Busy, busy.

June 26, 2008

Things here have been busy lately. First, Stitch n’ Pitch:

The game was okay. Most of the people I recognized from Ravelry were on the far end of the section from me, so no real socializing. Just ooing and trying to peek at what everyone was working on without appearing obnoxiously nosy. And the goody bags. Free loot! Mostly Shawn watched the game and I got the cuff done on my first Nutkin (anklet sized), which is now done:

My goal for Summer of Socks is one sock a week, so I’m ahead of schedule. Yay!

Then there was Convergence. There were three knitting-focused booths, and even if one of those was a little under half weaving yarn. But still, for fiber addicts, a mecca. For those who like taking pictures of fiber, not so much. I was asked to turn off my camera shortly after being there — I guess there was something in the packet of information for non-day goers that specified no photography. But I did get a few pictures, including one this lovely fiber:

I was alone and not feeling well, so that made it less fun, but I did pick up goodies.

Some Soak:

And this neat Kumihimo (Japanese braiding) loom/kit:

And my best deal of the day, 6,300 yards of a light fingering weight cotton (6/2 in weaving terms) — a mill end from Webs, and under $20, in my favorite green:

I also got some J-Knits sock yarn and some Araucania Ulmo (cotton) Multy from Knit ‘n Knibble’s booth, and some gorgeous superwash/bamboo sock yarn from FiberLady. I really, really wanted to get something from Knitting Notions — they had some amazing stuff, but I was so overwhelmed by all the gorgeousness I couldn’t pick anything (well, other than really wanting a swift that I couldn’t afford and have no where to store). I came back three times, and still… overwhelmed, so since I knew they had an online store, I figured I’d put them on the top of my mental list (and knitting store bookmarks) for when I am ready to buy a swift, and the next time I have a yarn need they can fill.

Other than that, my Ribs and Lace tank is hibernating until the end of SoS, but it’s getting close to done. All that’s left is lots and lots of ribbing (and shaping). Shawn’s socks are very close to halfway done, but those are hibernating, too.

As a side note on Foody Friday, I haven’t been baking. First when the summer semester started I was just overwhelmed, and then I found out that I’m likely gluten intolerant (plus lactose intolerant and fructose malaborbant until my body heals from the gluten/autoimmune damage), so I’ve been eating gluten free since the 7th. Which means I’m going to have to learn a whole new way of baking (and buy all new supplies), which is probably a ways off (GF crap is expensive). For a silver lining I am seeing improvement already (hair not coming out by the literal fistful = very, very good), so I’m not minding it so much. Less time baking = more time knitting, and for now, that works for me.

One of these days I’ll have a real, live FO to share. Really.

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WIPs, FOs, & Plans.

May 7, 2008

It was inadvertently brought to my attention last night that I haven’t really been blogging about my WIPs or FOs. Partly this is because I’m scatterbrained lately, and partly that I haven’t been working on anything worth yapping about. Last month I did a couple Christmas presents, and have the rest somewhat sorted out in my head, though most of them require yarn I don’t have. Other than that I made snuggles. I’m still making snuggles. I’m on the 5th, and I think the last I’ll do for a little bit, since I’m out of charity yarn after this one. I’m finding that the Cat Mat (Rav link) pattern by Kris Percival from Speed Knitting is a really nice snuggle pattern. It’s interesting to look at, quick, requires enough attention that it doesn’t lead to deadly boredom, but not so distracting that I can’t knit it while reading.

For a non-secret FO, I finished the million-triangle kitty crescent. Which the cats actually use, amazingly. At first Vree would just lay next to it, but after a week I’ve seen both snuggled up sleeping away on it. Of course, the camera is never handy at the time, so maybe this falls under “screenshot or it didn’t happen.” Either way, it completely emptied my scrap bags — both the “for stuffing” bag and the “maybe big enough for something itty” ball bag. I also chopped up the horrid Lion Homespun I’ve had up on Ravelry for trade since I’ve been there and used that to complete the stuffing. All the yarn scraps are wrapped up in one of Shawn’s old, stained t-shirts so the little yarn bits don’t escape.

