On my way to my grandmother's yesterday, I stopped off at Shirley's Yarn & Gifts (Rte. 1 in Hancock, Maine, if you ever find yourself in the neighborhood) to see what they had on hand. They've got some really nice yarns and the staff are all very friendly, so I always enjoy visiting there. Anyway, just before I could ask, one of the staff pointed out to me that they had just gotten in some Malabrigo yarn, which I've been dreaming about for a while now and really obsessing on recently. If you haven't seen/touched it before, it's a wonderfully soft merino singles yarn, all handpainted. It's kind of like a yarn version of heroin - one touch and you're addicted. It's the kind of yarn that makes you want to strip down and jump naked into a giant vat of it...really! It's...well, you get the picture.
Location, location, location...one of our knitting groups folded after a few month, the other is still going strong. I think there were several factors involved, but location was the biggest.
One was held in a well-lit cafe (there are extra lights that get turned on when the knitters are there) with two comfy couches and plenty of room to pull up additional chairs (different kinds of seating is a plus). The cafe has a good menu with lots of choices (food and beverages, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine, beer, etc). Music, but not so loud that it makes conversation difficult.
Do you knit for the current season or for the season ahead?
Here is an hilarious site about vintage knitting designs. I laughed out loud!
Years ago when I was first learning to knit, I had a couple of friends who knew how and I was discussing my progress with them. Over the course of the conversation, one of them happened to say, "Oh yes, and knitting is great because you can do so many other things while you're knitting." To myself, I thought, "Uh, OK. Whatever you say." But, I had to resist my desperate urge to wholeheartedly disagree. Surely I listen to music or the radio or I listen to what's on TV with only the occasionaly quick glance up, but to what the hell else could she have possibly been referring? Reading? Sex? At this point, I guess I'll never know.
A slow period at work gave me a chance to finish up the love blanket square. It turned out almost exactly the correct size, so blocking it should be a cinch. I should be able to get it washed, blocked and off in the mail Monday. I was also able to knit up a swatch of the new Silky Tweed yarn. I've attached photos of both.
After work, I'm planning on driving 3 1/2 hours to my grandmother's for her birthday. I'm thinking it won't be that fun a drive on little or no sleep, but it's my favorite place in the world. How could you not love a place that looks like this? Aside from that, there's a really nice little LYS on the way that I haven't visited since the summer. I only want to touch the yarn...no, really. :-)
Someone on LiveJournal posted a link to The Panopticon today. It's fabulous. I giggled. It totally needed to be shared.
This is a fun idea!
A note to anyone from the Oakland, CA area. The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) is holding its National Conference there - April 20-23. Check out details of our event at www.TKGA.com. Hope you can come! We're expecting as many as 70 exhibitors (you can buy) and 40+ knitting classes and 3,000 visitors.
Here is my latest jacket for a woman at work