No Mountains Out My Window

DSC01635.JPGMissouri is pretty darned flat. Not as flat as Kansas, but still. There are no mountains out my window this morning, and that makes me sad. (Although there was no Loopy in Colorado, and it’s nice to be back here with him. It doesn’t quite make up for it, but it helps.) 🙂 What did we find as we drove across Kansas? Wind Generators. There is a stretch of the highway with about 30 or 40 of these, turning in the wind. It’s kind of eery, actually. We saw a semi at a rest area that had one of the blades on the back of it and it was HUGE. They look deceptively small in this photo.

DSC01640.JPGVacation was wonderful! College Guy arrived on Thursday night and we whisked him off to Colorado early the next morning. (Then we arrived home late Saturday night, and he whisked himself back off to college on Sunday afternoon. Little time at home this time.) There was a lot of snow when we got there. This is out the back door and you can see how high the snow is to the railing on the deck. It only snowed once while we were there (of course the day we were snowmobiling at the top of the mountain in white-out conditions – more on that later.) I love driving around in Colorado and seeing mountains as you go down the road. They’re beautiful in summer or winter. I’ve been vacationing in Colorado for years and years, so it’s no wonder I like it there so much. (It helps immensely that my folks have a condo out there that we can stay in.)

DSC01660.JPGI got lots of things done and had a great time doing it! Want my list?

Items knitted: 3 socks plus 1/3 of my Dream in Color Classy Sweater for the KAL. (And I can’t wait to get back home tonight and knit on it some more. I love it!) Knitting photos on Wednesday’s blog.

Books read: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccout, The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond, and Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together by Larissa Golden Brown and Martin John Brown.

Movies watched: A lot. But the two favorites were Freedom Writers and August Rush. Loved them both. (And of course we had to watch The Holiday for about the fifty-billionth time because it’s a favorite of mine and Knitting Daughter’s.)

Yarn Stores Visited: The Yarn Barn (Lawrence, KS) – a weaver’s and spinners haven, What’s Needling U (Frisco, CO) – very close to where we stay, so I go there every time, A Knitted Peace (Littleton, CO) – bright, airy, open and fun, Lamb Shoppe (Denver, CO) – a coffee bar and a dog with dreds – very interesting place, The The Cottage Yarn (Littleton, CO) – just a year old but a very nice gal working there and she gave us great directions to get back to the highway, Colorful Yarns (Centennial, CO) – little and packed with stuff. This was probably my favorite place because they had red couches (just like Loopy Central) and tons of fun knitting bags (just like Loopy Central!).

julia7273lorezSo back to the snowmobiles. We don’t ski. I tried it a few times and it’s ok, but I don’t LOVE it, so why do it? I do, however, like snowmobiling a lot! Here’s a photo of us going down the path. Actually, it’s nice and clear in this first photo. There were times when we were going down a very steep part of the path and I couldn’t even see because of the immense amount of snow blowing and falling. DSC01654.JPGThank goodness that KD was in front of me in a bright red jacket – I just kept my eyes on her and gunned it! (That’s either really stupid or really gutsy, I’m not sure. It’s probably really stupid.) And next time I’m wearing a hat under the helmet. I don’t think my forehead has ever been so cold and ice-pelted in my entire life. You can kind of see the whiteout behind us in the second photo. By the time we got back down off of the mountain, everything had stopped, the sun was coming out, and things were back to normal. Of course.

Now that I’m back to work, I’m sure there is one more list that you’d like to see. What is in this week’s Sneak Up?? Well, I can tell you what has come in while I was gone. About half of this will be up this week, and the rest next week. (WH needs to do the color correcting on all of this. Oh yeah, and he also needs to catch up on his own business and workload from when we were gone. Darn it.) So within the next couple of weeks, you’ll find: Rio de la Plata, Creatively Dyed (new indie dyer!), Mountain Colors (including some of their amazing solids), bellamoden (fingering weight), Perchance to Knit Lace, Spindle City Yarns (new indie dyer!), Tempted Glam Girl (the yarn with the silver in it), Zen String Lotus Toes, Claudia Silk (new to us) and Fingering Weight, Fiesta Boomerang and Baby Boomerang, Farmhouse Fannie’s Fingering, Hand Maiden Sea Silk, Fleece Artist Casbah and Sea Wool, Schaefer Heather, Anne and Lola (and we got such fun colors for you again!), more Red Canvas Sock Totes, Offhand Designs bags, and Go Knit bags in all colors. Whew! And you all know that there is always more on order and arriving daily, so who knows what else will arrive this week that might go up next week, too. Did I tell you they had to buy a bigger dumpster for our office building because of all the cases of yarn that arrive all the time? We kept filling it up …. Hee!

