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23. February 2010 07:30
by Jobo

Vacation... or should I say STAYcation?

23. February 2010 07:30 by Jobo | 12 Comments

I had some vacation time stashed away... waiting for an excuse to take a break... so I decided to take 2 weeks of it!  I'm one of those people who often saves the vacation time, thinking that I will use it to do something exciting or travel somewhere.  The last few years, what with the wedding, Hubby being in University while working full time, and the long commutes to work, there just hasn't been much of an opportunity to get away for very long.  We used to travel down south to the Caribbean once a year, but bummer, not able to do that this year. 


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So instead of lounging on a beach in the Dominican Republic or sipping Cuba Libres down in Havana... I'm having a "Stay-Cation"  Basically, I am going to play housewifey...  do a few things around the house, cook supper, pretend to be a tourist in my hometown, knit a little whole lot, and play with my spinning wheel and perhaps dye some fiber!

Someday when we are more mobile again, and not as financially or time constrained... I want to travel again.  On my list of places I MUST see at some point before I croak - Ireland and Scotland.  Being a fiddle player, and lover of all things Celtic, I have always wanted to see these countries and wander into some traditional pubs, sit in the corner and drink the music and atmosphere in.  Also high on my list - Australia and New Zealand.  My best friend was living in Australia for a while, so I thought for sure I would get to go and visit her there, but alas she is moving back to Canada this spring.  It will be really nice to have her be closer to home, but sad that I won't get to see her in Bundaberg.  New Zealand has always held much intrigue for me also, which grew exponentially when the Lord of the Rings Trilogy came around.  Seriously... the country is fantastically beautiful, and apparently covered with Sheep!  (wink, wink)  If you ask me, that's a total win win!

What about you, bloggers?  If you could take off and go on a travel adventure... where would you go?  and more importantly, what project would you pack to keep yourself out of trouble on the way there? 

For me it's usually socks... compact, interesting, useful, amusing.  For me Socks have it all :)

14. December 2009 11:05
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Alpacas of Newfoundland!

14. December 2009 11:05 by Jobo | 0 Comments

We went on a fantastic trip to Newfoundland for a Family Wedding back in October (09) and I got to go and visit an alpaca farm while we were there:  Alpacas of Newfoundland!alpacas of nfld yarn

The farm itself is located right alongside the ocean, on a little peninsula with a fantastic view… we arrived in the off season, so thankfully the owner arrived home at just the right time so we could get a little tour and check out the gift shop too.  The animals were very inquisitive and came right over to check us out as soon as we got out of the truck.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring my camera, so I don’t have any live pictures… but believe me, each one had their own unique personality… I couldn’t get over the big brown expressive eyes :)

I purchased 2 x 50 g balls of their signature 100% Alpaca Yarn (Approximately sport weight) in a natural white color to try and make some mittens with.  This yarn was made in Peru and is super soft.  When knit up it will have a gentle soft halo (I got to see some mittens made from this in the gift shop)

We also managed to try on many Alpaca-made items (hats, mitts) and see lots of other things you can make from Alpaca Fiber:  Pelt rugs (which would be heaven on bare toes!) and alpaca duvets.  All in all, an alpaca-filled day!  (and the store sold Scotsburn ice cream… mmm)

Here is a little buddy that came home with me to remember the visit…  I call Him “Al”


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