Saturday, May 31, 2008

Dear Mom,
10% off Seasilk.

Also, I'm 90% moved out of my old apt and ready to collapse.


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Moving Day

Well, really moving day is tomorrow, but I couldn't be more thrilled to get out of my current place and finally move into the French Quarter. I have something fun and bright to go along with my mood.
Kureyon Socks! I've been wanting to knit with this yarn for quite a while. The colors are as brilliant and as fun as I hoped, but the yarn itself doesn't seem like it will lend itself well to socks. It's a single ply roughly spun yarn, much like kureyon itself and boy is it thin... I've been told that the yarn blooms after a good blocking, so keep your fingers crossed.
These are mintyfresh's Leyburn Socks. Which is a great great pattern, and seems to look great in both solid and variegated yarns.

I'll leave you with this...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I'm Hungover

Of course you list it as kangaroo yarn. People will thinks is cheeky and cute! As for what to make of it, I would say this shawl but I think the pattern is in Dutch. Get Kevin to learn Dutch and translate it for you. Anyways,

Remember this?

I think this was at one point an aborted Christmas present for you. I started out knitting Scarcelle and was so disgusted by the parallelogram that was formed by knitting on the bias that I frogged the whole thing while we were in Alaska last summer and started this. It's the same basic stitch pattern, but knit straight and with five garter selvedge stitches on either side. I also knit on this while I was in China, as something to preoccupy me when sweater knitting got to unbearable. So. It's been around the world.
The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill, some combination of two kinds of silks I believe, purchased on closeout in 2006 from Simply Socks. It's very reminiscent of Sea Silk. So, of course, I adore it. In the process of moving I have packed the other half of my yarn. I now only have 25 or so more yards to knit with until I've moved into the quarter. Well, I hope that I've already packed that yarn and haven't misplaced it.

Oh! and while reading the Gambit last night I found out that the produce part of the french market reopens June 13ths. Of course New Orleans is throwing a three day festival for this joyous occasion... I believe it has something to do with Creole tomatoes, which are about to come into season.

I miss the pool and your tomato and mozzarella salad.



Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Athens Kangaroo

Dear Bag: In Greece last week I managed to find an hour for a yarn store adventure. I had the addresses of six stores in Athens from a ravelry post and it turns out that three were in the same block in the downtown shopping district. The stores mostly had Italian yarn and lots of cotton. When I saw fingering weight yarn with a knitting kangaroo on the label, I had to buy some, even though I wasn't exactly sure about the content, because the info is all in Greek. Really. How do I list this on ravelry? Kangaroo yarn?

And it came in a very cool Kangaroo bag:

which I'll save for you. It was 4.50 euro per 120m skein and I got 6 skeins for some kind of shawl. Any suggestions?

love, mom

Happy Birthday Mom

I've just finished my Montego Bay Scarf [rav link], and did a little photo shoot in the garden at work.

Montego Bay Scarf
Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk
Pattern: Montego Bay Scarf from Interweave Knits Summer 2007
Started: May 13th
Finished: May 26th

Verdict: Loved it, got a little monotonous at times, but it knit up quickly, and I love the result. Next time I would add a few more repeats to make the scarf a bit wider, though maybe I should block it before I start complaining.