Sheri didlotsofcookingonvacation,too,soIhavesomegreatnewrecipestoshareinthecomingweeks!


  1. Wow – I’m so jealous….recognizing Buffalo Mountain. We used to live in Breckenridge and make it back there most summers, so I know the area well. Sounds like you had a well deserved break.

    I’m new to TLY, but loving what I’m seeing…you just give us tooooo many choices, it is so hard to make a decision. I want it ALL!

    Thanks for providing such a great shop!

  2. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself. I dont like skiing either but want to try snowshoeing. my friends say it is awesomw fun. I am plain to scared to ski downhill. SNow mobiling sounds fun but i dont know if i would enjoy the noise, only if they are noiseless. I walked up from SYlvan Lake to Harney Peak on Satureday. I sure could tell the altitude change though. It is 2 1/2 hours up and coming down was way harder the sun started melting the snow and it iced over higher up and went to slush lower down: so walking down wasnt easy TG for my found walking stick.
    Glad the whole family had fun. CG reallay had to hustle to and from college huh. I am glad he takes his studies serious.
    I cant wait to see the recipes. I am dying to cook, but with no running water and having to wash pots at my gf it just takes the fun out of it. Eating off paper plates is no fun either. SO our eating sounds like midterm and finals week: sandwiches, hot dogs, microwave stuff ramen instant stuff. sigh
    Cant wait to see all you knitting you got done. My computer is being a stinking brat and wont download pictures. THis morning i had an epiphany: I have a scanner. But how to you convert scanned items into a usable size of picture? hmmmm.
    I am sure Loopy missed you. I was in MO 2003 and i noticed how flat i found it, but then i live in western SD in the badlands edge, so I am use to buttes and rolling plains. So i understand the feeling.

  3. Gee forgot to add. With all those to choose from I should be able to reach Loopy groupie status soon. If i have funding that is. It all depends on the heating bill. sigh


  4. Sheri,
    I received my 6th order this week – loved the notes from the Elves. The gifts are asbolutely wonderfull Thanks – you all greatly improved my Friday.

    My order was three skeins of Dream in Color Classy in Lava – wonderful stuff! I wound a ball that nightt and started knitting the Agatha shawl (from Wendy’s blog). It’s a real joy to work with.

  5. Glad you had a wonderful vacation with the family. You must really feel loved and appreciated with everyone missing you. That includes me too. The Loopy Elves held down the fort. I got my order in record time just like when you are there. Thanks Elves for the handwritten note. Hugs

  6. Jealous jealous jealous! Not only are you surrounded by sock yarn, you can take vacations in Colorado! Gosh I love the mountains there. Didn’t get to see anywhere near enough of them…

  7. Well, we flew *over* Colorado on our way to and from our quick break in Hawaii, and you’re right, lots of snow! It sure got brown around Kansas…and it’s still brown here….Hawaii is a lot greener…sigh.
    I visited only one yarn shop, and it wasn’t just a yarn shop. In Hanalei, Kauai there is a shop called “Strings and Things” that not only sells yarn and has knitting classes, but sells ukeleles, guitars, percussion instruments, etc… Great fun, and of course I had to buy some “souvenir” yarn!
    Projects completed: not many, ’cause the roads in Kauai are extremely wind-y and bumpy, especially when dh gets an oh-my-does-it-have-any-suspension-at-all Jeep for a rental car and we spend a lot of time driving. *And* it’s still winter (=windy) over there, so knitting during what time we did spend on the beach was extremely impractical. *And* I slept most of the way on the plane home and probably half the way there. One pair of socks. One. You’re a better woman than I!

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