Little Purls of Wisdom

A lot of knittting, and maybe a little wisdom.

It’s official… I have too much yarn April 12, 2011

Filed under: Knitting — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 6:41 am

In an effort to reorganize my life and set myself up for success and not over stashing, I have decided to take an inventory of my yarn stash. BIG MISTAKE! Well, from the perspective that I have forgotten how much yarn I have, exactly what I have, and how much I REALLY don’t need any more yarn. On the other hand, I will finally be sure of what I have and that I really don’t need another skein of that Malabrigo sock yarn… So with the help of Ravelry, I will be master of my own little knitting world. This has also solidified the principal of not buying any more yarn. I’m pretty sure I have enough yarn that it would take me 5 years to knit through all of it. Seriously, too much yarn for a girl who wants to move to another country and have space in her room for a bed. I also have the help of my new camera to make the project a success!


Basket of sock yarn

I can finally show off my projects! It’s very exciting. It’s taking a little while to get used to, so some of my early pictures are rough but they’re better now. I took pictures of all of the yarn in the sock yarn bin (let’s not discuss how many Ā future pairs of socks I have) and as I look through them all I can tell that it was about half way before I really got the lighting and focus right.


Herring Bone Rib Socks in Abstract Fibers sock yarn

Needless to say, I’m in love.

Malabrigo sock yarn


Bees Eye View December 11, 2010

Filed under: Knitting,North Carolina — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 5:50 pm

I love reading the science articles from BBC News. There’s always something interesting. Today, there’s an article about Bees! Researchers have created a database of images showing how bees see flowers and other plants using the UV spectrum. There are a couple cool images in the article, but not many. I poked around the database website for a bit but I was not able to find any more images there, either. I did get a nice little surprise – one of the researchers is from Imperial College London, which was kitty corner from my flat!

In other news, I finished knitting the shawl with the Tilli Tomas lace. I love the finished product! I was able to block the shawl quickly, it dried in less than a day and hardly any dye came out when I soaked it (no change in color, so don’t worry about that!). I am still having camera trouble, but I will post pictures as soon as possible. Today the shawl goes to it’s new home, so I’ll have to say good bye. Fortunately it’s holiday knitting time and I have more projects than I can possibly finish in time! I am currently working on 3 pairs of socks, 3 cowls need finishing and blocking, and I still have some people to think about.

One of the pairs of socks is almost finished. I am using Urban Gypz merino sock yarn that I bought when I worked at Purls Yarn Emporium in Asheville, NC. Some time in the last 2.5 years I’ve lost the tag. Fortunately for me I stashed it in Ravelry! The color is Deep Water. It’s bright blue, purple, lime green, with dashes of evergreen. I’ve worked with this yarn before to make socks for my brother (Ravelry link) and loved it! The yarn has a tight twist, smooth handle, bright colors, and handles being machine washed well (I know this because of my brother’s socks – they are still very bright!). All around, I love this yarn. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes rich, bright colors and hand painted sock yarn! If you’re in the Asheville area, this is a great local yarn to pick up. I’m not sure if Purl’s still carries it, but you can always ask. I have had several people come into the yarn store where I work now and ask for locally dyed yarn, and sadly we don’t carry any. I always suggest they visit a fiber expo, but it would be wonderful to have a section devoted to local yarns. Purl’s does a great job of this – when I was visiting last month they had some great local sock yarn and that’s what I bought. It also makes a great gift for knitters back home šŸ˜‰


Happy knitting, and I WILL get this camera situation taken care of!


adventures of a southern belle… July 1, 2008

Filed under: Knitting,North Carolina,Work — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 7:31 pm

Not really. Me? A Southern belle? yeah, right. Though I happen to be living in the south, so I guess that’s close enough. Still, no excuse for why I seem to fall off the face of the earth. But I’m still around, I swear! I’m knitting and reading and working and all that fun stuff. Needless to say, it’s been busy.

I’m working at a yarn store one day a week and it’s wonderful. Though I don’t make much money (however, i do haveĀ  some fabulous new yarn ;). I get to hangout for 8 hours, knit and talk to people about knitting. Not too bad. Thanks to that job, I have some new projects, too.Ā  Here’s a list, but no pictures just yet. Sorry.

– The cropped cardigan with leaf ties from knitting out of Noro Silk Garden Lite. I’m making a button closure instead of the ties. I love it.

– A bulky cropped cardigan from Fitted Knits out of Malabrigo Gruesa in a pretty aqua color. I needed something instant gratification. Did I mention I finished half the project yesterday? Yeah, it’s pretty instant. Though I need to buy one more skein of the Gruesa, a skein of the worsted weight for the border and 3 big buttons. Fun and very silly.

