Monday, February 27, 2006

Yarn Goddess? I just want to sleep

So I am up way WAY to late because I had a bad headache day and took some IBUprophen with half a diet Dr. Pepper (serious medicine!) about 9:00 -- well caffine will do it to me. . . you can see yourself from the time stamp.
So I took a quiz at Quizzilla that I found on someone else's blog. Here's the link

Here's what it had to say about me. . . absolute truth, I'm sure of it. (with a hint of sarcasm)

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Goddess. You are constantly giving and are unconcerned with reward, you simply want others to love knitting as much as you do. If someone wants to knit miles of novelty yarns, you are there for them. If someone wants to learn short row shaping, you can help. There are no taboos in knitting, only opportunities to grow. Everyone should have friend like you around if they want to learn to knit, and there's a good chance that your passion has rubbed off on a few others.
Take this quiz!


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For Happiness' Sake

Aren't they lovely!
The Duke gave them to me for V. Day. I thought I would share because looking at them made me so happy and it is good to share happiness with others.


Anti Zipper Resolution

Here is my latest . . .

It is from the Nashua Play collection and the yarn is Nashua's Wooly Stripes. I am happy to be done with it. I had to reknit the back and one side of the front because the decreases were wrong in the pattern. ***AND I can not find an errata anywhere.
Also, I have given up on zippers. this on looks great because after I completely messed it up I took it to a taylor and had her install it. Well worth the $18.00 she charged me.
Anyway, so I knit this for the shop and what I got with some of the credit is much more interesting. I got three new books because the Duke has forbidden me to bring anymore yarn into the castle.

1. The Best of Knitter's Aran and Celtics by XRX books. I like several of the patterns in here but I especially love Viking Turid - however I'm wondering if I could pull that off with my hips. But I am most certainly going to knit Symbolic Knots with a couple of changes. I am going to change the neck to a boat neck, and the body and sleeves will be in stst instead of seed stitch, but I will do a seed stitch boarder around the bottom, the cuffs, and the neck. I think it will be lovely.
2. The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman. I asked a couple of the teachers at the shop which finishing book they recommended and they all said this one, so I got it. It does have very good photos and illustrations - and it is spiral bound so it will stay open, very helpful.
3. Knitting Over the Edge by Nicky Epstein. I don't have to rant and rave about this book, it's all been said and I agree! That's why I got it.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Tour of Yarn Heaven (aka Seattle)

So, the Queen (mother,) Princess P (sister,) and the Original Knitter (grandmother) came up for a visit and we went on a tour of many of the major yarn stores in the Seattle area. Here we have the royal opinion on the tour

1st stop: The Fiber Gallery
We love this place. While it doesn't have atmosphere some of the other shops have they have done a great job at stocking different yarns than the other older shops. They carry a lot of earthy-like fibers and unusual fibers like bamboo and soy. I picked up some Cascade Eco-Wool here, mom and g-ma got some cool circular needle holders, as well as some roving to play on the Queen's new spinning wheel.

2nd stop: Hilltop Yarn
THE BEST YARN STORE- not only in Seattle, but anywhere that I have ever been. Not that I'm biased, but I work here because I love it and and I love that I work here. The ambiance and the selection can't be beat. . . not to mention the absolutely fabulous line of shop designer patterns called Decidedly Hilltop. Naturally, I think my designs are cool, but honestly, I work with some fo the most talented designers anywhere. It would take too long to list everything that we bought here, but let's just say that we significantly added to sales that day!

3rd stop: Acorn Street Yarns
Well, we didn't buy anything here, and that is about all I have to say about Acorn. They have some space issues (grandma's attic?) as well as a lack of warmth from their staff.

4th stop: Churchmouse Yarn and Teas
HURRAY! This is the Queen's favorite yarn store. She made Kit and John, the owners happy that day. I saw my next project there, a Victorian cardigan knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakan. It was so beautiful. . . I am looking forward to knitting with the yarn as well. I bought a japanese yarn, not Noro, but I can't remember the name. It was a sock weight yarn and I knit one of their shop patterns in it. It is a cute little scarf with ruffles up either side in this great earthy colorway. I haven't taken a photo, but maybe later.

5th stop: Tricoter
Well, after about 10 min in there Princess P. and I thought that the Chocolate store near by (O Chocolate) would be a lot more entertaining, and we were soooooo right! The staff in O Chocolate was warm, friendly, helpful, and happy. Exactly the opposite of the staff at Tricoter. It was my first and last time in there. The Queen did find a sweater that she liked well enough to wait 30 min. to get someone to help her get the yarn to knit it. . . I don't think there is a sweater that nice on earth, but that's my opinion.

5th stop: Hilltop Yarn East
Well this little jewel has been transformed since the last time Princess P. was here when it was Skeins. Becky, the new owner has done an excellent job at recreating the space and it is so beautiful! We were out of money by the time we got here, but we will be back!

It was a great tour. We didn't make it to some of the other yarn stores. . . but then that is just reason to have another Yarn Heaven get-away.