I bought some new yarn tonight with the intent to make something for myself. It's San Mateo from Needful Yarns in color 4179. It's a mixture of black, brown, and cobalt hues... really fuzzy and soooo soft! I've never worked with yarn like this before and it's very, very difficult to see the stitches - so much so, that I've stopped caring whether my rib is properly formed. Extreme knitting!
I need needles! I'm thinking of the Crystallites from Susan Bates because they're cheap and quite cute. I feel my artistic integrity is being oppressed by my lack of tools and accessories. Browsing through the bestselling knitting books at Amazon has been a lot of fun. It's great to read all of the customer reviews. As much as I'd love this set of rosewood needles and the Vogue Knitting Book, I love a trip to Mexico even more.
I've got a pullover hoodie with a front pocket that is the perfect size for storing a hat-in-process along with a ball of yarn. Whenever I had to wait, I'd just reach in and start adding to the hat. It made waiting for the bus so much more tolerable.
While on the bus, I finally got a seat and immediately pulled out the needles. Two older gentlemen came over and sat near me and asked, "Is that pretty easy once you get the hang of it?" and we proceeded to talk about knitting, the South, and San Francisco. I let them in on how cheap it is to knit your own hats, the many varieties of yarn available, and other interesting tidbits while the front of the bus stared at me knit.
I've read of people spending three hours in a yarn store and now I, I'm happy to say, am one of those people.
I have been dreaming of double-pointed needles for the past few days. I'm ready to makes hats and gloves! Having been to Imagiknit, I decided to spread my wings and try a new store - ArtFibers.
ArtFibers is awesome! I spoke with Roxanne on the phone prior to going and when I got to the store, both she and Kira were a big help. Roxanne took a look at my pattern and showed me their yarns which would achieve that guage. I sat in the "Yarn Tasting Area" and, with Kira's help, worked on a few swatches until we found the right yarn/needle combination. She told me I knit "really, really, really tight" but I'm not sure how to knit more loosely... The yarn specs at 19s=4" with some #8's, but I got 21s=4" with #9's. Look out!
I'm going on a fast, starting tomorrow. If past experiences are any indicator, about halfway during the week I'll have excessive energy and little need for sleep. This seems like a great opportunity to do more knitting!
Fasting is a great experience, but the first few days can be a bit rough. I anticipate knitting being particularly centering this week. I also look forward to the sense of accomplishment I'll feel when my scarf is completed this week, an event which will be chronicled both here and in my fasting blog.
I hosted a very enjoyable evening of food, wine, and knitting last night. Good company, good conversation, and educational; I learned I was purling incorrectly! The result, however, is interesting... the forthcoming photos of the back-side of the camo scarf will illustrate.
It was nice to share stories about our history with needlework and the responses we get when people see us knitting in public. I hope this becomes a regular thing... what a great way to spend an evening!
Here are a couple of pictures of my first project. My dexterity and understanding of the interplay between stitches has improved a lot since beginning and rows are being finished faster and faster!