While I realize that our weather is pretty mild compared to much of the country, I still found that getting away from this
and into this
to be very nice. This is the view from the trail that we hiked on a little ways up into the mountains. From there you can see down into the lush green valley and across to the surrounding mountains. It was beautiful.
Our trees looked like this not long ago
The trees there look like this:
Fresh grapefruit and lemons every day!
Palm Desert in January was paradise this year. I did not want to come back.
Fortunately, there are things to look forward to. Next Saturday will be a train trip from Seattle to Portland which will include visits to at least three yarn stores. The middle of February will bring Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in Tacoma, which will include taking a lace class from Nancy Bush, meeting my separated-at-birth twin, Cathy-Cate, and more yarn shopping.
I can't believe that it's January 18th and I've yet to complete a 2009 project. I guess the fact that I'm working on 5 or 6 things all at the same time, plus spinning three different fibers, slows me down considerably. All that knitting at the pool last week got me some progress on my Swallowtail shawl, but I'm a slow lace knitter. It also took me a while to decide whether or not to try to enlarge it. I'm going to take a chance and see if I can get it done using beads and one skein of Wollmeise. Others have done it, but some have failed. I put in a life line at the end of the regular number of repeats and I'm going for it. You have to take a chance sometimes, I say.