July 2006

so today was the first day of skein lane’sclosing sale. i had the day off so obviously i went over there in search of cheap yarn. the yarn wasn’t quite as cheap as i was hoping – mostly 20% off, except for a few half offs (of which i found nothing). of course there were plenty of things i wanted, but since the savings weren’t that hot, i limited myself only to yarn that i could commit to a specific project. i spent $80 and got this:

that beautiful basket behind all the yarn is a lantern moon basket. they had several marked down – this one was $20, but i saw some people getting them for less than $5 because they were a bit worn. mine has a bit of a hole on part of the bottom, but nothing major and i intend on keeping it at home anyway, to contain my ‘current projects’.

and now, the yarn…

starting on the left and moving clockwise:
-three skeins of noro silk garden lite, which will be used for my mom’s xmas present. it will either be cozy or clapotis. i will need to get 3-4 more skeins in the same colorway, but i figured this was about the same deal as i’ve found on ebay, minus the shipping, so it was decent.
-one skein of galway highland heather wool, which will become my sister’s xmas present, irish hiking wristwarmers (pdf). i was happy to find this because i was looking mainly for cascade 220 but none of the colors were really striking me. this is blue with purple hints. she’ll love it.
-two skeins of BRIGHT ORANGE ornaghi filati superkid, which is basically like rowan kidsilk haze but with nylon indead of silk. the color is ridiculous, and they were MUCH cheaper than kidsilk haze. they will most likely become the sleeves from the one skein book, or a lacy scarf. ORANGE!
-lastly, two skeins of elsebeth lavold silky tweed. you can’t see it very well in the picture, but the color is black with fushia and gold specks. this will probably become a pair of knucks for myself. i had been planning on some other silk garden lite in my stash, but this stuff is great and will work for my pacman idea! that is, unless i decide to write “OMG! WTF?” on them instead, which i saw in the ideas section of the knucks KAL.

so i didn’t find any totally fabulous deals, but i got some stuff that i really did need for upcoming projects. i resisted things like noro blossom and crazy colorways in rio de las platas, which i’ve been lusting after for quite some time but have no immediate use for.

aside from the yarn, the experience of this trip was quite crazy. there were SO MANY PEOPLE. the store itself, by the time i got there, wasn’t horribly crowded…no was grabbing yarn and people were pretty good about trying to get out of your way if you needed to get through…but the line to pay was absolutely ridiculous. i spent 2.5 hours in line after i finished selecting my yarn. i guess they weren’t expecting nearly that many people. and then one of their credit card machines stopped working. so the going was quite slow. however, i did get almost all the fingers on my 2nd knuck finished. i cast on the index finger on BART on the way home.

i also met a few nice women around me in line and we talked about all kinds of things to pass the time. it was an adventure, and even though the deals weren’t all that great, overall it was worth it.

also, now i know i can BART to fat apple’s bakery!


i joined the knucks knitalong earlier this week. this is the first time i’ve been in a knitalong…i usually seem to find them a few days too late, after they’ve stopped accepting new members. so people are making knucks all over the place. it’s pretty awesome.


i think i am going to make myself a pair out of that silk garden lite i have sitting around. it was destined for my next clapotis (for myself) but i think it’s going to be awhile before i get around to that, and i really want to use that stuff for something! also that means i’m not buying even more yarn to make myself a pair.

oh yeah, and you know what they’re going to say?


and before the “pac” will be a little pacman and after the “man” will be a little ghosty!

or i might make the silk garden lite ones say something different and make the pacman ones in black.

also i think i’d like to make keith a pair. his birthday is in a month, and plus he’s moving to london so he’ll need something to keep his hands warm. i don’t know what his are going to say yet, but whatever it is, it’ll be high-larious.

anyway, i am doing the ribbing on the first of james’. i’ll finish either tonight or tomorrow. whee!

it has suddenly been awhile since i’ve posted. i have been knitting, but this month has been incredibly hectic. i was also on ‘vacation’ for a week…with very limited internet access.

while i was in montana visiting my extended family on my mother’s side, my 14 year old cousin passed away. that’s why it’s ‘vacation’, not vacation. the last week and a half have been incredibly difficult.

but i’ve still been knitting. while i was there all i had to work on was my feather & fan lace scarf.

this picture is from a few days before the trip when i had first started. i haven’t taken another picture yet, but i’ve finished one skein of andean treasure in the orange color and another in a heathered grey. originally i was only going to do it in those colors, but since the gauge is small, i’m adding in some andean treasure in lavender as well. but now that i’m back, that’s on hold for other things.

as soon as i saw knucks on the new knitty, i knew i had to make some for james, even if they are without the embroidery. he had requested gloves like that quite some time ago and i never got around to looking for a good pattern but this is perfect!

i had yarn waiting for me at ups, but i couldn’t get it over the weekend, so i decided to go to the yarn store and start on the knucks. i was good and only bought the yarn and needles i needed for that. i am almost done with the first one!

and on monday i went to ups and got my halcyon yarn order, which contained big kureyon and some fuzzy mohair called fusion for my shrug from interweave. i cast that on monday when i got home from work. working with giant size 15 dpns was…difficult…at first, but it got a bit better. now i’m onto straights so it’s going easier.

i am also on the search for yarn for my mom’s clapotis that i’m going to make her for xmas. i am hoping to bring that along to europe to work on during my travels.

since i’ve finished clapotis i’ve been busy. my main project after that was over was finally finished amy’s plain jane slippers. one had been completely awhile ago (like, when she first requested them) but i hadn’t made the other. in the meantime she had also found the buttons she wanted so i really had no more excuses. i finished the slipper and then sewed the buttons on the other night when she was at my house. she likes them quite a lot.

i also took pictures of the short ‘n sweet bolero thing from snb happy hooker that i was making to go with my graduation dress. i didn’t finish it in time for my own graduation (just one more sleeve!) but it was ok because i would have been too hot anyway. i was, however, wearing it at james’ graduation.

click for better shots of the lace!

and lastly, with some of the leftover cascade from the slippers, i made my first kitty weed cat toy. it’s a present for brian and his kitties. but i want to make 2 more first (they have three kitties).

my new wip? i am on my third different lace pattern with my burnt orange knit picks andean treasure. i was doing this one madeira lace but i didn’t really like how it was coming out…i think i need to try that pattern with actual lace weight yarn. i tried another that i frogged pretty quickly, and right now i have settled on just a basic feather and fan. i think i will stick with this. knit picks has a shawl made out of andean treasure in that pattern and i like the way it looks so i think it will be nice. i think my needle size was a bit too big too for it to look right. i was using 7s, but this calls for 5s. hopefully it will turn out nicely.

someone on one of the knitting communities on livejournal just pleasantly reminded everyone that xmas presents must be started! i wasn’t even thinking of starting this early…i have some ideas for people but nothing to show for it…but i started thinking about it and i will be in europe with limited access to patterns, yarn, etc for two months this fall, so maybe i should be getting started! i will obviously bring one or two longer projects with me if i can fit the yarn in my bag but i guess i’d better be getting on the ball. dang.

ok ok, i finally got around to photographing. so many pictures.

click for all of the glory that is clapotis.