I Drank The Kool-Aid February 24, 2009Posted by Laura in CommunKNITty, Miscellaneous.
A Recent Conversation:
Fickleknitter- So, I’ve completed my shopping list for Stitches West…ONE OF EVERYTHING! See, done!
La – Yeah, I have a few things on mine too, but it’s not nearly as concise, yet vastly encompassing as yours.
FK- blink blink
La – Oh, yeah, and if I can find a motorized yarn winder for less than I can buy it from CrazyMonkey’s man, I’ll get it, but I doubt I will.
FK - Will you be getting any spinning fiber? You know, it’s like crack to me now.
La – What the HELL would I do with more spinning fiber? How many times must I say, La don’t do spin! Yeah, I do it suckily for the Rometard shit, but Jen sent me plenty of fiber for that. Besides, I bought the Dizzy Ewe gorgeous red tussah crack, and I don’t wanna waste that drop spindling.
FK - what then? are you gonna look for a wheel there?
La – I would need one that a one-armed monkey could operate and maintain. It’d have to be small and compact, so the SBH doesn’t bitch about it’s presence. But I don’t want one of those “Travelers” ones. Those are butt-ugly. Oh, and since it’d become part of the decor, I’d like it in a mahogany finish, again so the SBH doesn’t get his manties in a wad…and it’d have to be a good price.
FK - huh. Get a wheel…you gotta get a wheel…YOU MUST GET A WHEEL!!!
So…that very next day, she sends me a link to a Ravelry forum board where a local spinner was selling her wheel. One week later it’s found a new home…
…in my living room. Shut up.
She hasn’t told me yet what her name is. Isn’t that funny? Do we name our drop spindles, or our needles? Do we name our stash containment systems? No. But for some reason a spinning wheel requires a name before it is truly whole. So, until she tells me what to call her, I’ll spin until my right thigh cramps up and my thumbs swell…oh, wait, I’ve already done that!
So, yep, going to Stitches West this year. I’m taking 3 classes: Crochet With Straigth Edges, Celtic Cables (which is the one I most wanted), and Suitable Seams (so that I can finally get a handle on my grafting and my seaming). I spread out my classes over 3 days so that I would have plenty of time for shopping and socializing.
La’s Stitches West Social Calendar
Now a fun little thing a fellow SW-bound Raveler came up with was to kiss the vendors…basically, if a vendor is a Raveler, they’ll have a bowl in which all us shoppers can drop some love, in the form of Hershey’s kisses…so I bought 4 bags. Hope you all are chocoholics!
I’ve organized a bit of an informal boozing binge. It’ll be in the Hyatt Magnolia Room, which has been set aside as a lounge for Stitches West, and we can take drinks in there from the nearby hotel bar. I think you could also BYOB if you were so inclined, though I wouldn’t advertise the fact that you’re doing it. This little soire will start 6:00 and going until they kick us out, though I won’t be getting there until around 7:30, and staying until around BSG- o’clock. Wha?
This little boozer is opened to anyone and everyone so come on by!
Will find us dining with a fellow RR Modhoar, Terasa, and then it’ll be off to the Bobbin’s Nest Stitches West party, then perhaps the Stitches West Party at Purlescence, which is going on from 7:30 to 10:30. SO glad I’m not doing any driving!
I’ve already got my bags packed and hotel survival food purchased and bagged. Can you tell I’m really looking forward to this one? Not only will I get to take some great classes, and do some serious damage to my bank account, I’ll finally have a chance to meet several people I’ve been “friends” with for years. Hell, even one of them CarrieK, is gonna be our roomie!
Is it Thursday yet?
Just a Design Floozy February 3, 2009Posted by Laura in Design Ideas, Inspiration, Knitting, Shout Out, WIP.
So, continuing on with our floozy-a-long…
This is a design I that fell outta my head while I was working on a different design to submit to Knit Scene. This new design will feature lace, cables and beads, and if it turns out the same way I’ve pictured it in my head, I’m really going to like it! (Of course, in my head, I’m a size 8, 28 year old, so that tells you how accurate my minds-eye is).
Knit Picks Gloss Sock Yarn in “Dusk”
I really love this yarn, and you certainly can’t beat the price! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish more designers would use the more easily-accessible, non-wallet-draining yarns out there. Some, like this silk/merino blend are simply gorgeous and so wonderful to work with!
Originally I had intended to submit several entries to the Knitting Purls Design Contest. This was one of them. As you can see, it’s definitely NOT finished. (Actually, that’s just the start of the lace pattern swatch).
This time the yarn is, wait for it… Knitpicks Gloss LACE in “Port”. And yes, this will also be beaded.
I did manage to complete one of my entries for the Knitting Purls Contest, and while the winners have yet to be announced, I think I can give you a little hint:
How cool is that?