On the recent trip to visit my husband’s family, there was lots of knitting. My mother-in-law Karen is a knitter, so this isn’t terribly surprising. On the plane ride to Baltimore, I finished the body of the Huron sweater I was making for James and started the first sleeve. This sweater knit up crazy-fast. I started it Christmas morning, and finished as the train we were taking home was going through New York City. There was a lot of sitting around, hanging out time, so that definitely helped me make progress (that and the the miles of stockinette before you get to the yoke). Our niece and nephew were fascinated by the knitting, but in very different ways. Lily, who is two, kept asking if she could help me by holding my ball of yarn and tape measure. Ethan, who is four, was fascinated by the mechanics of the knitting process as well as how the design worked (“Aunt Mira, why are you knitting with the blue AND purple now?”). I’m hoping that while they and my sister-in-law are living with my in-laws, my mother-in-law will get him started on spool knitting. He definitely seems ready and interested!
In addition to working on the sweater for James, my mother-in-law and I went to Island Yarn Boutique in Chester, MD. It’s her LYS, and we’d tried to go a couple of times before, but had always only had time on Mondays, when they’re closed. It was very much worth the wait. It’s a charming yarn store with a really great variety of yarns (some local handspun, some plymouth encore, and everything in between it seemed like!). I bought four pairs of socks-worth of Jojoland Ballad in the following colors:
It was only $4/ball (so $8/pair). Sock yarn doesn’t get much cheaper than that!