My friend Jeff always refers to Washington, DC, as “Our Nation’s Capital” (you can hear the capital letters when he says it) and as a result, I’ve been doing the same thing – for years now. Can’t stop. Hiya, Jeff!
We took a totally unexpected jaunt to DC this weekend. Long story involving credit card rewards, expiring free hotel night, and last-minute offer by friends to take the boys overnight. I won’t get too detailed but there is something for everyone to love about our weekend!
We stayed in Alexandria, which is very walkable and full of fun shoppy-shops. First temptation: Lavender Moon Cupcakery: Then we went to the Torpedo Factory, an old torpedo factory (duh) which has been repurposed as working artist studio-galleries. Those wacky artists are always up to something, like interactive gum art: We find it energizing to be around so much art. And of course, Alexandria boasts a fine LYS, fibre space:I really liked the vibe of this shop. They carry a lot of local (which can mean different things – sometimes locally dyed, sometimes from local fibers) and Made in USA yarns, all of which are prominently labeled. I came home with a groovy tote bag… …which contained two skeins of Jared Flood’s new yarn, Shelter, in color Long Johns… …and one of those irresistibly cute Herdy mugs. I chose orange: Anyone want to guess how many times I’ve drunk from it so far?
Then there was a satisfying dinner of wood oven pizza at Red Rocks, accompanied by a hearty Maryland porter and my new easy sock That sock is a simple 5x1 rib with Crazy Zauberball. It is for Pam, since her pink-and-green socks are taking FOREVER. Pam gets bonus socks for Easter this year!
On Sunday morning, we popped into the National Museum of American History to see the Moveable Books exhibit (pop-up books are so cool) and Julia Child’s kitchen, and then into the National Museum of Natural History to see the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. Whoa. This exhibit was so cool. I took some photos but they don’t come close to doing it justice. For one thing, it’s really big. You can walk around the main part and it’s quite tall. Here’s a shot that shows scale: The reef is like those I Spy books that my kids love – the more you look, the more you see. There are so many wonderful details! If you get a chance to see the reef or any of its satellites, I highly recommend it.
I love how lightweight the Shelter yarn feels. It’s woolen-spun rather than worsted, so it contains more air – that’s why it seems light for its size. I plan to make a slouchy hat for S1. She needs to contain her hair on windy days and a slouchy hat should do the job. Now I have the fun of perusing patterns. Any suggestions?
I’m off to a conference in a couple of days, and I plan to make a lot of progress on those Zauberball socks. Maybe I’ll throw in a ball of Felici just in case I run out of sock to knit. I’m nearly ready for the heel on #1. Hmm, which Felici colorway should be next?