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The deal…..

March 14, 2010

This is how it went down.   It was a bright, sunny but chilly Saturday morning.   The drop spot:  an empty concrete parking lot.   I had circled by earlier but did a run through downtown and came back.   I parked in a side lot, easier to get in and out.   It was 10:04, surely the store was open.   There was a gray car parked in the formerly empty lot.   I noticed there were two occupants in the car.   I got out to go check the store door.   The gray car’s door opens and a voice calls out,  “Come sit in the back seat.”   I know these gals.   I try to tell them the store is open but I get a hand gesture rushing me over to the car.   I slip into the back seat.   Manna!!   Two bags of the beloved, elusive and hard to get Wollmeise Yarn!!!  And it is for sale.    (Can you sense the drool sliding down my chin?)   This is what I scored:

The pictures were taken on a bright sunny table at the Norman Panera.   It washed out the variegated skein.   The yellow is a lovely cantelope yellow, soft with a drop of orange.   The other is a gorgeous skein filled with plummy goodness.   I am DELIGHTED beyond relief that I was able to score these two skeins of yarn.   I also want to thank Kathy of KC and Ellen of OKC for enabling us so nicely!   lol 

Poor Marjie missed out on the box of yarn a week ago and the Wollmeise deal also.   She really sounded so pathetic yesterday (froggy, croaky sick) that I scored a skein of Wollmeise for her also.   

Today I did a bit of spring cleaning.   I pulled clothes from the closet that I’ll never wear, old purses, and various books, gadgets that are sitting around cluttering things up and took them to Goodwill.   I had enough to fill my car trunk and the floorboard and front seat, passenger side.   It feels good to get rid of extra stuff!  

Still haven’t gotten the dryer fixed.   I think that is what prompted me to gather for Goodwill, I had some bags in the laundry room already filled.   So I just gathered some more from the closets and made a run.  

On the knitting front:  I’ve been working on Multnomah.   I skipped a row or added one a second time and spent most of yesterday tinking back.   Ugh.   I’m glad I love the yarn I’m using, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Gold Hill colorway, because it is so pretty it keeps me from throwing it down in frustration.  

I see some interesting sights from my 2nd story view on Main Street.   I know this isn’t a very good picture but I saw this vehicle on Friday:

There is some ‘small building’ like fixture in the bed of the pickup.   It had OSU Cowboys and Dodger memorabilia on it.   Every surface of that pickup had bumper stickers or poster-like signs all over it.   And every item was mentioning a sports team.   There were baseball helmets on the hood.  Literally.   About 4 if I remember right.   Can you imagine driving a vehicle like that?   Not me.   lol  

I haven’t taken any pictures of Charlie in awhile.   I caught him ‘napping’ in the leaves of this silk plant the other day. 

And Miss Lexi is doing fine.   She’s taking a nap right now.   About 20 minutes ago I heard this ‘sucking’ noise and looked at her.   She was curled up, nose covered with paws…..sucking like she was nursing!   lol   And she was sound asleep.   Bless her little kitty heart.  

This is spring break week and I know many are off on destinations.   Me, I’ll be right here….working.   Hope you have lots of knitting time this week!

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Acquisitions……

February 7, 2010

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.

Some things on Sunday….

September 27, 2009

I never would have dreamed that some handy item from the kitchen would be such a handy tool in knitting, but it is.   I cannot remember where I read about using a salad spinner to rid a knitted item of excess water when blocking.  I am guessing I read it on Ravelry but it has been so long ago I forgot.   I know I looked at different salad spinners in the store but most had a point in the center bottom or along the sides and that would not work with knitting.   I had it in my head that my salad spinner had one single point at the bottom center and I was wrong.   Yay!   I first tested it while blocking Ostrich Plumes.   It worked like a charm.   I would highly recommend using this on your next blocking project. 

Speaking of Ostrich Plumes:

The pattern is Ostrich Plumes by Anne Hanson.   I promise the pictures do not do the item justice.   (Most pictures of knitted items don’t, IMHO.)  The yarn is Prism Saki in the Tumbleweed colorway.   I bought it at GYC in OKC.   Don’t go rushing up there to buy that colorway as they are out.   I was knitting on this in L & B one Sunday a few weeks ago and two customers wanted to know the yarn and name.   One did rush up to GYC and bought the last two skeins.   lol   But they do have many other gorgeous colorways in stock.  The yarn is a joy to knit with.   I loved the way the colors pop and did not pool.   This pattern is so easy to memorize.   There is one ‘working row’ and 3 simple rows.   I counted my stitches after each ‘working row’ and didn’t have to worry for 3 rows.   Easy to knit on while talking with other knitters.   No deep concentration or constant searching a chart or lines to keep your place.   Easy Peasy.  

I also picked up a long forgotten UFO, my Bubble Bag.   I’m using 15’s or 17’s with a strand of 220 along with one strand of Kureyon.   I think I last knitted on this a year ago.   It is into the portion where I’ll knit forever to get it long enough.   I cast on 2.5 as many stitches as the pattern called for.   I wanted a bigger bag so we’ll see how that goes.  

I bought a set of the Zephyr needles from Knit Picks.   I haven’t used them yet but I will soon.   I bought them for the express purpose of knitting with darker yarns.   I also bought two packages of the blocking pins.   Ugh.   Tried to use them today when blocking a scarf and I do not like them.   I have some dressmaker pins that are rustproof and I’ll continue to use those as they are much easier to push in and remove.  

Welcome Charlie!   Charlie is my betta fish.   He was given to me by my co-workers.   Believe me, he was a complete surprise.   And surprisingly to me, I really enjoy him.   As I am prone to do since I’ve been on the internet, I’m researching care of  betta’s and realize this bowl set up has to go.   It is inhumane in my books and while I am trying to find the better tank for him I am doing frequent water changes.   There is so much information out there and much of it conflicts with what you just read.   I finally got a book on betta’s published by Animal Planet.   I know the new tank needs to have a heater and filtration.   The pump is the big question.   A pump with too much current is not good for Charlie but one with a light current could be fun for him.   Decisions!   Decisions!!  

I walked into the living room last week and there was Lexi….lounging around with one paw draped over her favorite mouse.   Good thing it is covered with sisal rope.   Believe me, she gives it some rough treatment.   lol 

I really loved the fall weather we had last week.   Today’s heat spell is too much in my books.   I’m so ready for fall!  

Hope all of you are knitting and relaxing on this Sunday afternoon.