17 April 2007

Stephanie making socks

I just finished watching the Knitty Gritty episode with yarn superstar, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee! It was fabulous. Even though I've knitted a few pairs of socks, I feel like I'm going to have great understanding of the construction and make the process even faster. She was her dry, witty self and I loved it. Yes, Lorie. I saved the episode. How you will watch it, I don't know. But it's here waiting for you.

On another note, Cat Bordhi was on another episode and she has reinvented sock making. I can't wait to get her new book and learn how to do this. It looks totally cool and may turn sock-making on its head! And it still works on two circulars, my way.

I haven't been knitting much. House buying, painting, cleaning, and moving soon have sucked up all of my energy. I have been reading a ton and watching some mindless movies. I loved "This Film is Not Yet Rated". It was a great look at the MPAA rating system and how it isn't fair. I also, to my surprise, like "Stick It". Its a movie about a gymnast who has retired early and her forced return. I thought, more teen schlock. I was surprised. It was actually funny and heart-warming.

Okay, off to clean more windows.

14 April 2007

Yarn? Check.

Aimee and I did the Portland yarn crawl today. Thanks, Aimee! After visiting 3 LYS and parting ways, I stopped by Lint on my way home. Lo and behold, I found and purchased yarn for the Pearl Buck sweater. Aimee, it's better than the Rowan Felted Tweed. And the nice owner of Lint helped me with good knitterly advice after consulting my pattern. I ended up with Berroco Ultra Alpaca (a 50/50 wool/alpaca blend) in the cranberry mix colorway. I looked for an accurate photo online, but none capture the true color. I love it!

I got to see Aimee's new house. It's big and beautiful and waiting to be lived in. Can't wait to see it with all the stuff and fewer paint fumes (not too bad anymore). Great to see you, Aimee, and thanks for having me.

On this trip I experienced McMinnville, OR for the first time. I got to visit a library friend and my Guadalajara roommate, Dee. My visit included a stroll down what seemed like main street. Fancy there was a beautiful yarn shop along the way and I just so happened to get some more Classic Elite Miracle, this time in a light bluish tone. Another lacy scarf on the horizon (distant, but out there).

If that weren't enough, upon returning from Portland, I got dinner invitation to Annie and Seth's. That means I got by baby fix with Zara, play time with Boris, lovely adult conversation, and a delicious meal. All in all, a delightful weekend.

09 April 2007


Oh the doggy, oh the Print 'o the Wave, oh the tragedy. Dani, I feel for ya.

Over in my neck of the woods not much knitting is happening. I've actually been reading(!) and have otherwise kept occupied with a social life and activities such as the shooting of guns, slingshots, bows and arrows. It's true. Part of my knitting hiatus stems from the fact that I have yet to find decide upon yarn for two sweaters in the chemise. So I busied myself last night organizing my pattern stash. One binder is now two. Ideas are brewing. Yarn shopping will take place this weekend, I hope.

I never posted my finished scarf (partially finished photo posted earlier) or the one I made after that, or the hat. Oh well. That was on my trip in February. I am looking forward to the Year of the Sweater. Maybe even the Year of the Sock.

Happy knitting, studying, and moving to ya!