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I have been preparing for about a month to visit my DD and her family in Phoenix, AZ… I will be leaving very early Wednesday morning, and will stay until next Tuesday. My DD has taken an extra week off from her job as an R.N. to spend this time with me. I am so excited! I have not visited her there since DGD3, little Gracie was born.

In preparation for this trip, I have started a bunch of Christmas projects for people here at home – don’t want to knit any of the DGC’s projects while I’m out there… LOL

First up is a shawl for one of my oldest and dearest friends, Jo. I am using the Leicester Long Wool, dyed in shades of red (my own home spun). The pattern is Wisp on Ravelry. It is simple, but very nice for this yarn, I think.

The next project is also a pattern I found on Ravelry, called the Chinook Scarf… it is a very antiquey looking, and I am knitting it using some Baby Alpaca that I spun up this summer. I think it will look wonderful! The fiber is very soft and will be very warm… this gift is going to my hair stylist, jenny, who has been my good friend since 1998.

Up next is a simple sampler scarf, using a variety of stitch patterns, for one of my dearest friends, John. I am using the last of the alpaca I got last summer (dyed teal)… again, super warm and cozy!

I also wanted to knit a hat for my friend (cousin-in-law) Jan… I found the Perfect Beret on Ravelry, and it is being knit in City Tweed, Tahitian Pearl.

Finally I cast on the Tam of Many Colors (also on Ravelry); using Andean Silk in warm colors (beige/browns). The pattern is pretty straight forward, and easy to follow… I have made a few modifications, but decided to leave the one cabled row in the project… a very nice looking hat.

My goal is to have all of these finished when I return next week.

My plans while in Phoenix include:

-Attending a Pointe class to watch my DGD1 Eloisa dance.

-Attending the Southest Fiber Festival in Tucson, AZ on Oct. 30. I will be entering 2-3 skeins of my home spun yarn in their skein competion.

-Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 31 prepared by my DD and me.

-And at some point in my visit, I hope to spend some time with fellow KP member MartyAZ… who lives in the Phoenix area.

My DD and I are planning to visit some of the LYS’s in the area, and also spend a lot of time together knitting.

I will be turning off my email notifications on KP, and will turn them back on when I return, so don’t expect me to be around too much over the next week… See you all again in November. I promise to take lots of pictures and to do a blog about our wonderful week together.

Happy Knitting and Spinning and all things FIBER… to all my Knit Picks friends!

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 28, 2010 at 6:26am
I see you're getting on as yourself! It's good to see you. Check in when you can!
Comment by PurlGirl on October 28, 2010 at 6:00am
Have a wonderful trip!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on October 27, 2010 at 10:22pm
I finished the Tam this evening, and am nearly finished with the beret, too. maybe anothe day. Having a wonderful time! Miss you all!
Comment by wendy on October 27, 2010 at 6:10pm
I hope you are having a good time. You are off to a great start with your holiday knitting. I like your yarns, especially the red one. Make sure to bring home pics of what your DGD is working on too. :o)
Comment by Krystie DePue on October 27, 2010 at 10:03am
Have fun...looks like you will have a full busy visit.
Comment by Justine MacKechnie on October 27, 2010 at 6:45am
Enjoy!!! Sounds like you will be busy! Can't wait to see all of your work!
Comment by knitwit Jo on October 26, 2010 at 8:09pm
Have a great holiday, Susan! Boy! It looks like you are taking enough projects along to last me at least until Christmas,lol. Joan
Comment by PickleSue on October 26, 2010 at 6:22pm
Wow! Your projects are all off to a great start! Beautiful stuff! Have fun and be safe. :)
Comment by Phyllis D. Wright on October 26, 2010 at 3:41pm
Sue, Go with God and enjoy that DD and those DGD's. Good luck with the contest. I know you'll place and thanks for all the gift ideas off Ravelry.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on October 26, 2010 at 11:04am
Thanks Becky! I have my fingers crossed, but I think most competitions are looking for the perfect yarn... yet homespun implies little imperfections, and lots of character.

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