Saturday, April 26, 2008

Road Trip #2

A little road trip out to see the Yarn Harlot in Oak Lawn. Traffic was an absolute nightmare. We made up some good stories about some of the other people stuck in traffic and also played "spot the knitter". The event started at 7:00pm, and we just made it! Only to discover that the event had been cancelled because the Yarn Harlot was stuck in Toronto. We headed to the bar just as a horrendous thunderstorm hit, so we stayed for a bit.

T & I have decided our road trips are doomed to require a great deal more effort and inconvenience than imaginable. Nothing catastrophic, but just kind of aggravating.

On a much happier note, we got a new kitty. A wee little kitten. I know, I know, it's evil to mention without some photographs of the cuteness...tomorrow, probably.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Road Trip!

Friday night T & I drove up to Freeport, IL to go to the Stephenson County Fibre Art Fair (Cedarville, IL). There was not too much traffic, but after about a 1/2 hour of driving my tire pressure light went on. I got off the highway, and checked the pressure. Added a bit of air, re-set the button, and drove for another 1/2 hour and the light went on again. We drove all the way back home, switched cars, and finally after 2 hours were really on our way. I had great maps, and phone numbers and all the info I could possibly need, and because I'm pretty organized it was all in a handy blue folder...which was left behind in the other car. Everything turned out okay, we got where we were going, and the beds at the hotel were good, and we had excellent road snacks thanks to T.

The fair was small, and everyone was friendly and wonderful. I am absolutely resisting spinning. I have too large a stash, and no place for a spinning wheel...yet.

The yarn above is by Sandy's Palette, it is so soft! I just could not resist. I resisted buying yarn with a picture and the name of the sheep it came from (see mention of large stash above) since I had no specific project in mind.

On the way home we got lost on our way to The Fold we spent a good 1/2 hour trying to figure out how to get there, but oh, it was worth it! What a lovely shop! We spent at least an hour browsing, and showing remarkable restraint, I only bought an Addi lace needle for my Swallowtail Shawl. As we were finishing up a whole busload from the Madison Knitters' Guild arrived, just as I was about to succumb to Socks that Rock (Algae, if you must know). Thanks ladies!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

If you don't use lifelines...

There I was sitting at that lovely little cafe with best friend T, chatting and enjoying the lovely afternoon, knitting this lace, confident that I could fudge through any incorrect counts or whatever...whatever.

Not quite. I was so lost I frogged the whole darn thing, and started over. Correctly. WITH lifelines.

Will I finish by June? Will I still be sane?

Saturday, April 12, 2008


I had enough brown yarn after all. Out of a 50g skein I had 2 1/2 grams left. The white lettering leftovers were 30g, and the green shapes had 40g left over.

One of the mittens has not yet been steamed, so one is still wrinkly and the other is nice and smooth and even.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Last night, I finished the brown poetry mittens. Phew! I have the ends woven in, they are just in need of some steaming and then they are totally done!

Photos will come sooner or later. I'm too tired today.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Just a thumb

I'm nearly finished. I only have one thumb to go, and this is how much is left in the skein...will it be enough?

It's not even a quarter of an ounce! How much does a thumb weigh?

Not really an emergency, I do have another skein. I don't really want to have to start a new skein on a thumb, but it's a challenge. Hmmm. What do you think? Will I make it?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Stash Flash 08

Here it is, where on earth did all of this yarn come from? Then there's a photo of the aftermath, and then I get to put it all away.