Or how to keep in touch with your best knitwits when you live 3,000 miles away from them

Thursday, September 29, 2005

fall in seattle

so i was looking out the window at work and these are the colors outside. its kinda of dark, but i feel like i need to make something with these colors. what do you think? maybe a scarf, to wear during the winter? i guess i also have to find some dye or some yarn that matches. oi vey, you do a little day dreaming and it turns into a lot of work.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

this is too funny

you must call 877- SOS-KNIT. it is toll free. i was laughing my ass off.

lisa came over last night and we knitted. she frogged the 1/2 a scarf she knit last year becuase it was way too wide and full of dropped stitches. she's got a decent start on the new scarf that is 26 stiches across instead of 30-some. i started on the sweater yet again. i don't have anything resembling gauge in the new yarn, so i'm just knitting a size larger and praying it will all work out. i'm 12 rows in on the front. it's not much, but it's the furthest i've made it on this pattern so far. of course, earlier tonight it dawned on me that now is not the time to be knitting for myself, i should be figuring what i need to knit for christmas and working on that...

Monday, September 26, 2005

I'm so jealous

So I didn't get to go to the fiber festival with Mims. Here's rundown of what happened.

6:15 p.m. Frantically trying to finish up some projects at work so I can make it home and pack to head to Portland.

6:20 p.m. My brother calls me at work and told me his family and he have been stuck around the airport because their flight had mechanical problems.

6:21 p.m. Thinking how ridiculous it is my brother is calling me now with this information, because I thought he left the state 4 days ago.

6:50 p.m. At home, thumbing through some papers trying to find Mims' phone number.

6:55 p.m. Frantically apologizing to Mims about not being able to go to Portland, on account my brother is in town still. (And he leaves for Iraq in October for a year)

7:10 p.m. My brother calls me and asks if I could bring some laundry detergent with me to the hotel they are staying at cause they have no clean clothes.

7:50 p.m. Lost somewhere near Sea Tac airport trying to find their hotel.

8:15 p.m. Drive into the parking lot of their hotel. Turns out they want to go to Target to get a few more things.

8:50 p.m. Lost, trying to find the Target in Sea Tac.

9:00 p.m. Walk into the Target. My nephew wants juice. My sister-in-law starts looking at the hat and mittens. My brother gets some juice for my nephew.

9:01 p.m. I can't find my brother, my sister-in-law nor my nephew.

9:55 p.m. In line paying for some trains from Thomas the train, some baby clothes and some DVDs.

10:30 p.m. At IHOP eating some potato pancakes, trying to use up all the money for my brother's family's compensation package from the airline.

11:20 p.m. Driving home from Sea Tac, thinking about how I would be at Mims' house at that moment.


8:20 a.m. Get a call from my brother saying there should be a flight today.

10 a.m. Al and I play with my nephew, who by this time can say 'uncle al and auntie' quite well. He shows Al the trains he got at the Target trip the night before.

10:30 a.m. IHOP again. This time I order the clam strips. Apparently, my brother and his family were there earlier, because the waitress recognized them.

11 a.m. Borders, hanging out with my nephew. He's very interested in the books about sharks.

Noon. The airline called and wants them to be in the waiting area by 2 p.m.

1:15. Say goodbye to my brother and his family.

6:30 p.m. My brother calls and says they haven't left and he's waiting for their bags to get off the carosel.

7:15 p.m. Pick up my brother and we go to the hotel that the airline put his family up in.

7:45 p.m. Lost, trying to find the hotel.

8 p.m. Drop my brother off and say goodbye again.

9:30 p.m. At a bar with some friends drinking a gin and tonic.

I guess my brother is in Japan now, since I haven't gotten a call since. What a weekend. I guess I feel better about the 90 bucks I spent at the yarn store right before I was suppose to go to the festival.

Second try

Already wrote one post, then couldn't get it to post. Anyway, here are my recently finished Koigu socks. And here's Amelia living it up in her swing.

