A few days ago I returned home from a solo trip to Madison, Wisconsin. I went to my first ever Writers Conference, and I can not rave enough about how fabulous it was. Everyone was so nice and willing to share their knowledge. Of course, it was very cool that the capitol building was smack dab in the middle of my daily walks.
I intended to stay with my former baby sitter who is all grown up now and working her first post-college job, but when she learned that the conference was right downtown, she suggested I stay at her sister’s condo, which is a ten-minute walk to the conference (cutting directly through the capitol grounds). Her sister is snowbirding in San Diego for the winter, never mind that she’s not yet 30. Said sister graciously offered her guest bedroom, so I not only had a view of the capitol, I had the place to myself, free parking, and an altogether lovely walk. Oh, and I should add that Madison, though it be only four hours away from me, has no snow, so it was a glorious blast of spring for me.
I brought along a basket of four small knitting projects to do “in my downtime” while listening to speakers and relaxing in the evenings. I was so caught up in the energy of the conference that I only knitted about an inch of a sock during the whole four days I was there. I did, however, take the lovely CaityRosey’s advice and seek out The Sow’s Ear in nearby Verona.
A coffee shop/yarn shop = love. I’m a tiny bit embarrassed to say it’s the first combo shop as such that I’ve stepped into. I’ve seen them all over the internet, but hadn’t been to one, so it was all good. I knew I’d buy something, but it wasn’t until a very friendly clerk asked if I needed anything that I just blurted out that I needed yarn for the Color Affection shawl. It’s been a project I’ve been wanting to knit, but the cast on date had been elusive. I am guessing I won’t cast on until June when I’m planning a road trip to Washington DC, but now I have my yarn!
The last word? It’s simple…I will definitely be going back next year for both the conference and the yarn shop.