I had a great weekend.
The Hubbs & I were invited to the cabin to get away. Vegas was a no-go for me, so this was probably the next best thing on the list places to go for a short jaunt.
As always, the only agenda for everyone was just kick back & relax and enjoy the company. The guys had planned for a weekend of gaming while the girls would do their crafty thing and the tv was almost always on in the background for everyone to enjoy.
Speaking of TV, I watched Dr.Who for the first time this weekend. Me likies! We had only watched a few episodes, but from what I did watch, I enjoyed it.
Everytime we go up for the weekend, I always end up lamenting the fact that we don’t go away enough and have a place where we could get away to. I realize that it involves money (duh) but in my mind, some days I wish we had our own little cabin to escape to on a regular basis.
So the weekend started with me waking up at about 730 Saturday morning to bake. I made baby rum cakies to celebrate a weekend at the cabin. It always amazes me when I make the rum cake recipe that it makes so many cakes (12) and that there’s just under 1oz of rum in each cake. That’s a lot of booze to be had in a rather unassuming little cake and there’s now been a warning issued to anyone who chooses to consume one that they are not to drive afterwards… or at least not start the day with one for breakfast ^_^ Five cakes were consumed and four remaining cakies were given to D & K to thank them for inviting us and J & R got the rest.
We finally got to hit up the Knit & Caboodle yarn store in Canmore! Everytime we go to the cabin, for some reason it never occurs to us to go into town on the Saturday to check out the shops instead of Sunday. This time around The Girls made it a top priority to hit up the yarn store on saturday so we could all get our yummy fibre fix. I didn’t originally have any intentions on buying anything in the store, but if I had found something that I liked I would buy it with no guilt or remorse. It’s a great little shop that I quite enjoyed hanging out and molesting the yarns. There was a lot of pretty stuff that I would consider buying if I had specific patterns in mind, but on the whole I was content just to roam around.
I did end up making a couple of purchases which made me rather happy: 2 skeins of recycled sari silk(!) and Leisure Arts Cute Little Animals pattern book.
For the last year or so, I’ve been hitting up The Wool Peddler website and oggling their recycled sari silk yarns page. I’ve been dying to buy a few skeins of this stuff to play with but have been avoiding it because I didn’t want to have to deal with shipping and the $CAD issue. Imagine my absolute delight at having found out that Knit & Caboodle carries Mystic Silk by Makalu Yarns! Not only that, but it turns out that Makalu Yarns is a Canadian company! OH MY!
There was a lot of *squeeing* going on, needless to say. When I bought it, I thought I’d make a little handbag out of it like the easy peasy crochet bag, but now that I’ve had it in my posession for a little over 24 hours, my mind is shifting towards turning it into an artsy-fartsy-indie-type of scarf. I have no idea why that popped into my head, but it seems to be an appropriate destiny for this yarn. It’s not a soft yarn by any means, but it has interesting texture and the colourway is a bit of an acid trip, just like the brightness of most saris, but I’m still rather pleased. I am surprised that I didn’t end up buying a usual pink colourway, but rather the green-lavendar as shown above.
The Cute Animals book is adorable. All the amigurumi patterns inside are super cute and the descriptions that go with each is hilarious. I noticed that a couple of the patterns (the dog & cat) remind me of Pochaco & Chococat, respectively. So far, glancing at the instructions, the pattern is more clearly written and understandable than my other amigurumi book. We’ll see what happens.
In other news, I slept all day once we got home this afternoon.
I’m still trying to figure out what’s causing me to completely shut down and I don’t know where to begin. It seems to happen everytime we have a weekend where we do stuff. I think it could be exhaustion, but I’m not sure. I was up since about 630am yesterday, didn’t have a nap and went to bed at midnight. That and there was the short trip into town to the yarn shop which was a wee walk from where the car was parked, plus an hour or so of standing around the store.
Maybe it’s lack of sleep?
Maybe it’s lack of oxygen + a little bit of physical exercise, combined?
Maybe it’s too much social stimulation?
I wish I knew, but I just don’t know.
I am under the assumption that the same thing will happen when we go for our annual pasta night dinner at the Rimrock in Banff in two weeks… hell, this whole month is jam-packed full of stuff that I figure it’s going to be rather tiring on the whole.