Posts Tagged ‘yarn’
The three cakes of solid green yarn have started the transformation into a shawl. I began working on it yesterday and got a good start at SnB last night. In between bouts of laughter and general fun. I’ll try to get a picture if there is decent light this weekend. That might not happen since there are thunderstorms predicted. Ah! Spring rain.
The Stitches market was incredible! And overwhelming. I almost didn’t end up buying anything because there were so many choices. But I managed to persevere *laugh* and found two ball of sock yarn. (I finished the first pair last night and will be casting on for the second pair sometime today.) I also got a cute pattern for a knit chicken.
I attended the Knitter’s/XRX books fashion show and they have some really great stuff coming out this fall. There is a new book that I’m thinking about buying when it’s released and we got a sample pattern at the show.
Throughout the day there were various demos. I went to one about a Japanese style of braiding that the woman demoing has modified by adding beads. She makes beautiful beaded necklaces and bracelets with this technique. The other demo I went to was about weaving with all those scraps that are leftovers after projects. That demo wasn’t as interesting really, but it gave me a couple of ideas.
One of the best things about the day for me was seeing all these people knitting. These are like-minded people who don’t see my hobby as “cute” or “quaint”. Made me wish I’d brought my knitting along with me so I could have sat down and shared.
The best advice I had before going was to only bring cash. I did leave the debit card in the car and that was a good idea because it would have been a huge temptation to overspend. It was also good to have my own tote bag with a nice long shoulder strap. Next year I hope to attend a couple of market classes (at the very least) and maybe spend a couple of days there checking out different things. I now understand why fiber freaks make a pilgrimage out of Stitches every year. *smile*
I have finished knitting the heel flap on Sock 2 of Pair #1. (Sorry no pictures yet!) I will be turning the heel – maybe tonight. After getting the gusset done, it’s pretty much smooth sailing/knitting to the toe. Depending on how busy/tired I am this weekend, I will probably have a complete pair of socks by Sunday night.
Time to wind the next skein of sock yarn. It also might be time to stop by the LYS for some thicker yarn for warm winter socks.
Can you believe it’s mid-August? Looking forward to sweater and wool sock weather.
In moving news, I’m almost moved into my studio. Actually slept there on the air mattress last night. After that I’m really looking forward to having a regular bed! I’ve been unpacking things as I bring them over and am fairly settled already. One great thing about a small space is you have to be very selective about what you have. There is a large outdoor light outside my sleeping area window and I’m considering getting blackout curtains for that window. It’s nice having my own space here. I am sitting with my decision not to get cable, so I’ll either not watch tv during the week or I’ll watch movies.
Our Walmart now has a Redbox in it and I’ve rediscovered the joy of renting $1 movies. While I still like Netflix for those hard to find things, I like being able to drive over to Walmart and grab a movie quick. Seems like a decent selection of fairly recent stuff. And you can reserve online. (Okay, I’m starting to sound like a Redbox commercial.)
We did 14 tours for international students today at the library. I was responsible for organizing all of this and I’m very pleased with how smoothly it flowed. I’ve already shown you the brochure I designed. In addition to that, they also received 50% off coupons for the library’s coffee shop. I was glad we got to participate and hope that this will continue. There are some other follow-up things that I’m planning, but I’m sure that it will be less students than we saw today.
Tomorrow, I’m off to pick up a gift book collection for the library. Between all the teaching and everything else this fall, I’ll have another gift collection to process. It’s going to be a busy fall around here.
There are two events in my planner that I’m really looking forward to.
The first is Stitches Midwest. While a giant fiber market with all sorts of yarns and other fibery goodness thrills me to my toes, I also get to see my family again. I do take advantage of the few opportunities I get each year to make trips up to see them and do whatever official thing actually brings me to the area. And this trip really is all about pleasure. There might even be a stop at Ikea in the works. DH is likely to also get a growler of some tasty brew from a local microbrewery/brew pub.
In the beginning of September is the meditation retreat. I’m nervous in some ways, because it will be strange to spend 10 days without a computer, phone, knitting, books, etc. Yet I’m really excited about the possibility of creating profound change in my life. I have no idea what to expect except for long periods of meditation while we learn the technique. My pillow has arrived and my meditation bench is on the way. Other than that, there isn’t much preparation to do. (And how will I survive all that time without blogging?! *laugh*)
So, that’s what’s going in my life. How about you?