Love and Hate "Knit and Tonic"

Okay, I've said that I love the blog and that she's funny but geez - it just ticks me off to hear about someone - with a young child - that goes out on the weekend and purchases a purse pattern and a mini cardigan pattern and FINISHES the purse and gets 3/4ths of the way through the cardigan! I mean, does the woman keep her childin a cage of something? Does she have a full time Nanny? How does she do it?! Of course I've seen the sweater pattern (it's Glampyre's latest) and I don't like it at all. Maybe it's the bulkiness. I've tried twice now to post the picture of it but it's not working as it normally does. Anyway, just had to vent.

Where is everyone and why aren't you blogging?!

Okay, if you're reading then we don't know it because you're not even commenting on any o f the other blog entries. Where are you guys? It's mainly VV and I and sometimes Mims and Kristin just blogged. I know that Julie's been swamped at work but hey - you can get on at home woman! I don't know if Marcy's ever blogged here. I check her N&O blog often. I just love Wimi. I'd love it if she blogged every day. VV - I thought you and Mims were going to the festival together? I've got to get back to Wed. night and shake you girls up a bit! If you've been reading my blog entries I won't have to fill you in too much about what I'm workign on and what I've ordered. Can't remember if I blogged that I got the lace skirt pattern and the cardigan pattern that I just recently ordered from Purl Soho. I'll bring them Wed. night.

As for the weekend - I jumped all over the place with knitting projects. I've got to get something finished but I'll start working on Alex's cardigan and then feel guilty that I'm not finished with Christopher's hoodie so I'll switch back to that. Then I'll get bored with them both and switch to lace. Then I'll just start looking through my knitting magazines. I've spent a lot of time at home though - what with the gas situation and the babysitting being nonexistant - so I"ve managed to get some knitting done.

I'll blog again later. Gotta get back to work!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

the fiber festival...

...was amazing. vv, sorry i didn't call you from it, i forgot to bring my phone. i roped my friend lisa into going with me and we had a grand time. it was 2 buildings at the canby fair grounds with a few more vendors outside. i want a spinning wheel now. but instead i bought a $4 drop spindle and am currently making a mess of what was the loveliest bag of fleece. (it's like the color of my hair, but darker, with little flecks of yellow or green every now and then.) i bought a lot of alpaca yarn. (almost 2000 yards, 2 skeins that are dark brown and light brown plied together and one skien of charcoal.) and i also got 2 skeins of this really thick varigated yarn that is shades of light green-gray. i've never seen anything like it and i couldn't resist. that yard stick i set for my purchases was whether or not i simply could not live without it. much mohair was almost purchased, but i don't really like working with it (it's so damn sticky) so i resisted. there were also sheep and llamas. the llamas were ridiculously cute. i took some pics, but with my film camera becuase i have no idea what happened to the digital camera's charger in the move. the battery was completely dead. that was a bummer. but anyway, there will be pictures at some later date.

knitting-wise, i'm not getting much accomplished, other than frogging. i started the sweater from innerweave magazine tonight in the new brown alpaca and frogged it twice after a couple of rows. earlier this week i frogged the shawl i started on the cross country drive and started a new shawl of my own design. never mind that i've never knitted a shawl before... it's just stockingknit with the first and last 2 stitches in garter seperated from the rest by yarn overs. a few rows in i tried to add another set of yarn overs in the middle, and that wasn't working out, so i frogged a few rows and am now k1fb in the middle. and last weekend i frogged a shawl that i had started from an online pattern. the yarn i was using was way too different from the one the pattern called for and it just wasnt' looking right. the eyelets weren't showing up at all.

the good news is that lisa and i are going to try to start our own little knit-night on tuesdays. she's knit 1/2 a scarf last year when she was layed up after a car accident, and i think that's all she's ever done. so when we get stumped we'll be kinda screwed with no one like y'all to answer our questions, but it'll be fun.

Sweater curse

VV, how is the Al sweater going? The other day, I heard a column on NPR about the sweater curse. You know, how you always break up with a guy before you finish knitting his sweater. Well, this columnist said the curse extends even to married couples. She and her husband ended up getting divorced before she finished his sweater. Since you've already started it, I think you better hurry up and finish it before the curse kicks in. I'm going to use this as my excuse never to knit one for Todd.

