Sunday, November 25, 2007

Pigeon Forge and other ramblings

We got back from our Thanksgiving trip yesterday. We had a wonderful time! It rained on Thanksgiving day, but we had our meal at the cabin, so it was alright - it was actually nice not having to go out to a restaurant for the meal.

On our way out of town yesterday we stopped at a yarn shop in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Spinnery. What a wonderful little shop! The owner, Nancy, helped me pick out a drop spindle and some roving to learn how to spin. She was so friendly and helpful! I bought some sock yarn too (of course!). I picked up some Wildefoote and some Rio de la Plata yarn in a beautiful sand, cream and peach colorway. I've started spinning some of the Blue-face Leicester roving - not very evenly, I'm afraid! But I'm just learning, so hopefully I'll improve with practice :-).
My dad liked his socks, and they fit him, too! I'm so happy!

Here's DS#2 looking at the jellyfish at the Ripley Aquarium in Gatlinburg. It's a neat aquarium, but not worth the $20/adult, $6/child to get in, IMO.

Now I've got to get working on the rest of my Master Knitting swatches. I've done a K1,P1 rib swatch, but I'm not sure the ribbing section is up to par. The stockinette section looks great, but the ribbing seems a little distorted. Maybe blocking will help it. If not, I guess I'll try again!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Christmas is just around the corner!

Ta-Ta for now!


Jen said...

Oh, I am very excited to hear about your trip to the Pigoen Forge area! I just went there in August and I made all my friends stop at the Smoky Mountain Spinnery for yarn. :) After the yarn shop we went to the Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers!

Heather said...

We always drive by the Salt and Pepper shaker museum, but I've never been in. My Grandma collects them, so I really should stop in sometime!