Archive for April, 2006



Here’s how they get you. So you sign up for the JoAnn’s mailing list. They send you a 40% off coupon for two weeks, a 50% off coupon for only Friday (today) and a 50% off coupon for only Saturday (tomorrow). You figure you may as well buy something for half off, and stop by.

***JoAnn’s has every knitting needle, “jewelry supplies” and Blue Moon Beads on sale 40% off this weekend!***

I left with two size 2 circular needles, size 2 dpns, two size 3 circular needles, some fun red 20 gauge wire and some black and red beads. Oh, and to use my coupon, some Lion Suede.

And I still have to go back tomorrow, because I have another coupon!

Meanwhile, I stopped by my LYS for the third time this week, to officially turn in what I am now calling the “$100 scarf”. Similar to Lu’s $100 (?) hat, the scarf I just finished has a story. Apparently a customer was at a business meeting, saw someone wearing a scarf, asked to buy it from her, paid this person $100 for the scarf off her neck. She then came into the store and asked if it was knit, because she wanted to make one. She wasn’t so happy to hear it wasn’t knit, and the supplies cost about $20.

Hence the $100 scarf that I finished up yesterday and turned in today. And of course I had to do a bit of shopping — I bought one skein of Mountain Colors Bearfoot. Which begs the question — when you count your stash, do you count yarn that is currently on the needles (or even something allotted, like the rest of the 15 skeins, when one is on the needles 😉 or just unused yarn? Because I was thinking, if you buy yarn, then immediately cast on for a project, does that count as stash or a work in progress?

You may have guessed I cast on for more socks with my Bearfoot. But only because I had left my Sockapaloooza sock at home and needed to be knitting something! BTW, I just turned the heel for my 2nd sock. I really hope I’ll make it by the deadline. I think I will, but I don’t want to assume anything.



I’m a poet, and I didn’t even know it!

Still hard at work on my Sockapaloooza sock. But I made the mistake of having real coffee last night (am I really this old?) and I couldn’t get to sleep until 3 am! So I ended up finishing this bizarre creation:

I hope it will have a nice long life at my LYS.



So I’m happy to say I’m in the 50% that Alison says are not done with their Sockapaloooza socks. I hope to be done on time, but I keep getting work (of course that’s not a bad thing) and now I have my two scarf projects for my LYS. And a project due soon where we are creating the DVD menus for the new season of “24”. Not officially, of course, as an exercise, but it should be interesting.



It was bound to happen:

From: Alison Hansel
Subject: your sock pal’s address –

Hello Elspeth, It’s almost shipping day, May 2nd! Here is your sock pal’s address …

And I’m not done! No pressure …



This weekend was a whirlwind, and it probably won’t stop until those Sockapaloooza socks are mailed next week! (I am stressing out about getting that “here’s the address” email as well …)

I haven’t had much knitting time, so I’m only just into the pattern on the second sock. But I did do a swap so I will not be without this gorgeous Knit Picks Sock Garden in Zinnia once I finish my sock pal’s socks. I find myself obsessed with this red/orange/yellow colorway, and now have the similar Cherry Tree Hill one, and there was one more I want to buy when I get the money.

Speaking of which, during my break from my broker’s test I did end up making a quick stop at the TKGA market. I don’t know if I passed this time (the proctor says she’s seen people there 7 or 8 times!) but I most definitely had at least one of the *exact* same questions! “If you have a piece of lumber 2″ x 12″ which is 24 feet long, how many board feet is it?” Any ideas? My mom has been in real estate for 30 years and wasn’t sure, and my dad is very good in math and he wasn’t either. I believe the answers were either 12, 24, 36 or 48.

I also know what to study next time. This time I studied about grant deeds, which were a big part of my last test, and next time I need to study more about capitalization rates on income properties. Fun.

Anyway, I did get a 2 hour break, so I walked over to the Marriott and checked out the yarn. I stopped by the Interlacements booth, but none of their sock yarns spoke to me, and found some other things, but nothing worth spending my money on. Then I found the Lisa Souza yarn. I had seen her website before but hadn’t been too excited about her red colorways, so I never ordered. Then Quickeye pointed me to a gorgeous new colorway, “Little Devil”. Right up my alley. I wanted to buy all of the yarn in that colorway, but I had a bit of restraint. I really wanted to buy the laceweight, but I have no use for laceweight yarn, so I was good. I only bought some of her new Sock! and some Merino yarn.

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

And on the way home I stopped at my most favorite record store, and got some deals:

I can’t wait until I fail again!

I’m still working hard, and now I’ve got more work! I hadn’t synced up with my LYS recently because of some communication issues (I thought they were going to call me, and when they didn’t I forgot to check in), so I went to visit recently and said I’d come back last week to get some new projects. I was sick then, so I finally made it today. So now along with my ill-fated Sockapaloooza sock, I have these two projects to finish this week:

First, I have moved on from knitting and have become “crafty”. This is going to be a very strangely constructed scarf. I believe it’s a GGH yarn but I didn’t see the label. I’m happy to do scarves for them because they’re instant gratification and I don’t make them for myself. I also have this one:

I’ve never made a corkscrew or “potato chip” scarf before, so I was interested, but I hate those wrap and turn short rows!

Enough updating, back to work!



Damn, the TKGA Market is only 0.6 miles from where I’m going to be in Oakland — I could walk! I guess we’ll see what kind of break I get.



So along with the stress of my second Sockapaloooza sock to make and probably the only work I’ll get this year, I have to retake my Broker’s license tomorrow! But, you know, it does mean an all day “break” from the kids while I’m in Oakland all day.

Last time I was thinking I would go to the local tattoo shop, Temple Tattoo, for my break (last time it was like 3 hours, but it depends on how long you take on the first part), but I didn’t really get a chance to check out their reputation and/or copy my design, so I guess not this time (although I had better pass …).

Then I was thinking it would be perfect to be in Oakland with a break, because the TKGA Market is going on this weekend, then I thought I shouldn’t and can’t afford to buy more yarn, so I wouldn’t bother. Now this. If you are on a yarn diet, be forwarned, you will be encouraged to gorge.


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