A Brain Overloaded by Yarn

You know when you walk into a yarn store and your brain starts spinning just looking at all the colors. Then you start feeling the textures and your brain totally overloads with colors, feel, even smell. That was my day.

No, I wasn’t going to other yarn shops (though that is one of my favorite things to do – I love MY shop, but it is work; other people’s shops aren’t work). I had someone bring yarn to me – a vendor. (Insert big sigh here – I’ll explain why)

So, I’m adding two more yarn lines and a line of shawl pins and key chains; three more lines will follow when my brain has recovered enough to look at more. The two lines I’m adding – Kraemer and JWray – are American made and lovely. JWray is another handpainted and dyed company with beautiful colors, and is out of Missouri no less! Kraemer is from Pennsylvania and if you want to know more about them, look in just about any knitting magazine. I’m adding just a few items from each company until I know how they fit (physically -I do have a small space if you’ll recall).   Oh, and some new books and patterns.

And I bought quite a bit that isn’t wool.  Everyone breathe!  I know, it sounds shocking to anyone who knows my wool obsession, but you’ll understand when you see and feel.  And then there are my two customers allergic to wool.  So, I got cottons, cotton blends, and linen (woohoo!).  And wool (you really didn’t think I would buy yarn and not get any wool did you?) 

So, why the big sigh earlier?  So much yarn!  My entire table – the one I use for blocking and classes? yeah, that one – was COVERED with yarn.  I should have taken a picture, but when you are in the midst of yarn rapture you don’t think of these things.  Well, I don’t think of these things.  So, all this yarn, my brain spinning with color and texture overload and the one small part of my brain that was still working yelling “you can’t by one of everything!”  An hour after she left and I cannot remember what colors I purchased, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some of the fibers.  I’m surprised I remember what lines I bought!  And she still has two or three lines of yarn to show me! 

My brain is still spinning!

Other things happening?  On top of the orders yesterday, I’ve a rather larger order of Cascade Yarn coming in this week – including Superwash and sport weight by request.  And more needles came in this week too.  I now have single points from size 4 to 17 and double points from 0 to 13.

Also, in response to a question about blocking last week.  I use the big table in the store, or the floor if it isn’t big enough, and cover it with blocks.  You can order the blocks from KnitPicks (they aren’t available for sell in stores yet) or you can go to Sam’s or Walmart (and probably a lot of other places) and buy the blocks that go on the floor under your workout machines.  The ones from KnitPicks are smaller and more manageable, but the big 2 foot blocks from Walmart come in handy for big items, like a shawl.  The main thing is you must have a place that your item to be blocked can be set aside and no disturbed until it is dry and ready to wear/use/display.

Traveling Woman Shawl on display

Traveling Woman Shawl on display

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I added the photo just because I couldn’t do a blog without having at least one photo!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Summer KAL 2011 – I Finished It!

I’m finished with the Traveling Woman Shawl! It’s on the blocking table right now. I wondered some days if I’d ever get it done, but I did. And it’s lovely.

Traveling Woman Shawl Summer KAL 2011

Traveling Woman Shawl Summer KAL 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I make it again (“if” because there are so many patterns I want to make that I don’t think I have enough years left to repeat patterns! Given enough time, I’d love to make another one) I’m going to change the wingspan to backlength ratio – I think I’d like it to drape down the back farther to show off the pattern even more. Of course this will be hanging on a wall (for the time being at least) so it will work great!

Detail of Traveling Woman Shawl

Detail of Traveling Woman Shawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used Abstract Fiber’s Matisse in Big Girl Pink and Hydrangea for this.  I love the yarn, but it has a lot of energy and quite often “exploded” off the needles if I wasn’t paying attention (a common occurrence when I’m knitting – I talk, I watch movies, I listen to audio books) and this really isn’t autopilot knitting so I should have paid more attention.  I compensated by using lots of lifelines.  If you look at the pictures on Ravelry (lekessler or on the Oh Yarn It group) you’ll see the in process pictures with the lifelines.  It was worth the sacrifice of many yards of crochet cotton!

Finishing this has given me a burst of finish-itis to replace the start-itis. I might get more things finished – gives me shivers thinking about it!  Of course there are other things that must be done on a time schedule – like a bunch of purple baby hats for collection by the Central Kansas Knitters’ Guild (check out the blog here on WordPress – centralksknittersguild) for shaken baby prevention.  If you want to donate your time, knit up a purple baby hat or two (in baby friendly yarn) and drop it off here or at any of the other yarn stores in the area that are helping out.  For more info, come by the store or go to https://www.kcsl.org/Period_Of_Purple_Crying.aspx

School’s back in session?!

I’m out of the habit of thinking in terms of “school year” and “summer vacation.” Adults generally don’t get the summer off. I don’t think tha’s fair – I think we should do like France and shut down for most of August. Everyone could go on vacation! Off course my vacation would probably consist of sitting around knitting, which I do anyway so maybe there would be no point.