This past week, though, I’ve mostly been knitting away at grocery bags. I’ve knit two different patterns so far, and have several left to try, before I pick out the elements I prefer.

Also on the needles right now are my Wicked Spirogyra for the WoW Knitters KAL. I picked up the yarn (Cascade Sassy Stripes, which so far is really nice to work with, if not as mindblowingly pretty as handpainted stuff) for these at Sip ‘N Knit in Maitland after seeing Wicked. Everything about them is about friendship.

And there’s Shawn’s (Easter – snort) socks that I’m only working on when I’m out, which isn’t often enough to make any great progress. I’m finally to the heel flap of the first one. I bet it’ll be until Summer of Socks starts that I really settle in and finish them.

So that’s 3 things on the needles (4 if you count the Pi that is still in need-yarn limbo), one that I’ll finish today or tomorrow (the snuggle), and two that have specific times dedicated to working on them. Next thing up is finally, finally starting the Ribs and Lace Tank (Rav link) with my KP Shine Worsted, hopefully to be finished in time, and come out well enough, to wear it to the Stitch ‘N Pitch.

Maybe I’ll even remember to blog about it.

For now I’m going to go find a skein of sock yarn to buy with our incentive check.

Just one.

I swear.

(Wish me luck.)

Still crazy.

February 7, 2008

All of it was 70% off. Well, really somewhere around 60% off, because that dark gray is 1 ball of dk, and 1 ball of 4 ply and they accidentally charged me for two of each, and since it was their last day and I didn’t notice that until I went through my receipts that night, really nothing I could do about it. It’s not like it wasn’t an amazing deal anyway.

I do regret the bamboo tape a bit. It was a blush color in the store and definitely a beige by sunlight. I’ll find something to do with it, for sure, and I don’t dislike beige (in fact, the “be bold, not beige” IKEA commercials irk me). I’m just not as in love with it. As much as I love the tweed, I regret that, too. I was rushed and not looking and only noticed after that it contains silk. It’s beautiful, though.

I have plans for almost all of it. Not that they won’t change.

I think in all during their sales I spent $150 for a circular needle, a set of dpns, 2 issues of IK, a thread cutter, and about 3.5 miles of yarn.

Oh, and I got the last color of Lion Wool I needed to finish the Pi, finally! Woot!

A little bit of everything.

January 31, 2008

Project status time!

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I’m sorry, I’m crazy.

January 13, 2008

Okie, just a little crazy.

I went back for the 50% off at The Yarn Gallery. I went a little nuts. Not as nuts as some other people. Just the… someone asking me if I was making an afghan sort of nuts.

That’s 4 skeins each of Cascade 220 in purple and green for matching something for me & Winter (hers purple, mine green). 2 skeins of Pakucho organic cotton (that if I adore I can get from Elann cheap). 2 skeins of Mission Falls 1824 cotton. 2 skeins of Regia Bamboo sock yarn. And 160 yards of Reynolds Soft Sea Wool just because it’s the prettiest color ever and so soft I could cry. Seriously, it’s that shade just between dark blue and green where you can’t really tell which it is. Love, love, love. I’m tempted to snuggle the whole stack of it as if I bought a sheep, which I partly feel I did.

A dent has definitely been made in their stock since I was last there, but there was still tons of stuff left. I had to put back some gorgeous Artyarns Ultramerino because it fell out of my budget.

So, yeah, that thing about working through my stash? Hahahaha.

Sadly, all that and I didn’t get the one skein of yarn I actually went out for — Lion Wool in Deep Teal. I need it to finish Fuzzle’s Pi but our Jo-Ann doesn’t carry it and Michaels is sans ad (and coupon) this week. Guess that’s on hold until next Sunday. Gah.

Knitting loot!

