Monday, June 26, 2006

Loteria

I really want this shirt!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

I love this quote...

... originally from Woman's Day Book of American Needlework, Rose Wilder Lane, 1963, and reprinted in Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick...

Let me warn you that a genuine interest in knitting can keep you
fascinated, eagerly pursuing it, and never satisfied through a lifetime.

I believe any of my fellow obsessed knitters/yarn hoarders will understand this quote completely.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Good friends, good wine, good yarn

Last night we met at our usual haunt to knit and found that it was closing early. So, J called her husband and told him we were on our way. By the time we got there, the house smelled wonderful. He was cooking dinner for the four of us (plus himself, of course). We set the table in the backyard and then went about our projects. Me with a flower washcloth, J with a sweater for our cook, C with her blanket, and R with her scarf. The meal, when it was finally ready, was delicious. Gnocchi and shrimp marinara and lots of good wine. Then, a salad with blueberries and blue cheese. And finally, ice cream. It was wonderful. This was the first time I met J's husband and he was a great guy and a great cook. Normally, we knit and chat for about 2 1/2 hours, until around 9pm. Last night, since we didn't have to worry about a public place closing, we sat and drank and knit until after 11pm! It was wonderful. I haven't had that much fun with a group of female friends in ages.

My new email knitting buddy and I decided to go together to the Knit & Crochet Show in King of Prussia. I am very much looking forward to hanging out with a new friend and "fondling the yarn".

This evening I had a nice long chat with my neighbor, who I don't have much in common with other than day-to-day life, like dating and jobs. She is about 20 years older than me, but doesn't seem like it. We chat occasionally, sometimes just a wave and a "hi" and other times we stand outside for an hour. I have known her for a few years now (she moved in 2 years before me and actually owns her house) and this is the first time she suggested we go out together- although I doubt she would have been opposed had I suggested it.

Well, I guess I have finally started to find some people that I enjoy being around. That is rare in adult life, I think. Once college is over, it seems so hard to meet people outside of work. I am pretty happy with the "friend" part of my life for the first time since I moved to NJ.

In regards to those little flower washcloths that I making (from Weekend Knitting), I don't recommend the Crystal Palace chenille yarn that is recommended in the pattern. A friend of mine told me she loves knitting with chenille yarn, but I definately don't recommend this one. Don't get me wrong, the knitted fabric feels very nice, but the act of knitting it is not fun. The yarn doesn't knit smoothly and is hard to pull each stitch through the needles.

By the way, I added my current list of knitting books to the left margin of this blog. If anyone highly recommends any that I don't already own, please drop me a line!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Updates: Knitting & Otherwise

A short trip to my hometown this weekend reunited me with some old and new friends. Friday night I saw a movie and had a nice long chat with my best friend and her husband.

Saturday morning, I went to a baby shower for a friend from high school. The very cute Noah's Ark cake is shown here. I saw a lot of people that I really only see on occasions such as this. I wish that wasn't the case.

I had a nice conversation with a fellow-knitter that I have only met a few times. She is the wife of a high school friend and I hope to keep in touch with her.

I recently posted on the Handknit Holidays-along blog. I am wondering about the vintage beaded gloves from the book because I think the cuff is too big, but no one seems to have tried this pattern yet.

After seeing my dad briefly Saturday night, I drove back to NJ. I wanted to go to the Renegade Craft Fair Sunday morning. I had originally thought I couldn't go because I didn't think I'd be back until Sunday. It was great, not like the typical craft and art shows. This was a much younger and trendier set of crafters of all types. I bought four skeins of hand spun yarn from Jump Sheep, Brooklyn Handspun, Misshawklet, and SnapCrafty. There was lots of yarn, fibers, spinners, t-shirts, prints, stationary and a ton more. I think my knitting group was planning on going Saturday during the day, so we'll probably swap stories when we meet this week. I also had a nice conversation with the girl who own's Make Workshop in New York, which I definately plan on checking out soon.



Here are a couple of projects I finished recently. The gnome (from Simply Knitting) was a gift for my mother for Mother's Day and the chenille flower washcloth (from Weekend Knitting) will eventually be a gift for my grandmother. The washcloth is laying on a baby blanket (from Stitch 'N Bitch) made with the Debbie Bliss Alpaca & Silk yarn that I bought with my Suss Designs gift certificate.





A couple of weekends ago, I went to Scituate, MA with mom, her boyfriend, and my grandmother. This is the cute little harbor town about 30 minutes south of Boston where my parents lived when I was born. We stayed in what is still the only hotel in town, just across the street from the harbor and The Quarterdeck- an ecletic shop that I love and have been visiting since I was very small. Here's a picture of Scituate Light and a couple of artsy chairs that were sitting outside a store.