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Wode Dyed Wool

do any of you know of a place that sells hand dyed wool using Wode? (It's an old stinky weed that used to be used for dying and making an amazing blue) - if you do, please let me know; I want to buy some and check it out - I hear a lot about it - it keeps creeping up in back episodes of "Cast-On" and I remember in an episode of "Dirty Jobs" they showed the guy who did the Wode dyeing centuries ago - apparantly it's REALLY stinky!

Thanks for any help or info guys!

Kyle

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Yarn Stores in San Francisco

We're going to go to "the city" for Memorial Day - I am going to try to get to a yarn store if possible - does anyone have suggestions as to which one(s) would be the best to venture to? We're trying to do research to eventually open a store of our own!

any suggestions of stores to visit would be appreciated!

Kyle

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oh no! open to suggestions

I am still working on this raglan cardigan and I was finishing it up this weekend - as I was sewing down the collar I realized in a fit of horror that I had accidentally picked up stitches along the collar for the zipper cover thingy - (this is the "Avast" sweater from knitty.com) -

I don't know what to do, because after you pick up and knit the right and left zipper cover things, you pick up around the bottom of the sweater and knit around that - so I can't just take out that zipper cover and re-do it, and I'm terrified of cutting it - I'm open to suggestions.

I think I'll just pick up along the other side of the collar, and knit it - doing this might make the collar a little bulky on the side I haven't turned down (the "oops" side) - so I don't know if it's the best idea - I am turning to all the fabulous knitters who know so much better than I to see what they come up with

help?

:)

Kyle

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child coat with Raglan Sleeve

does anyone know of a good child size cardigan/coat (for a girl) size 5/6 with a raglan sleeve? (knit in one piece from the bottom up would be RAD) - I was given the request by my Niece that she wants a pink coat knitted. -- the things we do for young'nz. Of course, she also wanted ribbon it (whatever that means) - maybe as the belt?

help?

:)

Kyle

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neat website

hey boys -

check out www.theanticraft.com

it's a riot! :)

hugs

Kyle

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Bishops Yarn in Chatsworth, CA SALE!!!

I have to tell you that Bishop's yarn in Chatsworth, CA is going to have a HUGE yarn sale this coming week - they have already put out the yarn and it's ready to go - they open on Tuesday at 10AM - I think they're selling all the "fun fur/funny/railroad, etc." yarn for $2 a ball - on Thursday the actual sale hits, and they'll be selling it all for $1 a ball!!!!) - I'll be there on Saturday to help out, but I did my pre-purchasing today while we set everything up - it's an amazing opportunity for those of us who like novelty yarns (even to bulk up our stashes) - for charity knitting, scarves, hats, baby things, whatever..

I can't guarantee the pricing of the sale, but I CAN guarantee if you like eyelash type yarn or fuzzy stuff, you'll be in HEAVEN!

if you're in the area, make sure you visit!

hugs

Kyle

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baby fair isle sweater pattern

does anyone know of a good baby sweater pattern (fair isle)that I might be able to use? I have looked online but I dont see anything exciting - the closest I got was some cardigan patterns using steeks (eek!)

I want to make a sweater for my new niece - she was just born - for a christmas gift this coming year - so I have enough time to work on it, and don't mind a complicated pattern -

just curious to see if anyone knew of any sites that had fair isle patterns that were cool - or of a good pattern somewhere that I could create my own fair isle pattern with - (some sort of formula that I could work with using graph paper to develop my fair isle patterns)

:)

Kyle

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hello all

hey guys - thanks for the notes and emails - I'm doing OK - not knitting a lot right now - just recovering from the trauma of spending a week back home in Indiana/Kentucky - dealing with families and the will and trust, etc. it's all frustrating and confusing - I have never dealt with any of it.

Death is the pits - it's a confusing event that throws tons of emotions in a big pit - it makes the most mundane tasks impossible to accomplish and the most insignificant things soooo important.

today (and this past while) my focus has been on getting access to the family photos - I want to send them all out to get them scanned and copied so that they are archived. When I went to visit my mom (mom and dad were divorced about a year ago) she gave me dad's family tree - so I have bought Reunion 8 (macintosh!) and I have been happily plugging in people - and I have discovered that I can put photos with the names, etc. it's all very interesting - I am hoping to record the history in a current medium (instead of floppy disks or scribbled on carbon copy typing paper) so that future folks in my family might not forget those people who are around now.

of course, my sister that has the trust (the house and everything in it) is keeper of the photos - where they sit in cardboard boxes in the basement (wet, damp, could flood!) - and she is being really difficult. It will be a process - but hopefully sanity will prevail and I'll get to copy the photos... I also would like a few other personal items that were my dads, but I'm mostly hoping to preserve the family history.

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Felted Messenger Bag

I started the felted messenger bag from knitty.com:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTsatchel.html

and I'm nearly through with the body of it - I just realized last night (in a sweat and panic) that I was supposed to use TWO strands of yarn together - I used only ONE - (the gauge swatch that I didn't do said that gauge was determined using size 13 needles, and two strands of yarn held together) - but the directions just said "cast on 52 stitches" (or something like that) - boo - I was wondering what you guys thought - do you think it'll still turn out like a messenger bag or not? Opinions?

I am going to finish it either way (using just single strand like I have been) - and I'll let you know what it looks like. I'll probably use 2 strands together for the strap to make it more stable...

I'm curious, and frustrated at the same time - I plan to modify this pattern some and make more of these, so it's not a total loss...

:)

Kyle

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Progress at the yarn shop

I did some painting this weekend at my LYS - there are notes and a few pics on my blog

www.kyleknits.blogspot.com

check it out if you have been following along. She has had a major increase in sales since we did the remodel. the knitting table seems to be filling up also!

it's not done by FAR - but it's looking good - any suggestions you have would be appreciated - feel free to comment on the site.

The owner (Florence) is doing much better - we took her to the hospital and she has recovered fully - kidney infection and bladder infection - she's OK now - lost 15 pounds - she's more docile right now - I think she's thankful that we're paying attention to her! :) I love her - she's grumpy and honest and one of the best people I have met in CA.

Hooray.

Happy Monday!

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