Mutter of Purl

My opinions (and I do have a lot of them) on knitting and sometimes other topics.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Back in the Saddle

Well, not really the saddle. Just back to knitting socks. Sunday afternoon I met some of the girlies at Abuelita's in the Topanga Canyon for late lunch and knitting. Our usual SnB meets every 1st, 3rd and if there is one, 5th Sunday of the month at the Coffee Bean on Canoga in the Warner Center. Since this was the 5th Sunday, we made a special afternoon of it. I find it is always good to cast on for a pair of socks while downing a Margarita, don't you? Looking at it now I think I may have something there. The toes look very nice. The yarn is Regia Cotton Surf in color #5412. As this is a self-striping yarn, I think that the Feather and Fan pattern will be fun to knit. If and when I get then far enough to see the pattern, I will also post at the No-End-In-Sight-Ripple-Along.

I am using an Addi Turbo #1 32" circular needle. Not so much impressed so far. The cable is stiff and I really do not like metal needles. But just you try to find a size 1 in a bamboo circular! Go ahead. Try. I'll wait....

Yes, Shiloh. These are for you. I hope to be able to finish them before/when we are at the ocean in a couple of weeks.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007


If you read my previous post about the going-out-of-business sale at Bishop's Yarn in Chatsworth, you saw that I posted "The 5 hanks of Glace will be added to the 7 hanks I have of the same color (but I am SURE that it is a different dye lot...that would be too freakin' weird if they were the same!)". Submitted for your approval (I sound like Rod Serling from "The Twilight Zone") label #1.These 8 skeins were purchased over a year and a half ago at the Ben Franklin in Redmond, WA. Now take a look at label #2. These were purchased at Bishop's Yarn in Chatsworth, CA last week. Notice anything interesting about the colors and dye lots? Uh, yeah. Me, too. THEY ARE THE SAME COLOR AND DYE LOT!!!! Well, the knitting goddesses are obviously trying to tell me something. With over 1000yards, I now have enough to make a nice, simple top-down v-neck short-sleeved top. Not wanting to tempt the KGs, I had better get on the sticks before my knitting karma slips away. Where to find the pattern? I'm thinking about starting with the Picovoli and adjusting it accordingly. Sort of a cross between that and the Green Gable.

Yesterday, my friend and I went to Malibu to put our toes in the sand and feel the water on our feet. Both being Scorpios, the Ocean is very renewing to us. After a few minutes of that, we were satisfied and went out to breakfast at Googies in Malibu. I had the Lox Platter and it was so good that I forgot to take a photo of it until I was over half done! I think we saw a Rock 'n Roll celeb there, but I can't quite put a name to him. Maybe it will come to me later. In the mean time, I will leave you with a photo of the lovely pink geraniums in the Malibu Colony Plaza.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Falling off the wagon and getting pulled under the wheels...

Well, so much for the "Knit From Your Stash" commitment that I made in January. Actually, it lasted longer than I thought it would. I still have aspirations to get back on the wagon, but probably not until Bishop's is over their going-out-of-business sale. At 70% off, that is pretty damn hard to resist! Here is the haul from Tuesday's binge;5 skeins of Bernat Berella "4" in white, 4 balls of OrnaghiFilati Cashmerino, 2 skeins of Sirdar Snuggly DK in a lt. rust and 2 in a lt. grey/blue, a whole bag of Sirdar Snuggly DK in white and 5 hanks of Berroco Glace. The Berella "4" and the Snuggly is destined for baby clothes for an as-yet-to-be-discovered baby. People get pregnant all the time, right? (Not me, of course. I would throw myself into the middle of the 405 at 5pm!) The Cashmerino is going to be a pair of patterned socks for my daughter, Shiloh. The 5 hanks of Glace will be added to the 7 hanks I have of the same color (but I am SURE that it is a different dye lot...that would be too freakin' weird if they were the same!) so that I can actually make something other than a crop top. Nobody wants to see that...I will simply alternate rows of each dye lot and with the amazing color variation in the yarn, it will all be fine.

I have continued to work on the ripple vest. I am almost done with the back, about 1 1/2 inches left to go. After all that epiphany stuff, I decided to frog it back to the f*$#-up and crochet it correctly. It didn't take as long as I thought it would and I am much happier knowing that there are only a few small mistakes rather than one glaring boo-boo and a few small mistakes. Hopefully it will be done in time to start the front and work on that when I go to Seattle in August.

I feel better now. They say confession is good for the soul...


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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Doctor's Orders

Last night I went to a party at the house of an as-yet-to-be-met friend. I have conversed, as it were, with Dr. Cocktail on the Wormwood Society forums and in e-mails, but never in person until yesterday. I knocked on the front door and was welcomed with a hearty, "Hello, Molly!". (Apparently the Doctor had done a bit of sleuthing to find out who he was allowing into his home and do you blame him? We knitters have a reputation of being a disreputable bunch...)

There were about 13 people there for BBQ (thanks, Ray!) and various alcoholic libations.

Aside from the great food and liquid refreshments (Dr.Cocktail has the most amazing knowledge of everything-cocktail!) I met lots of new friends and had a great time.

I also learned a bit about Mules, too.

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