no luck…  We have seen some beautiful old buildings today, AMAZING views, and cask ale!  I love cask ale!!  (my voice is getting louder and higher pitched as I say how much I loved cask ale!)  Whisky and Haggis!!!  Score!  My legs are a little sore from walking around because nothing is flat here, which makes for great training for my upcoming 10k when I return home.

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Having my first cask ale! Loving it!
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Street signs on the sides of buildings

 

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Edinburgh Castle! AMAZING!

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At Edinburgh Castle
At Edinburgh Castle
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Walking through the gardens

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Have you ever been to Scotland? What did you enjoy most?  Let me know in the comments below!

Stay tuned for the next segments of our continued adventures in Scotland!

Till then love…

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Hello World!

Why am I writing a blog??

Well… When I was a kid, I used to write a letter to my great grandmother regularly.  I told her what I had been up to, what I was reading, and overall ‘how’s life’.  I really looked forward to getting a letter back from her..in her beautiful handwriting…that nobody really does anymore.

When she passed away, and after I grew up and moved out of state…I continued the “tradition” if you will, and started writing to my grandmother (great grandma’s daughter).  She and Grandpa always wrote back – in that very familiar handwriting.  She talked about her flower gardens, the weather, the family that lived nearby.  My grandmother and grandfather passed away last year, within a month of each other – true love – since then, I’ve been missing them – and the letter writing.  I saved the last birthday card from her – handwritten note inside – in my calendar to remind me every birthday of her.

I miss the writing – the journaling – of our lives between us, so I decided that I can still write in the form of this blog before you.  I think blogging will help get all the things in my mind down and out there….for who?  Myself mostly, my mother and sister – and you silly!

Stay tuned for more “letters” from me…

Till then love…

(as my great grandmother would sign off)