16 August 2006

Knitters rule!

Well, my birthday has come and gone, but I got lots of additions to my knitting library, including Knitting Rules! I'm about halfway through, and would highly recommend it. There's lots of useful information (including how to identify different yarns and the importance of swatching), along with Stephanie's great sense of humor and knack at telling stories.

I also received
A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Knitting Vintage Socks, and Mason-Dixon Knitting. I haven't really looked at them in great depth yet, but I have a feeling I'll get good use out of them.

Yarn Harlot has an update on the fruit and veggie hats for WIC. Over 500 hats were sent in! (That's a lot of knitting.) This picture that she posted made my day...

...because I think one of the hats I made is there!

09 August 2006


My family and I did go to Lambtown after all. When we got there, we wandered around a bit and looked at a few sheep (I love when they bleat--its such a funny sound) before heading into the Fiber Fair area. My sister, who refuses to take up knitting, actually bought some stuff there! She got interested in needle felting, so she got a kit and some wool to start out. I bought some spinning stuff--a "variety pack" of merino and merino blends (1 ounce each of five different shades of purple) from The Dizzy Ewe (no website); a niddy noddy and a mid-whorl drop spindle (both by Magpie WoodWorks) from Carolina Homespun; and some Bluefaced Leicester from Chameleon Colorworks. (Random side note: Blue Lace Fiesta is sort of a play on Bluefaced Leicester.)

Last weekend, I went to
Stash's bag sale. I saw a few things I liked, but I decided I had spent a bit already between Skein Lane's closing sale and Lambtown, so I only bought one ball of Rowan Felted Tweed in watery (sadly, not on sale), which will be for my next pair of Knucks. I really want to cast on for these, but I'm trying to restrain myself, until I make a bit more progress on what I'm currently knitting. (My two scarves don't seem to be going anywhere, although my Embossed Leaves Socks are coming along nicely--I'm about to pick up the gusset stitches on the first sock.) I will almost certainly cave in and start something new on my birthday, as a sort of present to myself.

And...only one month until the
Yarn Harlot comes to California! I'm so excited! (I must better prepare my mom...I don't think she realizes how many knitters will be there.)