Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Too Much Yarn

This weekend, when I went to Clifton Park for Mother's Day, I bought way too much yarn. My stash seems to be growing exponentially. I went back to Saratoga Needle Arts where I bought a bunch of single skeins for small projects, including Karabella's Camissimo, which is made from baby camel hair and fine merino wool. It is unbelievably soft.

On the way back down here, I stopped at Woodstock Wool Company, where I had a nice long chat with Paul, one of the owners, about knitting, and yarn, and business. It was my first time there, and it is a big store, like Suss Designs in NYC. There, I purchased a bunch of Rowan yarns, a Rowan book (all on sale!), and some of the store's own 100% alpaca yarn.

Paul told me I absolutely can't miss the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival and to check out KnittingHelp.com. Also, I am looking forward to the possibility of going to the TKGA Conference in July in Pennsylvania.

Tomorrow, I have a day off from work (yay!) and am looking forward to a day in the city, and my knitting group possibly in the evening.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Clifton Park

I am in Clifton Park for the next couple days. My grandmother is out of the hospital and seems to be doing better. For the time being she is staying at my mom's house. They even brought her bed here. Mother's Day is Sunday but it will probably be highly uneventful since mom is working most of the weekend, and both grandmothers are somewhat out of commission.

I hope to visit Saratoga Needle Arts tomorrow. I have a survey that they sent me so I can save 10%. I haven't been in the area for a while, so I am hoping they have lots of what I need and stuff that the stores don't have near my house. I seem to remember a baby camel blend that was super soft on my last visit. On my way up here, I stopped by Woodstock Wool Company, but got there just about 20 minutes after they closed. Maybe I will try to stop by again on my way back on Sunday if I leave early enough. I am almost finished with the 2nd sock. I am just at the turning of the heel, which I had to pull out since I was paying too much attention to a Gray's Anatomy special on 20/20 instead of on my knitting.

On another knitting note, I am in the process of trying to felt the little clutch from One Skein. I think it is working even though the water isn't hot since the dishwasher was running right before I put it into the washing machine. I think I am going to try to finish tomorrow when there is more hot water in the house.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Gettin' Stuff Done

In the last month, I have lost 8 pounds (so far). This is only the tip of the iceberg of the changes I am planning in my life. Some things have happened lately that make me know for sure that I need a change of scenery. I began thinking that a change in scenery might have to mean leaving here at a time when I am not ready to leave, for various reasons. I still wonder if I should just be forgetting, moving on, and then physically moving on. I've realized, though, that there is no reason for that. A change of scenery is very close by. I have no reason to "go" anywhere. And, I have no reason to move on just yet. Now, I know I am being vague here, but I think I have to be at this point.

The immediate changes in my life aren't drastic.... or maybe they are. I guess it depends on how you look at it. But I am in the very early planning stages of some things, involving some free classes being given by a governmental agency that I won't mention for my own protection.... wow that sounded top secret.

I keep reading all the new books on knitting and there is always an introduction on how the authors came to owning a yarn shop where people can sit and knit and drink coffee in big, comfy couches. I recently had the pleasure of meeting a girl about my age whose full-time job is to work in a yarn shop, knit, teach, and possibly design. I told her how jealous I am that she is able to do this. I do not have the 20 years worth of knitting experience that some of these women have. But I also know it's feasible to do it with a little talent and a lot of drive, and unfortunately a lot of money. Ay, there's the rub.

I had a couple of gift certificates for a couple of my favorite stores in Manhattan. Thanks again to the person who gave them to me! Anyway, I bought way too much yarn. Some Fiesta La Luz silk for a tank top and skull cap, and some Debbie Bliss silk & alpaca. I have no idea what I am going to do with the latter as I didn't buy enough for a sweater and this is a thicker yarn than the Blue Sky version of the same fiber content (my favorite!). A pretty orchid color that is oh, so luxurious. Possibly a lap blanket. I was thinking of the simple baby blanket that is in Stoller's original Stitch -n- Bitch book...

With the other gift certificate, I bought two new knitting books that I hadn't even heard of yet, just published in 2006 (I thought I was more well-informed!). I got them both at almost half the list price! Greetings from Knit Cafe is written by one of these lucky women who had the money from her very high-level job at CBS and decided it was more in her interest to do something she loves and spend more time with her children. I love the beautiful dress patterns because dresses are rarely seen in any of the new knitting books (maybe because no one has patience for them?). The guitar messenger bag is also great, but the simplest pattern in the book is the one that's calling me. Why? Because it is a shawl made completely of Blue Sky Alpacas 100% alpaca! The second book, Knitting Nature, is a unique book because all of the patterns were inspired by nature. Hexagons, pentagons, spirals, phyllotaxis, fractals, and waves... In this one, the Basalt Tank and Frost Jacket are my favorites. All the patterns in this book look very detailed, so it may take me a while to get to anything in this one.

In other news, I frogged a shawl. :-/

One final thought: The power of AIM is amazing...