Wednesday, December 26, 2007


I received the last 2007 Rockin Sock Club kit. They saved the best for last. Thank you ladies at Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The blues in this colorway are wonderful and it is medium weight this time. Perfect. I will definitely be ordering a few more skeins. I just ordered the Raven Collection - I had bought Lenore, Haida and Thraven to get an idea of what the over and under dying were like. I loved it so I ordered one of each of the colorways in the Raven Series. I moved several scarves and shawls up in my queue because of this yarn collection. I also changed my mind and joined the 2008 Rockin Sock Club, the last colorway and the Raven collection sold me.
STR Bella Coola
I have made much progress on my Arctic Lace North Star Scarf and my Mystic Waters Zephyr version shawl. I added 4 inches each to my Dimple Shale scarf and my Andean Treasures stole. I have removed the Campfire Feather and Fan Scarf and reclassified it as a swatch. The color is just not right. I will try using it doubled for something else later on. I finished one of my Morning Glory socks.

I have the most favorite of knitting diseases - finish-itis. I just want to finish everything. I have not cast on anything new this week even though I finished a pair of socks and am a few rows from finishing my Swap Pal's scarf. What I have not been up to is photo shooting. The scarves and shawls all need to be pinned out for photos - it can wait until they are done!!! I do have my 32nd pair of socks though. The Socks That Rock Amber colorway is like a roaring fireplace.
STR Amber

Monday, December 17, 2007


I have been really enjoying the Holiday atmosphere. I have been sitting in front of the fireplace knitting, reading and crocheting. I finished another pair of socks, a scarf, a book and 2 audiobooks. I wound 10 hanks of yarn into balls and cast on another pair of socks. The Mystic Waters KAL has officially ended, the last clue was posted last week. The pattern is now for sale on the designer's website. The shawl is so beautiful with all 8 sections completed. I am making steady progress on both of mine. Even though knitting lace is extremely slow in comparison to sock knitting or crocheting, the results are well worth it. I am really looking forward to all of my upcoming projects. I am almost finished with my EE Scarf, it is 4 feet long, I need to add one more foot.

I received an e-mail from Sarah's Yarns yesterday about the Jaggerspun price increase this week. I went ahead and ordered my yarn for my other knit alongs. I was undecided about colors for the mystery shawls, which was silly to ponder over since I could only order the colors that were in stock. So I chose several earth tone warm colors, with the aid of my color cards and I am now all set for the 2008 Lace Along, etc.

I managed to catch up on the forum chatter on Ravelry, sporting my Ravelry T-shirts by the way. Now I need to do a photo shoot so I can post my new socks and the progress on my WIPS. I might be able to get to that tonight.

Monday, December 10, 2007


This line of Doggie Bags was so well done. [No longer available from The Sak. :( ] I hear there is a new line of dog bags out there, I will have to Google all about it when I get home.

Lacing Right Along

I am having the best time with the Mystic Waters Shawl knit along. Both of my shawls are coming along nicely. I have decided to make the short version in the Schaefer Anne Rain Clouds because of the amount of yarn I have. 1,060 yards. I have my doubts that it is enough for the full pattern. I don't dare temp fate. The Zephyr Admiral is readily available and I have plenty so I will do the full version in that. The stitches and pattern are very clear in the Zephyr because of the darkness of the yarn, gorgeous.

I have knit over three feet on my Ebony Elite Swap pal's scarf. I am happy with the stitch pattern I chose. It is making a very nice scarf. Can't share any photos, it's a surprise!! Other little bits and pieces have come in the mail for her package.

I got three packages from Claudia the Wollmeise and she has the coolest bags. They have German-English knitting terminology printed on them. She also put the translations inside the bags. I am in two KALs with German speaking co-knitters. I should be able to translate some of their posts now. Very cool. I have added several lace weights, and two worsted weight colorways to my collection.
I have not been on Ravelry much, other than to check the forums for my Knit Alongs. I need to update my projects and stash. I finished a sock and started the second one. I need to photo and add the Lace Garn in Pfefferminz Prinz, it is unbelievable. The colors just make me so so so happy. The blues are so rich and deep. I am going to ball wind some tonight. The Campari Orange is delicious. I don't know what I am going to make with it, I just liked the colors. But I don't want any socks this color or a scarf. Maybe a pair of fingerless gloves.
Campari Orange

There has been much stash enhancement from Blue Moon Fiber Arts as well. I got the Lapis and the Gingerbread Dude at last. From the Raven Collection I got Thraven, Haidi and some more Lenore. Very interesting over dying. Nice subleties. I may have to get some more of this!! I did not sign up for the 2008 Sock Club however. I liked almost all of the yarns, but I never knit any of the patterns. I have not gotten around to reading any of the newsletters either. I know there will probably be some colorways introduced that I will not be able to get as a non-member. But I think I can wait for them. My Blue Moon Yarn collection is pretty fat right now. Photos of all new yarns in Flickr - click link in the sidebar.

