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It's Official!

We're moving to Napa!

We've found a house (bigger than the one in Seattle), I've found a gym and, more importantly, I found a great LYS!

I walked in to Yarns on First in Downtown Napa last week. There were 5 women sitting at a table right up front. I sat down, pulled out my Irish Hiking Scarf and started knitting. Had a blast!

My partner has already started his job. I plan to join him in June...as soon as I figure out what to do with a basement full of yarn!

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RainCityRick No More!

Well, my partner was just offered a fantastic job in Napa, California. It looks like RainCityRick may become WineCountryRick!

I know that there are a bunch of guys on here from the Bay Area. I'd love to get some information on any knitting groups in the area. We're thinking about either living in Napa itself or possibly a little closer in to the city (like Vallejo.) Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Rick

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A great use for your spare stash!

I just read about an organization in Philadelphia called Interim House. It's a 6-month residential program for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. They started a knitting and crocheting program in 2004. You can check out some of their handiwork here:

http://mcduf.blogspot.com/2007/02/february-2-and-february-9-2007.html

Looks like they could use any yarn donations - even odds and ends.

I've contacted them to get an address for donations. I'll post it here once I receive it.

Rick

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Brokeback Yarn?

I've been a big fan of yarn.com (aka Webs). They have great deals and even discount regularly priced yarns if you buy a certain amount. Check them out at yarn.com (pretty easy URL - bet it's worth a fortune!)

I got an email this morning talking about The Vickie Howell Collection. Okay, I'll bite. I follow the link. One of the selections that they have is a yarn called "Love." It's 70% Bamboo and 30% Silk. Sounds interesting. The description also mentioned that the colors are all named after famous couples. How cute.

So, I start scanning the list. The first one is Lloyd and Diane (from the movie Say Anything.) There are a bunch I don't recognize and then I see a beautiful pink yarn. The name - none other than Shelby and Jackson (from the movie Steel Magnolias) Perfect. The next one down the list is kind of purple. Guess who? Ennis and Jack (from the movie Brokeback Mountain.) Nice touch!

They've got some other fun combinations too:

- Mulder and Sculley (X-files)
- Harold and Maude (Movie of the same name)
- June and Johnny (Walk the Line)

I may have to knit something that combines characters from two of my favorite movies - maybe a scarf that alternates Shelby and Jackson with Ennis and Jack!

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Creative ideas for non-finishers?

Okay, so here's the deal. This is my first Christmas knitting and as a result, my first Christmas gifting knitting.

I've finished 4 sets of clogs for all the kids and I'm working on a scarf for my, um, my, what-do-I-call-her? - my partner's ex-wife (okay, that's your first assignment...what do I call her...and be careful, we have a great relationship!)

Anyway, I digress (as usual)

So, I've done the math and unless I knit 17 1/2 hours a day between now and Christmas morning, the scarf is not going to be completed.

What are some creative ways that you way-above-average creative guys have communicated an unfinished gift?

Thanks in advance,
Rick

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Secret Santa - Assignments Have Been Delivered

All Secret Santa assignments have been emailed. If you haven't received yours please let me know as soon as possible.

Happy HO-HO-HO'ing!

Rick

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SECRET SANTA - One last chance to register

So far, 13 guys have signed up to participate in the Secret Santa event.

In case you missed it - you send me your mailing address. On Monday, December 4th I'll send you the address of another guy. You'll send him an appropriate knitting-related gift (yarn, notions, patterns, etc.) worth around $15.00 USD. At the same time, someone else will be sending you one as well.

Deadline for sign-up is 7:00am US Pacific Time on Monday, December 4th.

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raincityrick = rturko

No worries! rturko has not disappeared. He hasn't hung up his needles (is that what one does when they give up the craft?)

We're in the process of moving to a new ISP and I've gotten carried away with registering domain names. Rain City (Seattle) Rick (my first name) is the latest.

Anyway, I'm still around knitting (and knitting in the round.)

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Shop Until You Drop!

Amazon.com introduced a new function this morning.  It allows you to create your own personal store.

I've created one called "Scratch and Stitch" which features knitting books of interest to men.  I've added a few that have been mentioned on MenWhoKnit.com as well as some that I've found useful.

Enjoy!

Rick

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Two significant yarn purchases this week

I bought two bundles of yarn for my stash this week:

1) From a seller on Craig's List I bought about 30 skeins of Red Heart yarn.  Assorted colors.  All of it is the usual acyrlic or acrylic/nylon blend.  Not a bad deal.  I don't usually use this kind of crap stuff (I'm a wool or cotton man) but it can't hurt to have it around for the next Knit a River project or something.

2) Yarn.com is having an incredible sale.  I'm really digging Araucania Nature Wool.  It was a recommended substitute for my all time favorite, Rowan Magpie (which was sadly discontinued last year.)  Nature Wool is a 100% wool yarn from Chile.  It is kettle-dyed by a women's cooperative.  There are subtle (and some not so subtle) changes in the color throughout the hank.  Very cool.  I haven't had a chance to felt any yet but I've heard it's fantastic felted (oh boy, more clogs!) 

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