Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I went looking for some sock yarn. Now I already had a ball of sock yarn (actually two) but I wanted, or thought I wanted, something for a pair in the latest IW Knits. Really I think I may have just wanted to go to the yarn shop. Perhaps you can relate?
None of the sock yarn seemed just right. Instead, a shop sample of scarf and some more Jojoland yarn, this time in fingering weight, caught my eye.
The pattern is "Teal Forest" and the shop sample was done in the wonderful blue/green color shown on the pattern sheet. I'm going instead for this dark purple-y/red that reminds me so much of a pint of ripe blackberries.
Unlike my last Jojo ride, this one doesn't change colors, but only shades within one color. I'm hoping it will block out nicely and look more like the pattern and shop sample.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
color 98 - rice pudding
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
SP: What's your favorite thing about my knitting?
JP: It allows you to get rid of all your creative energy.
SP: What is your least favorite thing about my knitting?
JP: You're always knitting. I'm just kidding you. That's not really a bad thing and it doesn't bother me.
SP: What's something I've knitted that you recall as being good?
JP: A sweater.
SP: A sweater? I've never knitted a sweater!
JP: I was talking about that little baby sweater. It was really nice. I like your shawls fine, but they're a little bit odd.
SP: Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby:
JP: It doesn't have to be. It could be I guess if you buy a lot of yarn and never finish anything.
SP: Do you have any hobbies?
SP: What are they?
JP: Fool around with computers and stuff and go to movies and concerts.
SP: If we compared money spent on hobbies, who would spend the most?
JP: Ah! Here's what we're getting to. I've never tried to figure it out. Neither one of us spends a whole lot.
SP: Has my knitting in public ever embarassed you?
SP: Do you know my favorite kind of yarn.
JP: I mean non-synthetic. Natural fibers.
SP: Hey! That's right!
SP: Can you name another blog?
JP: Kay's blog? Oh, great; a two-day old blog is all I can think of.
SP: Do you mind if we check out yarn stores everywhere we go?
JP: No. I really don't mind.
SP: Do you read Stringplay?
JP: No. I have seen it before.
SP: Ever left a comment?
JP: No. I'm lucky. I get to make my comments in person.
SP: Do you think the house would be cleaner if I didn't knit?
JP: No, 'cause you'd be doing something else. You're always doing some stuff. Doesn't matter to me. I think it's fine.
SP: Anything else you'd like to add in closing?
JP: If you didn't knit, you'd always be complaining and I wouldn't get a moment's peace. Not only are you happy, it takes some of the heat off me and that's always welcome. Well I'm just glad you knit and stuff because it keeps you from going crazy and I think it makes my life easier.
SP: Thanks for playing along for the blog.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Just one night away from home can sometimes be quite restorative. We didn't feel we could be away from home too long right now but longed for at least a quick getaway so settled on an overnight trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Weather really cooperated and it was much, much cooler with fine breezes and no humidity.
Naturally I did a little pre-trip surfing to map out a couple of yarn shops.
Friday I visited The Yarn Circle in Murphy, NC. It was a very nice shop and I was pleased with my few purchases. (There is no way I can start on any of it yet though as I'm a bit buried in WIPs at the moment.)
Saturday was a bit warmer, but still nice and I set off for Silver Threads and Golden Needles in Franklin, NC. Since their website mentioned tatting and cross stitch, I was looking forward to seeing how they combined everything into one shop. Turns out it is actually three shops in one. The front (and larger) room is devoted to yarns and primarily knitting. The center room is weaving and had some lovely items displayed and several looms warped.
I really cannot tell you too much about these two rooms though because as soon as I walked into the center room my eyes went to a Hardanger lambrequin (valance-like piece) hung at the top of the doorway into the back stitchery room. It was a tiny room simply filled with embroidery floss, pearl cottons, fabrics, and design booklets.
And who do you think I there met? The owner of the Needlework Nook, Linda Abel. Linda Abel is a longtime needlework designer. I recognized her name as the designer of several pieces that I have admired and a number of which I've managed to stitch. What a thrill! So many of the pieces that I have seen in books and needlework magazines were there 'in person' for me to see up close. We talked for the longest time. She even has (that elusive of all items; the missing piece to my Bunad) - a blouse pattern! And she took my name and address and offered to share it with me. Imagine!
So you will understand after all this that I didn't feel like I could stay (and keep the husband waiting) any longer. I never got a chance to really look at the Habu in the yarn room or discover what tatting supplies they carried. But we have promised another trip back up in the fall when the weather is cooler.
The piece above is one of Linda's that I stitched from the Spring 1999 issue of "The Needleworker" (no longer published). It was a 2-part feature and seemed like the perfect introduction to stitching the lacy edge. The other pieces of Linda's that I have stitched were given away. But not to worry. Linda so very graciously shared a few of her now out-of-print designs and I came away with the supplies to start another - this time to keep.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
last in, first out