I have completed another 10 rows on my Arctic Lace North Star Scarf in the Quivuk. Whew, it's good this yarn is rare and expensive. I could seriously get hooked on this stuff. It is really easy to work with and it is the softest yarn I have ever felt. LOVE IT!!!

I have my Christmas gift assignments. I can't wait to shop. I have a short list this year. I don't usually have a list at all, since I shop all of the time. I bought myself a 10th Anniversary Gift, I have been with this firm10 long years. Just kidding, they actually flew by. I did not know about the 10 year bonus - I was expecting flowers or something. So I picked up the Palermo GM which I had been eyeing for awhile.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas is Coming . . .

I wish I had more time to spend with my books!!! After several lost auctions I finally won an auction for Knitting Lace by Susanne E. Lewis. It is a workshop comparable to Elizabeth Zimmermann's many workshops and Jacqueline Fee's Sweater Workshop. In a word EXCELLENT. I am so excited to have this book. I keep it on the nightstand and read it as often as I can, but really - having to rise at 4:45 am every day does not leave much time for reading. I miss my reading time dearly. Since the time change I don't even get to read on the vanpool because it is dark in the morning and in the evening when we are on the road. We have little personal overhead lights, but for mature-bifocal wearing eyes it is not sufficient or advisable. Anywho, I also bought some knitting handbooks published in the 80's and they are great. Non-commercial, no yarn advertisment or needle pushing. Just plain talking how-to knitting instructions. I got them mainly to complete the TKGA Courses. They are my reference materials for the written portions of the course. My Knit Picks Bare yarn also arrived, so I can get started on my swatches. Thank goodness I am a Gemini and there are two of me, so I can get all this stuff done ;~}

I am re-reading Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy in heightened anticipation of the upcoming film release. Love love love this series. I have bought this book set so many times and gifted it to so many people that I was not sure I still had a set of my own. But alas, I found them. Nice set too, I did not remember these covers. :>] My daemon is kind of shy and refuses to appear in the sidebar, but his name is Scheane. The reincarnation of my Sister's Midnight to be sure.

I finished another pair of socks for Christmas. I have now completed all three pairs of my Hill Country Yarn socks. I will be slipping and a sliding around the house Christmas weekend :) in all my green, red and white glory. We are Kris Kringling again this year, so besides Mom, Sis, Brother, and dog Babies I only have to shop for one person. My Cousin in Little Rock has requested more socks, in orange and red. I guess the Fawkes Socks in Firebird will be flying off to a new home.

HCY Holly Socks 2HCY Holly Socks 1

I cast on my Ebony Elite Secret Pal's Scarf last night. Two problems. The yarn is not the color it appeared online and the feel of it is scratchier than I expected. I wanted soft and thick and luxurious and this is kind of stiff the way crocheted worsted weight can be. I am extremely disappointed because I ordered and waited for this yarn specifically for this project. I could have been making the scarf out of stash or some other yarn weeks ago. I am going to give it a few more inches of my precious knitting time and hope with length the drape and texture improves. But at the same time I am going to look for a backup yarn. I really like the pattern so I want this to be a nice finished project.

I cast on some Socks That Rock socks, trying to get my sock mojo back. I should have at least three pairs going right now. But considering I have two Mystic Water Shawls on the needles, what can I say. We are starting to get swatch instructions on the KALs that start in Jan and Feb, but I am still waiting on yarn information. I really like the Zephyr and it looks like I will need a cone of it for one of the KALs - the shawl requires 1700 + yards of lace weight yarn. I ordered some more Wollmeise Lace Garn, but there are color gradations that may not work for the upcoming projects. Most of the hints say a solid, non-variegated would be best because of the complexity of the pattern. I will wait until the end of December to decide. I need to play with my collection this weekend and find some inspiring sock yarn to get some more pairs on the needles. I have several I have not tried yet, Louet, Duet, Jojoland, Fearless Fibers, Wollmeise, Shibui, Dharmafey's Cosmic Fibers, Koigu, Lisa Souza, Risata, Felice. Maybe I will just cast on all of the balls that are already wound - I have enough sock needles :}

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Mystic Waters Duet

I am determined not to be outdone. I restarted the Mystic Waters Shawl in the Zephyr and I figured out how to take good photos of the Anne Rain Clouds Shawl too - it requires FLASH.

