Saturday, December 30, 2006

Back Online...

Well, sorta. I've been able to get online with various computers here (not my own, of course), but I've been hogging Dad's and for some reason it doesn't like the Blogger cookies, so I haven't been able to sign in. If anyone got any anonymous comments, it was probably me!

Spent yesterday and this morning in Lafayette with various friends from school. I ended up crashing at AF guy's dad's house - he, his sister, his dad, and I all tried to cheer Purdue on to victory in the bowl game last night, but Purdue apparently forgot to show up. We all crashed on their floor. It was great though - I got to see the campus again, and it is absolutely amazing how much has changed and how much has stayed the same! They have completed at least four new buildings (all red brick, of course, nothing else is allowed on campus), and are working on several more! I've only been gone three years! Anyway, it was really cool!

Oh, and whoever the anonymous pusher was who recommended River Knits, you're both my new favorite person and my new most hated person. Not really the second, but my checkbook is complaining (just a little). I stopped by there this morning, just after they opened. I was the first person in the store, but another lady walked in not two minutes later, and after that, it was a steady stream of people in and out. Not only was it super cool to see someone behind the counter close to my own age, knitting mittens on dpns and who actually knew how things roll in Knitland, but the first thing I see:

Yes. Yes, there it was. Right in front of me. My favorite sock yarn EVAR! Bearfoot! And next to it? Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport. And Cherry Tree Hill. And Regia's Bamboo (which is a heck of a lot softer than I expected!) And that was just in the first two steps in! I was good, though, and only stuck to the Bearfoot. Three skeins, but just Bearfoot. They have a GREAT selection there, of all kinds of yarns, from Plymouth Encore to this:

My other, erm, splurge. Cashmere. 100% Cashmere laceweight. In my favorite colors. This, specifically, is Mongolian Cashmere from Jade Sapphire in the Lagoon colorway. Between the beautiful yarn and the scarf they had made from one skein of it (400 yds/skein), how could I say no? I got one skein (I wanted to get three for a shawl so badly, but I really couldn't afford it!) and the pattern for the scarf. I had the girl wind the skein for me, as I'm pretty sure that I will work on this on the plane.

They also have a decent selection of needles, the first time I've ever actually SEEN Lantern Moon Ebony wood needles. Now I get why people drool over them! I did not get a set (I just got the KnitPicks, remember), but I did pick up a US 4 Clover Bamboo circ to work with the cashmere. I figured the super slick KnitPicks and Addis that I have may not be the best match for the cashmere. Sigh. I find this shop NOW, and it's 2500 miles away. Grrr. Luckily, they are online as well!

Other knitting news: All three pairs of clogs are felted,

although Mom's will probably go in for another cycle at least. They're just not felting as small as they need to! It may have to do with the light colored sole and cuff yarn. The soles for hers came in Thursday, so I'm going to spend this afternoon and probably most of tomorrow (while watching the hotly debated Bears-Packers game, I'm sure) sewing soles onto all three pairs. Oh, and I almost had a heart attack the other day. I put Mom's sock in the pocket of my coat to work on in the car on the way to the mall, but I didn't get a chance to work on it. Later, when we got back home, I went to pull it out project bag! No sock, yarn, needles, bag, zip! Nothing in the car, nothing at home...after tearing the house apart (I was actually more ticked about losing the needles, I love US2 Inox), I called the first store we went to. Apparently it had fallen out of my pocket and someone had been a saint and turned it in to lost and found! Yay! When I called the store, I asked the lady if anyone had turned in any half-knit socks. She sounded a little confused, then goes, "Oh, knitting! Yeah, someone turned some knitting in the other day! Blue yarn?" Whew!

Oh, and for the kitty lovers, some new pics of my parents' babies.

They've grown so much! And one of the old ones doing a pretty good job of ignoring them.

This is Scud (named by my brother after the SCUD missiles, she's eight). Fuzz (also named by my brother, no idea what that was from) declined to have her picture taken. I can't wait to see my own TeddieCat again!!

My knitting New Years resolution is to knit from the stash. I am allowing myself one yarn splurge, to get enough yarn for a sweater. I'm not sure precisely what I want for that yet, so I'm waiting until I find The Yarn. (Knowing my luck, it'll be when I find The Guy, too, and I'll have to choose between 'em!) This, erm, DOES include sock yarn this time. I have wayy too much of it and am not knitting it up fast enough!


AR said...

Mmmm Great new yarn! That is so nice that someone turned in your knitting. Losing good needles stinks!

p.s. Thanks for the tip on my blog. I couldn't get my circs., so it's good to know that I can at least get started :)

Happy New Year!

Holly Burnham said...

Those blues in your yarns are simply stunning....nice choice.