Yesterday was Grand

Yesterday was a Grand day. I went to Grand Avenue, where the Bermuda Triangle (trapezoid, whatever) exits. For me, that is Bound To Be Read – a wonderful bookstore with all kinds of gifty items (they need more knitting magazines though). Another part of the triangle is Bead Monkey. I didn’t buy anything there but the looking sure was nice. The other part of the triangle is the Yannery. Again, good looking was had – but no purchases. It could be that there were just too many people in that place, which is not really meant to have a lot of people milling about. Within the triangle is a place that draws me to it over and over and over – Cafe Latte. The home of all cooking that I call "ladies" : good coffee, great salads (both tossed and exotic), sandwiches, spreads/pates (to die for!) on fab bread, soups and chilis and the most excellent desserts. I usually just look at the desserts – really. There are also other great shops within and just outside of the triangle – Aveda, Garden of Eden and others.

I met a new friend for lunch, some walking around and shopping (the just looking kind and the actually buying kind). It was an excellent Grand day.

I had told this new friend, one that I hadn’t met in person until yesterday, that I would be carrying a red bag with my knitting in it. So before I left to meet her I loaded up one ball of Felted Tweed in the mauvy color I shared some time back. Also, a copy of Clapotis. (Do I even need to link it? You know where it is, right?) I didn’t get to knitting until I got home, but just reading the pattern while waiting for my lunch date made me swoop on it right away when I got home.

This is what I have done so far:

I am really liking it. The yarn is soft and the bits of black, white and blue make it interesting to knit. Nice Zen knitting – the kind where you don’t have to think so much, but enough thinking to keep it interesting. Good conversation knitting. Good thing too, because I have just finished up (almost) the kid’s sweater. Here it is:

Nice sweater, very bad pic. I still need to kitchener up the underarms and tuck in a few ends. It is the Cottage Knits Wonderful Wallaby pattern. It had directions for a hood, but I decided against it. I am hoping it will fit one of my grandnephews. It can be too big, but if it is too small it will go to the Dulaan Project.

Today is coffee and beading/knitting day! It will be more Clapotis for me. Finishing work is best done alone.


Ways to Help Others

Knitters are usually nice, giving people. There are so many ways to help others through knitting – knitted garments to charities, etc.

There are a number of places where one can purchase yarn, with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity.

The Gear That Gives has stores for several causes: fighting Hunger, funding mamograms, funding health services for children, promoting literacy, protecting rainforests, feeding rescued animals.

All you have to do is click on the above link, and then do a search for "yarn". I did that and found: recycled silk yarn, alpaca yarn (3 skeins), recycled silk and wool yarn, and homespun yarn. All of these yarn items showed up in each cause’s site. So you can choose the cause you want to support and buy those items from them. Sweet!

I have purchased things, mainly jewelry and fabulous, huge, canvas tote bags from several of these stores. They were all high-quality items, nicely packaged and I felt they were reasonably priced. Good stuff that helps other people – can’t go wrong. Be sure to check out their fab jewelry too.

You might also want to start making a daily habit of clicking on their links. Visits mean funding for these causes. It isn’t a scam either.

Now it is off to do some scurrying around – shopping and other chores.


Completed Project

I finished WT’s socks today. Just needed to kitchener the top of the toe. I could have done that last night but I was tired and didn’t want to take the chance I would mess it up.

Here they are:

I think the 2nd sock I knit was slightly larger – just enough that I would notice because he thinks they are the exact same size. Something about the way it feels in my hands. They have the same gauge, so perhaps it is just because they are made from 2 different balls of yarn? Whatever. They are good enough. I think next time I will make them a little narrower. He does have (what I think are) strange feet. Very high arches, curled toes and a wide foot ball, and the rest of the foot is pretty boney.

I am not pleased that the heel looks a little too blocky, but once they are washed, I am thinking all will be well.

I ended up using less than 100g of sock yarn, so that means a lot more socks will be made for this guy. Buying 3 – 50g balls can be pricey, 2 – 50g or 1 – 100g, not so much so. And I have A LOT of sock yarn.