Go figure. I am so used to taking pictures without the flash that I was surprised at how much better the shawl came out with the flash. A small bit of stash enhancement this week. Ordered some Baruffa Cashwoool for my 2008 lace knit alongs and I received some really nice sock yarn as a gift from my HSS Angel.

I finished another pair of socks - 30 out of 52.
Plain white stockinette socks in Winter White DK weight. They worked up so fast on size 4 needles and they are so thick and soft. I am definitely making some more of these.

Chinese Fireball Post

My Sock Swap Angel had a Chinese Fireball deliver my Hogwarts Sock Swap II goodies, just a bit too much for an owl post :) Look at my gorgeous socks, and the yummy Maple Syrup, Green Tea and Blood Pops. The squishiest yarn ever - Jojoland Kaleidoscope. Lovely replenishing lotion. Tons of thanks to Anne and Dolores Dumbledore, they ROCK.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Knitting Along in 2008

I am joining every Lace/Mystery Shawl/Stole Knit Along I can find. They are such an adventure in knitting. The finished patterns are all so beautiful and the support is wonderful. I am new to lace knitting so being able to read comments of experienced lace knitters as I work through the clues is great. I am in my first Lace KAL, the Mystic Waters Shawl. It is beyond my current skill level - which means I am learning a lot. Every new clue I gain some insight or skill. I read the forum/posts/e-mail threads for all hints and tips. I am not worried about being a couple of clues behind because I am learning so much. I am happy with my shawl so far. The yarn is really a pleasure to work with and I love the colors; Schaefer Anne in Rain Clouds. Unfortunately I don't have a proper backdrop to take a photo. I will have to pull out a white sheet next time I take pictures. I can see the seahorses - Yay!!

For 2008 I have joined several Lace Knit Alongs, I am not joining any more Sock Knit Alongs until I finish the 52 Pair Plunge. I have 3 pairs of socks on the needles right now, which I hope to finish over the Thanksgiving weekend. No more toeless socks!!!

Yahoo Groups 2008 Lace KALs:
1. Secret of Bad Nauheim begins Jan 2008

2. Secret of the Stole II - not sure of the start date; sign ups just began

3. Spring Shawl Suprice - begins Jan 2008

4. Dem-Fischer-Sin-Fru - begins Jan 2008

Currently Working on KALs:
1] Mystic Waters KAL - we are on clue 5 of 8 this week; last clue 12/12/2007

2] Arctic Lace KAL - ongoing KAL, I am knitting the North Star Scarf

Best Hints/Tips:
a. Use the charts

b. Use post-it tape to highlight the current pattern line

c. Count the knit stitches between the lace stitches ahead of time and write the numbers on the chart.

d. Use safety pin type stitchmarkers that can be opened and moved as the number of stitches per row increase (every 20 stitches works for me)

e. Mark every 20th stitch with a red line on the chart. As a plastic canvas and cross-stitcher I am used to grids being set out in patterns by use of a heavier/bold line or a colored line. So this makes keeping track a more familiar process for me.

f. I have discovered that I do not like using lifelines with lace weight yarns. I invariably mis-knit the lace pattern row following the lifeline. The lifeline distorts my stitches and causes me problems. I am not using any more in the Mystic Waters shawl. I was knitting along not missing a beat and then I put in a lifeline at row 151 and it has screwed me up, now I have to tink back to that row to fix the problem. I had knit more than 20 rows prior to that without a single problem.

I have lots of lace yarn in my stash and I just ordered some more Cashwool and Raven Collection yarns.

Going to the Cousins in Daly City for Thanksgiving, I can't wait to get home and get back to my shawl. I am taking a sock project with me . . . an ugly one, so nobody begs it off me for a Christmas present :} just kidding, there is no ugly sock yarn in my collection. I will take the plain white socks I am making for me. ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Working It

Socks That Rock colorway Lucy In The Sky
Size Large Women's Socks
Size 3/3.25 mm Harmony Needles
1 Skein

It is getting harder to fit sock knitting in between lace projects so I will be sticking with stockinette socks for awhile. In beautiful colored yarns. I am 4 pairs behind in the 52 Pair Plunge. Well at least there is a four day weekend coming up. Maybe some progress can be made then.