Beverly, where have you been? We're all wondering about you. You missed Amelia's first knit nite.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Okay - This is too much!

I'm sorry but this is the most pathetic thing I've seen in a long time. Almost as bad as that other vintage picture I posted, way back, of the little kid in the one-piece hooded number. I mean, I love a little child in a pumpkin suit as much as the next person but this particular get-up is jut too funny! Kristin - please, do not make this for sweet little Amelia Rose.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

You've got to be kidding me?

You've got to check out the "You Knit What?" blog. This particular page is just too good.

i'm sorry, i'm so sorry

that I didn't call last night. Al now has Wednesdays off so we went out to dinner and didn't remember until 9 (midnight).

I'm so sorry.

Beverly, why aren't you going to Asheville? You should go, it should be fun. We had a blast last year.

On the festival front, Mims I emailed you, but I'm planning to get to Portland Friday night, around 10 p.m. if its okay with you. I need your address though. (For security, I would just email it to me) I've scoped out some vendors, and I think I ordered some cashmere once from one of them, so I'm hoping they got some in tow.

So my next project (and nevermind that I haven't finished any of my current ones yet) is to knit my friend Jen a dog sweater for her chihuahua a sweater. I bought some Alpaca from Knit Picks. Once I figure out all the measurements, I'll let you know what it should look like.

Here's the hat pattern that I was telling you about!

I've printed out copies of this in color for you guys but the link is: http://www.thistlecovefarm.com/bebe_pattern.html
Also, I noticed that Thistle Cove Farm will be at the Oct. Southeastern Festival that Julie and Marcy are going to! Anyway, the hat reminded me of Marcy's Kate so I had to forward.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

knitting vs. knitting bags

So I think I now have more knitting bags than actual knitting projects. But you have to check out my new bag.


You can get this extra pocket thingy that attaches to the outside of the bag. If you have circular needles, or double pointed needles, it can be your needle case.

So I went out and bought Ann Budd's sweater pattern book. I'm experimenting with writing a pattern and maybe posting it on the blog. We'll see how it goes. Although in theory, I should be able to post the VV poncho. Now, I'm just talking out loud.

So, in my new yarn bag, I have...

Knitted babes
Sweater pattern book
Debbie Bliss Quick Knits for Babies
Southwest Trading Company's Bamboo yarn for niece sweater
palm pilot
fancy smancy needle case
$1.18 in change

Okay, so VV's ready to "Knit a Babe". Now we all have to!

No, I didn't knit this. Of course I know that first Julie will have to knit the fruit along with her. Julie, did you ever pick out the yarn for the knitted pie? Anyway, I saw this not-quite-ready babe on the knitted babe-along site. It just made me want to rush out and get the book tonight. She's so cute!

Monday, September 19, 2005

The Curse of the Knitting Addiction!

Will it never end?! Do I actually want it to end?! Okay - I have a daycare evening event that I have to go to tonight at Christopher's daycare. They're serving hot dogs and we're re-meeting the teachers, etc. First of all I'm having to give up my once a month book group meeting for this. They didn't bother to let us know about it until Friday evening when we were picking our kids up. Okay - here's where the addictin part comes in. I didn't bring any knitting with me for the sitting-around-and-listening-to-the-director-talk part. What was I thinking when I left the house this morning?! Then I started thinking - heck, I could run past hte yarn store before the event and pick up something things for a "small" project. That would mean I'd have to buy overpriced needles and some yarn and a pattern (or I could find a free pattern on the net). How damn pathetic is that?! I have enough yarn and needles and projects at home to last me for years. Let me say that I'm not going to do this. But I actually did think about it. I just can't bear to sit anywhere and listen to someone talk without having my knitting in my hands.

Okay, I've vented and confessed now. I don't feel better but I do realize that I need to get home and stay up too late, as usual, so that I can knit. And ooh - "Medium" comes on tonight - a new episode! I'm so excited. Love Patricia Arquette and she won an Emmy last night! Okay, I'm off to get some work done and then on to a fun-filled evening of nodding and smiling at other parents. Luckily Julie will be there tonight but if she brings knitting with her I'm going to be really jealous!

