I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. My mom came out from KY to visit, so we had a great time knitting, visiting knit stores and talking about knitting. Oh, yeah, and we hung out with the kids and ate out for almost every meal except the breakfast and dinner my DH made Sunday. For us it ranked pretty darned close to perfect.
For those of you in or visiting the San Diego area, be sure to visit Knitting in La Jolla at 909 Prospect Street, La Jolla (in the village). I knew a store was down there somewhere, but hadn't had a chance to explore. We stopped by on a whim while driving up from the airport and were so pleased we took the detour. Owner Suzanne Pineau has filled her shop with an incredibly diverse collection of yarns and books. Highly recommended. I'll try to snap pics next time I visit. Did pick up The Opinionated Knitter: Elizabeth Zimmermann Newsletters 1958-1968 and A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting. Maybe there's a kitty bed or two in Claude and August's futures?
My family doesn't do much in the way of gifts between adults, but I was driven to distraction by my mom's gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca wrap (sportweight, deep navy blue) on the needles in a grocery store plastic bag. Simply sinful! It just had to be addressed. I gave her my Big Kureyon and mohair big Booga Bag (right). She's happy. I'm a good daughter. Everything's great. Except I don't have a bag that I used a lot. What's a knitter to do???
Come on. What do you think I did? I ran right over to my LYS. This is two hanks of Brown Sheep's Burly Spun variegated wool (Forest Floor colorway). Couldn't resist including the lone volunteer CA poppy.
Used US 19's and the Booga Bag pattern with the addition of YO eyelets on row 30 (rather than poking holes after felting as the pattern suggests). Otherwise, I followed the pattern, though I would consider fewer CO stitches and more height if doing it with this yarn again. Of course I could have added height, but I didn't want to go to three hanks. When I ran out of the Burly on row 31/34, I finished with an odd-lot of Brown Sheep's Bulky from stash. Nice when stash actually works. Pre and post felting pics below. The cereal boxes are for shape - still haven't found a good form for this yet. It really helps if you can find a box to fill out the shape completely. Still working on the handle cord.
On a different trip to my LYS I switched to Rowan's Cashcotton for the Classic Cafe Deli pattern (the spec'd yarn).
Both the flowers and the yarn really are this intense! Just loved this color and I think it will be a better match for the pattern. Got gauge, so I CO the back and two front panels - only had a 40" metal circ set open and I had to do something with that space didn't I? I don't turn my work to purl on the WS; instead I knit backwards across the front, which means no problems with tangling. Hope it will mean all my decreases will align. I'll let you know when I do how I plan to re-direct my Lavold Silky Wool - want to try and use the 4" I've knitted so far.
Dearest Risa has once again lead me down the path of yarn acquisition. (Looking just now at her MDS&W posts I think she's ahead of me on that slippery slope!) Just what I needed, a link to Kaleidoscope Yarns, who have Blue Sky Alpaca and Rowan Cork, among others, on sale. The prices are great, so click at your own expense. I'll save my pattern thoughts for when I photograph my in-transit yarn. Between the Blue Sky Bears and Froggy's versions of Kate Gilbert's Bunnies my guess is half the knit bloggers are kicking out some sort of stuffed animal right now - definitely perfect little gifts.
A few days ago Jacqueline (who btw didn't do so badly herself at MDS&W!)answered the following question: "What's your most often used knitted object?" Thought I would too. Join in if you'd like. Rather than nominate one object, I'll show three workhorses in our house.
The Manos Throw, Spring '02. I've got to include the before shots so you can appreciate the after. This was one of my first big projects and I was so proud. Pre-digital pics, so sorry, but I've got to photograph my scrapbook page.
It was soooo pretty before three years of daily use by kids, cats and adults. Now it's been machine washed (yeah, I know, but it needed it) and received exactly one defuzzing before I gave up and gave in to the inevitable. Trust me, it actually looks worse in person, but the colors are still so wonderful. The housekeepers always fold it up into a very tiny square and stuff it under the throw pillows in the corner of the sofa - they must wonder what the heck this rag is doing spread like a cloth of gold on the family room sofa. But like a loving mother of a ner' do well, I still see it as it was in its glory. And it's darned warm.
The Surfer/Skater Hat, Spring '02. Learned some simple cables and bobbles on the Manos Throw and made this one-ball Noro Kureyon hat to play with my new techniques. The first time a hip young dude at a surf/skate shop said to my older DD "Cool hat!", I knew I had a winner. She wore it until she'd grown so much it was popping up on her head. Younger DD just discovered it buried in the closet last week - I think it will have a second life.
The Harry Potter sweater, early Spring '03. No pattern (didn't know the Rowan one existed at the time), Mission Falls 1824 cotton (sadly discontinued), little knitting experience, and a kindergartner who desperately wanted me to be Mrs. Weasley. She wore it literally every day until summer and most of first grade too. Couldn't ask for more.
Btw, after seeing these scrapbook pages, aren't you glad this blog is typed?
I'll close with non-knitting thoughts:
Know thy limits.
Share your feelings.
Success is a journey, not a destination. So stop running.
Dare to Slack
When birds fly in the right formation, they need only exert half the effort. Even in nature, teamwork results in collective laziness.
Amused? There are many more, some much more snarky. Well worth a quick look: Demotivators® at Despair Inc.
Beats the heck out of the motivational posters with which my former boss covered our pre-fab, icky fabric-covered walls. Yeah, you may have figured it out, but I'm not a team-player. My dislike of teams began early in school when, inevitably, my grade potential was attached to the performance of the biggest idiot in class. I do understand that self-formed or competitively selected teams can do amazing things - whole greater than the parts, yadda yadda - but who among us hasn't been a victim of this: "OK kids/workers, let's form teams - it'll be FUN! I've already selected the members of each team..."