Monday, June 12, 2006

I'm back baby!!!

Ah! Home sweet home! San Antonio was nice, but it's not much fun being a tourist on your own and it's hard to do touristy things when it hotter than hell outside 24 hours a day.

The interviews went well. I had a total of four of them when all was said and done. I had two lined up when I went down on Tuesday and set up two more while I was down there. Good lord, I am interviewed out!!!

Housing scouting was well--meh. Most of the houses I liked had already been rented out so I just checked out a couple of mediocre townhomes. Nothing to write home about. I really want a backyard for Chunky to be able to frolick around in.

So here's the touristy shit--

Me in front of the Alamo:

self portrait

The Riverwalk:


That's about all the touristy stuff I did there. I checked out the library (downtown). Sadly they've got about just as many knitting books as Lansing has. But for an hour in the lovely library A/C I read a great book about the Swedish Bohus Stickning knitwear cottage industry.

Between interviews I of course had to hit:

yarn barn

The Yarn Barn!

Check out my haul:


Ok, yes, not THAT much, but I didn't have much room to bring stuff back with me. I scored a really purpley skein (100gs) of Sockotta, a hank of Berroco Cotton Twist--that they balled for me at the store (!!!), and Fiber Trends seashore shawl pattern (it came in the page protector like that--how cool!)

I love the color of the Cotton Twist:

cotton twist

I think this may become a Dream Swatch in the future.

On Saturday after I checked out of my hotel, I had a few hours to kill. I found an open air mall near the airport. They had a Half Price Books there. What a cool store! I bought an old copy of a book called The Book of Knitting and Crochet. I don't have any stitch dictionaries, and while it may be no Walker, look what I found inside the book:

book score

That's an old 80's-ish looking skein wrapper, half of a letter from what I'm assuming was the woman who owned the book's daughter talking about potty-training her son and giving her and her husband's sweater measurements, a picture of three old people at a Halloween party, a photocopy of a dishcloth pattern, and then the coolest thing: a vintage Reynolds mohair sweater pattern. It appears to have come from a knitting kit, but honestly it's not a really ugly sweater. Well aside from being yellow and made of mohair. Ha ha! The book and everything the person who owned it before me left in there cost me a mere $5.98. Score!

The moral of that story--before you donate a book, check it for stuff you've stuck in there! This isn't the first time I've found stuff in used books. The most notable I think was a copy of In Cold Blood I bought that came complete with a snapshot of a guy firing a pistol on a beach somewhere. Given the subject matter of the book, I was a little creeped out by that picture.

Overall it was a good trip. I've got a better feel for the city and by the last day I was more comfortable driving around without worry of getting too lost. But it's good to be home with The Mad Scientist and Chunky again!


Blogger Cheesy Knit Wit said...

Glad you are back, and that the interviewing went well for you!

11:56 AM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

I'm glad you had a good time! Isn't Yarn Barn a trip? It's like the ONLY place to buy yarn in the whole huge city.

Half Price Books is the greatest place evah. I wish we had one here! We cleaned up on Thomas the Tank Engine books when we were there.

1:07 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Oh that Sockotta is beautiful! I haven't seen that colorway! And the cotton twist is yummy too. I love that stuff.

So what are you making the shawl out of?

1:55 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Had a good trip to Michigan, and thought of all the MI knitties that I interact with online!

I bought only sock yarn on my trip too....hmmm.

Good luck finding a house. That can be the hardest part of moving!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Welcome home, I personally love the yellow sweater!

10:00 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Welcome back! Glad the interviews went well. Fingers crossed it leads to a job offer!

2:40 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

I hope something comes of the interviews.

You look just about ready to wilt in that heat.

I stick stuff in books all the time and forget about it and think it's hilarious what you found in it.

2:53 AM  

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