Archive for June, 2006



Quick update #3:

I’m about yarn shopped out. I know, it’s sacriledge. But after going to 4 LYSs and only wanting to actually buy anything at one, I’m not sure I want to bother to try any more. And I haven’t even hit VA yet!

Yesterday we took a quick trip to Bethesda (I swear there was only one Bethesda when I “Googled” it — pre-Google — and now many other states appear to have one. But I still believe The Simpsons’ episode was talking about “our” Bethesda.) because I needed a charger for my iPod Nano and they have an Apple Store. For a long and drawn out summary of that debacle, see my review at Judy’s Book. Suffice it to say that afterwards we went to visit Knit & Stitch = Bliss, which is about 2 blocks away.

I was first presented with approximately 20 stairs and my one baby stroller. So I had to take IM out of the stroller and leave the stroller outside. Not a good start. Then I had to take three kids into a yarn store with about 20 steps up. The store was pretty nice, and I would have liked it more if I hadn’t had to climb all those stairs, with a baby, and leave my stroller outside. And they have Koigu. But it was too difficult with the kids, so we left.

Today IM and I drove out to Columbia. About 10 minutes into the trip (after getting $65 worth of gas at the “inexpensive” price of 2.99 a gallon for my rented minivan. Gasp!) I realized that I had left the coupons at home! So we drove on, even though I had also forgotten the address and directions.

I guessed and found All About Yarn not with not too much difficulty. First I saw the back of it with piles of yarn, so then I just had to backtrack. It’s in an office park. A very strange location. The store was nice, IM slept the entire time in the stroller, and I got a chance to see many Claudia Handpaints in person, but nothing jumped out at me. So again I’m yarnless and bored. Is it bad that you’re thinking about going to A.C. Moore just to buy some yarn?

I hope to have time to make it to one or two VA yarn stores next week, but we’ll see. I may have to just wait until I can get to Imagiknit in a few weeks.



Quick update #2:

I’m still in Maryland. We just missed being evacuated because of the local dam and all the flooding recently. Hopefully the rain has subsided for awhile.

Today I took OR for a trip to Frederick, MD. I found out on our trip back from NYC that there are Waffle Houses farther North than I expected, so I looked for our closest one and who knew it was only about 30 min. away in historic Frederick! (Also home of the 2.89 gas!) So we went for waffles (boy do I love that place — I’m so excited that we’re just South enough to have them!) and then to the first yarn store on my list, Eleganza Yarns. What a cute store! They have a lot of Rowan yarns, plus lots of other types and I even saw Addi dpns, which I heard were hard to find (I’ve never seen them in person). They have a big selection of Brittany needles too, which are my favorite mostly because of their amazing customer service. They also have some sock yarns, and I picked up some Regia that I didn’t have (believe it or not) and some interesting Lana Grossa “Magic Boot” which will be fun to try out. Of course I just discovered their big yarn sale is this weekend — d’oh!

There is another yarn store in Frederick but it was a bit out of the way and didn’t really look open or at least not inviting so we didn’t even bother.

Up later this week: All About Yarn in Columbia. My mom even got a coupon for me! I also want to try Knit + Stitch = Bliss which isn’t too far from us in Bethesda. Anyone remember the Simpsons’ episode with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger where they made a funny comment about Bethesda? I thought it was hilarious!

Not much knitting being done, however. I’m either working (yeah!) or making sure the kids don’t get into too much. I’m sure my parents will be happy when we’re safely on our way back to California.



Quick update … Since I arrived in New York last Saturday night (and drove down to Maryland) I finished two socks (to be fair, I only had to kitchener one of them) and have been working on two others. I’m on the second sock of one and first of another (my red Kool-Ade sock yarn). I still have to cast on for the second socks of two other pairs.

Yesterday we went up to Baltimore to the Maryland Science Center and I made a little detour to A Good Yarn. It is tiny. It was about the size of my rented minivan, with another minivan in the back for classes. The person in the back was friendly and helped me when I asked if they had anything “local-ie” since BR and the kids were in the car. They didn’t have anything red that was “local-ie”, and actually their very sparse selection was comprised of mostly Manos yarns. I like Manos, but not as my only selection. I ended up buying one skein of Catalina Alpaca/Cotton because I felt like I should buy something because of all the service I was getting, but after I left I had serious buyers remorse. I can’t believe I broke my yarn diet for this!

I hope I’ll make it to some more LYS before I head back to the West Coast, but so far the kids have been crazy and it’s hard to get away.



I’m already sick of socks. I tried to start a new project that I could bring with me to the East Coast but I don’t feel like starting a project that I have to follow (and get gauge for) and my lame attempts at designing a new amazing tank top failed miserably.

