The reason I had to leave GGFI early was to fly back to Seattle (twice in one month!) in order to go out to Eastern Washington to celebrate my step-father's step-monther's 85th birthday. We spent a long weekend at the Sleeping Lady resort. They have their own organic garden and use what they harvest in their kitchen. The picture at left is standing in the garden looking back at the Cascade mountains. It's amazing how much drier it is even though it is only about two hours outside of Seattle. I guess the mountain range keeps the clouds from heading East.
The resort is right outside the town of Leavenworth. Called, "Your Bavarian getaway" on the website it reminded me more of Disneyland than a German village. It does have a yarn shop however! Wooly Bully yarns is a small store but they do have quite a selection of yarns and patterns.
I'm knitting the 'Russian Lace Scarf to Knit' from the May/June 08 Piecework magazine in the Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply yarn that is called for in the pattern for the birthday girl. I started it too late to be able to finish it on time but I've got about 1/3 finished. This is a fairly straight forward lace pattern but it's taken me a while to get into a rhythm. The yarn is super soft and easy to work with. Now that the Tactile website is up I have to focus on getting this done.
Overall the trip to Eastern Washington was lovely. I got to meet some of my step-father's family members who I've never met before, which is always nice and the location was lovely. Thank you Barbara and Happy Birthday again!