Along with winding 17 skeins of yarn (I always bring my swift and cake winder when I visit my momma), Nick, Mona Lisa and I took to the snowy mountains and went for a winter hike before chowing down on Thanksgiving.
I’d never been snowshoeing before (I know, I can’t believe it either) but I absolutely want to go back! I love hiking, I love the snow (and so does Lisa, that dog is hilarious with the snow) and it’s a perfect match when you wear those oversized flipper things with the spikes on the bottom.
Excellent way to work up an appetite, get some exercise and enjoy this beautiful state we live in!
Oh, and get a laugh when the other person falls repeatedly and all you can do is snap pictures instead of offering a helping hand…
I like to incorporate a little bit of work and a little bit of play into every day but that doesn’t mean that I can’t get out of town and have a little bit of special time away from the city.
Sometimes you just need to get out of town, you know? My version of a perfect vacation involves mountain driving, mountain fun and my favorite folks and canines.
This week my pup, my mister and I headed south to Pagosa Springs (a place I frequent) to spend some time in the mountains and with my folks. We’ve gotten some snowboarding, microbrews (and car troubles, for good measure) and quality time in while also getting work done (because we’re both those types of people who enjoy the work they do).
How do you like to vacation? Do you take working vacays?
During my time in southern Colorado, my momma and I made sure to visit the Local Yarn Store (which also happens to be the cutest little locally grown store around). The Artist Within is a yarn store, jewelry boutique, button and bead outlet and hosts a number of other locally produced goods.
Carol, the owner, is one of the nicest, sweetest, most fun people to talk to! She is passionate about her wares and her yarns (and all the other goods) are all locally sourced and produced in the USA. She carries yarns that I’ve never seen – some from local spinners and dyers, and some from other small mills around the country.
As picky as I am, I usually leave yarn stores empty handed. This time, that was impossible. I couldn’t decide between the beautiful yellow of this wool and the crazy soft purpley-grey of this alpaca/merino blend (the product of a local color master).
The yellow isn’t the only beautiful color from Shepherd’s Wool, my momma had visited the store previously and shown off the wonderful red/black and on our return trip, she came home with the grey too.
The purpley-grey color I came home with is a locally sourced, colored and spun Alpaca/Merino Blend from Fiber Tales, a local Durango yarn producer.
If you’re in the area, I really, highly, recommend visiting this little shop and saying hello!
This past weekend my guy, myself and some friends drove up to Southern Colorado to spend the day playing at Wolf Creek. The drive up on Saturday saw some interesting weather – we don’t see fog in the southwest
ever often and it was a pretty thing to drive though and I think the juxtaposition with the quintessential red rocks in the area was really pretty.
The drive to the mountain on Sunday saw more interesting, low-laying clouds like this one over a pretty blue barn set in a picturesque meadow just south of Pagosa Springs.
I knit on the drive, of course, working on my Candy Skein design which I’ll talk a bit more about tomorrow! (Yes, I sit cross-legged in the car most of the time)
What did you do this weekend?