Just to prove I still have the ability to sew, here's my latest top. This is from the Whackie Girl pattern that I first saw on Nancy's site. It's made with a set of Indigo (by Timeless Treasures) FQs that I absolutely had to have as soon as they came out. I think it's the only time I've bought a whole set of one line of fabric...
It's hard to see, but the outer border is tiny white dots. I have a quilting plan for this, so it might actually get finished relatively soon!
In between all this not-sewing, I've done some traveling. First was a weekend up in Astoria, Oregon -- it's west of Portland almost to the end of the Columbia River. A very cute little downtown with a couple of "eh" quiltshops and a very nice maritime museum. It's also the home of the Happy Zombie, who gave me some great suggestions of places to eat in town.
This "fixer-upper" was across from the B&B we stayed at:
There's a long story behind it, having to do with a once-wealthy and prominent family that became notoriously dysfunctional over time. I'm paraphrasing... you can read about them here.
It was Oregon-gray when we were there. The waterfront used to be lined with fish-processing plants, but they're pretty much gone. The gulls are still hanging out, though, and I liked the lines here
In the back of all this is a long and very high bridge connecting Oregon and Washington. Have I mentioned that I have a well-developed bridge phobia? I got nervous just looking at this one -- there is a big curving ramp to get up to the start of it and I think it was something out of a nightmare! (of course I live in the Bay Area, which has 8 or 9 bridges within a short distance of my house. Some of them don't bother me, and others I avoid...)
Notice the color of the sky in this next photo? That's because we're not in Oregon any more! We spent a few days in Madison, Wisconsin to visit in-laws and the weather was absolutely beautiful -- every time I go there in the fall I want to move there.
Then someone reminds me about the -25 degree winter mornings and the inches of ice that you have to blast off your windshield... Anyway, this was an interesting church in Mt. Horeb, about 20 miles or so to the west of Madison. We found a little yarn shop where one of the owners produces yarn from her own sheep, and excellent tomato soup at the Sommer Garden Cafe.
No pictures from Mad-City itself, but here's the family out for a walk at Indian Lake on Saturday afternoon -- from front to back it's DH Al, his brother Glenn, sister Kathi, his dad, BIL Daniel and SIL Maria Rosa.
This little cutie is Kathi and Daniel's son Gabriel -- who was running circles around everyone and trying to avoid my camera. He's about 3-1/2 now and wicked smart!A little taste of fall for you...
And perhaps the best part of the trip was this sign in the Milwaukee airport, just past the security checkpoint:
There's been quite a bit written about this, as I found when I googled to see if it was really a word (apparently it is!) -- it's even made it into the Huffington Post.
I'll be back soon with more knitting, and maybe a couple of couple of UFOs will get put to bed...