Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tying Up Loose Ends

Okay, for some reason last time, I wasn't able to publish all my trip photos, who here are a couple more from the trip. First, a photo of us in front of the famous Harrah's Casino on the strip. The only thing that makes Vegas affordable for us is that we don't gamble or drink - so it ends up being a pretty fun, inexpensive vacation.

And then, I visited the yarn Shop in Vegas and got this specially dyed Harrah's colorway:

Now speaking of loose ends, here is the shawl I finished for my Mom:

And here are the socks I finished just in time for the upcoming Fall - these are for Emily and they aren't supposed to match. They are "Patchwork" socks made up of several leftover sock yarns.

And my gray roots are showing even more this week - or is it my imagination? Surely hair can't grow that fast.

I've been playing "catch up" all week - trying to unpack and get back up to speed on work and home projects.

Haven't had a chance to do any crafting this week, but have been in a frenzied organizational mode - moving my summer clothes to the spare closet and bringing over my fall wardrobe into the main closet. Also sorted through a lot of old clothes this weekend and will be bringing a big donation bag to the charity shop. Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vegas Was A Blast - Return to Reality

We just returned from a vacation in Las Vegas. Lots of fun. I'm a rather strange Vegas visitor in that I don't drink or gamble. So what is there to do? Lots.

We stayed at Golden Nugget because they have some really good rates, and we rented a car, so we wouldn't be stuck downtown but would be able to go wherever we wanted to explore the city. The nightlife there on Freemont street is pretty crazy, but it's a good chance to people watch, and hearing that wonderful saxophone player, Carl Ferris, is always a treat.Carl Ferris,

Renting a car is a good idea if you're staying downtown, because that way, we were able to get around to the strip plus drive all over the city, including into exploring into some of the mountains and foothills.

We saw several shows. My favorite was MJ Live. The guy who impersonates Michael Jackson and does a whole concert in that personna was eerily like the "real thing." He doesn't lip sync, but sings and dances. I loved that show!

I also really enjoyed The Mob Attraction. It's not just a fantastic interactive museum, but has holographs that come out and talk to you, mobsters who interact with you, and it's just a blast. You are a participant, not just an observer. You can stay there and linger as long as you like, and we were there three hours. Loved it!

A visit to Las Vegas wouldn't be complete without a stop in at the local knit shops, and my favorite by far was Sin City Knits. Debbie, the owner, was originally from Kansas City - small world, eh? She recently opened this shop and it was great. Had all the best yarn, PLUS she has roving and dyed yarn in the colors of the city. So tourists like myself can pick up Harrah's roving, or Welcome to Las Vegas sock yarn! There are even dice stich markers and here's the project bag I couldn't resist. Great shop. I'll definitely pop back in there the next time I'm in Vegas.