However, I noticed as I walked that the clouds were getting darker in the distance. By this point I was closer to the yarn store than I was to the hotel. By the time I made it to the yarn store and took a quick tour around, it was getting really cloudy, and clouds in Calgary are much bigger and darker than here in Toronto! When I asked the young girl at the shop if there were any cabs around, she told me they really didn't get out this way very often. I made a quick decision to head back to the hotel. I started off jogging, but then ended up in a full run as I could hear thunder and then see lightning. Now, I have to admit I ran by people that didn't look concerned at all so I probably looked like a crazy woman. There was really nowhere I could take cover as the street only had apartment buildings, a park and a parking lot. Then when I looked up in the distance I saw a funnel cloud. Yes, that's right. A real funnel cloud. I ran faster! Thankfully, the tornado never hit the city and I got back to the hotel before the rain hit. Now, to prove to everyone that I was not hallucinating here is a picture I took of the news in the hotel bar. This is exactly what I had seen in the distance. My husband bought me a drink (or two!) and we had a good laugh about my adventure.
It's been one of those weeks. I really wanted to finish my Lake Effect cardigan as part of the Very Shannon Summer Sweater KAL (knit-a-long) I am taking part in. I have until September 9th to complete it. But instead of finishing up that last lace sleeve, I started knitting my Mailin in the gorgeous Plucky Knitter Scholar in the Twill colourway. Knitting a cardigan with worsted weight is so much faster than fingering weight. It is the kind of relaxing pattern that will be perfect as I head into September, which is a very busy time for me at work. I guess I really needed a break from lace knitting. Hopefully by next weekend I will have finished my Lake Effect and have a F.O. to show you.
|Plucky Knitter: Scholar|
After I finish Lake Effect I will cast on a Brooklyn Tweed pattern called Slade, by Michele Wang, for my very patient son who has been waiting for me to knit him a cardigan for a long time. When I chose this pattern I knew exactly the yarn I wanted and when I was out in Vancouver I visited one of my favourite B.C. yarn stores called Urban Yarns to buy it. They carry a yarn by Harrisville Design (the same company that produces Brooklyn Tweed's yarn) called Watershed, a 100% wool worsted weight yarn. This yarn is described as a softspun, minimally processed heathered woolen yarn. The shade I chose is called Granite, a medium gray flecked with an interesting combination of colours. Have a look:
|Harrisville Designs: Watershed|
And lastly, look at this interesting skein of yarn that I could not resist buying recently from the Madelinetosh store. It is called Electric Rainbow in DK Twist. I am thinking of some mittens or a hat for one of my nieces.
|Electric Rainbow: Madelinetosh DK Twist|
I hope you all have some exciting knitting projects set up for September. Fall knitting here we come!