Yarn Therapy

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

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Tea Cozy Substitution

OK, so the tea cozy you see mentioned on the sidebar (from Last Minute Knitted Gifts) is not working out too well. For one thing, it is SA-LOW because of the texture. It is also looking small to me. It may fit a small-ish teapot, like the one I got for Mother's Day and use almost every day.

I emailed my KTS2 partner and asked her what size teapot she uses (in the Netherlands!). It sounds like a pretty large one, so I think I'll send her this one. I bet she'll be surprised! Now I can assemble the package and [get it out of my life] mail it!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Knitting Update

I wanted to update the readers on my latest projects. The most recent FO is the Rainbow Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I lusted after this book for the longest time and finally bought it a couple of weeks ago. It's a very easy project, one that looks more impressive than it is (my favorite kind). I made this just because it looked fun, not because I even had a recipient in mind at the time. I think it's very cool how the two colorways of Noro Kureyon play against each other in this "Mistake Rib" pattern. I may give it to a child I know who is in foster care and has almost no clothing to her name. I find it hard not to shower all the kids I know like that with gifts...

I finished a single sock in Louet Gems yarn, which proved to be very nice to work with. It is a soft grey color and has a ribbed lace pattern from the fabulous Sensational Knitted Socks. I used size 3 circs Addi Turbos. My goal right now is to finish this pair for my SIL's birthday. I have a month, so that is definitely doable provided I don't get too distracted by other projects. Ha! If you know me, you know I always have several things going at once.

Last, but not least, is the cardigan sweater I have finished for Amelia. It is made from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky. I love love love this yarn!! For one thing, it is very chunky so it's a fast knit. It's a very soft pale shade of lilac. It is very soft to the touch, and knits very evenly (on size 13s!). I didn't really even use a pattern for this, just referred to some for sizing. It was hard to decide how to finish it, whether to do a crocheted border, or a ribbing or use a ribbon tie, etc. It did tend to curl up, so I tried to figure out what would be the best way to uncurl it. I had some novelty yarn that would make a nice border but it seemed to me it would be a waste of the beautiful Bliss yarn (an appropo name) to taint it with novelty yarn even if it did match. After some deliberation, I decided to single crochet around and add one large button. Amelia refuses to try it on today. Oh, to be almost 3 and in command!

Pictures when I find the camera!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

A Tribute to Bradley Hoorn, 5 Years Later

As I reflect upon the 9/11 Tragedy (an unbelievable 5 years ago), I am honored to post a meager tribute to Bradley Hoorn. Hoorn was at work at the World Trade Center on that infamous day when life as we know it was forever changed.

Hoorn was 22 years old. He had his life ahead of him, and that life was full of promise. He was a tall, slender handsome young man who was a Yale graduate who others saw as a "golden boy."

As with the other 2,995 other victims on that fateful day, Hoorn did not deserve to die for such a senseless act. What had he done? He went to work that day in New York, as so many others did.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Bradley Hoorn on this terrible anniversary. He was not just a victim of 9/11, but a real person who is very much missed and will never be replaced. I want the family and friends to know I join you in your grieving this day, even though I was not fortunate to have known him.

Words cannot bring back Bradley Hoorn, they can only remind us that he is not forgotten.

Monday, September 04, 2006

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What could be better? Yarn + tea = all good!