Loving the lace. I have been making some progress on Clue 2 of the Mystic Waters Shawl. It is very difficult to photograph. I have added 20 rows to the Dimple Shale Scarf and the Andean Treasures Stole. I have to order some yarn and a pattern for my Ebony Elite Scarf Swap Pal project. I have set aside my Arctic Lace North Star Scarf until I am caught up on clues in the Mystic Waters KAL. All that knitting I had to frog on this KAL was a lot of wasted knitting time - que sera sera.

On we go.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I Lied

I lied. I said I was going to devote November to sock knitting so I could catch up in the 52 Pair Plunge. I lied, I have not completed a single pair of socks. I have been working diligently on my Mystic Waters Mystery Shawl. I tried to use Zephyr 2/18 Wool Silk yarn in Admiral Blue - OMG it was gorgeous. But every time I made a mistake I had to frog it - the whole piece. It could not be tinked. Lifelines were almost impossible to insert because of the super fine yarn. I was using Addi Turbo Lace needles so lifelines had to be inserted manually. The color was too dark to work on in the evenings, I could only knit it during the weekends. After frogging it for the millionth time I decided to give up on the Zephyr and Addi's. Maybe a bit too ambitious for just my second lace shawl project.

I am now knitting the shawl on Knit Picks Harmony Needles, using the cable hole to run lifelines. I perused my lovely yarn collection and finally decided on Schaefer Anne in Rain Clouds. It is a fingering weight yarn in a light turquoise with sea green making occasional appearances. Gorgeousness. I am using the safety pin style stitch markers that can be opened and slipped around the lifelines. I am almost finished with Chart B - YAY!!!! I was determined to get enough done so that I could see the Seahorses!! When I was a kid (yes about the time that sand was still a rock) my Mom would have to buy me a packet of dehydrated seahorses and the little plastic castle every time we went to the Aquarium in Golden Gate Park. Yes - every time, because of course they were all always dead by the time we went again :/

So this shawl is really something I want to make and have as a memory keepsake, of those times when Mom, my Sister and I would walk up through the panhandle to the "big playground" and go to the DeYoung Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Aquarium and listen to the Orchestra in Golden Gate Park. I am hoping it gets easier and will be a pattern I will want to repeat because I would love to make one for my Mom and my Sister.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Knitting not Computing

I found it impossible to balance blogging, Ravelry and knitting so I took several days off from blogging. This week I am going to try to stay out of Ravelry as much as possible. There are only so many hours in a day. I have designated weekends for lace knitting when I have natural light to help read the stitches. Week nights for everything else. I was able to make progress on three of my lace projects while doing laundry Saturday. It was fantastic, the inches I added are really noticeable. But as soon as I went upstairs and turned on the laptop, the project I was working on suffered. I cast on and ripped out the Mystic Waters shawl 4 or 5 times - honestly I lost count. I was reading forum posts and scrolling through my stash. And I would set the work down for a few seconds and be lost when I picked it back up. Or I would notice a mistake a few rows back when I picked it up and stretched it. What's up with that? Is it semi-alzheimers? Of course I did not jot a note or anything since I was just putting the piece down to quickly reply to a post or a message. How could it slip my mind that quickly what I had done last?

Of course, most of the problem lays in being a perfectionist. When I knit a sweater or vest I will fudge, add a stitch if I lose one - or K2TOG if I have one stitch too many. But not with lace. I don't want a stitch out of place. The Zephyr 2/18 wool silk I am using does not tink well, so frogging was required. Luckily I was not far enough into the shawl that it was a huge number of rows. Which is also why there was not a lifeline, the piece wasn't big enough. I really enjoy knitting this shawl, I did not even mind knitting it over and over and over again. It is so pretty, I want mine to be perfect. So I will start it again this weekend. Granted we will have the 3rd clue by then and I will be a couple of hundred rows behind in the knit along. But I don't really care about that. This shawl is going to be beautiful so I want mine to be perfect.

