I Need Another Skein

The True Tale of a Novice Texas Knitter who admits to loving yarn more than she loves knitting...

Location: Plano, Texas, United States

Sunday, May 20, 2007

What to do with nervous energy...

So, some of you know - but most don't - that I've been walking with a cane for the last month or so. The hip has finally gotten to the point where I can't stand the pain - and walking is definitely much easier with it - so I've faced the music and have been using the wretched thing probably 75% of the time.

Long story short - I go in tomorrow for a hip resurfacing - if they can't do it, they'll do a total replacement. At my age - 40 - we are keeping fingers crossed for the resurfacing. (Hey, me and Floyd Landis (Tour de France winner) ...hip buddies) In any case - beginning tomorrow at 10:30 or so, there will be a whole new life for me...things will be slow at first - and painful - but it will be a new kind of pain - and eventually, a brand new life with lots of possibilities.

So...thus the nervous energy...

So...what do I do with nervous energy?

...well, this time, I made dishcloths - that's what.

The Infamous DW cloth

And then two random cloths - one is the waffle pattern and one is a takeoff of the Horcrux zig zag - just 'cause I liked that pattern on those socks. (Yes, there are two design elements in there...have no clue what I was thinking there. I must have YO'd on a purl side. Oh well - it's just going to clean my grimy dishes...so it'll do!

Til I get back from the hospital - y'all have a great week!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

SP10 - Package #2 - and a random FO

Quick housekeeping - or blogkeeping? - Somehow, I turned off my comments last week - they are back again - so comment away!

Now...to the good stuff...

Earlier in the week, I got a cute postcard from my SP10 Pal from her trip to California - to the JellyBelly place. How fun!! Sounds like you had a great trip!

Then yesterday, I got a nice surprise in the mail in the form of this:

I got a book "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd with a bookmark that, if I don't use as a bookmark, I can plant it and it has seeds embedded in it. (We all know my luck with plants - so we'll probably have a bookmark for years to come! HA!), some Nestle Smarties candies, a cute little heart-shaped slinky toy, two skeins of Regia Plus Cotton Color in light denim and khaki colors - these will be great for summer socks and will look great with jeans! - and a vintage sock pattern book!

Thanks, Secret Pal!!

In FO news, I finished the Horcrux Socks I was working on - using the Cleckheaton Tapestry 8-ply yarn.

I swear - they look obscene - but they fit like socks!! So, I declare them socks!

I enjoyed making them - and hope their recipient will enjoy them, too.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A Bit of Ketchup

Forgive me - for I have been remiss in my blogging - so I'm taking this huge post to catch up on the knitting life...

I've not mentioned the DFW Fiber Fest yet. What a treat - this was my first year to really participate further than shopping the booths. I was there every day - and really enjoyed it!

Now it's not Stitches - or one of the big Sheep and Wool gatherings - but it was a great little event for this area's 2nd year Fest.

Friday night, we had major weather here in DFW - a factor which seems to be a common occurrence here these days - and by the time dinner time rolled around, the Tornado sirens were going off and we were all herded into the interior of the building to wait out the storm. My buddy Manda and I had gone for the fashion show that night and we just sat there and knit through the chaos just outside our doors. Are we Texans or what?

Once the threat was over - no major damage in our area happened - the Fashion Show commenced and it was entertaining to say the least. I wish I had brought my camera - 'cause, well, mere words cannot describe the things we saw!

On Saturday, I returned to the scene to take a class with Tasha (and we rooked our friend - Blogless Kathy into taking it, too) taught by our dear friend, The Knitting Fairy. We learned how to do Entrelac! It is so cool!! I love this technique! It looks like woven strips of stockinette -

The class project was a small bag that could be felted or just kept as is. I've finished the body of the bag, but haven't woven in the ends or knit the handle. It's on my to-do list.

I want to do this scarf now - just have to find (or dye) just the right yarn for it!

Sunday, I went back to take a class taught by Lily Chin herself! The class was called "Reversible Cables" and it was about technique and chart reading and designing.

Friday night, after the Fashion Show, I had gone up to talk to her to ask what the homework for the class was since I had just signed up. The room had been very cold that night and I had borrowed the scarf that I had made for my boss last Christmas - you know - this one

Anyway - I was wearing this as I talked to her and she said, "Make sure you bring your scarf to class!!" I just about squee'd right there - but kept my composure because a.) I'm cool like that (HA!) and b.) I just knew she wanted to have it as an example of what NOT to do!

When we got to class, she asked, "Ok, who had the red scarf on Friday night?" I pulled it out and she came over - took a few glances at it - and then went about teaching. When it came time to do show and tell with her things, she brought them all around for everyone to see - and then grabbed mine and gave it as an example, too!! A GOOD example!! I just about wet myself!!

Of course, I didn't have camera with me this day either...'cause evidently my photography mind was clouded by my knitting mind - so I didn't get any pics of Ms. Chin - but I had a pattern of hers that she signed!

It says - "Hi Liz, Happy Knitting - Think Dirty! Lily Chin" You just had to be there!

I tell you what - both classes were well worth the money - I learned so much - and these were first rate teachers! The next few years of the Fest promise to have even more great teachers - starting next year with Joan Schroeder...

Which brings me to this past weekend.

Our LYS - the Woolie Ewe - is having "The Year of the Knitting Designer" and has had some great designers show up to teach - one of whom is Joan Schroeder.

This past weekend, Joan came to town and taught two days of the "Toe Up Sock Class." I took the Saturday class along with Tasha, Lise, Becky, Blogless Betty and Susanne. (We also met Regina while we were there - she was camera ready and took pics of our little socklets that are on her blog.)

Joan's an incredible teacher, too - and I loved this class - even if it DID require some math. I feel like I can tackle any sock pattern now, too. I got doubly lucky 'cause Joan is a friend of Blogless Betty and I was able to have dinner with lovely Joan a couple of nights while she was here. She's a sweetheart - if you ever get a chance to take her class - sign up quick!

In other yarny news, my buddy went to NYC and all I got was these two lousily beautiful skeins of KOIGU!!

And while at the abovementioned Sock class - I bought - shocker, I know - SOCK YARN! This is a Lorna's Laces colorway I've seen online and thought I'd like because I like the name (Big C.S. Lewis fan here) - but now know I LOVE it!!

I show you - ASLAN!

These will be socks for ME! I may do them in Monkey...because I am a sheep...baaa

That's what got me into My So Called Scarf - which is now an FO!!

Even Sabine likes it!!

And finally - I have dyed some - these are last Sunday's efforts...minus one that is going to live in California with Manda...you can see it on her blog.

I see a lot of knitting time in my future...more on that later.