First, thanks to everyone who sent such nice comments and notes on Coquille. In only a week or so it has become number three on the Ravelry hit parade! That completely surprises me and I am as thrilled as you might imagine. I never dreamed I’d be up on that list. I’m such a dork I keep going in to Ravelry to see the new projects.
I came back from the trip of a lifetime to California with my sisters. Mustang convertible. Ipod with special mix for the DeadHead birthday girl. Airport sunglasses and headscarves.
Clearly I am not the only dork in the family.
(When I told them I was going to have a pattern in Knitty they couldn’t stop laughing. Knitty dot com. Ha ha ha. They are not knitters, needless to say.)
Went to TNNA
Got back from TNNA to discover that Holley-the-Wonder-Horse had a terrible eye infection. I discovered that there are such things as animal ophthalmologists (he does horses on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and that horses are extremely susceptible to fungal infections. I don’t want to gross anyone out, but it became clear that removal of her eye (enucleation) was the most humane choice. Horses apparently adapt very well to having only one eye. I think it was harder on me than on her, and being out of pain was a big plus, I’m sure. Now she is Holley the One-Eyed-Wonder-Horse.
Then came the visit from my human yarn winder. He is 10 (!!) and flew alone from Texas. The first night here he made dinner for us. “Do you like Chinese food? Well, really, it’s more Thai.” The chicken stir fry with rice noodles was quite good, but my stove may never be the same again.
We spent several days at the barn, as JB was very interested in the eye situation, and was quite honored to be the first one riding Holley post-surgery.
Good eye for comparison
Here are some results of our winding. He chose some yarn for socks as well.
In the middle of his visit I was surprised to see First Fall Knitty out earlier than I thought. I showed him Coquille, and later he was checking out yarn for winding. “Maybe,” he said, fondling some Smooshy, “you could use this yarn to make your new pattern for my mom. She looks pretty in these colors.” Awww.