I’m about to leave for vacation, so I can’t list them yet, but I just spent the last 2 days counteracting the fabulous massage I got on Monday by cranking away at the old carder to produce these honeys:
I’m leaving around 4am for almost 2 weeks aboard the Marco Polo with Kristi on a little something called Treasures of Germany and the Baltic II. The “II” part is just because it’s the 2nd one of the summer, not a sequel to our original Treasures of Germany and the Baltic. Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Germany & Denmark. Of those, I’ve only been to Denmark and Germany, and Denmark was only for the music festival at Roskilde, and last time I was in Germany, I was probably 12, not a prime appreciation age. While cruising isn’t the most authentic way to travel, it is the easiest, and in our case (mom’s an airline employee and gets supercheap remainder rooms on cruises), the cheapest. And I love spreading out in our little cabin and visiting a bunch of different cities without having to pack up my gear and drag it around in between. And since you don’t have to schlep all you crap around, shopping’s only limited to what you can check or ship home.
If anyone has any can’t miss fiber (or non-fiber, of course) recommendations for Stockholm, Riga, Saaremaa, Gdansk, Berlin, or Copenhagen, tell me now!
Now I just have to figure out what knitting I’m bringing along. I’ve got a bunch of bulky shit going right now, and I’m not dragging that with me. I need to figure out a few small little things instead.
Oh, and I just received my fiber washing bag from Ozark Delights and it’s freaking genius. I’d highly recommend it to anyone washing a lot of fiber. The mesh is a bit finer than I’d like, so I might make another one for coarser, more VM-y fibers, but this should be outstanding for all my alpaca, and especially for machine felting. It will be really easy to make, but I don’t want to give the design away, because you should buy one! It’s such a clever notion, she should be rewarded for it.