stitches west shopping list

It's a month away but I am already thinking about what to buy at Stitches West. I don't usually go with specific yarns in mind but this year I am. Some of my wonderful Boba friends gave me a gift card to WEBS as a thank you for the many baby blankets I designed for them so I am plotting. My plan is to buy Norah Gaughan Vol. 6 and Berroco Booklet #294  and 16 hanks of Berroco Seduce. I want to make one of the Vol. 6 tops, but I'm not sure which, in the Seduce Bellambie in All Seasons Cotton.

I am also going to be on the look out for Sockina. I  got some from The Fold at Sock Summit and knit a pair of socks in it for myself. Several people hinted (some more clearly than others) that they'd like a pair too. I don't think WEBS carries it but I'm hoping someone will have some at Stitches. Maybe The Loopy Ewe?

I also have a gift card to Purlescence from my friends (aren't they the best) but I might wait until Stitches to decide what to get from them also. I have my eye on Rowan Calmer but I might also pick up books that I've had on my wish list since they have a good book selection in their shop. I don't know if I'll buy from Purlescence at Stitches since I know I can go there easily, obviously.

There's also homework to be done for my sweater finishing class. Thankfully, it doesn't require knitting up an entire sweater to finish!

I'm looking forward to Stitches, in case you can't tell.

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lotus blossom and hempathy

I started the Lotus Blossom tank from last summer's Interweave Knits last weekend. It actually started with me making an enormous mistake. I got out the hank of linen and thought, "well, since I can't use my ball winder to wind this I might as well not get the swift out either, I'll just wind it off the hank." I sat down on the couch, laid the hank in my lap and started. Yes, laid the hank in my lap. Yes, I'm an idiot. The result was what Anabel called a "yarn monster."

I am posting this on my blog for two reasons: 1) to warn anyone else not to do this and 2) so that you all will remind me not to do it again. This is the second time I made a mess like this. The first time was right after I started knitting, almost five years ago, and I didn't actually own a swift. This time, I have no excuse. The first time the yarn was wool and Erik ended up being the one to untangle it. The linen is much easier to untangle, I have to say. Lucky for me, Anabel is intrigued by puzzles like this and took it upon herself to finish most of the untangle for me at last week's BobaKnit. Thank goodness!

That done, I swatched, washed the swatch and cast on for Lotus Blossom. I thought I twisted my stitches, though, and was knitting a moebius when I wanted a tank.

It's hard to tell if your stitches are twisted when you have 260 stitches on a 24-inch circular, I've decided. Of course, I didn't discover that I was indeed not twisted until I had pulled the needles out to rip back. The smarter idea would have been to slip the stitches on the 47-inch circular that I was supposed to start using at row nine. Ah well. I managed to get everything back on the needle and have made decent progress in the past week. I'm starting to feel the groove of this pattern.

In other news, I found Hempathy. Hempathy is a hemp/cotton/modal blend. It's soft for a hemp yarn and very pretty. I bought it on vacation in Pacific Grove at Monarch Knitting. This was my kind of store. They have a gorgeous husky as their shop dog and a cute little bird (parrot?). I was wearing my Rogue and looking at the yarn and one of the women who works there, possibly the owner, came over and said, "Ooo, did you make your sweater?" I said I did. She gave me the knitter's handshake (she rubbed the hem of the sleeve) and said, "Lavold?" I said no, she said, "Interweave?" I told her it was Rogue from Girl from Auntie and then she said, "Oh! You put in bust darts! You're a Knitter." (You could hear the capitol K on Knitter.) At that point the shop dog came over and licked my hand. I commented that the dog decided she could greet me now and she said, "yes, she only licks the real knitters."

It was highly entertaining. After all that I wasn't going to buy the Hempathy, even though I've been looking everywhere for it. My mother, however, pointed out that I had been looking for it, it was a great color and I didn't know if I'd find it again. My mother is an enabler! Ah well, at least I got a sweater's worth of some nice yarn out of it. Now I just need to figure out what to knit.

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finishing and starting

I finished the knitting of Niels' teachers' gifts yesterday. These washcloths are so darn cute. I cast on another one for my mom and I should finish it tonight so I can give it to her tomorrow. We'll see if that happens. I think the southwesty colors one is my favorite. They appear to each take a half a ball of the supersize balls of Sugar and Cream so I might be able to make another of that one for myself.

I also hit the yarn sale at Purlescence today. I got some more Panda Cotton (I now have enough for at least four pairs of socks. Oops.) and Bamboozle to give the Bombshell Tee from Big Girl Knits another try. I think this yarn is much more suited to the project. I'm going to frog the old one and try to overdye the yarn so that at least the two hanks are the same color. That should solve one of the problems with that project!

Right as I was trying to leave Kristi and Cookie showed up. Cookie immediately started picking out colors of the Rowan Bamboo Soft and Calmer that were on sale and telling me how good those colors were for me. She may have been right but I was smart enough to hightail it out of the store before she could work her evil enabling magic on me. Crisis averted!

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