Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Western Massachusetts

was simply beautiful this past weekend.

We went up to visit two of our girls at Smith, and stayed at the historic Charlemont Inn about 45 minutes away. It made for some beautiful backroad drives to and fro.

We also discovered the Good Time Stove Company, with wonderful old woodstoves and cook stoves. It was showroom, museum and sculpture garden - a wonderful place to visit.

We heat our hundred year old home with a Vermont Castings Vigilant and our kitchen range is an old Magic Chef, so we were right at home. Our range looks a little like this one, only not so clean:

We took a lot of photos in the sculpture garden. There were several fire pits, including one in the belly of a stone and iron dragon, designed so the smoke would come out the dragon's mouth. It was awesome.
Knitting content! I downloaded the Maine Morning Mitts pattern from Knitters Review before I left town, grabbed two balls of Kureyon and whipped up two pairs over the weekend, one for Miss Ruby and one for Miss Lily. (Hannah is waiting for some Tiger mitts for her bday in December...)
When I first saw that Clara Parks was writing a book about knitting yarn, I didn't think that it would be a book I needed to own. But I was first in line to borrow it when our local library got a copy and I have to say that I was wrong. The Knitter's Book of Yarn is a beautiful book with some lovely patterns and it is the best resource book about yarn that there is. Bravo, Clara! Well done!

And a parting autumn shot:

1 comment:

Bonnie said...

What is the name of the book by Clara Parks?