So I am bringing two socks in progress (I cast on from my formerly tangled, still curly-ish red yarn a couple of days ago) and one that I need to start the mate for. No more socks!

I’ve been wondering what 2007 is going to be decreed as — the year of the scarf?



Yet another swap questionnaire (hope you’re not bored with the word “red” yet …)

What are your favorite colors? Red! I also like black and grey and pink but not pastels.

Are you a new sock knitter? How long have you been knitting socks? I started socks about 3 years ago when I marveled at my friend’s dpns.

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? I like both!

What fibers do you prefer in sock yarn? Wool, silk, cashmere, whatever. 😉 I am not fond of knitting with 100% cotton because it’s not stretchy enough but cotton in a blend is fine.

Where do you usually knit socks? Pretty much anywhere.

How do you usually carry/store small projects? I just put them in my purse.

What are your favorite sock knitting patterns? I have tons of pattern books, but mostly I’ve been making up my own lately.

What are your favorite sock knitting techniques? I have tried everything except picot edging and toe up socks. I like it all.

What new techniques would you like to try? toe up socks.

Do you prefer circulars or dpns for sock knitting? I use both and love both circulars and my bamboo dpns

What are some of your favorite yarns? Lisa Souza Sock!, FurrYarns MaineBear SOX, Ellen’s Half Pint Farm yarn, pretty much any Noro yarn.

What yarns do you totally covet? Artful Yarns Fable in Little Red Riding Hood, Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk, #23, Blue Sky Cotton, #613 or #619, Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted, #2006 or #2000, Brown Sheep Wool Handpaint Originals in Strawberry Patch, Classic Elite Inca Print, #4652, Furryarns MaineBear SOX1 in color Myst, Furryarns MainStream 2ply wool in color Martian or Myst, Handmaiden Stretto (or Lady Godiva) in Berry,
Dorchester Farms Handpainted, sock yarn in any red/pink combination (Can you tell I have a running list?)

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? Anything from Sensational Knitted Socks.

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? I use a lot of different kinds, right now I’m enamoured with my Susan Bates circs and/or Brittany dpns for socks.

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? Noro Silk Garden – a bit soft, with lots of subtle color changes.

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Chocolate, toffee, caramel, mints.

What’s your favorite animal? Cat.

Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages? No.

If you were a color what color would you be? Black — a color but not a color you think of as a color (if that makes any sense).

Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else’s)… I’m still not sure what this question means, but I mostly wear black t-shirts. I like designs on them that are not obvious, but are there.

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? I love pretty much every flower.

Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read. I love quotes, but I don’t have a favorite.

Do you have a wishlist? At Amazon.

Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? Not at the moment. (My standard interview answer …)



It’s basically all untangled (this is most of it):

It’s still pretty curly, but I’m going to try to knit with it since I hate giving up on nice yarn and I like the color. I’d cast on for some socks but I can’t find any size 1s that aren’t already being used!

And I’m stressing still about our big trip on Saturday. Now I’m not sure how I’ll fit in any NYC LYSs since my parents are already there and my mom will be ready to leave on Monday when we’ll only have just gotten there. We’ll see.

I’m not sure what to bring! I’m bringing the two socks I need to finish ASAP definitely. But on top of that — should I bring lots of yarn, what type of yarn, how much, what needles? I am so unsure – for those of you who have travelled for a couple of weeks by plane, what have you brought with you?



Today is my lucky day!

First, I did as you know have problems with my SuperSock yarn. Sheila from Wool2Dye4 read my post and offered to send me a new skein of the SuperSock and the Henry’s Attic that I had ordered before, which she did today:

More yarn to play around with! I may have had issues with the SuperSock last time, but that wouldn’t sour me on the company or the yarn. Aija recommended it as being a great place to order and Sheila as having great customer service and she was right! I’m so excited to have more fun with yarn dyeing!

I already gave Wool2Dye4 a great review on Judy’s Book and you should too! I recently became a City Editor there, and because of that I received this:

Yes, that’s a $25 gift card to Target, just for reviewing local businesses (and online sites, and products, etc.)! I love having a place to voice my [many] opinions and getting a gift card on top of it (totally unexpectedly) is just icing!

Finally, here is some long awaited knitting content. I won’t have time to dye until I get back from NYC and MD (did I mention the 7+ hours of knitting time while we drive to MD?!) so I hope to get something completed! I had wanted to get back to making sweaters when I lost weight but that is so hard I may just have to do it anyway. Without further ado, the very small amount I got done yesterday while watching “Over the Hedge”:

It’s one of my many Regia yarns, a burgundy variegated. It’s not as red as I would have liked, but it should make some nice socks!


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