Woolythyme - just spinnin round

Random witticisms of a confirmed fibre-holic

Friday, November 17, 2006

Off to Frankenmuth, pass the pretzels!

Well, I guess that didn't take long. It's off to Frankenmuth again. Yes, I will visit that wool mill again. Of course I'll stop in at the amazing and gorgeous yarn shop that I spent almost all of my spare time in last time. And, in case you're wondering, I've managed to fenagle my Mom to do the driving (she's got a nicer vehicle than mine, it's clean and there aren't any random knitting needles anywhere to poke unsuspecting passengers with) so that I can work on the mittens! I've got half a men's mitten done in red and black. Just a simple fair isle pattern the only thing is, I think this one wants to be a glove. I don't know why. How can el-cheapo acrylic yarn tell me what it wants to be? It was once a pop bottle for crying out loud! Oh well, once it's done, I'll post it's pic (hopefully will have a pair by tomorrow night) and you can let me know. I've got enough yarn, I probably can do a pair of mittens and gloves if I really wanted to. Just for fun, I also packed a ball of variegated in pastel blues & a ball of off-white someone gave to me last year. I did only bring 1 set of needles. Surely I can stick it out and finish a pair. I guess I should leave the pretty blue back a Mom's until I finish the red.... Its really just asking for it isn't it.

Wish us luck! Hopefully the border guard won't think my steel needles are WPM's and take them away. I really don't want to buy any more, I've only got 7 more pairs at home!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Sticktoitiveness

For those of you who regularly read the Yarn Harlot's blog you already know that she's decided to make a sock a day until christmas. Yup. That's a lot of socks. If you aren't aware of the sheer force of nature which is the Yarn Harlot, go to www.yarnharlot.ca you won't regret it! She's a knitting dynamo from Toronto who's written 3 hilarious books.
Anyhow. I've decided as my stash is my witness, I am going to make mittens! Yes, pairs of mittens! You who know me well are very much aware of my suffering from SMS (second mitten syndrome) This will be a challenge but I'm sure I'm up to it. I'm going to do my darndest to make a pair a week until new year's day. Lets see, that's 8 pairs? Gee sounds measly but on top of all the christmas stuff which needs to be done this year, 4 housecoats, 9 pairs of slippers, 1 pair of gloves, 1 handbag, several scarves and hats (at least 10 sets), and 2 pairs of legwarmers, this is not going to be easy. (you know, it didn't seem like a lot until I typed it all out. Am I out of my tree? I'll never finish!!!) Each and every one of those pairs of mittens will be only from stash yarn and will be donated to Keeping Kids Warm. (www.keepingkidswarm.ca)

I'm beginning to think Stephanie's saner than me that's for sure, a sock a day....