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Now Norma Navigates?

Listen up, gang, because I have some fun stuff to share! I know you’re all dying to hear about Thursday night at The Sheep Shack with Stephanie (and other and bloggers!) but that’s just going to have to wait because today was such a great day and I’m bursting to tell you guys about it.

So, here I am in Vermont and I spent the afternoon with Norma. I had met Norma back in May at NH Sheep and Wool and I’ve been pestering her for weeks about trying to get together today. She finally conceded agreed to meet up. And we did. At Kaleidoscope Yarns in Essex Junction. Sigh. It was wonderful. They have Koigu. They have Cherry Tree Hill. They have Mountain Colors. They have Lorna’s Laces. (No, Norma didn’t buy the Gold Hill color way but she might have bought a different one. I’m not telling, you’ll have to ask her yourself.) So we shopped and talked about knitting and laughed and talked about blogging and shopped some more. Did I mention they have Koigu?

After we ran out of money finished shopping we headed for lunch. We figured it made sense to let Norma pick the place since she’s familiar with the area and we are visitors. Sure, Norma says, follow me. So we did. We traveled West and East. We turned around in a parking lot. We turned around in another parking lot. We went straight in a right hand only lane. You wanna know the sad part? The whole time we were doing this round-about we could see where we wanted to go– we just couldn’t figure out how to get there! Norma was laughing so hard that I honestly don’t know why she didn’t crash. The woman is a talented knitter and a terrific shopper but as a path finder? Maybe not so good.

Anyway. After lunch we went to Northeast Fiber Arts Center for a little more shopping. Just a little. Because we were out of money all shopped out. We might have bought a book but only because of Margene. I mean, after all, when you see a book in a store and you know your friend knitted some of the socks that are in it, shouldn’t you buy it to be supportive? I’m just asking, is all.

When Norma dropped me back at my hotel (which is lovely and we have a king sized bed!) we took a couple of photos for the blog. Here ya go, people:
That would be my haul. There might be some Koigu. And some books. And some Cascade 220 and Mountain Colors. Maybe even some Cherry Tree Hill. And possibly an Addi Turbo and some chocolate.

That would be Norma’s haul. There might be some Mission Falls 1824 Wool. It’s being discontinued so of course you have to get it while the getting’s good. And maybe a pattern or two for things that Norma really needs. Right now.

That would be me and Norma happily knitting in the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott. Who says knitbloggers are strange?

Oh, and one other thing. Before meeting up with Norma we drove out Route 2 to Grand Isle. There were sheep. I took pictures of the sheep but the pictures are crap so you’re just going to have to trust me on this one. And we visited Norma’s sister’s chocolate shop. Oh boy, was it worth the trip! You need chocolate? They do mail order. Just a little public service announcement for all you chocolate fiends.

And one last thing and then I really will shut up. Right now there are fireworks outside my hotel room window. How nice of them to put this together in honor of my birthday. Vermont is truly a great state. I’m coming back as soon as I can.

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  1. Whoa! Fireworks! I missed the fireworks?! Wait, I have to go back and read again…was that OUTside your hotelroom or INside? Those streetrod guys are really getting to you, then, eh?

    Oy. I totally cracked up when I read your description of the drive to the restaurant. Um. I wish I could deny it, but since every word is true….well…I laughed so hard my husband shouted up, “What’s the matter?!” No fireworks here at Casa La Norma tonight, I guess. ;-D

    Had a great time. Wish every Saturday could be this good.

  2. So glad Norma discovered that you are not, in fact, a stalker.

    Aside from that, I will just say that you clearly got only the necessitites on your shopping trip: yarn, books, and chocolate. What else could you possibly need?

  3. What a fun afternoon! Sounds heavenly. What great yarns both of you chose. Can’t wait to hear the plans for all of that. 🙂

  4. I’m so glad I was able to enable without being along;-) Look at all that shopping! You did well and bought everything that is necessary to good living.
    What a great day and my envy gets deeper. See you two were dangerous together!

  5. Amazingly, Norma really is a very good driver, even when convulsed in laughter. I’ve seen it myself. Sounds like you had tons of fun and shopping galore.

  6. You know, after reading both descriptions of your day out with Norma – yours and hers – one thing is glaringly obvious to me: I should never be allowed in a yarn shop with either of you if my wallet or credit cards are in the same state. Or country. (I am, however, totally jealous of your experience)

  7. Now I know who to take shopping with me! Looks like fun was had on Thursday? Wish I could have been there. Any chance you are going to Rhinebeck?

  8. Nope, doesn’t get much better than knitting with a fellow blogger in a hotel parking lot with the loot spread all around! Woohoo!!

  9. That chocolate is scrumptious. I nearly overdosed on the white choc pretzels, while my boyfriend constantly begs for more of the dk choc peppermint bark. Mountain Colors is one of those yarns I’ve never tried and which I try to keep away from so as not to tempt myself.

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