Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Teek, not Tink (sigh)

Well, I kept that "little fellow" up long enough to get a response from 2 of my daughters, even though none of the rest of you seem to know him. Let me enlighten...

Here is the
answer to the qeury, and one reason I chose my yahoo ID. I always thought Teek's name was Tink. My girls and I spent a lot of time with the Ewoks back on VHS before captioning. Thus my confusion. (I keep the captions on with all movie and TV viewing, owing to a slight hearing loss I've had since my mid-30's.) We all thought he was Tink until now!

That's okay, I keep my moniker--tink, for it is to knit backward, as you well know, my friends. I find myself needing this skill often. It's the only way I can safely undo lace, among other things. Sometimes you can't just frog--you gotta tink!

Tink on!

Tink about it!

Tink globally, knit locally.

I tink I'd better stop!

Here's some better topics.

Happ
y Five Years to me and the Fred last Saturday!
There we are 5 years ago getting hitched in a rose garden. We were actually friends (only friends) in high school. We each had one other marriage in our twenties before spending considerable years alone before we "remet" after not seeing one another for 26 years!! Yeah, it's "a sorta fairytale" with nods to
Tori. Those years in between formed each of us into much more suitable partners for one another and here we are! Happy as clams!

Also, happy very good news to my youngest daughter (the recent UGA grad) who may actually be reading my blog and posting comments now that she will be able to afford better than dial-up! That's all I'd better say, cuz she will want to tell other family members herself!

On the knitting front, I am spending my whole days with cakes of freshly-wound Cascade Eco Wool this week. I can't say more, but you should see it in publication by November! Woohoo!

Happy Day to you! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Do you know this little fellow?
















It does have something kinda sorta to do with knitting...just bear with me.

Any answers?

(hints: muffins, speediness, Wilford Brimley)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Loot!

Monday was exciting--I got two packages in the mail. The first was a joint BD present for Fred and me (our birthdays are 10 days apart). From my oldest, Emily, the bookstore employee/coffee shop manager--Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone in Irish Gaelic! Oh boy! I can't wait to delve in. As soon as I finish Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, I'm there with my Irish dictionary. The Irish is similar to the Scottish, so not so foreign to me. What fun!

The other box was full of lovely yarn from Marr Haven Farms. I contacted Barb Marr and asked for the yarn card you see here, and she also sent me a little hunk of the worsted so I could judge better. She was wonderful to communicate with and everything was done toute de suite.

I have enough of the grey worsted to make a large Aran, and this is my first cone. They sell the sport weight only in cones to keep it from getting tangled. That will probably be a baby Aran and/or some socks! I've gotta get done with some OTN projects so I can sink my needles into this gorgeous stuff. It smells lovely, too. Their yarn is processed on their own farm from their Merino and Rambouillet wools without chemicals. Love it! See?

Well, there's no way you can tell from a pic--even a close-up. Trust me--go and order some. I'll show some swatching when I get to it. Also, Clara at Knitter's Review has reviewed this yarn here.

Figheadh Sona Dhut, you guys!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Monday Goodies #14

Much better than too many knitted home furnishings...Links!

Look at
Be Sweet for global-conscious knitting.

These folks knit a house!

Make an
art car, why don't ya?

Quirky, crafty stuff to buy on
chocosho.



...and just for chuckles,
The World Beard Championships!

Fun, huh? Stay cool if you can (or move the extreme West Coast--it's not hot here!), and Happy Knitting, or...

...Figheadh Sona Dhut!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Yarn Bargains

There's this little craft store a couple miles from home called Artco. They stock a couple of Cascade yarns, some Elsebeth Lavold, a lot of Lion Brand, and a heck of a lot of novelty yarn. I pop in on a regular basis to pick up bargains. A major portion of my stash has come from this place. I don't think there are many serious knitters anywhere near me, or how could this stuff not get snapped up?

Here's what I got today for only about $105--eight skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL (50/50 baby alpaca & merino) half price, 6 "buns" of Cascade 220 Superwash half price, 6 balls of Angora Extra (70% angora, 25% wool, 5% nylon) half price, and way in the back 2 skeins of TLC Cotton Plus. Only the TLC was not marked down (it's already low-priced), as you can see from the glowing red sale stickers. I know the Lavold is discontinued, but it makes no difference to me. I can use it for a design sample and suggest a sub yarn. (I already cleaned them out of the same yarn in ivory, purple, and butterscotch colors.)