Look how cute these are

I really am a sucker. I have a million projects that I should finish, but I still troll the internet in search of more things I must knit. I found these...

Also I bought the Knitted Babes book. So I must find some yarn that looks like me so I too can have an alter knitted ego.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

i've been cheating...

...on my knitting. so back in raleigh i had yarn stashed in several different places in our house. when we moved here my sister, the organizer, helped us unpack. all my yarn in one place now, which makes it slightly more embarassing. especially the crappy yarn. so i decided to get rid of the lion's brand by crocheting a blanket. i just don't like the yarn enough to spend the time knitting it would require. of course, the really annoying thing that i didn't think about until after i had finished the 1st skien is that i don't have enough of this yarn to make the blanket the size i want it. so i'll probably end up buying atleast 2 more skiens of it...

but the good news is that i will be able to buy more yarn at the festival next weekend with vv without guilt, because i feel so proud of myself for using up this yarn i don't really like! vv, have you figured out if you can come down friday night yet?

Friday, September 16, 2005

oh he's foreign, that explains it

So Beverly and I have been reading the knit and tonic and were wondering about her husband (He Who Wears Versace) and I don't know if you read the latest, but I guess it turns out he's foreign. So I guess that explains the Versace.

On other fiber news, there really isn't any fiber news. I've been hanging out with my parents, brother, sister-in-law and nephew. Also I had a migraine yesterday, so I'm feeling pretty wiped today. My bamboo yarn is still at the yarn store, ready to be picked up and I still haven't had the courage to finish the eyelet sweater. Not to mention, I still want the Wimi book and I have to figure out what I'm going to get when I visit Mims for the festival (which I think is in a week. A WEEK!!!!!) I know I shouldn't be complaining, but it sure would be nice when I can just veg on the couch again and knit away at something while watching VH1.

oh well, there could be worse things. I think after my parents leave, I'll get a glass of wine and try to follow the eyelet directions one more time.

Okay, figure I've gotta post something

I mean, it seems pointless to have this blog if we're never gonna blog. So, I admit, I don't have anything great to share and I'm sort of swamped here at work but I'm gonna get in just a bit before I leave today. Computer at home is still dead so I can't blog or read, etc. at home. Needless to say, it's about to kill Alex. We basically need a new computer. This one was old we've just had it since February. This was the first time that Alex has actually had a computer to use so she became pretty obsessed with using it. Now she's going through withdrawal but I think she's past the worst part now. No more sweats and jitters!

Okay, I placed one small order yesterday - for two patterns. Here are the links (hope they work): http://store.purlsoho.com/product_detail.php?type=patterns&id=594 and http://store.purlsoho.com/product_detail.php?type=patterns&id=859

Also, I joined Netflix yesterday. A friend of mine sent me an e-mail to get it free for one month. She's had it for a while now and loves it. It always helps to know someone who has actually used a service. Didn't want to sign up for it if not. YOu remember my Cingular Wireless fiasco! This is great though because you can cancel anytime, on the spot. We're supposed to be getting "Hostage" and "Raising Helen" tomorrow or MOnday. After that we'll get "Man of the House" and "The Heffalump Movie". It's just fun picking out your list.

Anyway, don't know if I'll have Jefferson or a "Jefferson-member-of-the-family to watch Christopher on Sunday but I'm hoping and praying. I need my Sunday at Starbucks and all places inbetween.

So missed seeing you guys Wed. night!


I'm trying again. Here is one of Amelia's latest glamour shots.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Duh, I forgot a friend emailed me a pic from the N&O

Sorry, I haven't gotten alot of sleep, but neither has Kristin and Amelia.

Here's the pic that I received from my friend Joyce. I guess Todd emailed it to the N&O and Joyce forwarded it on to me.

So this is what I've been doing instead of knitting

So it isn't a big ball of yarn, but this is the massive project I've been working on. It finally made it in the paper after many hours of frustration. There were things that printed wrong, but I don't know what to do about it, so c'est la vie.