– I’ve bought 2 skeins of UrbanGypz sock yarn in fun colors.

– I still have countless pairs of socks that I’m working on and shawls and other fun stuff. I’ll have pictures soon!

I’ve been working with my Wicked Step Mother on personal assistant stuff, so that’s fun. That’s job number two.

Tomorrow I start job number three at a cute little bakery/cafe in town. I’ll be working there a lot, so that’s fun. Apparently their hiring me to work full time. Insane, isn’t it? Yay busy summer!

I really have to start looking into scholarships and things for study abroad. I want to go to Italy for a month or two next summer, so we’ll see how that pans out. I’ve got to start researching for my thesis. I need to write my proposal by September, so wish me luck! For now, I’m back to the super busy summer schedule!


California love May 24, 2008

Filed under: Knitting — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 2:32 pm

I got back from Cali on Tuesday night after a week of sun, dogs, sea lions, wine and fun. Needless to say, I loved it. I flew into San Francisco last Tuesday and stayed with my aunt about an hour out side of the city. We went to Sonoma, did water aerobics (with lots of old lades, but it was fun!), saw movies, played with her dogs, went to Berkley and the city, and spent a day going to Monterey, Carmel and 17 mile drive. Google it. It’s beautiful.

While in Berkley we went to Stash. A cute little yarn store with lots of beautiful sock yarns, even some dyed only for them! Of course I bought some.

The colorway is Orange Spice. It’s adorable. Dyed just for the store. Apparently they have more colors, but this was the last skein, hiding in the back corner behind lots of other sock yarn. This yarn was the whole reason for going to Stash, so it was meant to be.

These are Shi Bui knits sock yarn, and I love them! This picture isn’t true to the color at all. In person it’s a much richer color of teal, and beautiful. I can’t wait to make these socks. I don’t know what pattern I’m going to use yet, but I’ll figure it out.

I’ve got a ton of projects going on how. Mainly birthday socks, but there’s also a mystery brown thing that I’ll post pictures of later. Good times, really. Time for me to get back to knitting the far too many things I need to finish ASAP. Have a good Memorial Day weekend and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!!!!


i’ve been knitting!!! May 5, 2008

Filed under: Knitting,school — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 8:51 pm

so, i’m almost done with finals. Luckily they haven’t been that bad this year. I move out on wednesday, and so the last summer before college is over begins. EEK! In other news, I have pictures of a lot of knitting. I’ve finished some things, some are presents and some are just for fun. I don’t feel like taking the time to explain what they are, so here they all are in random order. Enjoy!


design your own sock, you say? April 20, 2008

Filed under: Knitting — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 3:58 am

Brit Knits went to the yarn store of our founder today for a “class”. Really, we hang out and get yarn, and try a new technique. Today we all learned how to do a magic cast on and knit socks with the magic loop technique. We also designed our own toe up socks. Needless to say, I’m in love!

isn’t it pretty? I can’t wait to get to the heel and the leg. I like magic loop, too. It makes knitting in a pattern a lot easier. Though for plain socks I’ll stick to my trusty double points (that, and I have more of them. hehe).

As for other knitting news, I have a bunch of socks and such to take pictures of at some point. They’re all in progress, but I’m back to that point of having about 5 pairs of socks that are half done. Goods times. I’ll post pictures once I take them. For now, I’m off to knit my pretty new socks.

And another picture for good luck…


Yarn! March 10, 2008

Filed under: friends,Knitting,school — littlepurlsofwisdom @ 5:29 am

So, I was supposed to post these a while ago, but then midterms happened. Here’s an update on my knitting though.

I dyed some yarn a weekend or two ago. Here’s what I made:


That’s all the yarn I dyed. Libby and Jenni were there, too. Jenni didn’t stay long, but man did we have a good time. Here’s a run down of my yarn:

Two skeins of red lace weight:

I over dyed the skein of merino/silk lace weight that I used last year:

Self striping sock yarn (short stripes):

And, the whole point of the day:
Self striping Albion sock yarn. yay! Libby made 2 skeins, one for her and one for the one and only Yarn Harlot. Good times.

Last time we had a lot of pictures. This time I only have 4.

We didn’t have gloves, so our hands turned funny colors:


Jenni was shocked.

Libby re-wound the skeins to prepare for self striping yarn:


Look at her go…


We even got the guy working at the Nature Center to dye yarn with us.


He made his mom a Mother’s Day present. It was very sweet. Converting the muggles, one non-knitter at a time…

I’ve been knitting stuff, too.
I finished the Noro socks.



I’m in love.

I started another pair of socks for class/movie knitting. They’re pretty cute, but aren’t very far along. I have lots of other stuff to work on over spring break, and not just knitting. Gotta love homework. The good news is that
MOUSE COMES HOME TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!