Azul y Verde and other things….

Meet Azul y Verde:

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Back in 2007 when we first attended a Stitches event, we had no clue as to what we needed as shoppers (besides money!) to attend an event like Stitches East.   Anything you carry weighs 25 times its weight in about 15 minutes.   First thing thru the door I bought a whole bag of Noro Silk Garden.   I was given a brown shopping bag with twisted handles.   In no time it was cutting into my hands.   Someone in our group saw several shoppers with a lime green fabric bag and found out we could purchase one for $5.   Needless to say that booth made out like bandits!   We all bought one as it was much easier on the hands.   Still yet, it was a nuisance and became very heavy.   That was our lesson learned.   When Marjie and I went to Stitches Midwest 2008 we knew we needed something on wheels.   Marjie loaned me her rolling duffle and I had a purse that was designed to be carried like a backpack.   I found out really quick that backpack was a pain in the behind.   Anyway, about 2 months ago Marjie had gone shopping at T J Maxx and found Azul.   She called me at work to tell me about her find.   I ran over after work that day and paid $20 for Verde.   That was an good $20 investment.   When we walked into Stitches South 2009 we were prepared.   We packed water, our wallets, one knitting project and we were off!    We were pointed out by other shoppers who had heavy bags or purses on their shoulders.   One set of ladies pointed and said that’s what we should have done.    I told them this was our third show and we learned the hard way the first show.   One lady said we were their heroes!   lol

Azul y Verde are our best buds now.   If you plan on attending a huge shopping event you’ll want one of your own.   Believe me.   🙂

I had the best Saturday afternoon yesterday!   I met with a great bunch of gals and we knitted, talked and munched on goodies all afternoon long.   We had show-n-tell as a few of us had attended different knitting events.    We all came home with lucious yarn not found in our area.    It is so nice to see everyone’s knitting projects.   And best of all to be able to talk and share with people you enjoy who love knitting is a true joy!  Once again I didn’t get a picture of our group but maybe I’ll do so the next time.   We definitely plan on doing this again and again.

I wound the Lisa Souza Hardtwist Petite last night.   I love this yarn!!   I can’t begin to describe the spring to that yarn.   I cast on for Ishbel and worked on it for about an hour before I had to call it a night.    I guess that is part of the reason I cannot stand to knit with yarn that does not please my sense of touch.   I loved squeezing that skein all the way home from Atlanta.   I was torn about winding it but knew it might be more beautiful in yarn cake form (it was) and then to see how it is unfolding in the knitted piece…omg!   Her yarn is sold directly by her only.   She has a website and I would strongly encourage everyone to go visit that site and see all her gorgeous yarn.   She was trained as a water colorist and that is why her yarns are so unique and beautiful.      Also she was a pleasure to visit with while in her booth.

Something I noticed that finally ‘clicked’ with me:   After attending Stitches events and the many stops at various yarn shops the past few years, I’ve noticed something about the indie dyer yarns.   You can tell who is just starting out, who has gone beyond the basics and the ultimate professionals.

Another thing I have said before and will say again,   we have the best yarn shops here in the state of Oklahoma.   I’ve visited shops in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Maryland, Colorado, Alabama, California and Georgia.   Yes, we’ve found some great shops in those states but overall, our stores are still tops!     So if you are the type of knitter who loves a good road trip and your favorite destinations are yarn shops you are missing out if you don’t visit our state.   😉

I have bought several books in the past month or so all knitting books and all about socks.   One of our books sellers here in Norman has been sending out email coupons.   I’ve taken advantage of that and yesterday bought Wendy Johnson’s new book Socks from the Toe Up.   It is a beautiful book!   Plenty of gorgeous patterns and lovely color examples.

My wish:  That publishers of knitting pattern books would use spirals for those books.   You who know me know I can’t stand to mar a book in any way.   That includes opening a book wide to place on a copy machine glass.   Oh…I always make a working copy of the pattern I’m knitting so I don’t mess up my book.   So putting the book on that copy glass to make my working copy makes me cringe because of the damage it does to the book.     I did take some knitting books to a place here in Norman to do the spiral edges.   The first trip was great.   The second trip was a disaster.   The gal who did the task did not know what she was doing.   She brought my book to me and asked me if I noticed the book was published with the pages out of order.   ??????   She had put the spiral in and handed me the book thinking I believed it was published that way.   I had to hand it back and show her that she had punched the holes in the wrong side of the pages and that she had stacked the pages wrong before she inserted the spiral.   She ruined my book.   Yes, it is still usable but the page edge is now at the edge of the printed word.   Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr   Yes, they gave me my money back (for both books although only one was ruined) and it did cover the price of the ruined book.   I am afraid to go back for fear of more ruined books.   So if publishers would take that extra step our books would come in usable form.   Just my wish.    lol

I’m just now feeling more normal after the allergy/cold stuff I came down with in Atlanta.   I have a bookshelf from work coming to my house some time this week.   It will be used for yarn and knitting.   Did you think it would be used for anything else??   lol   I need to make sure every thing is in order.   I’ll leave you with this picture of my sweet Lexi.   Notice the sisal mouse she is ignoring.   Believe me she is in full attack mode and does the ignore thing while playing with that mouse.   Good thing it is made of sisal because she attacks and claws that poor mouse like crazy!

Lexi and mouse

Lexi and mouse

Happy knitting!!!!

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