I have my yarn now for the swatches for the TKGA Basics Basics Basic course. I will be starting on that this week between sock knitting. I have one pair of socks almost finished and two first socks almost finished. So I should be completing 3 pairs of socks this week. We are having company this weekend which is going to rob me of several precious knitting hours. :(

Exciting - I received the name of my Ebony Elite Scarf Swap pal. We like the same color yarns, but not the same manufacturer. Her favorite yarn is one of the ones I have never liked and don't have any in my stash. I don't have much info on her yet either, so I will have to send her an e-mail and see what non-knitting things she likes. My spoiler e-mailed me yesterday and I need to answer her. I was frogging my shawl for the 3rd or 4th time and decided it was time to log off the computer, so I did not send a reply last night.

I am working on staff evaluations today, most of them will be easy and pleasant. But I have one person on probation and two I have been receiving many complaints about. Those won't be so simple to write.

I'd rather be knitting !!!!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Support - What a Concept!

In the past I have tried to avoid posting too much about Ravelry because so many people were still waiting for invites. Every time I log in now there are over 800 people logged in. So moving on. I just read a Ravelry Lace Knitters Group forum thread called "Lace Knitters and The People Who Love Them". It was a great thread full of snippets, stories and links to blog posts about spouses, friends and family who understand the quirkiness that sometimes comes with having a hobby like knitting. Unfortunately I am not one of those lucky people.

I get a lot of comments about having too much yarn, getting too many packages, having a cluttered craft area - you know the drill. I gift items that I loved making, but I never see them worn. I get "requests" for more socks and scarves to keep them warm - should I consider that support by default? No, I don't think so.

I will never forget the photos of Adrienne's scrapping/sewing/knitting area that her wonderful family felt she deserved. I read posts about husbands driving miles, through rain and snow to get that last ball of yarn from the same dye lot so a project could be finished. Posts about a friend waiting on the porch for a package to come, that required a signature of someone over 18. I sigh.

Wouldn't that be nice?? To have someone with that kind of understanding of your passion and enjoyment of a hobby. Ravelry has provided me with a Virtual Community where support, encouragement, enabling, knowledge and resources are abundant. I cannot tell you what that means. To click LOGIN and find immediate acceptance and understanding. This is just knitting and crochet folks, wouldn't it be something if there was this kind of support for all areas of our lives? But hey I'll take it where I can get it. When I first started blogging one year and one month ago I had no readers and no comments. Now there are people all over the world that know what my last pair of completed socks look like. That is amazing (pun intended).

There are also people who want to be written into my will to get my yarn stash, which is definitely beyond my life expectancy :D I don't know how Casey and Jess came up with the concept of Ravelry, but I for one cannot thank them enough. Now I wish my darn t-shirts would come so I can advertise the fact!!!

Peace ~~~

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Shake Shake Shake

We just had a huge earthquake 5.6 I must confess I love them. I am a native San Franciscan and I think of earthquakes as a San Francisco treat, more so than Rice-A-Roni. This is the first one that really shook us up in this house. We don't usually feel them at all. The quake is moving South, and growing in size. Yesterday there was one in Concord, about 20 miles away that was 2.9 on the Richter scale. This one was centered in the South Bay near Alum Rock and it was 5.6 on the Richter scale, and that is more than 65 miles away. Trippy. Well nothing fell over and nothing broke but it was a nice ride. I hope everyone at the epicenter is fine. Ciao for now.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Hogwart's Sock Swap II Package

The final package contains Ravenclaw Stitchmarkers, a Silver Beaded Hermione bottomless bag, several sets of dpns sizes 0-3, the Amazing Goblet of Fire Socks I knit with KnitPicks Palette yarn. I adapted the Maze hat from Knitty into a sock. I will also list the items I included in the first package I sent since my pal never blogged about what she received. A pair of Black Plastic Harry Potter glasses, a back to school package with KnitScene Magazine Fall 2007, a set of Harry Potter themed patterns all copied in color and in plastic sleeves. A pencil case with a calculator, Harry Potter pencil, index cards and index card case all in blue matching the socks. The bookmark with the arrow post it notes to help keep your place in a pattern. The snap together Hogwarts Castle with the Harry Potter figurine. The Time Turner sticker set. I have not received anything in return, but I had a good time putting these packages together.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Little Lacey Bits

I spent most of Saturday with the swift and ball winder. My focus has been on socks for months so all of my lace weight yarns are still in hanks, the exception being the Qiviuk which is sold in center pull balls. Therefore, I had a lot of color, weight and pattern matching selections to make. Then I spent a few hours getting it all wound up. The Good news being - there were no tangles. I am planning on starting with the Zephyr in Admiral Blue for the Mystic Waters Shawl, I am using the Qiviuk for the North Star Scarf. The lacey bits below are Knit Picks projects in Andean Treasure (Fog & Lagoon) and Shadow (Campfire) and my Arctic Lace Swatch 3 in Qiviuk. I am staying away from the silk blends for now. I did not wind any of the cashwool or alpaca either.

