Monday, May 13, 2013
In May 2011 I cast on my first pair
Though this was my first pair started, it was not my first pair finished. In the lengthy interim I participated in a KAL which introduced me not only to Plymouth Happy Feet (my very first purchase at The [Itty Bitty] Knitty Gritty) and Irish Girlie Knits, but also to Honey Badger, the hilarious-but-perhaps-too-vulgar-for-some You Tube video. (Not going to link it here, go look it up yourself. Honey Badger don't care.)
With a bold sense of now-I-know-how-to-knit-socks and a hunger to learn different techniques, I volunteered for a test knit soon after. Wheat Rib by Lindo Jo Park was my first try at toe-up on 2 circulars, which has become my preferred sock method.
Will Work For Yarn Swap Group project,
So who knits socks in Florida? I do. And I'm itching to share techniques, tips, pitfalls, experiences with fellow enthusiasts and with those who, like I once was, are simply confounded by the whole idea. Join me at The Knitty Gritty for a free-of-charge, twice-monthly get-together. Bring your own socks-in-progress, or cast-on the socks-of-the-month project (this month it's yoga socks). Learn a new technique, or get help for a sock-gone-awry. Fondle my sock yarn, I'll fondle yours. This month we'll meet Monday, May 20 from 6-8 pm, and/or Tuesday, May 21 from 11am-1pm. In ensuing months we'll stagger the meetings every other week or thereabouts. Become a regular, or pop in now and then. I'll be there to knit, chat, teach, help, laugh. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
First off, I'll be starting to work at my LYS, The Knitty Gritty. Can't tell you how excited I am about this - it's a dream come true (not the big Broadway/sports arena one, but a dream nonetheless), and I'm elated that Anna invited me to join the staff. And what a time to start, with the Orange Blossom Yarn Crawl going on from March 1 to 10. Grab your passport and come on out!
Not only will I be helping out in the shop here and there, but I'm also slated to teach two classes. The first, next Wednesday, March 6, is a two-hour session teaching ipad users how to take advantage of KnitCompanion, the most ingenious app in the world IMHO. A single class will really only scratch the surface of KC's seemingly infinite capabilities, but will enable the students to download, set up and follow patterns using this revolutionary technology.
|Publicity shot for Fab 50's|
|Couple years ago at the Caribe...before Vinny chewed up this suit.|
|LBI Summer 2012|
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The other day I was checking in with a few of my favorite blogs, and on a recent post over at YarnontheHouse I noticed my name and "Congratulations!" on the same line. Sent Veronika my mailing address and a speedy two days later I'm playing with this:
|Honeycomb Kerchief - Bijou Basin Ranch|
|Cosette Wrap - Never Not Knitting|
|Wee Wildflower - Coastal Kids|
For now I guess I better get back to working on my test knitting assignment, which is just the perfect size for my wonderful new project bag from Little Lippy Ewe:
Thank you to all these wonderful vendors, and especially Ve at YOTH for sharing the love!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Yesterday I went hog wild and spent $22 on myself. While grocery shopping at Publix, the Winter 2012 issue of Interweave Knits jumped into my cart.
and while DD was spending some quality time in Plato's Closet, I enjoyed a manicure next door.
These are the kinds of treats, no matter how seemingly small, that I sometimes agonize over, but no more. Last year I began paying myself for completing certain tasks that I could and would easily avoid. Things like flossing, exercising in any intensity (including little or practically none) for 15 minutes, and going to bed without leaving any clothes on the floor. There are a few others which I am loath to disclose, but in any event I'm now motivated to do these things, if not by their intrinsic necessity or benefit, then by the fact that for each one checked off I put $1 in my favorite vase.
Win/win: things that need doing get done, and I have a modest fund of fun money to spend on little extras that make me smile. And I still have $19 left. Mad Tosh?
Friday, January 11, 2013
However, it is with suitable glee that I present my first finished object of 2013.
[Insert drum roll here.]
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Irish Coffee.....hmmmm...too early in the morning for either kind, I guess.
Bijou Basin Ranch's Tibetan Dream Sock yarn, but I've learned the hard way that the fine-gauge cabling and twisted-stitching of this pattern makes it a "natural daylight only" project for me and my middle-aged eyes.
So for lamplight and TV watching I have the 10-stitch blanket to work on. There's a baby on the way (not in this household, good gracious!), and I've the feeling she won't wait till her February 19 due date.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Daughter: You need knitting rehab.
M: No, I don't.
D: (making rare direct eye contact) Mom, the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem.
M: (holding swatch up to her nose and inhaling deeply) I don't have a problem.