Little Purls of Wisdom

A lot of knittting, and maybe a little wisdom.

free yarn and needles? April 23, 2007

Filed under: friends,Knitting — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 12:03 am

Well, not really free. The college gave Brit Knits money for a class, and there were only 2 of us. So we got yarn and needles. Jenni and I went to see Lindsay at her yarn store, The Yarn Garden. I have a friend that owns a yarn store. It’s pretty cool. We leaned how to make socks on two circular needles. We were making 2 at a time, but I took my second sock off. It was getting on my nerves. This is my sock
two Addi Turbos, size 1. And Koigu KPPPM. I am so in love. They’re beautiful.

I’ve also made progress on the Red Herring socks
I’m almost done with the foot of the first sock. They’re beautiful.

It’s time for Planet Earth and knitting. The perfect way to spend a Sunday night.


finished project update April 14, 2007

Filed under: Knitting — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 6:31 pm

SO, I’ve finished a few projects over the last couple of weeks. All of them are socks in some form, because I don’t knit much else.

First, I finished the Malabrigo socks.
I finished them in the week after the Yarn Harlot event. I love knitting instant gratification projects.
I finished these a while ago. I love them. It’s Hedera, made out of some Regia, but I can’t remember the name of the yarn.
They’re really comfortable. The color isn’t that bright in real life, and it has little strands of green in it. They’re pretty cool.
I have a couple first socks. Here’s the Schaffer Anne socks. I love them.
And, I finished the first Monkey sock out of Apple Pie yarn
I still have to sew in the ends, and then this one will be done.

And here’s an update on the first Clessidra sock

They’re so pretty. And a darker blue than this in person. I still love them.
And now, off to knit Icarus and watch Jerry McGuire withe Wifey. The perfect way to spend a Saturday.


Oh my freaking wool (very picture heavy post) April 5, 2007

Filed under: friends,Knitting — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 10:22 pm

I met the Yarn Harlot. again!!!! She is truly amazing. It’s a long story that involved a lot of waiting and suspense, so let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

Rachel, Jenni and I met up in the Cross Plus World Market parking lot to carpool and get a special treat for the Harlot. Each of us bought her a bar of fancy yummy chocolate. Rachel’s was dark, mine was raspberry filled, and Jenni’s was… get this… EMERGENCY CHOCOLATE! I think this may be the coolest, non-knitting, thing sense sliced bread. We were dumb and maybe a little too excited, and we forgot to take pictures of our gifts. From Cost Plus we drove to the library, arriving right when they were opening at noon (mind you, the event wasn’t scheduled to start until 2). We walked in and found Mouse and Cait. It was very exciting. We got seats together in the main room, and set up camp to wait. Jenni and I left for sustenance in the form of falafel and hummus pita sandwiches from Jerusalem Garden. We came back and waited for a little while before a man working at the library came to the front of the room with a microphone. I was not too worried because the last time Mouse and I went to see the Harlot over the summer, someone was talking every half hour or so. No big deal, the guy has a mic. He’s probably here to tell us abut library events or something. Then he started talking. I got worried. He told us that Stephanie was coming, but he did not know when. my heart stopped a little. Then I remembered the date. April 1st? haha very funny joke, April fools, I get it. Now tell us when she’ll be here. Don’t mess with us. We are a room full of knitters waiting to see another very well loved knitter. And we’re armed with lots and lots of pointy sticks. Unfortunately he kept talking, and the news got worse as it went on. She was stuck in Chicago because when she flew to Detroit that morning the plain was not allowed to land because of fog(yet somehow her luggage was here… interesting. airline logic alludes me. ), and we don’t know when she will be here.

What? You don’t know when she’ll be here? Will she be here? oh no. How long will it take to drive to Chicago? Never mind, too long. So we proceeded to wait. Our waiting activities were fun though. Jenni and I went to Busy Hands. They were having a sale. I bought a skein of malabrigo

It’s beautiful. The color is Red Pearl. I’m using it to make a pair of ankle socks. I’m already at the heel and I started yesterday. Oh how I love instant gratification projects…
Here is a picture of all of us
As you can see, I’m winding the yarn. I just could not resist. It was calling to me. I wanted to buy a lot more, but I resisted (which is pretty hard at less than $9 a skein. I want more!). Anyway, we sat, we talked, we knit, we looked at books and talked to other knitters. Jenni worked on her first real socks for herself with real sock yarn.
They are very beautiful. Made with some old Opal. I worked on my Schaffer Anne sock.
I finished it later that night, but a huge chunk of the foot and toe were knit waiting (with a little Harlot mojo knit in). This is the first sock. I still need to get cracking on the second sock. I have a severe case of startitis at the moment. Hopefully I’ll get over it soon.
Now, I thought I got a lot of knitting done. I was not the one that finished an entire project. Start to finish. That was Rachel
This is a headband (the pattern is from knitty, but I don’t remember what it is exactly). The important thing is that she cast on in the morning leaving Albion, and cast off half way through waiting for the Yarn Harlot. Go Rachel.

There was a lot more waiting. We talked to knitters around us, we knit, we went for walks, we ate food, we bought book, and watched a parade of small children wearing hats that they made at another library event. They were cute, and it was a fun new waiting activity. We occasionally were updated on the unchanging status of Stephanie and knowing that her phone was dead and we would not know when she was on her way until she was in the library. We heard that she should arrive around four after she finally found a plane that would land in Detroit (for real this time). Well, around 4:30 or so she came running in to the room of the library, sock camera and notes in hand and Bohus sweater on her back. She told us an abridged version of the events of her day, took pictures of the sock and people. I took a picture of her taking a picture (very postmodern)
She talked and we all laughed, and it was amazing. I was laughing so hard I was on the verge of tears. She talked quickly, and then it was time to jump in line and get our books signed. We were close enough that we didn’t have to wait forever.
Well, when it was finally our turn, Rachel had her book signed first
Chocolate number one. We could tell she was pleased.
I went next, presenting fizzy lemony juice stuff, and my book
Chocolate number two. Again, well received. I had Mouse’s book signed too (sans chocolate in the cover) and she remembered us from the summer. I was very excited. I’m such a dork.
And then it was Jenni’s turn.
EMERGENCY CHOCOLATE!!!!!!! It was perfect. She loved it and everyone laughed. All books signed and chocolate gifts given, we left the library incredibly giddy and full of knitterly good vibes.
Jenni and I returned to Albion, and Rachel went home with her family. It was a wonderfully fun day and totally worth the wait.