Knitting is my procrastination tool

{August 23, 2008}   Stitches Midwest ’08!

Stitches, if you didn’t know, is this big knitter’s convention that happens throughout the year in a few different places (there’s Stitches East, West, and Midwest).

You can take classes, go to banquets, or be like me and just go to the Market to oggle and more than likely buy yarn, notions, books, patterns, and other knitter stuff galore. πŸ™‚

I visited my LYS, Gene Ann’s, of course. They didn’t bring all of their stock, but some is for sale at 50% off. Their new thing is their recyclable bag and a newly designed T-shirt logo. (The bags were serviceable white paper ones before. Actually, that was my main BYOB πŸ˜› ).

Then I went to see fellow Raveler, Creatively Dyed Yarn. She saw the Ravelymics Bob pin I had (50% goes to Special Olympics, how cool is that?), and immediately gave me a Hello, My name is… Ravelry pin. Alas, I’ve smeared the marker. I restrained myself at her booth to 1 skein of sock yarn. Might go back for another pretty colorway.

Did lots of scoping, but am disappointed that most of the yarn sponsors did not bring samples of their yarn! There’s so much stuff I want to see in person! 😦 Only ONE vendor had Cascade 220 Superwash, and in limited colors at that. No one brought Berroco Love It. There wasn’t any Malabrigo in Indiecita.

I was hoping to find a wash & dryable yarn for a pattern, but ended up getting a light alpaca and some really yummy blue yarn that was on sale (lots for cheap, yea!).

I was pooped by 2:30pm (I think I arrived around noon), so I sat with some knitters in the cafeteria-style area (round tables, comfy chairs; ridiculous concession prices, but thankfully, no additional tax to them!)

I met people from IN, WI, and central IL. One lady I met invented a swift that Rick Mondragon (Knitter’s Magazine editor) was really excited about. I didn’t see it in action, but it looks intriguing and gets really small when put away. Look for a review in an upcoming Knitter’s.

I worked a bit more on my Norah Gaughan sweater. (er, the other Norah Gaughan sweater.)


{March 21, 2008}   Hangin’ out…

…at the LYS is fun. πŸ™‚Β  I met a fellow Raveler in the flesh, too! πŸ™‚

Β I cast on for Dale of Norway pattern 13810.Β  (book 138, pattern 10).Β  Will be doing some mods.

…is wrong!

All the very cool new stuff is still coming from designers heads through yarn companies and LYSs. πŸ™‚

Take the oh-so-cute Lace Cabled Pullover by Plymouth. Yesterday I found the very cute Felice V-Neck pattern in the Needful Yarns 305 book! Yes, I saw a knit-up sample of each at an LYS and got these patterns. πŸ™‚

Is excited. The Felice is uber-cute and combined cables, intarsia, and color. I may have found a use for that odd Noro Kureyon I have in my stash. I haven’t decided yet. Only photo of Felice on the ‘net is in a fellow Raveler’s flickr.

{January 14, 2008}   Bummer.

There’s something going around!

I’ve run into a rash of Knit Picks Options problems lately. First, it was discovering a cable had snapped off right below the base. I called customer service, & they sent a replacement set. πŸ™‚ (This cable was 1 year old).

Then one of the cables came off of the join. Okaaay…glue!

This morning, while knitting with my only Harmony set of points, one of them popped off just as I had finished a row! :,( I called again. They should be sending it out soon. πŸ™‚

I’ve added glue, but don’t know if it’ll hold (might experiment with industrial strength glue). As I threaded the loose stitches back onto the cable, the cable popped off the join. 😦 I’m pretty sure this is a different cable than the first one. Glue is my friend, but the fall-apart rash is no fun.

I love knitting with Options when they work, but all these problems with this one set! 😦

{December 21, 2007}   Yea!

Christmas is fun. πŸ™‚

I am blessed with a very thoughtful client I got an extremely cute knitting bag with Clover accessories (stitch holders, point protectors, needle & gauge ruler, stitch markers, tapestry needles, stitch counters!!!) AND a big gift card to Michaels! In the words of Homer Simpson: “Woo-hoo!”


I finished the main knitting for the Origami Kimono (knit from cuff to cuff).


Started the Tailored Scallops jacket from Lace Style.


Got a couple of skeins of Queensland Collection Bengali 03 from Tuesday Morning. πŸ™‚ Found the name of 1 mystery yarn.

{November 16, 2007}   :D

I’m going to be a sample* knitter! πŸ˜€ I’m so excited! I’ll get paid in yarn or knitting books! (heehee, only a k’nerd** would want it that way).

Do you want to be a sample knitter? I can put you in touch with her. πŸ™‚ It helps a lot if you’re experienced (sweater-construction level), but she’s got projects ranging from swatch knitting to socks, to the more complicated stuff.

Β Nearly done with the hooded baby surprise jacket.

About 1/4 done with a Christmas gift.

* samples because these are for display. This differs from a test knitter, who works on a yet-to-be published pattern to help the designer work out instruction kinks.

**k’nerd=knitting nerd. πŸ˜‰

et cetera