Weirdly Fun, Synchronicity, Message from the gods?

Life is just too strange for words sometimes. A few days ago I was reading the lastest post from Yarn Harlot. Telling all about how her friend’s visit and the Canadian things that were being taught. I read these words:

Today…nominations for the "yarn of our people"are being accepted and Rachel has procured "the donut of our people" (a Tim Horton’s Maple Glazed.) Suggestions for other educational activities are welcome.

Funny. I have always wondered about Canadian quisine. Anyway, I was looking that the e-cards on the Hoops and Yoyo website (cute characters that sing and dance) and noticed some new interactive wallpapers for computers. Checked them out, loaded a few and found the connection that tells me something.

Okay, so message received…. but what is the message mean? Could it be:

  • Move to Canada
  • Eat something maple
  • eat more donuts?
  • ???

– sigh-

Life is just so confusing sometimes.

Anyway, back to knitting. Finished another Bella Scarf and am patiently waiting for the rest of that back ordered yarn. Dug some yarns out of my stash and am going to try making a curly scarf, either the Corkscrew from Loop-d-Loop, or one of the faster variations from the CurlyWhirlies knit-along blog.


In the midst of holiday knitting

I am trying to crank out a bunch of holiday gifts this week. Some are for sale at a holiday craft sale I will be in: Sunday, December 4th from 10:00 to 3:00 (or so). It is "The Beadladies" holiday craft sale, but some of the beadladies, like me, are more into the knitting thing. If you are in the Twin Cities – come! For more details, click here.

I am selling some very cute snowkid caps for little ones, a few beaded knitted amulet bags, some other assorted jewelry, and my Goddess Guards ~ beaded knitting stitch markers.

But along with getting ready for the sale, I am knitting holiday gifts for my friends and family too!

Here is my dad’s scarf (still not finished)
scarf for dad

It is nice, and will block out more drapey, but I am just kind of sick of knitting on it, and I don’t like to knit gifts that I am crabby about. So, I am having a bit of fun knitting the Bella Scarf from I bought 1 of each of the 8 colors of Suri Dream (recommended in the pattern). I am really impressed, this yarn is very nice. It is 74% Suri Alpaca, 22% Wool, 4% Nylon and 143 yards in a 50 gram ball. It doesn’t shed, doesn’t feel sticky or oily and is soft, but not delicate. The colors are limited, but I am finding the 2 that I received (the rest are on the backorder – nuts!) are much more pleasing in person.

Things I am learning: I thought that a pointy needle would work better than a blunt needle. One, because the yarn is floofy and two, because there are a lot of increases (knit in the front and the back of a stitch). But I am finding that my very pointy Denise needles (LOVE THEM) aren’t as good for this scarf as my blunt Clover bamboos. Why? Well take a look at this:

bella scarf

See the long slope of the Denise (plastic/gray) needle? Because these are 15s, it takes a lot of pushing the yarn around to get it onto the true size of the needle, and because it is slippery, it slips. So the blunt needle is quicker – and because it is bamboo, they don’t slip so much. That is why having lots of needles is good! (and I am not just saying this because I am trying to feel less guilt for all the needles I have stashed.)

Anyway, I have a friend coming over to hang out and craft with, so I am ending this now. I will have more pics of the Bella scarf soon.


One Down –

I don’t like to think that my mind is just one big list, but all evidence points to that conclusion. So, I get to cross one item off the "to do" list. WT’s Interlocking Balloons Scarf (Scarf Style) is finished. I ended up doing the exact number of repeats, but used a lot more yarn than the pattern called for. It blocked out bigger, and I could stretch it even more, but it is plenty big enough now.

Here it is:
wt's scarf - interlocking balloons scarf

It is shown against 3 coats. Mine, and 2 of WT’s. I would definitely wear this scarf, but probably won’t ever be able to because he will be wearing it to work.

I thought about knitting one for my dad for Christmas, but decided I would rather knit something similar but different. Something more mindless because this one was a bit picky for public knitting. It wasn’t hard, but when you are trying to listen or talk – too much recounting and a bit tinking too. Never more than a few stitches though.

The one I will be doing for dad is Steam – reversible cable ribbed scarf. Nice! I usually don’t use the called for yarn in anything I do (too easy) but this time, I am going to use the KnitPicks’ Merino Style in the exact same color=Fog, and the B style. I figured that I didn’t want to ask mom what color would be good, because dad would hear and I would probably be talked out of making a scarf for dad because yada yada yada. Seems like nobody "needs" hand-knit things. Not that they don’t want them. I have to ask over and over and over to get anybody (in my family) to break down and tell me what they really want for a gift.

Last night Kerry and I went to Detta’s Spindle for her annual November sale. I totally forgot, but Kerry’s fiber monkey-on-her-back personality called me to see if I was interested in a drive. After having a very yummy chili at her place we headed out in her newish car (VW Bug). Smooth ride, now I want one! Sigh.

I bought 2 books: LATVIAN DREAMS, Knitting From Weaving Charts
Latvian Dreams
Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves and
365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar
365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar

and 6 oz of 80% Alpaca, 20% silk top in charcoal/silver. The 2 skeins of Domy I bought off Kerry, but since she originally purchased from Detta’s some time back, it counts too.

detta's spindle

We had some really nice conversations with some of the other shoppers and of course with Detta and her 2 dogs, Tubby and Sunny. I love going to Detta’s, especially with Kerry. She points out all the good stuff.

Now, back to knitting on my Weeping Willow Shawl, which I restarted on smaller needles. Still searching for the illusive pointiest cable needles. I am making do for now.