Big Sigh!

Why the big sigh?  Because the Yarn Hop is over.  Yes, I am pouting; just a little.  I can’t pout too much because the Hop was so much fun and I saw so many great hoppers!

A visiting Kiwi

A visiting Kiwi

Pendleton and friend visiting

Pendleton and friend visiting

Some of the Central Kansas Knitters Guild

Some of the Central Kansas Knitters Guild

So, what happens the week after the Hop?  I’m rearranging (with help).  I have some more yarn coming in – and I need to get more yet!  I’m getting in more Abstract Fiber and more Cascade Superwash.  And more needles.  And new magazines.  Order! Order! Order!   I love my job!
Happy Yarning!

Many thoughts are whirling through my head as the count down to Central Kansas Yarn Hop 2011 continues.  Like “Why didn’t I post the blog I wrote last week for I Love Yarn Day?”  Oh yeah, I was having technical issues and then I got busy and forgot what I was doing – hah!  (How do yo tell the difference between a blonde and a ‘Blonde’?  A blonde has blond hair; a ‘Blonde’ likes to share all the ditzy things they do with everyone they know!  Yep, I’m blonde and Blonde!)

So, last week was I Love Yarn Day and we had a sale and I listed lots of reason why I love yarn and tried to put up lots of pretty pictures of prettier yarn (that was the technical difficulty – I will try to correct that this week).

Fountain Hill yarn by Kraemer

Fountain Hill yarn by Kraemer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall squash and baskets

Fall squash and baskets

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week?  It’s the Central Kansas Yarn Hop 2011!  Huzzah!  Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 12 stores – great prizes – free stuff!  What could be better?  Well, sales here again, but that’s just the whipped cream on top of the frosting! (Now I’m hungry – did I mention The Cake Lady is next door?  Makes diets difficult, but life sweet!  Grab a cookie or cupcake when you come by!)

Sweater weather is finally here and I’m so excited!  And I have a new sweater to wear – I finally finished Rosamund, but I can’t post a picture yet because I keep forgetting to take one.  I usually remember when I’m wearing the sweater and by myself.  Then someone comes in and I get distracted (imagine that, me, easily distracted!).  I’ll get one tomorrow, I promise!  Then I’ll get it posted on Ravelry and the sweater I’ve been wearing for a week will finally be completed.

In other yarny news – startitis has hit again and now I’m having to limit myself:  no new cast-ons until I bind off a project.  And my UFO basket is growing.  Ok, the basket isn’t growing, but if I put anything else in it I’ll have to get the larger basket out of the garage and then we’ll have no walking space behind the table because the basket is HUGE!  I just have to finish some of the 15 projects that need to be done by Christmas!  This is what I get for not listening to my own advice and sitting up a Christmas knitting schedule in July.  I am piecing together Mamaw’s afghan reproduction finally, so I guess that’s another one that is getting close to being done!

We also just completed the first Seamless Sweater Design Class over the weekend.  The class is completed, not the sweaters!  Some are really close to be completed however – and absolutely beautiful!  I can’t wait till the finished projects are done and posted so we can see them.  And coming up in November is Knit-Stitchionary 301 – an introduction to lace with the Feather and Fan and Old Shale lace patterns.  These look great in any weight of yarn which makes them perfect for heavier winter stoles and shawls.  Other class-type stuff:  socks have been requested again, so keep an eye out for those soon, along with Entrelac and some other stitch pattern type stuff (like double-knit and brioche).

Entrelac - "Lady Eleanor's Stole"

Entrelac - "Lady Eleanor's Stole"

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

It really is a beautiful day in the neighborhood!  The sky is a beautiful blue, the trees have just the slightest hint of yellow. Yes, it’s going to be a bit warm later this afternoon but this morning is fabulous.  I may even have to knit a Mr. Rogers sweater if it stays this nice!  And the postman just pulled up to bring me a package of needles and accessories! Can the day get any better?

So what have I been working on?  Lots!!!! (did I mention that startitis hit again?)

Fountain Hill yarn

Fountain Hill - mohair and acrylic, sport weight and beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

Fountain Hill by Kraemer is one of my new yarns.  It’s a mohair/acrylic blend in a sport weight.  I’m knitting up a beautiful free pattern from the Kraemer website called the Bedford Springs Shawl with scallop edge; it’s a simple seed stitch (with a scalloped edge! – sorry, couldn’t resist) and this yarn knits like a dream for a fuzzy mohair – you know what I mean if you’ve knit mohair before!  Right now I have the yarn in a sage green, a lilac, and a silver-grey (stunning!) – and just a little bit (it’s popular) of this dark green with a gold thread in it (the gold doesn’t show up in the photo); and I have more on order.

Burly Spun purse

Burly Spun purse

If this pattern looks vaguely familiar, that’s because it’s a modification of the One Skein Purse in Burly spun from Brown Sheep – I have a lime green one, that actually follows the pattern, hanging in the store on display.  This is a special request from my niece – she likes large totes so asked if I could make one in her “size” and picked out the yarn.  I added an extra cable and seed stitch panel (I’m noticing a trend with me a seed stitch!) to the pattern and voila!  I finally found the right material to line it (I think; I change my mind often!).  Hopefully it will be finished by this weekend.
Harvest goodies?

Harvest goodies? I wouldn't want to eat these, but they were a lot of fun to make. And they'll probably keep multiplying, because they are also QUICK! Theresa (a regular here) and I started out following patterns, then we branched out to experimenting - experimenting is more fun! And the bowls were going to be more squash-y like things (too many uses for the term "squash" in English) but the first one decided to be a bowl and I liked it so I went with the flow and made another in a larger size. Isn't it wonderful when your knitting and crocheting tells you "Nope. Not going there. I'm doing this instead!" Just like a toddler but not as noisy.Sale!Cascade 220 on clearance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And in the store – but not on the needles/hooks – I still have some Cascade 220 on clearance for 30% off!  If teal is your color, as on 11 AM, October 5, there is enough dark teal to make a sweater (unless you’re knitting for a line backer!).

Thursday the 6th is the First Thursday of October – THE MAIN EVENT!  Come downtown and check out the sales, the food, the entertainment – and of course the Knit, Crochet, Socialize group.  Lace yarn will be on sale here from 5 to 9 PM so, if you’ve been wanting to start a new shawl, come check out the selection!

Happy Yarning!

 

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