Here I am, back at the keyboard after a nice vacation in the land of green. I had a fantastic time relaxing and hanging out with some of my favorite people in the whole world. I went to my brother’s highschool graduation in Omaha, Nebraska and it was such a nice change from all the brown here in the SouthWest.

Deneen – I am finding that the email addreses aren’t showing either. I will stick with it for now, I am hoping people are just forgetting to enter their email addresses.

Thanks Lasandri, I like the banner too. I got it from this realy great lady I happen to know ;D

Lora – So glad that I inspired you to pick the entrelac back up. I love playing with color and entrelac is such a great way to show off a great yarn

I finaly got photos of my Pacific Waves Shawl. It was more narrow than I like and it was SUPER long, but the moment my Mom saw it she fell in love! So instead of giving her my Clapotis, I gave her this shawl instead. She looks stunning in it, but that is my horribly biased oppinion

While I was in Omaha I taught my brother to spin. He did a great job spinning an ounce of Corriedale! It came out as a great Thick and Thin. When I get my wheel set up again I am going to finish spinning the other 3 ounces and make him a hat using his wool. I think he will have a great time this winter telling people that he spun part of that wool.

I also started on my next project, no photos yet. It is a mitered square shawl using the Dogwood colorway from Spunky. I love how it is looking so far and i will certainly use this pattern for at least 2, maybe 3 more shawls. It has the charm of entrelac, but I love the modular aspects of the squares. It really feeds into my love of color. I think it is my background in quilting that draws me to making shawls. I love laying them out and looking at how the colors play across the FO. I love looking at how they interact, how they touch each other and blend into each other. I love watching the colors move and dance, changing positions and partners. Sometimes blending with a complementing color, then flitting across the knit fabric to interact with a group of colors that are bright and contrasting. It is such a feast for the eyes.

Speaking of feast of colors for the eyes, while I was in Omaha I got to visit their annual quilt show. So very inspirational! I have set up a group of flickr photos of some of my favorite quilts.

And Lasandri tagged me for the 7 meme. I think I am the very last person on the whole internets to do this one, so if you are like me then consider yourself tagged!

1. I started out my college career majoring in Race Track Industries. I wanted to be a race horse trainer. It had been my dream career since I was about 9. I left the department for a super lame reason and there are some days I wish I had stuck with it. I decided to leave for the more lucrative career of Costume Designer. I tell my husband I got a degree to learn the proper way to iron a shirt!

2. I hate sunny days, which is why I live in a place that has 360 sunny days a year *eye roll*.

3. I wanted a moped or scooter when I was in college. A Vespa would have been the best! I could have zipped around campus, “Ciao”

4. As a child somebody made the mistake of giving me and my two cousins a tape of the Pirate’s of Penzance soundtrack. We put on lip synched musicals just about every weekend, complete with costumes and props. The grownups decided to put an end to it when we took sticks of gum, drew faces on the inner wrapper, folded the outer wrappers down to make costumes and taped them to sticks for puppet show versions of our musical (hey, you use what you have)

5. I love horror movies!!!!eleventyone!! On my vacation my sister, upon coming home from seeing the newest Pirates movie, told my Grandmother that she wouldn’t have liked it because it was too violent. I told her, “That’s ok, she just stayed here and watched Silence of the Lambs with me instead.” The look on my sister’s face was priceless 😀

6. I am a night owl, which really sucks having children who wake up with the first sliver of light that happens to creep through the window. I would be ecstatic to live on a Vampire’s schedule. Up at dusk, bed by dawn.

7. I am terribly addicted to video games. Given an opportunity I would spend days in front of the TV, neglecting personal hygiene, sustinance and human interaction. It is a good thing I don’t often get this opportunity.

Back to unpacking, getting my wheel set back up and getting caught up on almost 500 yahoo group emails and over 100 blog posts!