Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Hey, all! I'm back! Hey, Philly! I've missed you! Ahhh, it's good to be home. M and I had a fun (and busy!) trip to Atlanta/Athens, filled with family (hi, sis!), barbecues (veggie burgers, yum!), beer (Dogfish Head, of course!), baseball games (Phillies whooped the Braves), movies (28 Weeks Later is way scary!), and lots and lots of Grit food. An all-in-all good time. And, as always, I came back with a far heavier suitcase than I brought. I always seem to accrue the best souvenirs when visiting my family (see, for example, the awesome gnome mug I got from Helix, my favorite little Athens shop).

There was much gabbing about knitting with my mom and rifling through patterns with my sister (the knitting bug runs in the family), but surprisingly, I didn't go to any of the local yarn stores. I meant to stop by Knitch, but it never happened (Leah! I promise, promise, promise we will meet up next time I'm around!). You know how it is, all these plans and too little time to do everything and see everyone one you intend to.

My mom and sister made sure I didn't go home empty-handed, though. I somehow returned home with a suitcase laden with yarn - beautiful juniper green Mountain Colors Bearfoot yarn from my mom (along with some other goodies) and a whole bag of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4 ply in black tweed from my sister.

And - dare I admit that I am determined to try some more Lorna's Laces? My sister gave me some Shepherd sock yarn in an intriguing colorway (upcomig Project Spectrum colors!), "Embers." She also gave me some Shepherd sock in "Black Pearl." My mom and sister both swear that Lorna's Laces makes the best Jaywalkers ever, so I'm going to give it a go.

And, of course, my mom had a stack of handmade pottery for me that she had picked up from a local craft fair to add to the ever growing collection. Thanks, mom! I love all of it. The best souvenirs are family souvenirs.

Coming up next: a teensy bit of knitting progress on the latest socks and sweater. And coming soon: a meet-up with two super-cool gals. Stay tuned!

And thanks SO MUCH for all of the congratulatory comments on my newly-acquired Mastery of the Arts!

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Anonymous chris said...

welcome back megan!

your gnome mug is absolutely darlin'! i love it!

that lorna laces yarn is pretty cool. i'm curious to see how it looks once it's knit up.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Welcome back! That mug is really cute :) It looks like you came home with some really great stuff!

10:37 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Woot! Can't wait for Saturday. Love the gnomey mug.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Nice Souvenirs! Love the gnome mug.
That is a perfect PS Lorna's Laces color! I'm looking forward to seeing your Jaywalkers.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I hope you've picked someplace good for us to get our grub on! Can't wait!

11:36 PM  
Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Welcome back! You obviously have the best family ever. :)

12:31 AM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I love that color Embers. Absolutely beautiful. It's enough to make me give up my ban on LL and try it again. black Purl is pretty too. Aija of sockpr0n made some toe-up socks which looked really nice. I saw some Jaywalkers out of Black Purl and still saw the flashing/pooling, so I don't know what to think.

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Nora said...

Oh, you were missed! And how!

1:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Aren't trips always such fun? Especially when they involve yarn stash enhancement!!!
I would have to second the jaywalkers + lorna's laces love as i couldn't image having knit my jaywalkers in anything else. So give it a shot gal!
Oh, and a belated **CONGRATULATIONS** if i didn't say it already. My head is a little airy sometimes :0)

3:51 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Yeah, she's back! Glad you ate your fill of Grit food and made it to Helix, I love that store...

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

Wow, love you mom's pottery--are they the models for all the yarn in bowls? gorgeous!

nice to see you back!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

That gnome mug is going driving me insane with its cuteness

I love that Lorna's Lace color. Can't wait to see how it knits up.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

Great yarn score. The pottery is very cool too! Visiting family is the best.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

all my favourite yarns! and embers - love that colourway! and a gnome cup PLUS beautiful pottery! this is a very good post.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Cara said...

Your mom's pottery is gorgeous!

And LL as the best jaywalker? Whatever. I've knit at least ten pairs of jaywalkers. Not one of them with LL. I'll reserve judgment. ;-)

9:01 AM  
Blogger mari said...

Sounds like you had a very good time! Nice souvenirs, too. I wonder what's wrong with my family as they do not gift me with such nice yarn :-D
That Lorna's Laces colorway looks really interesting. I'm also very curious to see how it knits up.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Specs said...

I love the yarn, but I really love those plates. Did your mom make them?

And man, I'll be arriving in the area just a little too late to join in the blogger fun and games. We'll be crawling in to Jersey late Friday night, and I'm sure that we'll be busy unpacking all of Satutday. Harumph. Pet some yarn for me!

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Wow, your mom's pottery is amazing!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

I am now completely obsessed with that gnome mug. Thanks alot. ;)

Yarn and pottery--your family has impeccable taste.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous joy said...

wish you had gotten to see Knitch -it's the greatest!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous brooke said...

The pottery is gorgeous-love the blue colour in the bowl.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Laura B said...

I love that pottery! Did someone you know make it?

12:56 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

*heart* the gnome! Lots of good yarn, too -- I wish my sisters would give me big bags of fabulous discontinued yarn!

We will take the LL leap together -- KSDropout is sending me her frogged Firefly, and I'm seriously considering recreating your Child's First Sock down to the last detail. Creeeepy.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the gnome mug - they were selling the same sort at the market around the corner. I never got around to buying some. I regret that.

So jealous of the pottery!

1:38 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Glad it was a great trip and I'm glad you're back to posting your pretty pretty pics! Blogger meetup? How cool.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

that gnome mug is awesome! I may have to give them a call to see if they ship - my sister's nickname is "gnome"....

nice yarn additions - can't go wrong with lornas and rowan!

2:01 PM  
Blogger iSeL said...

You lucky philistine! Glad you're back. Hubby and I had a great time in Philly. By the way, that gelato is insanely good. Thanks for the tip.

Wish I could joing you girls!

4:35 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Wow nice loot, I wish there were some knitters in my family!

4:38 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

i really love that gnome mug. i can't wait to see the black purl knitted up as jaywalkers. i knit mine up as monkey socks, but they pooled like crazy.

7:46 PM  
Blogger aija said...

Awesome souvenirs! And congrats on the paper diploma finally arriving :)

8:09 PM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Welcome back! It sounds like you have a wonderfully crafty family. I'm always so jealous of people who have crafty parents/siblings--it must be nice!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Elinor said...

I'm so jealous that you have a family of knitters! That must be so much fun! Your loot looks great!! I'm glad you had a good time. I know LL Sock is a PITA to deal with in terms of gauge but you should give LL Sport a try for socks - they fly!

11:07 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

Welcome back! That pottery is spectacular. I am a huge fan of pottery.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Handmade pottery is awesome - I have quite a nice collection from my grandmother, and a couple of beautiful pieces made by a friend. Yours looks gorgeous!

My most successful pair of socks are LLSS in feather-and-fan pattern over 64 sts on size 0s. Lorna's rocks on 0's, but pools terribly on 1's in my experience.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Cirilia said...

If I didn't already say congrats, congrats!

I've had fun with Lornas in slip stitch patterns. That would cut down the # of stitches you actually have to KNIT with it, right?

My boyfriend's family is in Atlanta and I totally loved visiting Athens. Looks like you had a great visit!

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MISS YOU!!!!!!
Had a great time.
Almost done with yellow sock.
We'll see you in Philly the end of Summer!!!

Love Mom

9:56 PM  
Blogger Irie said...

lovely yarn and pottery! welcome back! :)

12:16 AM  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

I. Want. That. Mug.

11:48 AM  

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