Monday, January 30, 2012

From The Fold

Okay, this is what I got at The Fold. I was only going to get some Socks That Rock, 
when I overheard someone gushing to my friend L. about Madeline Tosh yarn. 
She was an enabler in the wild, and then I looked and found this lovely purple, and oh, well.

Sorry, got a bit of cat hair on it there. Oops.

The colors are not good in the photos, the STR colors are much richer than here.
Just quick phone photos here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Who Knew?

I took the C's to the Art Institute of Chicago. C#2 wanted to look at Mesopotamian art, and we ended up in the area of Roman/Pompeian art. I was admiring this ancient glass when I realized - items like this must have been Missoni inspiration!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Trellis

My dear friend S. had a baby last year. I promised a sweater, I had the perfect yarn, Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Wool, and as usual it took me some time to find the perfect pattern. She is Irish, and I wanted something cabled and highly textured. I found Trellis on

C. moves pretty fast!
Yeah, it is a bit short. Some of us have gauge issues that we choose to ignore.
My first time putting in a button band, it wasn't too bad - but don't look too close.
Meet my spokesmodel, Blizzard.
The back, showing off the wonky collar grafting.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cuz Mittens Because

I have an awesome cousin. One of his children likes purple and these mittens are for her.

They are based on Beth Brown Reinsel's Morning Glory mittens which was a kit offered by the now defunct Dye Dreams. The yarn in the kit is really lovely, and very nice to knit with - I wish I had more of this yarn!
I didn't think the Morning glory suited my cousin's daughter. I love stripes, and I thought the cuff was adorable and so this is what came of these mittens. They are not twined, just stranded since I couldn't remember how to twine knit and I was trying to get these done quickly. Well, we all know I am not the fastest knitter anyhow, so at least they were finished this winter.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tuesday January 17th

The Windy City Knitting Guild will be having a presentation on the use of knitting and felting in the Waldorf curriculum by a knitting/felting teacher from the Chicago Waldorf School on Tuesday, January 17th.
I think it will be very interesting and I am really looking forward to learning more!

The Windy City Knitting Guild meets at the Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 
The meeting officially starts at 6:45pm, but we usually wait until 7:00pm so that everyone has time to settle in , get a plateful of snacks, and say hi to your friends!
I hope to see you there!

Friday, January 13, 2012


Before Christmas, as always, I made gingerbread.

Some of my cookie cutters, collected and inherited over the years.
Ready to go in the oven!
Lastly, decorated with white royal icing.
The decorating is something I started doing about 15 years ago. When I was a kid these were always plain.
An old high school classmate saw a photo I posted on a certain social networking site, and mentioned that they looked good. So I sent him some. A couple of weeks later...

R.'s Nonna's pizelle. She would have been proud.
Look what I got in the mail! YUM! A long distance cookie exchange.

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year's Day at The Fold

I was invited by the A. and L. to joinm them in their annual New Year's Day excursion out to The Fold sale in Marengo, IL. Nope, not in Chicago, and not even the suburbs. It's way out there and worth every single second that it takes to get there. The place is incredible!
The driveway was full of cars. We parked on the road.
Main entrance, seems pretty low key - looks can be deceiving!
Sale yarn and books in the garage. No, I didn't take photos inside - there was NO ROOM! It was jam packed with yarn, books, and shoppers.
Just inside the door of the shop, to the right of the door.
Straight ahead, showing part of the line.
To the left from the door.
Heading into dangerous territory here, Socks that Rock on the right. Madeline Tosh and more Socks that Rock on the left
Socks that Rock. Droooool.
More sock yarn, and needles and books.
More sock yarn and some mohair.
Part of the line to check out. I couldn't get the whole line in.
Just one shelf of some roving. That's JUST ONE of the MANY shelves of roving!
This stuff, oooooohhhhhh, it was like putting your hand in what you would imagine a cloud could feel like. Hey! I see my cowboy boot there at the top!

Toni, the amazing owner of The Fold.
More roving.
Someone's great sweater, I loved it! Nope, not handknit, it was storebought.
Some nice handmade soaps.
Food! A nice buffet, and refreshments. Toni opened up her home for shoppers to snack and hang out.

Just so you know, this is NOT the entire shop. It was crazy in there! I could barely make it back toward the worsted weight. This is just a sample of what The Fold has, and actually what makes the place so incredible is Toni. She was so warm and welcoming, and I think she knew every single person that walked in her door. This place is well worth a visit, but you've got to take your time there, there is just so much to see!

Oh, what did I buy? Um, well, some Socks that Rock called my name, and I was perfectly happy with just that until someone introduced me to some Madeline Tosh. 
I mean look at that place, I showed considerable restraint you know!
Okay, photos later. Maybe.
Happy New Year!