Greetings from the wilds, I mean milds, of the Shenandoah mountains. Family reunion running on tight schedule thanks to sister Buffy’s crack planning. Breakfast/yoga/walk/lunch/nap? CHECK. I slept through the trip to the winery but recovered in time for Dad’s lecture on the history of the Meadors of Marengo County, Alabama. Weather: wet/sunny/cloudy, take your pick depending on the hour. Company: it’s family. It’s comprehensive. The attractive cousins once again outperform the rest of us in terms of punctuality and general comportment, but we’re old enough to know we can’t beat ’em, so we just stand close by so we look better.
Thanks to everybody who provided such wise advice about how to handle a family reunion. No politics or religion (yet—fingers crossed). Cousin Dan told me that he stopped reading this blog but will start again. All we can hope is that he leaves a comment.
Our reunion site is a lodge that is spread out over a mountainside, with cottages and shacks and strip motels all stuck into the woods. Varied is the word. Among the trees are a number of outbuildings that seem like they’d make excellent knitting huts. It could be like Yaddo, only for knitters.
Knit all day in your studio. Lunch brought to you in a little basket. Seems like a good idea to me.
This one is for the knitter who hates that look-out-the-window thing.
This one is for the knitter who hates that glass-in-the-windows thing and the whole walls-need-to-be-vertical thing.
This is for the knitter who wishes she had a hut made out of reclaimed barn wood. Or in this case, unclaimed barn wood.
This two-foot-high hut is a little grotto to Our Lady of the Cashmere. You just offer up some yarn in there, and surely something good will happen to you.
I’m not the only one making stuff here. Brother-in-law David is thinking about trout flies.
As for me, I started a family reunion souvenir sock using Elemental Affects’ Cormo. WOW is this springy stuff. I wish you could give it a squeeze.
The shade is Citron. It really looks like this. Because this is a DK weight yarn, I’m knitting on size 2 needles in hopes of some cozy slippersocks. Or something.
I’m not knitting with much focus, honestly. The amount of talking going on is something. I forgot how this family gets to talking.