Friday, May 25, 2007

Wound Up

It's Friday night, the girls are asleep, and Greg just called from school to stay he's stopping off for a late dinner. I think I'll get out the swift and winder and ball up the alpaca for my snowdrop shawl. The trick is to set up the swift so that my back is to the sink full of dinner dishes.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Greg's Graduation

Greg's Graduation
Originally uploaded by ShelbyD.
This weekend my husband had his graduation ceremony to recognize the last two years of working toward his Master's in Biotechnology. Congratulations, honey!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day Dyeing

Part of my lovely Mother's Day was trying my hand at dying yarn for the first time. It was so fun, and so easy that anyone could do it. Ellie enjoyed helping me gather up all the materials and get set up in the enclosed side yard, where the kids and dog couldn't bother the process. That space also let her look through the gate to watch me do the dying, but still be far enough away that there was no danger of her getting into anything.

I did two skeins of Knit Picks Bare sock yarn, and will have pictures to post soon. Ellie named both of them - one is "Blues" and one is "Fire."

It was a blast, truly. Messy but amazingly fun, and I kept going out to the garage to watch them dry.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Yarn crawl photos

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
During our vacation, we spent one morning on a bit of a yarn crawl through San Diego. We stopped at three stores: Needleworks, Bonita Knitting, and Knitting in La Jolla. I was looking for some sock yarn, some Noro Silk Garden, a shawl pin, something for a clapotis, some new stitch markers, and some Rowan Denim. I found almost everything I wanted, and more!

I took these photos in the hotel room later that day, and Ellie insisted on being in every shot. Here she is with two skeins of Manos wool from Knitting in La Jolla, an awesome yarn shop that was our last stop.


Originally uploaded by gldyas.
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Tuscany colorway. I bought this at Knitting in La Jolla to make myself another clapotis. It is beyond gorgeous - I've never splurged on Lorna's Laces before.

Jungle Twist

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
Two skeins of Lorna's Laces in the Jungle Twist colorway. At least one of these skeins will be socks for Ellie. I bought these at Knitting in La Jolla.

Shawl Pin

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
From Bonita Knitting. I thought the shape was lovely.

#17 Denise Tips

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
Our first stop on the yarn crawl was a little shop called Needleworks. They had both embroidery and yarn supplies, but it seemed that their embroidery section was better. I did pick up these size 17 needles for my Denise set.

Bonita Knitting

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
This was the second stop on our little yarn crawl of San Diego, and the only store I took a photo of. It was a nicely supplied little shop with a friendly owner. I recommend it!

Alpaca with a Twist

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
I plan to make Harlot's Snowdrop Shawl with one of these laceweight skeins. These are from Bonita Knitting.

Noro Silk Garden

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
I bought these three skeins at Bonita Knitting. Not pictured in the Bonita haul is the book "Knitting Nell" that I bought for Ellie.

Ridged Feather Sock

Originally uploaded by gldyas.
Enjoying the marina view from our hotel room in San Diego in late April, after our yarn crawl.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Rapid Update

I can't believe a whole month has gone by; here is the briefest of updates while I wait for some data to load:

Rainbow socks are finished.
The first of a ridged feather sock for me is finished.
I bought lots of dyeable yarn from KnitPicks and can't wait to try it out.
I am working on a skirt of my own design for Ellie - it is pink and purple (my current Project Spectrum project)
I didn't like the way the triangle shaw was coming so I tore it out.
Our trip to San Diego included a half-day yarn crawl which I will detail later, but it included my first Lorna's Laces purchases.

Data done, need to run!