Unfortunately progress on lace items is usually invisible. It curls up in a ball and never looks like you have done much. I have determined the number of repeats on these projects that show progress. Five repeats seem to be the magic marker for the 3 Knit Picks projects, that's 20-25 rows of knitting. That will now be my minimum number of rows each time I pick these projects up. I dig this lace knitting. I get bored if I don't feel I am accomplishing something though - which is why I like knitting socks.

Sock knitting is what I consider instant gratification. A completed cuff, heel, toe, gusset or leg is very noticeable. So progress is evident and achieved with 10 or 15 rows of work. I am going to focus on completing the 52 Pair Plunge in November so I can be free for the two Lace KALs starting in January 2008.

I am putting my Vest and Jacket into hibernation on Ravelry. The vest is an optional layer, I just really liked the bookworm look of it. I have replaced the kenobi jacket in the wardrobe with a nice cashmere cardigan from Spiegel's. I will get back to them in the Spring. I believe I have enough to be getting on with for now.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Arctic Lace

Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas

Lesson 1 Swatch 1 in Worsted Weight

Lesson 2 Swatch 2 in Fingering Weight

Lesson 3 Swatch 3 in Qiviuk (Qiviut blend)

(no photo yet)

I have gotten so much out of going through these lessons. In my first swatch you can see the green yarn I used as a stitchmarker. What a brilliant technique, the yarn runs down your work so you can easily see when you go astray. There is no fumbling with getting the needle tip into a stitchmarker without popping it off the sharp tip of a lace needle. Very cool!! I have lost way too many of those little buggers, and I am quite fond of my Entrelac lace stitchmarkers and I don't want to lose any more of them.

The other thing I immediately latched onto which has changed my knitting life is the number of plain stitches written into the charts in bold. That is one of the things I hated most about working with charts, counting the empty boxes - knit stitcthes - between the "pattern" stitches. Such a simple solution, one of those duhs!!!, "why didn't that occur to me?" techniques. Love it, now I can fly through a chart. Yay.

The last thing I discovered is that the color of Qiviuk I chose is very difficult to see at night. No tinking can be done through the week, if I need to frog any errors it can only be done on the weekends when I have daylight streaming through the window. Also, I don't know what I am going to use for a lifeline. The cotton yarn I usually use for a lifeline is thicker than the qiviuk and I had trouble threading it through the stitches on the needles. I was going to use my Harmony needles, but my Addi Turbo Lace Needles came. I did my swatch with them and they work wonderfully with the qiviuk. I joined the Arctic Lace Ravelry and Yahoo groups so I can read other's experiences with this wonderful book and yarn. I will be knitting the North Star Scarf. Not too many people using the qiviut, but Donna is in the Yahoo Group (still waiting for her Ravelry invite) so I am sure if I run into any problems she can help me out. So far working with the muskox yarn has not been any different than working with 100% cashmere or superfine silk blend yarns. It knits up beautifully. Don't worry, this will not become a new "favorite" yarn, this is a very special splurge scarf I am making to replace my cashmere scarf I felted - ouch, it still hurts.

Conversations With Adrienne

Oooh Adrienne has a new podcast. It is called Conversations With Adrienne and is all about photography, scrapbooking, sewing and knitting. You can subscribe to the podcast at and her video casts are not to be missed either, they can be viewed at . I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Her interview in Episode one is with Lisa Sandford the author of Ethnic Scrapbooking. Although I don't scrapbook, I got some ideas for some dropstitch knitting with a Henna tattoo look. One of my favorite things. If you have listened to any of Adrienne's previous casts you know she gets interviews with some of the most popular, interesting and talented authors, photographers and fashionistas of the day. So go check her out.

Sunday, October 21, 2007


This Yarngasm was brought to me by Claudia at Wollmeise and Sherri at The Loopy Ewe; and my mail carrier with the exotic Mexican accent who is a knitter but she is afraid to try socks. I will have to knit-nap her one day and teach her to knit a sock.

Click photo for a larger view.