the orange yarn, please

Orange is too cool for shoes.

August 29, 2004

Next up? An orange one (color #125)! Posted by Hello

Here's me seed stitch Deco Ribbon bag, using color #9147 (berry parfait). I used an 8 needle instead of 9 (circs) and am pleased with the intricate little seeds! :) Posted by Hello

Here's Moma in her wide brim hat (post-felting). She was sleepy :) Posted by Hello

Marah, modeling Moma's second hat, pre-felted. Posted by Hello

so much to say, so much to say, so much to say, so much to say

While I will quote a DMB song title, I promise I will not dump 800 lbs of crap onto anyone who might be reading this. Dude. Well, the shore was awesome. It was more than relaxing to sit on the beach and knit. I think I preferred that to being able to get in the water (which I couldn't due to me broken leg, argh matey). I started and finished a few things and felt very proud of myself for doing so. My fil said, "You really ARE a yarn addict." Well, it could be worse. So here's what I finished: 1 handbag with Deco Ribbon in a seed stitch pattern (although I used smaller needles and ended up needing to buy another ball when I got back home so I could make a handle) 1 felted hat for Moma (Fiber Trends pattern AC-01) using one skein of red Galway and one skein of Cascade Quatro in a pink, orange and red blend. The result is very very nice. Here's what I started: 1 totebag (to be felted) using Lamb's Pride in M52 spruce. I'm in the middle of that one. I didn't start the socks.

Thumbing through an old yellow pages I found a few yarn shops. It was Fiber Arts Studio and Yarn Shop. Okay, they had a LOT of stuff there, and they weren't yarn snobs, either - there was some Red Heart and Lion Brand, as well as Noro, Skacel, etc. However, and a big however, the people working there weren't very, uh, nice. I saw a pattern for a skacel scarf in chenille and it was so soft and cushy, so I picked out what I thought was the yarn (it said Skacel, it was behind the pattern, I was in a hurry, they were staring at me, what else can I say?). It was $25 a skein. I brought it over and they asked if I wanted it to be wound up.
"Sure, " I said. "Do you have any copies of that pattern that's hanging by it?"
"Yes," said dippy girl. "But that isn't the yarn you use for it. The yarn you want is next to it."
"Oh, let me look and see it real quick."
"No, you can still use the yarn you picked out. I'll just change the needle size on the pattern."
"No, I want to see the other yarn."
"But you can still use this yarn."
"I just want to see the other yarn first, okay?"
Then I looked at the other yarn - and it was only $13 a skein. I'm thinking, is this girl working on commission?
Mean girl behind register says, "Do you have a color change?"
"Yes, I'd like this one instead. Thanks."
Dippy girl: "Good thing I didn't wind this one up."
Hrmph. SorrEE. So they sat and wound up my yarn and laughed the whole time. I guess I should check it for hairy spit wads or something. I dunno.

But that bad experience was all cancelled out when we were driving back home and stopped at North Country Knits in Belleplain, NJ. The owner came out and opened up the store from her adjoining house. She raises sheep and uses their wool to make and sell her own yarn. She said she sends it up to Massachusetts to have them color it for her. I bought plenty :) One skein in cream, two in black. I also bought some Peace Fleece and a skein of reduced Ballybrae. She had soooooooo much there and was soooooooo helpful, but Gabe had to pee, so I had to cut it short. But oh, that place was divine :)

machine only? nyeh.

There's a shop in Stevens called Yarn Shop on the Farm, but for whatever reason I think this is the place that only sells to machine knitters, unless I have it backwards. I remember someone saying they went there or somewhere near there and they weren't allowed in b/c they were a machine knitter and they only sold to handknitters, or vice versa. I'll have to search it on the web and see if anyone has gone there before. My leg hurts.

revisited: NOPE, I think this place is open to handknitters as well. Woohoo!

Moma's Fiber Trends hat, on a bowl. This was the basic version. Love the bowl.  Posted by Hello

Cloudy is checking out Grandpa's afghan. Hope he isn't allergic to cats. Posted by Hello

oh yes.

I finished that afghan. It took a month. Probably would've taken longer if I hadn't been laid up with my distressed fibula (read: broken leg). But anyway, it's done and in a gift bag for Grandpa Pete. Fortunately, he's not a yarn snob and doesn't care that I only spent $20 on the yarn by using (gasp!) Caron's acrylic. It came out looking great, and he loves it. That's all that matters. I'm proud! Yeehaw!