Kristin, you can email the photo to me and I can post it if you want. I would love to see baby Amelia.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

On the "what's new out there in blog land" front:

Knit and Tonic's newest pattern is gorgeous! http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/. You've got to check it out. Also, if you haven't seen it already you have to check out Saunshine's free racer back T pattern and her really genius stitch markers that she's got for sale. http://saunshine.blogspot.com/

Where Have All the Knitters Gone?

...long time passing? Okay, so it's actually "where have all the flowers gone?" and it's before most of you were probably still in kindergarten when that song was playing. Anyway! I can't say that I have anything exciting to say about knitting or anything else but that's not the point gosh darnit! We're supposed to be keeping in touch with this thing. I have been squeezing in knitting every minute I get. Problem with that is that my body actually expects me to get some sleep! I may have found the answer to my staying awake problem though. And it tastes good too! A friend of mine, who is a bonafide coffee addict handed me, last night, a half a bar of "Scharfeen Berger" Dark Chocolate Mocha Bar. It's "freshly roasted coffee in 62% chocolate". I'm telling you - this stuff has some kick. Actually you taste more coffee than you do chocolate but it's so good. The way my friend passed it too me - sort of "under the table" you'd have thought that she was passing me illegal contraband. It's really good though!

Okay, I've now picked up the stitches twice on the edge of the Sursa shawl and I've now taken it out twice! The first time it actually went beautifully until I decided that using double strands of the Misti Alpaca worsted was just a big too thick. So, I took it out and started back with the single strand. I just didn't do a very good job of picking up in that case. It looked horrible! Now I've got to try for a third time. I just don't see how anyone every wants to anything with stitches that have to be picked up. Let me just say that it was a horrible experience!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Yes, we're home

We've now been home almost a week. I can hardly believe it. Amelia seems to be getting fussier as the days go by. She's good at night, which I'm thankful for. I'm getting a good amount of sleep. But during the day, she seems always ready to cry unless she's curled up on someone's chest. Todd's going out to buy a Bjorn today. She also gives me trouble with eating during the day. Keeps acting like she's starving, but she pulls away and cries rather than eating. Regardless, she seems to be getting plenty because she's gaining weight at an incredible rate. Monday will be my first day alone. My mom is leaving today, and Todd's going back to work next week. Wish me luck, and please come visit.

Friday, September 09, 2005

i'm such a slacker

I'M SO SORRY, I've been just way too busy. My mom and dad came to town, but they had major problems with their flight. I'll spare all the details, but if you can avoid flying CONTINENTAL, please do.

We got a new bedroom set in time for my parents Seattle arrival, however I think it is trying to kill us. The bed is comfortable, but I and Al have both hit the corner of the bed pretty hard. Also, when we were putting the thing together, normally stuff from Ikea goes together pretty well and our bed was doing fine, until we had to put in the support for it together. Oh well, we have a bed and my parents don't have to sleep on the floor.

I think my yarn came in so that I can finish the Bamboo baby sweater, so I'll have no more excuses not to finish it.

The weather is getting consistently gray. Now it's time for you guys to brag about how nice the weather is and for me to complain. Payback is a bitch.

Okay, I'm an Idiot!

Should I have noticed that the Carnival pattern was crochet? Damnit! Now I have to go and learn to crochet.

Oh my gosh! I'm in love with yet another shawl!

I know - it's getting ridiculous. But, you just have to see this. It's called "Carnival" and it's in the new Rowan Classic Holiday Spring Summer 2005 pattern book. It calls for 12 skeins of Cashsoft DK Tape. I actually didn't know that Cashsoft came in a "tape" form. I'm serious, it just took my breath away.

On top of this, I just swung by Great Yarns yesterday (and I do mean swung by - it was 5:50) and ran in for the last few minutes. They have in Classic Elite Miracle! It's the yarn that I purchased when I was in Charlotte last year and used for a shawl. It's silk and something else but it's the most wonderful yarn. To make it doubly enticing for me they had two of the most gorgeous colors - a sort of denim blue and this exquisite sort of pumpkin coppery color. 109 yds at $7.95. I want it so badly but I just can't buy any more yarn without a very specific pattern in mind. Think, think, think!

