Sunday, February 15, 2009

Home again

It's amazing how it took me an entire week to get ready for a long weekend away.

I spent the last 3 days at Boskone, which I completely love. I took the two older kids with me and left the two younger ones at home. My niece brought her two kids and boyfriend/fiance/whatever-the-kids-are-calling-it-these-days and watched my youngest two.

I love my niece very much, but she's not much of a cook. I spent 2 days cooking and baking so she'd have plenty of food to assemble and/or reheat so it wouldn't be too difficult to feed everyone. I also baked bread and breakfast foods to take with us. All in all, I baked 13 loaves of bread and 6 dozen muffins. You may think that's a lot, but for 10 people over 3 days it's not so much because 6 of them are ravenous kids going through growth spurts.

Anyway, now I'm back and full of fabulous ideas for finishing my novel, and starting the next one.

And, lest you think I was slacking on the knitting front, I present to you the Boskone Sock:

This pattern is Los Monos Locos (Ravelry link) and it knits up quite quickly. I am very happy the pattern is not lost in the variegations of the yarn.

And speaking of the yarn, I bought it from one of the Guests of Honor, Astrid Bear. She has a shop, Damselfly Yarns. This is the Boskone colorway and I'm not sure if she has any left, but it is the Sturdy Sheep blend - 75% superwash Merino and 25% nylon.

I am planning on wearing these socks a lot this Spring, since they are such nice spring-y colors. The yarn feels warm and soft on my toes, which I'll need because Spring isn't always a warm time of year here.


APA said...

A novel? Now you've most certainly gotten even more of my interest! Is this and the next sci fi? Boskone looks like a fun outing for you and your older children...creativity at it's best and most excellent exposure!

The socks are beautiful and bright. I's so much nicer making your own sewing, knitting things to allow for self-expression!

Lisa said...

Right now this novel is a light urban fantasy, but I'll be taking serious steps to make it darker just as soon as I figure out how the guy who done it did it.

APA said...

Awesome! Enjoy the experience. It will be so worth it! I'm an avid reader myself, but only a little as far as sci fi (and that...Octavia E. Butler)/fantasy and have done some writing, taken lots of online classes for pleasure and learning. It's a good group of people, people hungry to write, much like those creatives who sew and knit!