Yes - here we are at the end of June - last day of the month and the year is half over.
I'm sure many of my blog friends are getting tons of stitching, knitting/sewing and hooking done during these difficult times. I started Camp Loopy an annual event for me at the beginning of June so most of my free time has been spent knitting on that project which I will show you later.
I wonder how many of my friends are all bogged down mentally and physically exhausted dealing with this virus?? I know I am sure tired of it along with everyone else. Down here in NE FL - we're open - ooops - we're not open - can't help but feel so sorry for these restaurant owners and employees who are barely scrapping by and then these rioters come and burn them out or tear up their establishments. It's so sad to see this destruction of our national monuments and yes even the civil war monuments. It's given the haters a license to destroy which is not a good thing. Erasing our past is a very dangerous, erasing any part of history is dangerous. Desecrating graves and monuments in cemeteries is just the worst. I'm very opposed for many reasons which I will not bore my readers with.
I want my blog to be a place to see happy things so I'll move on from the dreaded virus discussion but just know that I am praying for all my friends and everyone around the world to be safe from the virus.
The highlight of this month has definitely been my day trip to Thomasville Ga with my friend Jen to visit the Fuzzy Goat. What an awesome shop in the historic downtown area. For many years I visited Thomasville regularly and spent lots of time as the owners of the company I work for owned a car dealership there. So I knew my way around even though a lot has changed in 10 years + since I've been there.
Here's the inviting colorful storefront ! Let's go in
Farmers Daughter yarn, Addi needles and a few accessories. When I visit out of area yarn shops - I usually prefer to purchase yarns that are new to me or in this case I've seen on Cadence's wonderful Facebook live posts. If you want to visit a quaint place with lots of appeal - put Thomasville on your list. Also the home to the world class creamery Sweet Grass Dairyhttps://sweetgrassdairy.com/ - over a decade ago when I was visiting Thomasville they were just starting out. if you are a cheese lover - please read over their accolades and hear of their world class cheeses and of their awards in the industry. They have a cheese shop/café a few blocks over from Fuzzy Goat and of course that was on my list to visit and yes we brought a cooler and yes we came home with a few awesome cheese selections. Again - sorry I didn't get any photos of Sweet Grass Café or the wonderful coffee shop Grassroots across the street.
The Loopy Ewe. This is my 10th year. Some years I have been successful in completing all 3 of the monthly challenges. Not sure how this year will go. I seem to have trouble focusing and since we are cooking more at home I seem to be spending more time on shopping, cooking and cleaning up even though my DH does help me tremendously. Maybe we are just getting older and less productive or less energetic. Anyway - I did meet the June challenge and finished a few days ahead of the schedule. For any knitters out there - this is Budis a biased scarf pattern. I always try hard to use new-to-me yarn when choosing yarn for camp. This is Magpie Fibers DK and it is a merino/cashmere blend - truly glorious yarn I would use again. I am very pleased with the result although my DH sure has his eye on it. I could see it being a manly accessory. We might have to have joint custody!
Fly Forward. by Veera. It was hard not to get red as the model is sooooo striking and red is a good winter color. So if I am up at midnight tonight - I will cast on for the July challenge. Wish me luck on knitting 690 yards in a month. Last month I did 500 yards.
I hope this email finds you well and happy and I would love to know how you are spending your summer free time. Hugs and be well !
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