Monday, July 21, 2008

Inching Along

Chicago was great. It felt like being home. I got my fill of yummy Handlebar food (and then I dreamed about vegan biscuits and gravy last night, so maybe I didn't get my fill after all). I saw 13 friends. My friend Wyatt said, after telling him that I had to leave: "But, I'll miss you," and he looked at me with his three-year-old eyes. My heart broke. I would have stayed there forever.

I also reconnected with friend I had neglected. Now I owe her an email, but I'll get to it, I promise. I did miss one friend that I really wanted to see. Add another email to that list.

I didn't do much knitting. I finished the February Sweater. The person it's for reads this, but I'm going to post it anyway. This sweater was just as frustrating and just as fun as the first time I knit it.

While I was in Chicago, I stopped at Nina. I was craving a trip to the LYS as much as vegan biscuits and gravy. I needed help deciding, since I was overwhelmed by all the beautiful things. I had to ask Sam a few times for some help on color. Everything I bought was in a blue-green shade, except for the Silky Merino that just happened to match the Misti Alpaca yarn I bought.

Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton. I've wanted to try this for a while. I'm thinking colorwork mittens.

Malabrigo Lace. It was too luscious to pass up. It's going in the stash to wait for the right project.

Misti Alpaca Sock Yarn. These will have to be made into socks. But for whom?

Malabrigo Silky Merino. I love a Merino Silk blend.

So I've been catching up. I've been having a lot of fun at Frisbee. I think I'm starting to feel more confident in the game. I went camping this weekend, which was great fun. I went with two different sets of friends, so the weekend was doubly interesting. I took along BYOB and the Everlasting Bagstopper. The Bagstopper has been sitting for some time, waiting for yarn. I bought some at Nina, but when I went to knit with it this weekend, I realized I'd bought the linen, not the hemp I needed. I don't mind having more linen in my stash, but I would like to finish this bag already. At least it's living up to its name.

Euroflax Linen, purchased at Nina, sitting with the hemp bag.

Besides Chicago, the best thing to come out of the last couple weeks was teaching Perry how to knit. Let me clarify a little. His mom had taught him how to knit, but I taught him how to cast on and how to purl (though he only purled one row). Next, he's going to start a hat. Teaching knitting makes me so happy. Maybe even happier than knitting itself. Now I've got to get Perry to teach me to rappel, like he's promised.


Carrie K said...

Pretty yarns and Feb Lady Sweater! Vegan biscuits? No eggs, no butter?

TK said...

The biscuits are really good. They are more dense than a non-vegan bisuit, but it works so well with the gravy. The gravy is a seitan gravy. Yum. I want more.

The February sweater is for a baby. These days I need to clarify, I guess. The February Lady Sweater is in my queue, though, for sure.

Carrie said...

Gorgeous sweater!

Great yarn purchases - I haven't seen the Misti Alpaca sock yarn before. Love the colors.

TK said...

Glad you like it!

They are pretty colors. The yarn is slightly fuzzy from the alpaca content. I think they'll make great socks.

Lynn said...

UGH. I'm so sad I missed you. Lots to tell. Will email you!

Anonymous said...

The yarn you purchased is gorgeous! It's making my fingers itch to knit! I can't wait to see what these skeins turn into.

TK said...

Me either. The Malabrigo lace has been calling my name (along with the skinny cotton), and I don't even knit lace.