I also knitted a hat from Fiber Trends AC-1 for Mom's birthday. I started it yesterday and ended today; it was really easy. It felted pretty quickly (as all my things do, for some reason - I just read a blog where a lady said she sometimes felts her items for 45 minutes, and I think at that point even Barbie would feel bloated in my felted things). I did it in Plymouth Galway #132 (2 skeins). Funny thing was I forgot to tuck in my cast-on tail, so I ended up cutting it off (egads) when it was done felting. It didn't do any harm, but sheesh. Duh, Michelle. Just duh. I found two skeins of Berroco's Mohair Classic in shade 1137. There's only 93 yards per skein so I don't know what I'm going to do with it. This week at Stone Harbor I'm going to try to do some handbags in Deco-Ribbon, a big felted tote with my Lamb's Pride, and I'm going to try to do some socks. Wish me luck! :)

August 10, 2004

A welcome to myself

Since I might be my only reader, I am saying "welcome" to me! I'm mainly doing this knitting blog so that I can keep up with what I've seen, what I'm doing, and maybe just for a confidence boost. I figure that if I show myself how much I've gotten done and what I've made, I might just feel a little better at that moment. And since I live for the here and now, that can't be all that bad.


Here's where I went today:

1. After Gabe had his blood drawn, we went to Ball and Skein, a little yarn shop in Brickerville. Of course, it was after we went to the candy shop and after we spent our $10 credit card minimum. I had spent $9.52 but ordered some non-pareils for Keaton, anyway. I think they're still in the fridge, demeltifying.

Anyway, the Ball and Skein - it was a small place, but it seemed to have a medium assortment of things. Nice wall of feltable yarns, which I liked. They had a cool sample handbag that they had done in a buttercream, pumpkin, and gold color. They did it in Nature Wool, which is a very nice wool indeed, with its variant shade running throughout the yarn. I didn't quite understand the lady and I thought that she was kind of rude because I wasn't really listening to her saying that she used three colors (I was too busy going gaga over what Nature Wool shades I'd seen that I'd never seen before!), and I said, "Oh, did it stripe on its own?" And she was a little irritated with me, because she had just gotten done saying that she used three colors, and she was out of one. She repeated what she had said, in a lesser than friendly tone. Maybe she thought I was dumb. I guess I was the rude one if I wasn't listening, but still. Let a girl soak in the yarn!

She had an unfelted hat, like mom's Fibertrends AC-1 that I'm about to work on. Hers was a Plymouth pattern, though, and she looked my pattern over and said they were very similar. Her Galway there btw was only $5.99, whereas at KitNit it's $6.25. Anyway, the hat was huge. I remarked on how I love making bags to felt, and sometimes I hate to felt them because they're so delicious and bohemian looking, like you could hang out in the library and wear corduroys and carry your big unfelted bag and really hear some Carole King in your head and feel like you were timewarping it.

She suggested a creamy beige Galway for mom's hat, with STARZ in a similar shade as a decorative trim above the brim. Mom came in and, knowing that I was going to go and trade in my brown heather Galway at KitNit and pick out another color, said we'd come back after lunch. We never did.

They had Noro Kureyon there. I dunno. I worked with it and love it, but I wasn't wowed by the shades she had. She had a black/grey one that normally would appeal but doesn't, or didn't today.

She said purple is the new black.

2. We went to KitNit and exchanged mom's heather brown. THANK GOD. It was very dull and manly. I was wondering how I'd find a hat pin to female it up a bit. Now I don't have to worry - she picked out a gentle eggplant color instead.

Jean there said that socks are harder than sweaters, so I signed up for the right class. I like a challenge, but right now, I like knitting too much to go bonkers and am looking for a doable challenge. I bet I could do socks, but you know, I have more of a desire to go for it and do sweaters. Although according to her, going for it would be doing socks. We shall see. Socks in the spring, perhaps. There are more patterns for sweaters that I have come across, anyway, than I have for socks. I mean, socks are socks. Not that I don't like them and all.

I have had my spaceboot on all day today and am finally out of it. I am grinding my teeth. Oh, and they spread manure around the KitNit viewing area so when you went in the store, you smelled poopy wool. Like a freshly sheared sheep's rear.

I was going to see if they had a zippered mesh bag for me to use for felting so I could forego the "I had to wash this anyway" pillowcase, but I didn't feel like going back into the poopy wool store. I felt like she thought it was me, anyway.

Right now I'm going to take some advil, take out my tacts, take off the makeup, put on some jammies, and start to finish (oxymoron!) my afghan. I like working on it, but it's getting hot now. I want to finish it before it covers me as I work on it at the beach. That'd be not fun.

Pics soon (in case I forget what I worked on)