All the little angora ones are to add to some I had already gotten. At first, I only got one ball of each color for swatches, but the price went down more, so I got enough for some gloves & socks--yummy! The Cascade is for a sample for an upcoming Guernsey design, and the cotton is for some chunky socks I want to make.

I've learned the value of waiting and watching with Artco. Do you believe the Cascade sat there for weeks marked down half-price and no one took advantage? With the angora, I should have waited before buying the first onesies.
Looky.
Yep, it was $10.99, then I bought onesies for $8.24, and then it went down to $5.49. Crazy.

I don't know who buys their yarn, but I don't think they pay attention. A few months ago, I bought nearly all the Cascade Eco Wool they had, and that was at full price (someone smart bought the rest). Do you think they ever bought more? Nope. Then one day I went in and they had about 14 skeins in the same dye lot of Noro Kureyon and I scooped it up--a splurge for myself. Did I ever see any more? Nada.

They keep a pretty good supply of Cascade 220 wool and never ever put it on sale. Ever. Stubborn people. But they used to have Cascade Sierra until I, again, practically single-handedly relieved them of that. I got 13 hanks of a gun-metal grey for half price. It will go marvelously with some sage green I got a few months ago for a slip-stitch color design.

You probably think I'm crazy for revealing my source. Hey, there's plenty of yarn love to go around. Besides, like I said, there are no real knitters in my neighborhood! I've looked. If you are out there, speak up. I'd like to meet ya. (Watch and see--there won't be a peep.)

Happy Yarn Bargains to you! I must get back to working on some designs for little cotton tops. I'll show you some peeks soon. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Monday Goodies #13

Hey! What's better than a new summer outfit? Links, of course...

I'll try
Library Thing again. Hope it works!

I am late getting into this--you probably already found
All Consuming. Also 43 things.

Then there's
Craft Bits, for us crafty ones.

I just found
Fiber Femmes Web mag. Read especially this article on reducing knitting aches.

And another new knitting Web mag--
Knitplayground!

Have a good day, everyone!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

It's July?

I don't know about you guys, but last week was weird here. It turned out to be a two-day work week, if that. The fourth with all its stuff, and then Fred's birthday was Thursday. June and July are crammed with birthdays, anniversaries, and just special days for us. I can't believe we're a week into July already.

Yesterday we tackled some much-needed yard & home duties. We have this little back yard situation that needed some sprucing. We planted flowers.


As you can tell, I'm all about the container gardening. We also cleaned out our little shed. No before & after pics. Just trust me, the thing looked like the back alley of some inner-city dive. Now we can see the floor!





As for knitting, I am still working on projects kept under wraps. At least I finished and sent off one major one. Whew. Glad that's done.

I star
ted the mate to McGuinness Branch with the lovely green Baby Ull...









...am trying to finish a sample for one of the new patterns coming out in a couple of weeks...







..
.and fitting in bits of knitting on the new sock designs. Never enough sock-knitting time!
(That's Plymouth Sockotta in a color that looks like Fruit Stripes gum! Yipes, Stripes!)







Today is my one and only sister's birthday. Even though I don't think she reads my blog, I'll say Happy Birthday Sis! I love ya! Have a good one. Maybe she'll see. Mom, tell Linda to look!

I'll probably never know if she did. The only family member who comments here is my oldest daughter. (Hey, Emily, call me!)

Okay, I'll see you tomorrow for goodies--I've got some cool things to share. Have a super Sunday!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Monday Goodies #12
















Happy Almost Independence Day!

Yeah, I had to include Superman, because we can't wait to see the new movie! We love Superman in this house...and Spiderman, and Batman, and...okay, I'll stop.

As for links...

(I had a link to Library Thing here, but it stopped working--I'll try again next week.)

Emily, this one is for you--fantastic old photos!

Hey, look--an even more precise way to print out
knitter's graph paper. I tell ya, folks are always thinking.

Eat
healthy!

But probably not so much over the next couple of days. Enjoy your cookouts, and fireworks, and general holiday doings!