Okay, it's someone else's turn out there. I've got to get back to work. Just took a little break to write to you all.

Kristin! Pictures!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy)

Okay, I wish I could claim this as my own creation but I read this at the Knitting Wench blog site. I couldn't contain my excitement in actually seeing what I'd known all along in print. Julie, this is you and me kid!

more from portland...

so here is bear cuddling with wimi. he was unbelievable well-behaved with her. he let me pose them together for a good two minutes before he decided to retreat to a corner of the back yard to get away from the camera's flash.

the house is coming along. the breakfast nook, dining room and one of the guest rooms have been painted. perhaps pictures of them will come later. our painting jobs are never the neatest, but i'm really happy with all the colors.
the bus is really the only time i'm knitting, there's just too much to be done in a new house in a new city. i've been to the local yarn store once, and all i bought were 2 sets of circular needles (size 2) becuase the double pointed ones were driving me insane on the socks. one of the cool things there was that they give you a punch card and after you spend 250 bucks you get a 25 dollar gift certificate. joe said 250 was a lot to spend, but i know i'll spend that much eventually, so i think it's pretty darn nice of them. and if you sign up for their mailing list you get a coupon for 10 or 20% off (i can't remember which) a purchase for your birthday.
i discovered a couple nights ago that i lost the pattern for the shawl i started on the cross country drive. i'm not too upset, becuase i think the needles i was using were too big anyway and i was not happy with how it was looking after 2 (small) ball of yarn were done.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Too little knitting

I haven't been knitting much, unfortunately, because of something called a full-time job. Today I wasted time that I could have been knitting by advising an idiot student about a project she was working on. I will tell you all about it at KnitNight.

i'm back!

vv has helped me sort out my computer weirdness and i'm back!
portland is fabulous so far. i've been knitting on the bus everyday, but it's kinda bumpy and i've discovered ssks are very hard for me on the bus. but i've been working away on socks. and here's the pictures from last month of wimi helping joe plan our cross country drive that i know you've all been anxiously awaiting.

i've been on the phone with vv for hours tonight catching up and it's time to go to bed, but i'll write more soon, hope you are all well and i miss you!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Okay, per usual, where is everyone?

I thought for sure that since our computer at home is kaput that I'd be missing a bunch of blog entries. Arati you brave soul! I'm so impressed that you lengthened the sleeves. I would have just said "pull, pull"! I sat on my fanny most of the weekend too scared to use gas and waiting for Jefferson to grace me with a phone call to tell me that he was sending daycare money. The phone call has yet to be made. I did, however, finish all but the edging/border on the Sursa shawl. It's the most unique pattern - at least my my opinion. I just need some assistance (pep talk?) getting started on the ruffled edging. It's not so much the picking up of stitches but suggests that you skip the yarn overs and I can't, for the life of me, tell where the yarn overs are on the edging. It all looks exactly the same to me along the edge. It was such a quick knit and we all know how wonderful the Brooks Farm yarn is to work with - I just couldn't put it down. I did work some more on Christopher's sweater. The stockinette is looking great but I realize that with the needles I"m using (can't remember but think they're 6's) I feel like it will take me forever! At least it's mindless knitting so I can get in a few rows fairly often without worrying about losing my place. Just have to remember to measure. It would not be the first time that I was supposed to stop at say - oh - 16 inches - and just kept going until I realized I had knitted 20 darn inches or so!

Julie, tell Diane, if you talk to her that she needs to get some of those digital pictures of Amelia Rose on the blog!

Kristen, did you guys get home Sunday? Hope you've heard by now that I didn't know that Zack and Todd were standing almost in front of me Sat. (at Nick's house) until we had left. I think I must have yelled at poor Alex for 15 minutes. I couldn't believe she didn't point them out to me but of course she said "I thought you knew who they were". My response of course was "If I knew who they were do you think I not going to ask about the baby and introduce myself to Todd?!". Of course - kids - they don't pay attention to anything. I'm just sorry that I didn't get to introduce myself and get info. on Amelia.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Sleeve extensions

I finished lengthening Ross' sleeves on that new placket-neck sweater. (Remember, I was disappointed that they were barely long enough for Ross now and would probably not be long enough next year.)

