Monday, August 22, 2016

Woolyn

A new yarn shop opened in Brooklyn this weekend. It's cleverly called Woolyn! Glenn and I decided to go and check it out.

We first went to Sweet Chick for brunch. Glenn had a hankering for chicken and waffles and it seems we picked the perfect place. We had a lovely brunch and then head out to see all the yarny goodness at the new shop.






Here are a couple of pictures of the shop. I love the set up. They've got a great selection of all different yarns, a big table to sit and knit and a full kitchen. The people working there were so sweet and helpful. I really wanted to buy a skein of the sock yarn they had specially made for them, called Woolyn, but I promised myself no more sock yarn. I did wind up with a couple of goodies though:




It's Invictus Yarns and the colorway is Grey Flannel. Lovely colors, soft but strong worsted yarn. I also got a little tub of moisturizer in a lavender scent. All in all a great time. I wish them the best of luck with this endeavor!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Making Mistakes Since 2008

I have some gorgeous yarn from Blue Moon's Socks That Rock sock club. I was a member last year and didn't use all of it. One of the colors, Feelin' Groovy, was Patrick's favorite, so I decided to knit him up a pair of socks. I found the Charade pattern, actually I think I've made it before, and thought it would be a perfect match.

An easy knit. At one point Glenn was checking them out and thought they seemed a bit thick. I assured him it was fingering weight but the pattern made a nice thick sock. Here it is:




Cute, right? So I have the first one done and cast on the second one. Patrick was home last night so I ask him to try it on. It's so tight, he can barely get it over his heel. I waffle between giving it to someone else or taking down the damn sock, all the while cursing the pattern. I try it on. No go. Back and forth. Finally I decide that the yarn is just too cool to give it to just anyone, I'll take down the sock and knit up something else. All the while cursing the pattern.

For shits and giggles I dig up the yarn label. It's not fingering weight. It's sport weight. The pattern is fine. Great in fact. And I got a name for this blog post.

Karma

I'm a firm believer in karma. You do good, you get good. What you put out, you get back. Good or bad.

I met Karin on Twitter quite a while back. She and I got to meet in person a few years ago when she came to NYC. We had a knitting date down in Purl Soho and really got along. Over the years she's been so very generous and kind to me. Now I'm hoping to repay her kindness.

Karin has opened an Etsy shop, Corda Bella Yarns, selling her beautifully dyed yarn! I ordered a skein, I couldn't resist, and Karin sent me two skeins for my birthday. How nice is she? Here they are:


This is Summa and the color is Sea of Air. It's 100% Superwash Merino/490 yards and so very soft. I've already had two relatives call dibs on this yarn. Guess I'm gonna have to get some more.



Summa also in 30 Seconds to Mars. This one is mine!


This is Lana, color Sorbet. It's a 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere & 10% Nylon blend, 435 yards. Needless to say, it's so soft and the colors are so pretty.

If anyone deserves success, it's Karin. If you're looking to try something new, something lovely and be supportive of our indie community, order something from this shop. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Orleans

When Glenn and I were talking about vacation this year, our first in a while, I threw out the idea of New Orleans never thinking he'd agree. Agree he did! We booked a room at the Maison Dupuy (I highly recommend this hotel) and put our butts in gear. We spent a week there and it was amazing! I won't mention the heat because locals don't want to hear how hot tourists think it is - they already know. Otherwise it was perfection. The hotel, the food, the people, the drinks and, most of all, sharing this experience with the person I love most in the world. Here's a taste:


Breakfast every day we were there.



Deanie's Seafood. A must!



Our waiter was nice enough to take this photo for us at Eat New Orleans.


And of course yarn! I went to The Quarter Stitch which was a lovely yarn shop very close to our hotel. This is Mountain Colors dyed just for the shop in the color, what else?, Mardi Gras! I liked this so much, I went back to get a second skein so I can make Glenn a Sockhead Hat so we can enjoy New Orleans all winter long.

I cannot tell you what a great time we had. Home almost two weeks and I'm still smiling. Thank you New Orleans!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mistaken Rib Cowl

A friend of Patrick's is leaving for college this September. She loved the package I made up for him so I'm making one up for her to keep her warm during the brutal upstate New York winter. This is the first item I've completed. It's a Purl Soho design called Mistake Rib Cowl. She loves grey and black so I thought Malabrigo's Garden Gate was a perfect color for her. Here's my son, Glenn, modeling for me.








I'll be making a few more things for her and I'll share them as I finish. I really love the Purl Soho designs. They're simple and beautiful with easy to follow directions. I did make this a smaller size because I wanted a tighter fit around the neck. Onto a pair of socks next!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Two For The Price of One

I have two pair of socks to share with you today!

This first pair I did a while back for my sister and I wanted to surprise her with them so I didn't post them. It was the first time I've used the infamous Wollmeise yarn. I gotta say, I'm not impressed. Oh don't get me wrong the color is gorgeous but the texture just wasn't up to snuff. It was splitty at times and a little on the rough side. I'm hoping that it was just this skein because I've managed to collect quite a few over the years. Well here are the socks I made for Pat.



This second pair is for one of my dearest friend's sister in law. My girl, Roseanne, lives in Vegas but is coming in the fall to give her sister in law a baby shower. I decided I would, as I usually do when someone is expecting, make socks for the expectant mom and something for the baby. I haven't picked out something for the baby but here are the socks for Mommy. They're the Eyelet Rib Sock which can be found here. I like doing the ribbed socks because they fit during pregnancy and after. They're done in Neighborhood Fiber Studio Sock and I love them so much I want to keep them. But I won't.




Next is stuff for a friend of Patrick's leaving for college upstate. She likes dark colors so I'll need my glasses. I think mitts, a cowl, socks and a pair of mittens should keep her warm for a while!

Monday, May 9, 2016

I Hate Surprises

So on Sunday morning, which was Mother's Day, Glenn was scheduled to go golfing. Or so I thought.

This happened:

Me: Good morning honey! Time to get up and go golfing.

Honey: Good morning! I'm not going golfing today. Happy Mother's Day! Surprise! We're going to Maryland to buy yarn and see the sheep!

Me: Oh no we're not! I hate surprises! I have my day planned. You're going golfing.

Honey: Ok

Needless to say, I came to my senses a few minutes later and we were off. After I apologized for being an asshole.

I texted my Twitter pal, Martha, to see if she wanted to meet up. I'ts nice to put a personality to a little photograph and a friend you know in 140 characters or less. Here's me and Martha, who btw, is so sweet and nice and has the cutest Southern accent!




I went in with the intention of not getting sock yarn. That lasted until I found out Neighborhood Fiber was there. I did restrain myself and only buy 2 skeins of sock yarn. At their booth. And one at Blue Moon. I did get some chunky from Bitsy Knits which is really gorgeous. Oh and the name was hilarious. The Case of the Murderous Mermaid!




It was great fun. It was the least crowded festival I've ever been to which is good for me, not so good for the vendors. Also it was, or seemed, smaller than I remember it being in the past. There were a lot of "other" vendors and by other I mean other than yarn. They were yarn related - baskets, needles, rug hooking for example. Weather was great, the company I kept was great and there was yarn. Doesn't get much better than that!