I was able to take today off from work and spend the day with my friend Christine. We visited a Lavender Farm in Bucks County, PA (A Project Spectrum purple themed adventure!!) We missed the prime harvesting time, which is apparently June, but there were still flowers drying out on the plants and the area smelled refreshing--not to strong, just the correct amount of lavender scent. The shop is the main drawl of the farm, as they sell a large variety of products using their home-grown buds. We saw a distillery in the back of the shop, too. I bought some culinary lavender, a cookbook, and a bag of lavender to make sachets. I had a hard time finding the place, but it was well worth it. It is situated across from Peace Valley Park, which is beautiful! I had never been there despite living in the general area. On a less humid day I may go back to check the park out--they even have a lake with boats. It reminded me of the Poconos, without the mountains.
I have been working on my second jaywalker sock this week, taking a break from the cardigan I was knitting. I think I started the first jaywalker in February. This pair of socks is taking forever! I am not loving the pattern anymore, but the yarn (Tess' sock yarn) is one of my favorites and makes knitting it more pleasurable. I seriously have the attention span of a severely ADD child right now, especially with knitting.
I did get a chance to check out a knitting shop in Doylestown this afternoon, although it was not all that exciting. They did carry a lot of Colinette and Noro, but not a lot of quantity. I could see one having a problem if they needed several skiens in the same dye lot for a sweater. Oh well, it's not like I was in the market for more yarn! I did order new sock needles this week from Patternworks--I decided that I wanted to try Brittany birches. I like that they are shorter dpns--5 inches--and they are sturdier than bamboo. The bamboo size ones I tried using annoyed me because they bent too much so that each needle was curved. Right now I use either two addi circulars, or a set of metal dpns. For the Jaywalker sock I need to break up the pattern repeats on dpns, so homefully the new needles will make finishing the sock go easier.
This past week I took care of my parents' three cats while they were away on vacation. By the end of the week Smokey, Gracie and Mollie were my best friends, since I had the opposable thumb that could open the cat food cans. I think they enjoyed having their humans gone for the week.
Have a fun weekend!