I Know

I’m supposed to be flashing all of the stuff I bought at Stitches South.

Let’s not pretend that I went and didn’t buy because the 13 lb box of yarn that I had to ship home would beg to differ.

I took yesterday off from dishes, laundry and most everything but going out with Jane for some Sephora/Macy’s/lunch action.

Tom and I went partially out to dinner. He had worked so we left too late, I was already starving and everywhere had an hour wait. We ended up at Outback, sitting at the bar and we must have been in the “blind spot” because everyone sat down, ordered, ate and left, while we still waited for our dinner. Finally had them box it To Go, so appetizers were at the bar and dinner was at home.

All in all it was a wonderful birthday!

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Bonus points to Tom, for this great card.

Block Party

I don’t hate blocking my finished knits but I have a bag full of unblocked shawls.

Let’s call it Blockophobia.

Lucky for me, Tom helped wire and pin the Trillian Shawl
that I made. It’s a gift for someone who works at the host hotel for Stitches South. I goofed and made it with stockinette, instead of garter stitch…and I love it. It’s so soft and as light as air.

The yarn is Miss Babs, Yowza- Whatta Skein! in Sky Angels colorway.

Blocking Mis En Place. Boards, wires, pins, Soak wool wash in Aquae, and the shawl.

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A little soak

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A few pins and wires

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A second blocking board, more pins and wires

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And, just because everything was out, I decided to block my Featherweight Cardigan which I finished in 2011. What’s the rush?

Tom couldn’t help with the whole blocking but he was there through a lot of the wiring.

That is also Miss Babs. The yarn is Yet, in the Vlad’s colorway. I really love that name.

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So many pins!

It was blocked a bit severely and I have to work out the “ridges” along the sleeves.

The only trouble with blocking two items in two days? Ask my Chiropractor. I could hardly move and think I’ll space the rest of them out a bit more.

Will I see you at Stitches South?

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And There’s Knitting

When the cat isn’t on my lap, there really is knitting.

Right now I’m working on an Eris shawl. It went to Vegas last month but I never took it out of the suitcase. Just knowing knitting is nearby is a comfort, sometimes.

After some frustrating winding woes, these are the 3 colors. They’re all┬áMalabrigo Sock yarn.

photo (6)Lettuce (green), Cordovan (brown) and Tizano Red (umm…red)

I started off strong

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and then tried to count stitches while having a conversation

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and went from 160 stitches to 50. I kept my wits about me and forged ahead

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being sure to put a marker on the right side (don’t ask why I needed one – we’re not going there), and now I’m up to the second color

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You didn’t think this would be an exciting post, did you? Well, I guess you were wrong. (Unless you follow me on Twitter and Instagram…then you were there during the good and bad times, right from the start.)

At this rate, this will be the knitting that I’m taking to Stitches South. With any luck, it will make it out of the suitcase and get to mingle with some fancy, schmancy yarn. If nothing else, it will be traveling home with some fancy, schmancy yarn.

I’m a yarn snob and I’m OK with that. Are you?

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All of the stitch markers were made by me. I still have my ArtFire shop. Take a browse.