A Knititng Diary

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So many balls of yarn!!! November 20, 2008

Our mini yarn hop was a huge success!  We only got lost the one time in Fergus Falls (note to self: next time write down the names of the yarn stores alongside directions); otherwise it was a breeze!  I was very pleasantly surprised to see the gorgeous yarn my MIL bought for me.  In a big bag were several skeins of bamboo yarn in a celery green and then a few skeins of corn yarn in a green/brown/cream combination.  Sofrtly after our arrival in Fargo we immediately headed out for Boucle and then Prarie Yarns.  I know I said that I wanted to buy nothing but sock yarn, but so  many other yarns were calling out my name!  At Boucle I picked up Dream in Color Smooshy Sock Yarn in Flamingo.  It’s gorgeous and I can’t wait to knit with it!  While I was there I also got some ideas on what to knit with the bamboo and corn yarn.  They had a few examples hanging up in the front.  At Prairie Yarn I saw some new yarn that I had never seen before.  It’s Wisdom Yarn Poems.  I picked up a sky blue/green/purple blend to make a scarf out of to match my mittens.  Immediately Monday night I c/o for my scarf and am working 3 different rows of the Twisted Taffy cable from Lion Brand.  So far it’s turning out just lovely.

In Fergus Falls we swung by Crate of Yarn and spent a good chunk of time touching all the soft yarn and thinking about what we should get.  I didn’t splurge here, I picked out a skein of eco-friendly recycled yarn in a cream color to knit up another doll for my cousin.  Our last yarn stop on Tuesday was at Dream in Color in Alexandria.  I loved ALL of their yarn.  Everything was amazing and soft and I truly wanted to buy just about everything I touched.  There was some Uruguay (sp?) yarn in bright orange that caught my eye and I kept wandering back over to it.  But as much as I loved it, I just didn’t know what I would knit with it!  If I knit a sweater, would I wear it?  Am I an orange color person?  Then I saw bright blue yarn that would be lovely for a sweater for Jax, but there was only one skein and I didn’t see anything that I would like to pair it up with.  So after a long perusal, I sadly left empty handed.  😦

Due to a long day and having gotten lost a number of times in the cities, we decided to take the well worn way home.  No funny highways or stops; I think we were extremely glad to be on our way back home to where roads don’t suddenly turn into one ways and ppl are nice enough to let you in when you realize that you should have made a left 3 blocks earlier.  We made a pit stop in Albertville where sadly I didn’t see any yarn stores.  Not that I was really expecting to, but that would have been cool.  But we made it home safe & sound and I am eager to work with all the yarn I got!

I can’t end this post without talking about the play!  The play was fabulous!  We were in the second row and I couldn’t have been happier.  It was so much better than I had dreamed it would be (even w/o the original cast).  The actors/actresses were superb and their singing was dead on.  I remember thinking how in awe of them I was.  To be able to sing in a strong voice and follow the music while the person you’re singing a duet with is singing on a completely different level, it’s breathtaking.  I had tears in my eyes when they sang “Defying Gravity”.  Not only is it my favorite song of the musical, but thinking of how it relates to Elphaba breaking from the mold and going out on her own and the words…I’m a nerd, I know, but I was very giddy about it.  What was super cool is that one of the ladies who sat in front of us, whipped out her knitting during intermission!  I wished I had thought to bring mine!  I was tempted to ask her what she was working on, but I didn’t know if that would make me look like some kind of weirdo.  At the end of the night I was lucky enough to get a l/s t-shirt in my size!  This is when being small comes in handy; all they had left were xs and s, so yay for me!

I’ve taken pictures of all my yarn, I just have to get on the ball and upload them.  So as soon as I can, they’ll be posted in all their glory here!  🙂

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They call me….. October 24, 2008

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…quick stitch McGraw.  Okay, not really.  But this past week my mom has been staying with me and I have to giggle at the fact that I’ve already knit a pair of mittens and flew through several rounds of my pointelle shawl while she’s c/o, crocheted, rippped out and c/o again, crocheted, ripped out, and so on and so forth at least 5 times this week.

It all started Monday when I called to remind her that she should bring some knitting/crocheting because of the ladies who come to my house and knit.  So Tuesday night she wanted to get busy reintroducing herself to a project that had been gathering dust for a little bit.  This set off the chain of events that leads us to the several afghan froggings.  But as I type, she’s busily working on Stashaholics Brain Dead Afghan except instead of the purple/raspberry colors, she’s using green tones.  I really hope that she has better luck with making this one work; I’m sure she will, but I’m no help as I don’t crochet.

What else is cool is I signed my mom up for an invitation to Ravelry and told her to head straight to Boucle’ next week and inquire as to a knitting group or some help relearning to knit.  Whether or not she does this, I’m not sure, but I hope she does.  Some of the stuff she made back when she was really into it is super amazing.  In her house there’s this huuuuuge (and it is ginormous) tan colored knit blanket.  It is super thick and miles long and amazing.  Anyhow, I know that she’d have a blast connecting with other knitters much like I have!

So my hubby’s coming home Saturday and he’s brought me a little gift from a yarn store in Seattle!  I can’t wait to see what exactly he got me and then to start knitting up my second sweater!  It’s funny that the first item you make when you’re learning to do something (use circular needles, make clothing, etc….) can make you so nervous.  Then after you’re done, you feel like you can conquer the world!  Maybe it’s just me, but I am ready to take on some more knitting challenges!