Blizzards, Boulder, and Sneak Up Info

dsc02459We’re back from a snowy trip to Colorado for Spring Break! I was a little sentimental about this trip, as it’s Web Guy’s last Spring Break (he graduates in May). But I think we may be able to talk him into coming with us again next year, since he likes Colorado so much.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  We had several days of flurries while we were dsc02468there, and then one day of “blizzarding”. It was fun to sit inside with the fire going, watching the mess outside. We had about 20 inches of snow in the Keystone area, where we were staying. We had been waiting all week for a nice day to go snowmobiling. (We gave up skiing several years ago, but we do like to snowmobile.) The day after the dsc02461blizzard was the only sunny day that we had all week, and it was perfect for riding on the trails, since the snow was fresh. (Check out the lovely, very flattering, suits we had to wear…) We have a favorite tour company that we use and they take everyone up to a very very high “bowl” at the top of a mountain. The first time we went up there, I figured that it was as close to Heaven as you’re going to get, here on Earth!  It’s simply amazing. (There are some pretty steep hills up and down to get there and back, but that’s all part of the fun. Click on the photo to make it bigger.) We had a  great guide who veered off the trail and made new trails in the fresh snow for us to follow. When we stopped for some photo ops, College Guy took that opportunity to dump his sister (College Girl) in the snow. Several times.  She will definitely have to plan some serious revenge for that.

We traveled over to Boulder one day last week. I have always wanted to visit Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins, so we found that shop and enjoyed our time there. They have a Lab named Jack who is happy to greet everyone. (Although their website shows Shop Dog Brigit.) It’s always fun to see a shop dog or cat. We also enjoyed shopping on Pearl Street in Boulder – so many fun shops. It’s a good thing that I don’t live there.

dsc02442The other thing we did when in Boulder, was to visit the Schacht Spindle Company, makers of the Ladybug and Matchless Spinning Wheels that we have here. It was so fun to see how these wheels are made (and made me even more appreciative of my Matchless, which I love.) The time, care, and precision that goes into each wheel is dsc02446amazing. There are several large rooms with computerized routers, cutting and then sanding the different parts and pieces. And OH, there are a lot of pieces that go into each one.  Check out just the box of parts for the Ladybug (including the little Ladybugs. One is sitting somewhere on each Ladybug wheel that ships out.) This man is the one dsc02445who does the final job of putting it all together. Before any wheel is shipped out, either Jane or Stephanie spins on it to make sure that everything is working properly. That’s a lot of testing going on, for two people to take care of. There were some new products that they are working on, including a traveling/folding wheel for the future. (I did ask if I could tell you that on the blog. Jane said, “Sure!”) Not any time real soon, but just know that they’re working on it. With their commitment to  quality, I know that any travel wheel they come up with will be top-notch.

Today, I’m back in the office, catching up on emails and getting some Sneak Up things done for you. I know that I said we might not have one this week, but WH got up early this morning to come in and color-correct all of the photos that Photographer Elf Wendy got done last week. Yay!  So this week you will see these things going up: Cherry Tree Hill’s new semi-solid line in Supersock Select, Dye Dreams Dream Sox, Enchanted Knoll Farm Roving, The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos, Hand Maiden Sea Sik, Lorna’s Laces Pearl, Lorna’s Laces Clara Parkes colorway in Sock, Sport and roving, MonkeyPal (new indie dyer), Noro Silk Garden Sock in 8 new colors, Perchance to Knit Pamper Me Sock, Tempted Glam Grrl, Shibui Knits re-stock, new SpillyJane Patterns, 2 new Wendy Knits patterns, and new Woolpets kits. (And you saw that we added in Chocolate Princess and Blogging Geek window decals, right?) (Added later: all of the new things are now up here!)

Sheri whofinished3socksandworkedonherNoroSweaterduringSpringBreak


  1. Welcome Back! It looks like you got lots of good family time. As the kids get older, that time gets all the more precious.

  2. Sherri I am glad you had a fun trip! I live here in Colorado and it is a great place to live. Welcome back:-)

  3. Welcome back Sheri! We missed you. It was nice to read about your vacation and all the fun shops you toured. Glad you also found some quality knitting time.
    Now – back to the business of sneak-ups….

  4. So good to hear about your vacation. I’m originally from Colorado and my husband and I graduated from CU–it holds a huge place in my heart, so I love hearing when someone visits there!

  5. How terrific that you and your family enjoyed your snow vacation! Knitting by the fire when the world outside is glistening white. . . now that sounds like heaven. We missed you. Glad you’re back safe, sound and in a sneak-uppy frame of mind.

  6. Yay!! You’re back. I missed you last week. I’m excited about CTH semi-solids as I just got my Cookie A book and need some semi-solids and I love CTH.

    Glad you enjoyed the trip.

  7. Hi Sheri, glad you had such a fabulous trip and so much fun. Loved the pictures of all the snow and mountains. Very interesting pictures of Schacht’s. I must say I really missed you and your blog. Glad you are home safe. What a great WH to get up and do the pics for sneak up. Hugs

  8. Sheri, so glad you all had a great vacation. It’s so good to have the whole family along to share in the fun. Loved the picture of the kids. So like a brother and sister.

    Good to have you back. You were missed.

    Tell WH we appreciate his efforts for the sneak-ups : )

  9. Glad you had a great trip. We did spring break in FL this year and came home to snow flurries! Although, I want to visit Colorado sometime (some family lives there) I don’t think I would want to live there. Looking forward to the sneak up!

  10. I’m glad you had a nice time. I don’t realize how much I look forward to your blog posts, until they aren’t there! So, definitely welcome back! I thought of you tonight, as I made your Alpine Chicken casserole for supper! DH walked in from work (I got off a little early), and supper was ready. He exlaimed that this is one of his favorite casseroles. And the best part….he has left-overs for lunch! 🙂
    Glad to see you had fun, and even better that you’re back! 🙂

  11. I’m glad you all had such a nice break. I just wanted to say thank you again for the skein of wollmeise which i received yesterday and instantly fell in love with. The kids have been warned to look but not touch .. touching will lead to losing fingers and i happen to like the evenness of how their hands look with all their fingers.. this one is MINE, ALL MINE 😀

    ps. the kids think i am crazy, that’s ok i can live with that as long as they leave my wollmeise ( and my mug ) alone.

  12. Welcome back! I spent the weekend entering my stash in Ravelry and somewhat amazed at the total, especially since I’m only about halfway through the stash. I blame The Loopy Ewe! 🙂

  13. I’m pleased to hear you had such a great time. and it’s good to have you back. The snowmobiling looks awesome—how could Web Guy resist that next year?

  14. Welcome Home! Sounds like a wonderful family trip. I’m tired of snow but those photos made it look so inviting. How fun…touring the spinning wheel factory! The most astounding sentence is that webguy graduates from college this Spring. Yikes! Where did 4 years go?? I thought he had one more year of college. I wish him well on his future ventures.

  15. Welcome back! Glad to know you had such a fun vacation with your family (with the pictures to prove it) but we did miss you!

  16. Welcome back. What I want to know is, was the Kindle as wonderful a vacation toy as we thought it would be? I haven’t traveled with mine yet.

  17. Sounds like a lovely trip. I love Colorado, it’s beautiful.
    I have to ask, was that three different socks you finished? Or was there a pair in there 🙂

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