Thursday, December 20, 2007

Yummy

Alpaca with a Twist, Baby Twist from the Loopy Ewe.

Zen String Serendipity in Morocco and Poseidon

Yarn Pirate
in Solstice and Icicle

Need I say more?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Easy come, easy go

Well, it looks like my career working in a yarn and tea shop has ended as quickly as it began (that's right, so quickly I didn't even get a chance to blog about it.) I was in my favorite LYS a couple of weeks ago and noticed that they were pretty busy, and offered to help. (I'm such a good samaritan when the good deed involves being around yarn.) Anyway, I thought I could tag stuff or stock shelves, but I was asked "Do you want to work?"

The owners are friends of mine and had faith, I guess, that I'd be able to figure out how to use a computer/cash register, measure and serve tea, and answer questions about yarn after not having worked in 20 years, so who was I to disagree? I made it clear that I didn't want to take hours from other people, and I started working at the beginning of December. It's been a lot of fun and I've learned so much (mostly that it's hard work being on your feet for 8 hours a day and trying to find things when you don't know where they are) and enjoyed my experience a lot. Today I was told that I wouldn't be needed any more right now, but would remain on call to fill in for vacations or as needed. That's great; now I can help them out and keep up with what's going on without actually "working" too much! My family has had a field day with that - they don't think Mom ever works.

So with my employee discount, I took home a memento of my life as a yarn shop employee; an Evelyn Clark lace shawl pattern (I'm still considering how to use my beautiful alpaca) and two skeins of Noro sock yarn. All in all, a fine memento of a fun time. I thank Deb, Victoria, Ellen, and Kari for their patience and good natures and know I'll be seeing a lot of you in the future.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Stalking the mailman

has taken on a whole new meaning for me. (And has given me the inspiration to blog after a quite lengthy hiatus.) I called my son to tell him to watch for a package I had sent, since it had gifts in it, including a couple of checks that he would want. He told me that he had lost a key to the mailbox, and one roommate who had already gone home for break had the other one. So his plan is to watch out the window for the mailman and run out and ask for the mail when he arrives. Sounds good to me, and definitely much easier than looking through the house for the key! I hope he can see the mailbox from inside, since it's supposed to snow today. This is one item that's in the box (modeled by the lovely and talented DH). Scott asked for convertible fingerless mitts, and Mom was happy to comply. Especially after hearing that he doesn't wear the hat I made for him last year, because wearing a "matching hat and scarf that your mom made" is not cool. Oh well, who was to know?

The problem with not blogging for awhile is that now I obsessively want to list everything I've done for the last month, and that would certainly not be interesting. I did want to thank my ISE5 pal, Kina, for the wonderful scarf and gifts she sent me all the way from Taiwan. I did thank her on the ISE5 blog, but she was such a pleasure to have as a pal, I want to do it again! I received a beautiful blue lace scarf and other goodies, including a cute kitty coin purse and a pretty fabric bag. The most fun was getting the letter from her written in Chinese characters and then translated to English.

I finished a blanket, hat, and booties for a baby born to one of DH's co-workers, and then managed a couple of pairs of mittens for the Soaring Eagles project. I didn't find out about it in time to do more and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Rachel will receive enough mittens and slippers. I try to do as much charity knitting as I can, even though it saddens me to think about the great need that exists, which won't be much helped by the items I can make.

I'm finishing a hat and mittens I decided to make for a friend's little girl, and then I plan to put aside everything else and at least begin a shawl with this fabulous alpaca yarn I bought from The Loopy Ewe. It's Baby Twist from Alpaca with a Twist (see it here).

The color I got is a deep plum or grape and it's about the softest yarn I've ever felt. (Sheri doesn't have any more of this exact color left if you go to look.) I haven't really had this happen before - feeling an irresistible urge to immediately knit a yarn I've bought - but this one's been sitting on my desk and enticing me for days! I have a sweater in progress, I signed up for a Peace Fleece Everyday Cardigan knitalong at my LYS, and am also planning to join the group knitting the Kauni Cardigan (the two latter projects will begin in January.) So I'm determined to start the alpaca shawl now.

My Dishrag Tag buddies, Sarah-Hope and Cathy-Cate, have recently posted beautiful shawl photos, so I'm determined not to be left behind. I'm planning to start a simple lace pattern (when I decide on one) and just see how it goes.

In the meantime, I finally wore my Mystery Stole, and here it is.