Oh, so many questions. Yes, when Mr. Lucky and I headed west to Colorado ten days ago I had added Elfriede's Fine Fabrics Elfriede's to our travel itinerary, particularly once Grace at badmomgoodmom blog
enabled me offered to meet up in person. I'm honored that someone so skilled and learned would even read my blog much less offer to help me select fabric from this wonderful emporium.
So that was settled, we were heading out to Colorado to reacquaint ourselves with Mr. Lucky's family, take some local walks in town, meet up for more adventurous hikes with Maryland friends in the spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park and yes, add to my fabric resource center.
|Grace, Elfriede, Jane|
The next piece was my first choice and if I were limited would have been my only purchase. It is a rayon knit in my mid to fair colors, with that touch of black, and I think the abstract print looks like mountains so it will be a great souvenir garment in the future.
The two fabrics on the left were remnants I just could not resist, a yard and quarter of the soft wool and less than two of another rayon knit.
I'm thinking shawl collared vest from the wool
and a very versatile knit top that would be a wonderful travel garment to coordinate with many others.
That concludes the sewing portion of our action packed seven day trip. Mr. Lucky and I did two 10k walks through the University of Denver campus and neighborhoods and then thru the small town of Arvada which is becoming a bit trendier as the downtown is updated and the light rail is moving out there. We find these great walks through the website for the local Volksmarch club.
Volksmarches are mapped out by clubs all over the world and are a wonderful way to actively explore a town or natural area. You look up the public "start point," a hotel or eating establishment or in this case, a local gym. The Volksmarch Club leaves a registration box and you can pick up a map. No schedule or racing but it does mean you are parked in a safe area and will be on a circular walk that gets you back to the start point. If you really get into it, you can do the record keeping and earn pins and awards for mileage and quantity of walks you take. We stopped that process years ago (reocrdkeeping of any kind is not our forte) and just enjoy knowing that we will always be an interesting place and be able to find our way back. In the US, it's ava.org or internationally ivv-web.org
After the lovely fabric and blogging friend diversion in Boulder, Mr. Lucky and I headed to Estes Park to meet up with Maryland friends just completing 5 1/2 weeks on an RV trip seeing ten western national parks. What a true delight to catch up with them in a gorgeous place and hear about their adventures on the trip of a lifetime. The weather turned cold overnight and there was snow up on the mountaintops the next morning. At their advice (perfect advice, it turned out) we got an early start into the park and onto a trail for our first hike of the day, up Deer Mountain, about a 1000 foot ascent with each view becoming more beautiful. Wow is such a small word for such majestic sights.
|Aspen trees just starting to peak in the fall|
|Summit of Deer Mountain video|
Wildlife...elk rutting time...
|The bicyclist did wisely move behind a car as the bull elk was bellowing for the rest of his harem.|
|Still fun and crazy after all these years|
Now it's time for me to get into my own sewing room and finish a dress I will be wearing this weekend for a family gathering. Here's hoping you are enjoying adventures in or out of your sewing space.