12 June 2006

Monday, monday

Back again, after what feels like a long absence. I started a post yesterday, but it was high energy and cranky and I'm still working on it. In the meantime...


I had a terrific, if exhausting time, and the Seedtime festival. Lots of good music, lots of good fun, and a watermelon eating/seedspitting/and hollering contest (I got to be an official watermelon rind inspector... might be the best job I've ever had). I met a fellow knitter on Saturday, working away on socks at the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth booth (sorry -- camera was unavailable at the time!). He (Erik) informed me that Saturday was World Wide Knit In Public day. Can you believe it -- all the times I knit in public and I can't manage even a stitch on World Wide Knit in Public Day. I felt like a sorry excuse for a knitter. But I didn't have time -- I was too busying carrying watermelons.


I did get a chance to do some knitting before the festival kicked in. I started the second New England sock while waiting for my car to get inspected. The guys in the garage didn't say a word about it, and I loved them for it.


No progress pictures, though, because I was cocky and over-confident and knit the first two inches without the pattern in front of me. You guessed it. I messed up. I messed up in a way that absolutely cannot be fixed without frogging back a few rows. And right now, I just don't have the stamina to do it.

In the meantime, I've been plugging away on T-SALP (progress report to come later on my Amazing Lace page)... right pattern + right yarn = enjoyable knitting. I got a bunch done yesterday, but was thwarted by the second monster thunderstorm in the last two days. The power went out for several hours and the kitties and I were thrust into pitch darkness. I picked up blue sock #2 (remember blue sock?) and worked a few inches by candlelight. No mistakes, at least not that I can see now.


Lastly, I've been a week remiss in posting about this package (sorry about the horrible light, but it's pretty dark here today and the photos without a flash are just awful)... I ordered some yarn from Yahaira at Pure Knits and, like everyone else, was completely blown away by the service. In addition to getting some beautiful yarn (Nature's Palette sock yarn and Habu Alpaca Lace), the "presentation" was lovely. And a personal note! AND she sent me samples of some yarn that I covet -- fable alpaca and hipknits silk. Mmmmmm. She sure knows how to enable a yarn addict (and interest a kitty -- Hank was very excited about both the ribbon and the Fable alpaca)! I'm trying to be very rigid about this sock yarn -- I am absolutely not allowed to cast on for another pair of socks until I finish at least two of the pairs I have on the needles right now. So... second New England and second Blue sock and then I can start a sock with the Nature's Palette. It's a sock-lovers yarn, folks, I can tell you that much without ever having knit a stitch. It's got such softness and squish and the color has a lot of depth without being in-your-face. Finally, a good yarn for patterns. We'll see what it becomes...

3 comments:

Erik said...

Hey Jennie. It was really good to meet you the other day at Seedtime. I look forward to seeing your work on here.

That yarn order you recieved looks pretty sweet. I wish you luck on finishing your other socks.

yahaira said...

so glad you liked everything! and this is the second time a cat owner has mentioned the ribbons, who knew they can be used as toys!

Chris said...

Watermelon rind inspector. That would look good on a business card!

Boy, your description of that sock yarn has my fingers twitching...