I have returned from Halifax, NS. It was a business trip, but I have brought back a nice assortment of knitterly things.
About the trip itself... I had a great time. First, I discovered that the hotel where I was staying connected to the building where my company has its offices. 5 minutes, room door to office. Awesome. Then, I found these great cheese biscuits. If you're ever in the area, go to The Red Pepper. They also have this spinach salad that's to die for. I got to eat my cheese biscuit while sitting in my office, enjoying a view of the harbor, and marveling at the sunshine in Nova Scotia in February.
Then, my manager took me to a yarn store during a lunch break. The Loop Cafe was also walking distance from the hotel, which can be a bit troublesome when you consider what came home with me.
Some patterns I'd always wanted but never got around to ordering...
...Legacy Lane yarn, which is local, a soy and merino mix, and incredibly soft. I bought it to make the smoke ring in the picture above. It's so soft, I want it near my face!
Then, there is the Lucy Neatby sock yarn. Not exactly a local rarety, but look at that green. Slight variegation, bottle green, perfect for spring socks, possibly with a leaf motif.
And then, I saw these spindles. It's made by a local woman who collects old broomsticks and uses them to make spindles. It spins and spins and the weight is beautiful, evenly distributed, just right... no, I couldn't resist.
That's it for my Halifax purchases. I came home Thursday night and collapsed onto the bed almost immediately.
Today, Mr. Batty and I went to an Anglican prayer bead workshop at the church we've been going to for the past 3 years or so. First we made our own rosaries, then we tried them out. I'm not sure yet if this is going to be a big part of my spiritual life or not and I'll spare you the theology, but here is the end product of the 'crafty' part of the session.
Not surprisingly, they are distinctly gothic-looking. The red beads are actually a dark burgundy.