Friday, August 25, 2006
In my last post I mentioned that I am a Summer of Stash dropout. I also told Margene that I must also declare myself a Trekking dropout. That Sock Hop yarn just muscled the Trekking sock right out of my knitting bag. It is wonderful to work with and the fact that it is handspun still thrills me! I really need to practice on my Crown Mountain Farms roving so I can make socks with my handspun.
There was a wonderful box waiting for me when I returned from NJ. MY KSKS package! My pal was Rebecca from Bellamoden. From the quick bits of reading I've been able to do on her blog, I see that she has had a really tough summer so I'd like to give her a big hug and thanks for taking the time to put together a wonderful swap package. I hope she had a great pal who spoiled her as much as she did me! Check this out.
A beautiful felted bag with a great flower pin attached to the front. Koigu in the most beautiful shades of autumn. Fall is my most favorite season and these skeins look just like a huge pile of leaves - the kind you can't resist jumping into. Needles and a pattern (Railroad Rib socks) that I can't wait to try. I think I may order this pattern for my Yarn Aboard sock pal since she knits her socks in a heavier weight yarn and this pattern has the instructions for fingering, sport and worsted weight yarns. Sugar and Cream cotton - also in wonderful fall shades, a cute giraffe stamp and Tootsie Rolls (which my daughter is trying to convince me must be for her). Thank you Rebecca for taking the time to make this so special - especially when I know this hasn't been an easy summer for you!
I leave you with a picture of The Point. Unfortunately I totally spaced out and didn't take any pictures at Purl. Oh, and go over wish Sandy a Happy Birthday!
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Then it was getting time for lunch so I offered her a choice - the cafe at The Point or lunch at Macy's. The answer was the knitting cafe so off we set to take the subway down to The Point. I had checked on the Internet and read that, in addition to desserts, the cafe also served sandwiches, soups and quiche. So, I was rather disappointed when we got there and found out that they only serve desserts. Lunch ended up being a cupcake and a piece of coffee cake along with iced coffee and water. Oh well. But we did enjoy looking around and we picked out some yarn for a hat and scarf for my daughter. And I found a great "I (heart)
I flagged down a cab (my first time actually doing that myself) and we headed on up to Macy's for some lunch and clothes shopping. We got back to my parents house around dinner time, exhausted but happy. During my visit to my parents house, I also visited Modern Yarn and Stix-n-Stitches so I think this means that I am a Summer of Stash dropout. But I had fun and my daughter picked out some yarn so she can make herself a scarf. We are taking turns knitting the rows and already have about 8 inches finished.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
But this is the absolute best thing. Check this out!
A sock blocker keyring (pattern included!). Of course I had to take the sock off.
This is the BEST!!! I love everything. Jane, thank you so much for making my day. And everyone should go over to her site and check out the cute baby hat and socks she made from STR.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I think I've found my sock knitting mojo once again (hope I haven't jinxed myself with that statement). In case you couldn't tell from the title of the post, this is Satisfaction Sock Hop yarn from Crown Mountain Farms. I can't explain the feelings I had when I first held this yarn in my hands - definitely more than a little bit of awe and a feeling of kinship with the person that had spun this yarn. Knitting with this yarn is just awesome - it's so soft and springy. It's hard to find the words to describe the joy I am feeling when I use this yarn. I guess you need to try it for yourself!!
My spinning has been hampered by the humid weather we've been having. Last week, I would sit down to spin and would end up dripping sweat within a few minutes - not pleasant!! I did manage to spin a little bit of the Sock Hop roving and it looks like I need to try and spin a little bit finer.
I'm averaging about 13-14 wpi and I'd like to get somewhere around 15-17 wpi. Hopefully this week will be a bit less humid and I'll find some time to try again.
I also managed to get my KSKS gift out before we went camping.
Two skeins of Claudia's Handpaints, a bag of Amy's fiber for socks (my pal is also a spinner and has an awesome spindle collection), the bag and a notions case filled with needles, a crochet hook, an orange Chibi set, a great holder for keeping your project secure on double pointeds, and a emory board (because I hate having a nail that snags on my yarn). I also included chocolate and some hand cream along with two patterns - one I bought for her and one free one. My pal was Lara from Spinny Bunt Knits (but don't tell her as she may not have received the package yet). It should be arriving sometime this week and I hope she likes it.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
And here's a shot of the bag and the notions case for my KSKS pal.
My finished BFL.
And the new roving that is now on the wheel - The Beat Goes On.
This roving is really fun to spin and I'll show my sample when it's done. Unfortunately, it's supposed to be VERY hot this week so I'm not sure how much spinning will actually take place. Try to stay cool!