December 29, 2007

I didn’t get anything remotely knitty for Christmas. But I have bought myself some stuff lately. Okay, mostly today. I did pick up the Harmony Guide: Knit & Purl a week or so ago when Borders sent me a 40% off coupon. You don’t want to know how much I’ve been swatching instead of making things. Oh well, one day it will all be a blankie (or three) for the Snuggles Project.

Then today my Fabel came. One the colors kinda scares me in the ball. It looks pretty much nothing like my monitor view of a swatch of it (much, much brighter), but we’ll see how it knits up. And also today I went and took advantage of the 40% off going out of business sale at one of the LYS’s I don’t usually go to (The Yarn Gallery on 580 near the border of Clearwater & Dunedin — she said they were closing at the end of January). Thank goodness it’s not Uncommon Threads. I’d cry. But I walked away with some Crystal Palace DPNs (size 6 to make some house socks for Shawn’s giant feet), the Spring and Summer ’07 IKs, and…. a skein of Cherry Tree Hill in blue/green. Real live sock yarn. For me! I used one the DPNs to roll it into a ball in the car. I still have to decide what socks to make with it as my ankles are pretty wide so one skein is probably going to produce a pretty short sock on me. Which is fine since I prefer anklets anyway. It is Florida, after all. Maybe I’ll use it for my first foray into toe ups.

Of course, first I’ll be finishing the spindle socks. I’ve almost got one done, and I’m kinda biting my nails that they’re too small for anyone. They are definitely too small for me. I guess I’ll just have to see who they fit, and if they don’t fit Sue, make her some other socks.

I really need sock blockers… sigh… Maybe this blog should be “never enough funds!”

LYS Heaven

October 26, 2007

I’ve been to two previous Tampa Bay local yarn shops. The first was just awful, and shall go unnamed, because I’m sure it suits some people’s tastes, so I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from going. But no one spoke to me, Shawn and I both picked up an air of snottiness, and the only thing that even really called to me was some hemp. The Debbie Bliss was nice and all, but not exciting to me at the time. Sad to say, as tempted as I’ve been since to go back and get that hemp, I’d rather get it online than go back in there.

The second LYS in the area I visited was Knit ‘n Knibble and it was much better, though I still felt out of place, nervous, and a bit intimidated by one of the employees. The lady who checked me out was incredibly nice, though, asking me what I was making and so on, as was one of the knitters who accidentally bumped into me and apologized several times even though it was no big deal at all. I will definitely go there when I need a Rowan or SWTC that I can’t find at my new favorite LYS that I visited for the first time today — Uncommon Threads.

When I came in the door I could hear cheerful laughing in the back, and two people arguing about who should get the door — in a good way (“I’ll go!” “No, I’ll go!”) It made me feel a teensy bit like I was intruding but at the same time it was just such an overwhelmingly friendly vibe that it didn’t really phase me. I spent my time looking at everything in the store, and never felt pressured or rushed at all, or that I would be interrupting if I did need help. I didn’t feel out of place or like I was walking on eggshells not to somehow make some LYS faux pas I wasn’t aware of. There was a comfy couch right by the door which was perfect for depositing the bag with the dress I brought along to match yarn to for a stole I want to make to wear with it and my husband with his Game Boy while I oooooed at everything. I walked out with two balls of Misti Alpaca Lace in tan and the Fall 2007 Interweave Knits. I was so excited they had IK. I’d really rather buy it from a LYS than B&N.

Another thing that made a big impression on me is they had handmade soap. I didn’t buy any, because at the moment I have plans for buying more soap from South Pacific Body, but I loved seeing local handcrafters represented. There were some handmade stitch markers at the front, too, and a skein of sock yarn I barely resisted, but managed to walk out with what I planned to buy when I walked in, and at a surprising but wonderful birthday discount. I could’ve used it later on a bigger purchase, she gave me the option to use it later, but it was more exciting to use it today.

Anyway, it was my first really overwhelmingly positive experience in a LYS, and I was totally in heaven.