It has been a very long week….just when I thought work couldn’t get any more crazy it did.   I worked late Monday, Thursday and went in for several hours yesterday.   And while the work isn’t all that physical it drains me more than anything.  

So what does a gal need when she has a closet bulging with yarn?   Buy more yarn of course!   I guess because of all the stress at work I needed some yarn therapy.   Big time.   Last Sunday I picked up two skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash at GY in OKC.   My son has a job now where he is working out in the weather a big part of the day.   He said the wind gets biting and his neck and chin feel like they are going to fall off.   Say no more!   Mom will knit for you!   lol  Like I need an excuse.   I found The Marson Watchcap on Ravelry and loved the swirl it makes on the decrease rounds.   So I decided to knit that hat along with a simple gaiter in the same stitch pattern.   Hat is well on it’s way and gaiter is waiting in the wings:

Funny how cloudy days affect the color of a picture.   This is a nice teal which the picture barely gives a hint of…..this is a twisted rib pattern.   What is different about it is you knit 25 rows or so and then you flip your work so that what was outside is now inside.   That is why you see a sort of line of demarcation.   The bottom half is the cuff, which when folded up will look just like the top part that is now the outside.   Cool, huh?   I will make a gaiter out of the same yarn and same stitch pattern to go with his hat.

I had a very nice Loopy credit that accumulated from my frequent shopping at The Loopy Ewe.   I decided to spend some of it earlier this week.   Before I show you my purchases I do want to say I wish other online merchants took their cues from The Loopy Ewe.   Let me explain:   I buy many things online from books to yarn to clothes, phones and shoes.   I do take advantage of ‘free shipping’ because shipping rates are pretty pricey to me.   With that in mind, it takes a week plus to get items from some of these places.   I ordered my yarn from The Loopy Ewe on Tuesday and had it in my hands on Thursday!!   Sheri’s customer service is outstanding.   Why can’t the book sellers and *ahemm*  knitting needle sellers get it right?   When I use the free shipping perk I think it goes into a bin marked:  Slow Boat to China.   Unreal.   Anyway back to my yarn!!   I bought two skeins of each, first sKNITches Bebop Sock:

I LOVE these colors together.    No way would I knit socks out of this.   I bought two skeins with a shawl/wrap/scarf in mind.   880 yards total, what would you suggest?

I picked up two skeins of String Theory, Caper Sock.   Never heard of it before.  It had cashmere in it and I loved the color, an Aegean Sea blue……

This yarn is soooooo soft!!   I hate to downplay the sKNITches but when I ‘pet’ this skein the comparison is over.   lol   Not fair to Bebop Sock since it has no cashmere but wow.   Again, I had a shawl/wrap/scarf in mind for this yarn.   800 yards, what would you knit with this yarn? 

I don’t get it.   I took the picture above of the String Theory and then took this picture within the same minute:

You wouldn’t know it was the same yarn.   I did move the camera closer but geeez….this is way off.   lol

L & B Yarn has this gorgeous Linen Stitch Scarf on display knitted from Manos Silk Blend.   I have had a Jones for the Linen Stitch going all the way back to when I first learned to knit.   I played with it a time or two but never really got into it.   Fast forward to 6 years ago and I dug out my book with the instructions and this time I got it!   I never really completed anything in this pattern but I am still very attracted to it.   Anyway, I bought some Manos Silk Blend:

I think this will make a beautiful Linen Stitch Scarf. 

Stash Management:  I was in *al-Mart Friday evening and they have my pop-up hampers back in stock!   I picked up three more.   I haven’t started sorting yet but at least I have the bins.   Yay! 

Sorry, I don’t have any pictures to show of this but Charlie’s tank was becoming a problem.  We had an algae bloom going on.   Yuck.   My fish expert told me it was not harmful to Charlie but it looked nasty and yucky to me plus it was an embarrassment for anyone who came into my office to see.   I decided to get some snails.   I picked some up on Thursday at noon.   I bought 6 although only 5 made it.   By Friday morning it was unreal how much those snails had cleaned up that tank!   Charlie wasn’t terribly upset although he did seem to ‘focus’ on one snail more than the others.   One did get on the wall of the tank by one of Charlie’s narrow paths…..he flared a bit over that but the snail eventually moved so all was well.   lol   Yesterday when I went to work the tank was even more clear than it had been on Friday.   Problem was only 3 snails were visable.   I checked the floor and didn’t see two wandering snails.   Plus there is a cover…although it does have a couple of openings I guess a snail could escape from…..anyway I’m hoping they were burrowed in the rock and will come out eventually.   My fish expert told me the snails will not last as long as the fish will….so with that in mind….I decided not to name them.   lol   Yeah….I’m a softee…..(edited to show Charlie in a previous picture)

Charlie....pre-luxury tank days.....

We are supposed to get some snow tonight/tomorrow.   I hope it is nothing compared to what we’ve had……I hope all of you stay warm and cozy and spend lots of time knitting.



  1. 1
    Carolyn Says:

    Yummy, yummy stash enhancements! Your pics are making it hard for me to be good…lol.

  2. 2
    Linda Says:

    Don’t you love getting new yarn? And….who’s Charlie?

  3. 3

    Charlie is my betta fish! I added a picture above although it was pre-tank days.

  4. 4

    Oh Kay….I LOVE your yarn! I’ve knit with Manos single ply wool before but I’ve never knit with the silk…..your new yarn is seriously enticing me to break my oath to knit from stash!

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