I picked up stitches at the end of the sleeve cuff, which is in seed stitch, and knit 10 more rows in seed stitch, extending the sleeves by more than an inch. After I steamed the sweater, I could barely notice that something was slightly different in the cuff. Andy didn't see it at all. And now it fits great! I'm very pleased!

Now I need to return to my orange "hourglass" sweater. I have to knit the sleeves, add them to the body (which I've already done) and continue. I hope it will soon be sweater weather, though today we seem to be far away from fall.

Ooh. Knitted Carpetbag. Love my bags!

Okay, just saw this mentioned on another blog and had to find it. Love it! It's a Berroco pattern and they've used their Suede. Here's the link for the free pattern: http://www.berroco.com/knitbits/knitbitsx_096_H.htm

Maybe it's the yarn shown in the bag that made me love it!

Yarn Sales and More Yarn Sales!

Okay, I don't have a penny for yarn right now but I absolutely love living vicariously through my friends and their purchases of more yarn. On that note I'm sharing with you an e-mail I received from my friend Fawn about a great yarn sale at a store in Greensboro. She passed through Greensboro on her way home from Asheville yesterday. It's http://www.randysquiltshop.com. According to Fawn "They have Noro yarn - and at this moment, all their yarn, needles, books and knitting-related accessories are HALF PRICE!". She said that she picked herself up a swift and a "whole mess" of Debbie Bliss Silk Alpaca.

It's certainly not worth the gas to drive to Greensboro but just in case anyone is headed that one this weekend I wanted to let you know.

Also, I just got a great e-mail about a huge sale at

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Yes, we all must knit a 'Wimi' of our own

What an excellent idea!!! I've a ton of work to do at the paper and an eyelet sweater just waiting in the bottom of my knitting bag, but I think I'm going to the yarn shop on my lunch break to go and find that book.

Sorry I missed most of you last night. I talked to Julie and Beverly, but just to update you on the knitting end, I finished the back of my eyelet sweater and started on the left front. The directions are a little cumbersome, which means I really need to grasp what it's telling me, rather than watch television and try to figure them out during the commercials.

The class I was hoping to take to meet some knitters was a bust, I was the only one who signed up, so they cancelled. *Which means I still have store credit there, maybe that's where I'll go to try and find the 'Wimi' book*

My parents and brother's family will be coming to stay with Al and I in a week!!!! We decided to buy a bed, so that not everyone has to sleep on an air mattress. Money just runs like water for us here. Oh well. The sun is out today so I guess that's a good thing.

The Knitted Babes!

Marcy brought the great new Knitted Babes book to knit night. Just wanted to let you guys know that there is actually a knitted babe knit-along and a website for the knitted babes: knittedbabes.blogspot.com and www.knittedbabes.com. This weeks Knitters Review newsletter features a review of this book. I"m thinking that we need to each knit one of these so that we can have a picture on our blog of all of "us" lined up like this. The Knitters Review review made them sound so simple that even a scaredy cat like me might try it. Yet another knitting book that I will feel like I just have to own! You have to get Julie to tell you her "Knitted Embellisments" story. Laugh out loud funny - mostly because we can all relate to it.

Anyway, I forgot to show you guys the progress on my "Sursa" shawl last night. It's the neatest pattern. It called for Noro Silk Garden and Cash Iroha but I'm using one of the Brooks Farm yarns that Julie helped me pick out in Maryland and I'm using Misti Alpaca Sportweight for the trim. Here's a picture of the general construction of the shawl. Of course I feel that I need a faded jean jacket now to make it complete. I still can't figure out how to get the pictures to go where I want them darnit.

Gotta run. Kristin - we really missed you last night. Having your Mom there was great. Kiss Amelia Rose for me. You Mom showed us her picture and I have to say that she is absolutely gorgeous - but then - you know that already!