Traveling Woman shawl in Big Girl Pink

Traveling Woman shawl in Big Girl Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I’m getting closer to completing the Traveling Woman shawl – and I’m not going to have enough Big Girl Pink to complete it! I have a plan though. I’m going finish it with another of Abstract Fiber’s Matisse yarn in Hydrangea – it has the same pink in it but also purple so dark it’s almost black and a range of colors in between.  I think it is going to be sharp!  If not, I’ll frog it and make a scarf out of the Hydrangea and go back to the planning board for the shawl.

Other news – we’ve finally got a date for the sweater class with Kim Neufeld!  This class will teach how to use the Elizabeth Zimmerman percentage method to make seamless sweaters in the round without a pattern.  Learning how to make sweaters like this is one of the best things I’ve ever done when it comes to my knitting.  The blue sweater that is on the dress form in the shop is made using a variation of this method.  Dates for the class are both on Saturdays from 1 to 4 (September 24 and October 15).  The class is $45 for all six hours and if you buy your sweater’s worth of yarn at Oh Yarn It, you’ll get a 10% discount – just let me know that is what it is for.

Seamless Sweater

Seamless Sweater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in class news, don’t forget the Knit Stitchionary 101 class this Saturday (August 20) and the Crochet Stitchionary 101 class next Saturday (August 27).  These classes are for you if you are a new knitter or crocheter and are ready to move on to the next level.

 

Oh Happy Days!

No, not the TV series but the weather!  It was in the 60s this morning when I went outside to herd the dog from across the ally back into his fence.  Made being outside at 7 AM in my bare feet and yoga pants feel comfortable.

And I’ve had a positive orgy of knitting and crocheting this weekend!  I’ve been on a BBC kick so I’ve been watching old BBC mystery series I’ve checked out from the library.  Lord Peter Wimsey and I got a lot of yarn work done while he solved three murders!  I love to watch old shows or listen to audio books while I knit and crochet – I can get stuff accomplished while feeding my passion for mystery stories, win-win!  Maybe I should bring a DVD player into the shop and introduce everyone to the joy of 1970s BBC mystery shows!

Finished baby set #1

Finished baby set #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m hoping the nice weather will get my brain back on track after the baking it’s received over the summer.  I’m still feeling a bit jumbled in my thought processes – more than a bit actually.  I feel like a drunk on a pogo stick!  This is probably the root of my startitis – I can’t focus on anyone thing so I bounce everywhere.  (And don’t even ask about grammar – Oy!).  I did at least finish one of the two baby sets I am making as a favor to my sister for friends of hers.  Now I just have to get Christmas gifts and another baby set done.  By December. 

Did I mention that YOU NEED TO BE WORKING ON CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!  It isn’t too late but you should really get a move on if you are making gifts this year.

New project started over the weekend

New project started over the weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course to offset the project I finished , I started another one.  And this isn’t a Christmas present either (I’m starting to get a bit stressed over this!)

o what’s happening at the shop this week?  Because I’m enjoying the weather so much, I’m taking 20% off all wool and wool-blend yarns this week.  It feels like Fall, it looks like Fall, it smells like Fall and I’m craving a Renaissance Faire – so we are going to celebrate with a sale (I know, it’s Kansas and it’s August, we’ll get more 100 degree temps, but I feel like indulging in my delusion for a day or two!).

Brain Mush

My brain is mush this afternoon. I’ve spent the day searching the internet for the perfect display unit. It doesn’t exist. I should design it and sell it – I’d make a fortune. From all of the yarn retailers who think just the way I do. So maybe I wouldn’t make a fortune. I have to come up with something because I have piles of needles and accessories, and a few of yarn, just laying on my class table because I have no place to put them.

Stuff in need of a home

Stuff in need of a home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t think people want t reach to the top of the six-foot bookcase to select needles.

Too high to reach

Too high to reach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my allergies are killing me.  I’m out of tissues

And I haven’t knit at all today.

Yes, I am whining, but that is my prerogative today.

So, did everyone watch the Sock Summit Flash Mob on You Tube?  If not, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOUL_S6tVr8 .  Definitely worth a watch!  Of course it made me want to go watch Dirty Dancing (again).

Micro Dog came to work with me this morning.  She slept all morning – when she wasn’t barking at the post-woman.  I have a theory about why dogs bark at post-people: they stride with purpose and the dogs freak at someone “striding” into their territory without even a pause.  If the post-people strolled, nonchalantly, leisurely even, it might make a difference.  Either that or it’s the uniform.

It’s cloudy outside – I’m betting the chances of rain are slim to none.  Bummer.  Fall has to get here eventually.  I hope.  Please?

Project basket

Project basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know this is jumbled today.  As I said my brain is mush.  I’m going to knit and see if that will help.  Something REALLY simple so as not to be irreparably damaged by my mushy brain!

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