Archive for March, 2008

Finally, a Blogroll and My First Knitting Book

March 31, 2008



My First Knitting Book

Originally uploaded by fairgirl

Well, I finally added the obligatory blogroll. I read a lot of blogs but decided to include only a few because I am too lazy to add them all at once. Over time I will add more. Be forewarned – they are not all knitting blogs and there is a distinct lack of political correctness in some.

While going through some boxes in my basement a few months ago I came across the my first knitting book, the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. It was very exciting to find it. All these years later I STILL dream of making the Aran sweater.

However, I can see why I gave up knitting as a child. My Mom taught me what she knew and I did not have anyone else to help me further my skills. This book, while very inspiring now, was way over my head as a child. Anyway, I now know that I learn best by watching and then repeating. TG for videos on the internet and classes.

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How I Spent Almost All My Money at Rhinebeck in 25 Minutes

March 30, 2008

Mom’s Fingerless Mittens
Originally uploaded by fairgirl

Last October I decided to go to Rhinebeck on the Friday night and then drove up with my Mom the following morning. What this really means is that because I decided to go on such short notice my budget was small.

I am a big fan of Spirit Trail Fiberworks so that was one of my first stops. Of course, immediately I found a few skeins I loved and picked them up. There were another two skeins I was debating getting because I was not sure if I should spend almost my entire budget at one booth within 25 minutes of getting there.

I picked up the two skeins and then put them down and walked around the booth. As I came back to those two skeins, another woman picked them up! My heart was in my throat and I had to suppress the urge to yell “Hey that is MY yarn.” She put the skeins back and I snatched them up. Decision made. For the rest of the day I was a happy little camper wandering around clutching my purchases.

Clara Parkes of Knitter’s Review was also at the Spirit Trail Fiberworks booth signing copies of her book, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn. She was very nice. I want her book and I was tempted to get it but it turned out to be a choice between yarn and the book. Yarn won.  But I still covet that book. 

While at Rhinebeck my Mom said she wanted me to knit her a pair of fingerless mittens. She was given the mission of finding yarn for them. Over the course of the day she looked at hundreds, if not thousands of skeins and never picked one.

With Mom’s birthday approaching, in January I picked up some  Cascade 220 in pink heather at Patricia’s Yarns to make her the fingerless mittens from One-Skein Wonders. As you can see from the picture, I had not finished the thumbs by her birthday. When presented with the fingerless mitts she said, “why did you make me these?” I responded “you asked for them when we were at Rhinebeck.” She has no memory of this and seemed a little puzzled by the gift at first. I take comfort in the fact that she now seems to really like them and loves the color.

Yarn Harlot in Time Out New York

March 28, 2008

Gratuitous Yarn on Swift photo
Originally uploaded by fairgirl

When the latest issue of TimeOut New York showed up and there was a picture of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on page 11 for a book signing for her new book, I was excited.  After all, it was at last year’s event that I discovered that I was the last knitter in the free world without a blog.

I am looking forward to the event. Hopefully it will be just as much fun as last year. Being with hundreds of knitters cranking out squares for Warm-Up America while laughing together was amazing. It reminded me of the powerful feeling that I had when I did the Susan G. Komen run a few years ago.  As we turned into Central Park and I was at the crest of a small hill, all I could see were women running together. It felt great to be part of that sea of women runners.

A non-knitter is going to the signing with me. I can’t wait to see his reaction. Last year when I was trying to catch a ride to FIT and told my co-workers where I was going they were incredulous. If you really look around there are so many sub-cultures right under our noses. Hopefully my friend will enjoy his look into this part of the knitting world.

A Touch of Melancholy

March 9, 2008

Today I feel just a touch of melancholy.  I would like to blame it on having too much to do but I always have too much to do.  I think it may be related to the fact that I had a schedule in mind for today but that was thrown off course by having to wait for over an hour this morning for someone.  While waiting I got cold and just cannot shake the feeling.   

The Fuzzy Feet are still sitting in my knitting basked untouched.  The plan is to pick them up later today and do some work on them.  But honestly, I do not know if I am in the mood.  Or will ever be in the mood.  I do love the person that they are intended for but that does not get me over the hump of feeling frustrated with the slippers.  After the whole loss of mojo I have decided never to knit gifts with deadlines like Christmas again.  It just takes all the fun out of it for me.  I want to knit what I want to knit when it suits me.   Anymore I will just knit gifts for people when I feel like it and give them without regard to whether it is their birthday or another holiday. 

Fuzzy Feet

March 3, 2008

Cuff on Fuzzy Feet
Originally uploaded by fairgirl

Well, the cuff looks good. It is the rest that is funny looking. Yes, I am still too embarassed to post a picture of the current progress. My goal for this week is to finish knitting at least one slipper.

Because research is second nature to me, I have been looking at books, magazines, and info on the internet to help me get over doing the instep. Admittedly none of my sources has pictured a “sock” that looks like mine. It could be a good week or a frustrating week. Hopefully I will end up with something I am not embarassed to post.