Yarn Therapy

Renewal, down to the fiber of my being.....(snicker)!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Awesome Pre-Birthday Package!

My secret pal was so thoughtful! She saw I was going to take a sock knitting class and she tailored my pre-birthday gift box accordingly. Contents: two balls of Cascade Fixation in lavender (yay!), a set of #5 dpns in bamboo (my favorite kind), a knifty-looking sock pattern by Knitting Pure and Simple (it looks like I could almost do this), shower gel and lotion from Bath and Body Works in Sweet Pea (because of the cardigan?), another cute handmade card, and teapot stationery supplies. Thanks so much, SP! It is nice getting a package a little early. I am not always that patient waiting for a day to arrive. Dh can attest to that!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Progress Report

I keep trying to come up with cute titles to entries like so many of you do, but I can't seem to think of any. At any rate, I am showing that yes, I am indeed knitting and crocheting. Here is proof that progress is being made on Branching Out and Sweet Pea Cardigan. The latter may look finished to some, however, it is supposed to have embroidered flowers in silk ribbon. I am still waiting for the blasted ribbon! So, consider this a "before" picture and the "after" pic will be when the embroidery is done.

Branching Out should look better after blocking--I hope. I am enjoying seeing the lace emerge while knitting it, and it is getting easier. I am attending a professional conference Thurs. and Fri. of this week, so I will probably work on dh's Suri Merino cardigan during the lecture parts. Fortunately, play therapists understand you are still listening even though your hands may be busy!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

This is me!

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

What a Day!

Well, yesterday was quite a day. Amelia experienced her first pony ride and (as you can see) she loved it. It made Mommy and Daddy happy, too!

Mommy had caught wind that Yarns International was closing and everything was on sale. So, when the horsewoman (equestrienne?) was napping, Mommy high-tailed it to the LYS! Here, you can see the loot: turquoise Filatura di Crosa 501, green FdC Primo, lilac and white Classic Elite Provence, pink CE Lush, blue Jaeger Trinity, brown Nature's Pallette sock yarn, a ball of soft pink Nashua Creative Focus, two tape measures, a pair of mittens, two lavender sachets, plus several books--Barbara Walker's From the Top Down, The Pleasure of Knitting, Vogue on the Go's Kid Knits and Weekend Knits, and several magazines. Quite a nice haul; my stash bloomith. Fellow bloggers will notice this yarnaholic has not even pretended to sign up for Summer o' Stash. Why would she? And why does she refer to herself in the third person? Perhaps she's high on yarn.

Friday, June 09, 2006

I am thoroughly spoiled!

Today I had to go to the post office on the way to work, so here I am at the office with my KTS package! It was from generous Emy in Singapore! The inventory includes three balls of hemp/cotton yarn ( you can tell this is from another country), eight kinds of tea: lychee/lime/passionfruit, lemongrass/ginger, and a sampler of Chinese teas in little canisters, plus cookies and chocolate bars! The cookies were cleverly hidden in the center of the yarn balls. This was just delightful. Thanks, Emy. It was wonderful to get so many treats that I normally would not have access to. The yarn I will take home, but the treats are staying here so I won't have to share!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


The beautiful and semi-famous Amelia (see photos throughout blog) had to go to the doctor's today for early Pinkeye. The doctor noticed the pacifier and said we should eliminate it, due to Amelia having a rash from the constant use of it. She said it was a place for germs to grow. Sigh. It's hard to break an addiction. They don't have a 12-step program for pacifieraholics. We decided cold-turkey would be the method and the time was now (before we chicken out). Dh gathered up all the binks he could find and we told her we couldn't find any. She complained, but she went right to sleep! I am sure she will still ask for it in the days to come, but we will continue to not find any, and hopefully we can detox fairly quickly. Whew.

On the knitting/yarn/crochet front, I got my second order from One Fine Yarn today. They are really great, by the way. I got some pink Cascade Cotton Pima to crochet a jacket/shrug thing from IK Crochet Mag. It needs to stand in line behind all the other stuff. I'm finally on a roll with Branching Out, but I am just kind of fudging it when there is a mistake, because I can't figure out how to correct mistakes. I don't know how to tink or frog what with all the yarn-overs, etc. Any help out there?

No sign of my KTS partner. Hostess Suzie emailed today and checked up on me. She assured me that I would get a package whatever happens. It has been fun to see all the wonderful things people have sent. This is a very generous group. Most people far exceed the requirements and send some very thoughtful things. It's also a good opportunity to read other people's blogs. Don't know if anyone reads this one....

Sunday, June 04, 2006

New Books!

I couldn't resist buying two new knitting books while I was in Border's the other day. One was "Greetings From the Knit Cafe," and also "Knitting Rules!" by the eminent Yarn Harlot. I highly recommend both. I so want to visit the knit cafe...anyway, the book is inspiring and the patterns are nicely done. I may make the keyboard cover for my secret pal. (Hope she isn't reading this). The Yarn Harlot one is very entertaining and instructive, too. I am even more inspired to knit socks...I signed up for a class to learn how, but I have to wait a month :(