But before I start on another pair I have decided to finish one of my few UFOs. A child’s sweater/sweatshirt in (eek!) acrylic. I can’t remember which nephew I started it for. When I finish it I will see who it fits. If it doesn’t fit any of the children I know then it will get donated to a charity. By the way, I do like acrylic – as long as it feels okay in my hands. Check out the "acrylics anonymous" tag on the side folks.

It feels strange to be knitting on size 6 needles after using 1s for the socks. Makes for some fast knitting though.

Tomorrow is coffee and beads/knitting day. Friday I will be hanging out with a student/friend who is in the hospital. She is a beginning knitter and I will be bringing her some yarn and projects. If all goes well she will be able to tell me the sex of the child she is having, so I can get going on some baby projects! I think some of the sock yarn I bought from would make some nice baby hat and bootie sets.

I may be back at ya later this week – who knows, perhaps with another finished project!


Good + Bad=Life

A lot of good things, a few "bad" things — life. WT had orthoscopic surgery on his knee (bad) to fix it (good). There wasn’t the tear in the cartilage/meniscus (good) but the inflammation and problems are because of arthritis (bad). But, because the surgeon cleaned up some stuff WT might find less inflammation and relief for a few years (good good good!). WT had stabbing pain right away (bad) but it went away (good). Last night was a breeze – hardly had to have any pain reduction medication. Today is a little more rough but hardly what I thought it would be. He is doing well enough that I feel okay about leaving him alone. He can walk around, but I don’t want him to overdo – he really needs to keep that knee up and just relax. Relaxing is a good thing. I sure wish I could do it though. Every 10 minutes or so (if that) I get some sort of thing to respond to. Oh well, it is just life.

Hanging around at outpatient surgery digs was okay. It gave me a chance to knit, which is almost always good. But the lighting sucked. I also found the chairs to be very uncomfortable. For all the talk about Americans being large (and I certainly am) all waiting room chairs seem to be made for someone with an ass the size of a model-type person with no hips. I do know how to knit standing up, so I did just that. Of course I got "looks" – even more so because I am standing there doing that weird knitting thing. You don’t need to be a psychic to know when people are looking at you and thinking things. So, I told them – I am just tired of sitting down. One fella wanted to know if I was making beer can coolers. He didn’t say it in a mean way, so I cut him some slack. Turns out his daughter-in-law has caught the knitting bug and has been making scarves. I showed him the one finished sock and he really liked it – I think he is going to mention sock knitting to his daughter-in-law now *evil, maniacal laugh*

One of the other people waiting was a youngish woman, maybe about 16/18. I told her how "in" knitting is and about how a lot of people are getting together to knit. I don’t think I swayed her into anything – dang. But her boyfriend, who was there for knee surgery seemed pretty impressed. Maybe he should do knitting instead of basketball? From the looks of things it would probably be better for his health. Of course I didn’t say that, but I was sure thinking it.

I love"helping/encouraging" people to get into knitting. I just wish I could do more in the way of making it seem more hip. Talking to people about knitting with the words coming from a somewhat frumpy body doesn’t make it seem that appealing (I am just saying what is the truth). But, they believe me because I seem to be (and I am – damn it!) a comforting nice type person. So I guess I am doing my part to spread this wonderful disease/affliction/hobby/art (you pick).

Here is a pic of the beer can cooler/2nd sock that I worked on yesterday. It matched somewhat up at the very top, but as I am going I can see that these are definitely going to be fraternal twins. That is okay.

Spinning: The other day, when moving my wheel a bit to get to the dining room table a part of the flyer fell off – broken!

I think I might be able to fix it, but if I can’t I can always buy a new flyer. We shall see. After I finish typing this I will give it a go. I think it was just dropped too many times. I know for sure I dropped it once, and perhaps the previous owner dropped it too.

Shopping: There are a lot of cute little beach type bags around that are just perfect for knitting projects. I found this one:

at Target and if I remember right it was about $7. It has this attached zipper compartment that makes it easy to keep some money or scissors or whatever you want handy. Cool!

That’s all for now. Wish me good luck in the gluing.