Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I love my SnB group

Ok, I confess, I got tired of the heat and decided I needed to cool off a bit so I took a little drive to The Black Sheep in Encinitas and the beach of course. So what came home with me, some Reglia Bamboo sock yarn and 2 cones of Habu Textiles Wool Stainless Steel. It really is 75% wool and 25% stainless steel, it's lace weight, but curiosity got the better of me.

I love my SnB group, AKA my weekly therapy session. I showed up today and there was cake and presents. Someone said surprise and I think I asked what's the occasion...LOL. The occasion is my going away, even though I don't have a move date yet, I will be heading up to Seattle, sans DH, for 2-3 weeks, then it's just a matter of time until the house is sold and we move to Seattle for good. We had cake with our weekly knitting goodness.

They gave me*sniff* These are some of the sweetest ladies I know. They gave me a $60 GC to Little Knits, which also happens to live in Seattle, I know, I've been there it's an adorable little store. I'll have to take pics to share when I go there in a week or 2.

Back to the presents: A bag that was hand painted by our Joan, 3 candles also pianted by Joan, some stitch markers hand made by Joan...(I'm noticing a theme here), another candle and

some note paper.

And there was the basked, full of coffee, teas, hot cocoa, a glass, a margarit glass, a coffee mug and some ice cream toppings.

More yarny goodness:

3 skeins of Lorna's Laces Sock yarn for less that $6. I know such a steal, well it's not as good as all that I did manage to fill a card on my last vist to Unwind so that was $30 saved right there.

and last but certainly not least, some Blue Sky Aplaca - Aplaca Silk in amethyst.

Wow that's a lot of blog for one day. It's hot and I'm worn out.... back to the knitting.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

When I fall....

When I fall I fall big..... Went to a fishbowl yarn sale yesterday and bought the Mountain colors, Koigu and Debi Bliss Cotton angora in the middle. Some how ended up in Long Beach this morning and 2 skns of Lorna's Laces Helen's lace followed me home.

Ok, so it's starting to look like yarn diets are good, it's the binge buying at the end of the yarn diet that isn't so good.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Mea Culpa

Bless me knitters for I have aquired stash. It has been 1 month and 1 day since my last stash aquisition.

I did it, I went a month without buying yarn !!!! Don't know how but at least i know I can do it...see it's not an addiction really it is I can stop buying yarn at any time NOT.

I wish I had stopped at 2 skeins of Koigu, I was good with the top skein, I only bought 1, but that bottom skein....well I bought 6. So I broke the yarn diet with 7 wonderful skeins of Koigu.

It's not like I planned on going to buy yarn, I actually left the house this morning to have my car serviced. Marie (TC) came out while I was waiting for my car and we went to coffee. Who put Unravelled between Starbucks and the Honda dealer? Somehow or another on the way back to the Honda dealer to pick up my car Marie's car stopped at Unravelled and well now we know what happened.

In my defense, there is an FO :).

One pair of toe up socks for DH. He likes his socks short, but since their dress socks and I like those fairly long, we compromised and came up with these. Simple 2X2 rib, worked toe up.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Llama Llama Ding Dong

May I proudly present Llama Llama Ding Dong. I know it's a strange name, but he's been called llama by Marie and I now for a few days in chat and last night he became a ding dong, not quite sure how that all happened but here he is.

The yarn is llama and hand spun, the pattern is from Fiber Trends and it took me all of 1 day and 2 nights to knit this quick knit. I'm in love with my LLDD.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

So I got a little carried away....

I finally went out and checked out Stick and Stone last week, and look what followed me home.

From left to right: Baby Alpaca- black; Cashmere/Silk; Baby Camel/Silk; Optim; and the last 3 on the right are Merino/Tussah Silk (I think I'll ply the last 3 together)

I took a trip down to La Petite Knittery, Lori Lawson of Capistrano Fiber Arts Studio had bins and bins of fiberery goodness. Again from top left to right then bottom left to right: Extrafine Merino/Bombyx Silk - Colorway "Limited Edition"; Merino/Tussah Silk - Colorway "Nosegay"; Merino /Bombyx Silk/Angora - Colorway "Bordeau Marl"; Merino/Tussah Silk - Colorway "Tahitian Pearl"; Merino/Kid Mohair "Blue Bird";Merino /Bombyx Silk/Angora - Colorway "Tiger Lily Marl"

Ok, so I got a little carried away this week. Maybe it's time to add a counter for roving up top too, it really has helped me not to buy yarn.

Monday, July 03, 2006


Mom and Dad just got back from Peru. Before they left I asked Mom to pick me up some Alpaca, should she run into any. They went to a farm and look what they brought back for me. This is hand spun on spindles by the women as they walk around doing their daily duties, in true Peruvian fashion. There are no labels, and there wasn't enough in any one color so Mom picked me up "a few pretty colors". The yarn is in Seattle and will remain there until I go up in August, hence the *sigh* Since Mom wouldn't mail it to me and is making me wait I did ask her to send me a pic of the yarn, and now I want to get my hands on it even faster. I really don't know what the weight is, but am told that the balls are 3-4 inches in diameter.