An Unexpected Visitor

File this one under fringe benefits of Rocking Sock Club or “knitting makes good friends”.

 We’ve been internet friends about 4 years and met in person a year ago at Sock Camp.  But about two weeks ago, I was talking to my friend Tapmouse, who lives clear across the country in San Fransisco, when she indicated whe might be coming East to visit family.  Then I heard nothing for about four days.  A quick text and lo and behold, she was entering Massachusetts after a quick drive across the country!

We managed two awesome visits during her stay and created friendships between her Lil Emperor and my 4 kids.  The first visit took place at Kimball Farm, where (after we played show and tell with the knitting we’d brought along) we rode bumper boats…

played mini golf…

and ate ridiculously large and delicious ice creams!

We finished up at my All Star baseball player’s game and dined on pizza.  We played with fiber and I showed her my stash.  Our men each delared that they housed the largest yarn collections and were confident that we never needed any more yarn!!  Being deep in the Tour de Fleece, we gifted each other with a little fibery presents!

Here’s mine, 2 ounces of 100% Targhee, which I’d never spun before, dyed by A Verb for Keeping Warm in the granite colorway.

I had spinning plans but just couldn’t wait to spin this one up!

It’s about 160 yards of light worsted yarn and has a wonderful future as probably a hat for my boy.

We managed one last visit over boxes of whoopie pies and pasteries…

where she gifted me this cool necklace she got during her travels from darkflowerbeads.   Tapmouse smartly packed light on knitting, sensing souvenier yarn in her future, but came without any spinning supplies.  It only took me a few days to remember to send her to nearby Journey Wheels, the home of Bosworth spindles.  So she did some shopping for me too!  It’s a mini Purpleheart, 22 gm/.77 oz.

 We had a wonderful morning chatting and spinning (what a spindle spinner she is!) on my deck over coffee…

…before we said “so long, see you at Sock Camp”. 

Last I heard, Lil Emp was on his way to see the Statue of Liberty and Leslie was half way to a pair of socks with some souvenier yarn!

It was a great visit!  Hey, Leslie…drop in anytime!!

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