Friday, June 30, 2006

House is being listed...

We met with our realtor tonight and signed a ton of paper work. The Town house is going in the MLS listings tonight, and we're planning an open house for 7/8. Wish us luck! I know the sooner it sells, the sooner we move. It's both good and bad, since we really do want to be home in Seattle, but it's bad in that I'll be leaving a wonderful group of friends :(.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

LaLa Scarf

Presenting LaLa from the book Greetings From the Knit Cafe in all her glory pinned out and blocking.

I used Feza Kid Mohair, there are 275 yards in a ball. The label says it weight approx .88 oz, but my scale isn't that accurate, both the scarf and the remainder of the ball weight .4 oz, so it's about half of 275.... 137.5 yards for the scarf as it is in the pattern.

Next one I do, I will add more repeats and make it longer. As written in the book it really is just an accent scarf.

Edited to add: As Marie pointed out in the comments, this is made with 1 ball of yarn, the yarn is verigated so all the color changes come from the yarn itself. Thanks Marie for pointing that out.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

No knitting content.

This is what my desk used to look like, no wonder I rarely used my desk top.

Well after a bit of organizing and purging, I found my desk. Amazing what little attention my desk needed to be a desk again.

Here's Thelma playing her little game of peek-a-boo. I swear my cat thinks she's not a cat, she sits and rolls over on command too.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Off the wagon I fall...

Marie is keeping me honest, and Mary caught me being honest. Yes I did fall off the yarn buying wagon, but for good reasons and I did reset my ticker to relfect falling off the wagon. I also managed to stay on that wagon for 12 whole days. I even went to a couple yarn stores and bought no yarn durning that time. Pasadena Daytimers SnB, my weekly group therapy, has been around for a year now and we are getting together for lunch and a KAL, we're knitting the LaLa Scarf from Greetings From the Knit Cafe

3 balls of Feza Kid Mohair. I was good this is all i bought. Needles don't count since they are tools and not yarn and I only bought the set seen in the pic.

Ok, now that I'm back to square one, and DH is wondering if I'm sick, he gave me a little bit of money to spend on yarn while he's off doing his paintball thing Saturday. We'll see if I go get a pedicure and a manicure or buy more yarn. I really need to get the pedicure and manicure, but I want to get more yarn (i really don't NEED more) We'll see just how far I can stretch the little bit of money he gave me. Don't worry I will be honest and update my ticker if I do buy yarn this weekend.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Yarn Candy

On the yarn crawl I picked up some wonderful roving at La Petite Knitterie.

I did remember to actually take a picture of the roving...but just barely. I had spun all but what is in the pic before I, but you get the idea. It started out like this:

This is Hand Painted Rovings by Lori Lawson of Capistrano Fiber Art Studio. Unfortuantely I can't remember the colorway, but it is approximately 2.0 oz and it's Alpaca/Merino Wool/Tussa Silk (50/30/20)

And this lovely yarn is what I ended up with. It is approx. 130 yards. 10wpi, so that makes it a worsted weight yarn, and it is wondefully soft. This is the best pic I could get, and I still don't think it does justice to the colors.

I'm thinking it either wants to become wrist warmers or a narrow drop stitch scarf, I haven't quite decided yet, we'll see what it finally turns out to be.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Group Therapy Field Trip... other words my weekly group therapy....Knitting with the Pasadena SnB group, decided to take a field trip. We went on a yarn crawl in the OC yesterday. I haven't yet taken pics of my acquisitions...Yes I do realize I'm still owing on the last post, but I'm cleaning, organizing and packing and in the midst of all that I keep forgetting to take pics.

This yarn crawl has resulted in me deciding to go on a yarn buying fast, hence the newly added ticker, you can get and customize one at Ticker Factory. Oddly enough I knew about Ticker Factory even before it went live, I am a guide at Fertility Friend and have been for years and know the owners, Ticker Factory actually sprung from the message boards at FF and grew to the point where the founders/admins of FF decided they needed another site. As a member of the guide team, I get to preview new developments before they go live. Oh where was that thought going....oh yes...I knew about way back before it went live, but it wasn't until Marie (The TC one, sometimes it's hard having a friend with the same name) pointed it out to me on someone else's blog that I ever thought to use it as a yarn purchase ticker. So far so good, 1 day and no urge to go acquire more yarn, we'll see how long that lasts.

I arrived at Yarn Lady to find Mary and Melise already debating about yarn in the play pens at they're June Bag Sale. No worries it was still early, and even as I was checking out the busy workers there were loading more yarn into the "play" pens.

The sorting....

My take, less one bag of white Lullaby. A bit more than I expected to spend, but it's still not the most I've spent at a Bag Sale, and Mary did spend more than me, I think she held the record there.

At this point, the batteries in my camera decided to die on me, so you'll have to enjoy the rest of the pics at Mary ,Jillian and Teresa's blogs. Honestly, my camera is a good camera, it's just a little thing that doesn't ring, which why I have so many problems with it....I can't call it to find it so I rarely remember where it is, but when I have it, I forget that it needs batteries.

After that we went to lunch, needed to refuel for the rest of the day. Over lunch we went to a lovely little knittery called, La Petite Knittery, I had been there once before, and fell in love with the roving they have. This trip, I fell in love with the hand painted yarns. The owner of the store is very helpful, and grateful to have our little troupe stop in, none of us left empty handed. Definitely a store I hope to visit again, before I move back to Seattle. I will take pics of what I bought there, but it's 2 skeins of hand painted, 2 balls of lace weight silk and 2 bags of roving.

After taking pics, we were off and running again, no at this point I guess I hadn't spent enough money, because I ended up buying some Rowan Denim and some DMC crochet thread at Velona Needlecraft. A veritable warehouse of yarn, thread, books, and crosstitch supplies. This was only my 2nd trip there, but it still is a bit overwhelming, row after row of yarn on shelves that seem to go to the ceiling, they may have actually gone that high, but I'm not really sure. Definitely a place to explore over the course of several trips. Luckily we had Madge(who is sadly blogless) to guide us through the store, she is a Velona Vetran.

What good is a group knitting therapy trip without stopping to knit and chat. We drove to the other side of the parking lot, it really was hot and we had done quite a bit of yarn shopping at this point, to stitch and bitch for a bit while restoring our energy for the trip home at Starbucks.

All in all a very worthwhile Yarn Crawl and I'm glad I didn't bail out at the last minute, DH's wasn't so happy when he heard how much I have spent... he hasn't seen the bags of yarn yet and I don't thing he will see it all at the same time, well at least not in a way he can tell when I bought the yarn.