Sunday, September 23, 2007

Beware the Clap

I spent the weekend in Arkansas visiting my family. I got a couple of inches knitted on my Jaywalker sock. My mom saw me knitting and now she wants socks for Christmas. I knit her a pair last Christmas and so now it looks like she's getting another pair this Christmas. I had my first sock from Sensational Knitted Socks with me and she tried it on and it fit, I just need to start the toe. If I can finish it up I can probably knock out the other one by Christmas. This is the first time procrastination will pay off for me. I never finished the sock for myself so now I can finish them for her.

Last week I signed up for the Second Wave Clapotis KAL. I've been wanting to make Clapotis for a while now so I thought this would be a good chance. I cast on with koigu and size 5 needles. So far I've done the first increase repeat. I had a little trouble with the pfb but I think I finally have it down. I'm going to make a scarf size Clap since I only have two skeins of the koigu in this colorway.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Coolest Canadian I Know

Yesterday I made the three hour trek to see Wichita to see my new girl crush, the Yarn Harlot. By girl crush I mean the girl that you just know that if you lived in the same place you would be best friends and call each other just to say "Did you see the new STR colorway? Let's go get some right now!"

I had a great time and if you haven't seen it, got a bad picture of me posted on the Yarn Harlot's blog. I feel so special!!! (I'm right below Ingrid, the kniting soldier.)

So what does a whole lot of knitters in Wichita KS look like?

I met some nice women. Most people I met had trekked there like me from MO, OK, or other parts of KS.

When I got into town I stopped at the new LYS, Twist. It was a cool store. I bought my first skein of Tofutsies and this cool t-shirt.

Then I made my way over to Wichita East HS for the Yarn Harlot. I was early so I got in very close to the front of the line and had 2nd row seating. Great views of Stephanie.

She was hilarious!! Funnier than I even imagined and I've read all of her books. She even showed us how she knits and man does she knit fast.

There were, of course, the requisite sock pics. I cast on for my first pair of Jaywalkers in Trekking XXL and knitted almost an inch on them. (I had a hard time knitting because I was focusing on everything Stephanie said. Told ya, total girl crush!)

I got her to sign all 3 of my books and gave her the MO dishcloth I made for her. See the pretty picture! We had to explain to the Canadian a bit about where MO was in regards to KS. It's hard to imagine someone doesn't know where all of the states are (I'm a geographer by trade) but then again I don't know if I could name all of the Canadian provinces right now. (Actually I just tried and came up three short off of the top of my head. Now try naming the 50 states, tough huh? I can do it if I can write them down.)

I also knitted a hat that I got a really bad pic of at the hats table. It's the green and orange London Beanie third from the right. (I'm sure we ended up with more than this but I was at the front of the line.)

Overall I had an awesome time and would definately drive the distance again to hear Stephanie speak. If you get a chance, go see her. She's the coolest Canadian I know.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Yarn Harlot in Da House!

I just got home from seeing the Yarn Harlot! More details and pics tomorrow.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Happy Camper

I spent part of my long weekend catching up on podcasts and getting back into knitting. I finished another Missouri dishcloth and worked on a sock that has been on the needles forever. I also listened to the more recent episodes of Cast-On and got my knitting badges.

Woe is me that I never got to be a brownie or a girl scout or go to camp as a child. Those are things that I feel I really did miss out on. Girl bonding type things. When I was around the age for those activities I was being skirted to the country by a single mom working the graveyard shift to make ends meet so those types of things didn't fit into our lives. I don't have any real true female friends that I feel I can call when I need a shoulder to cry on and sometimes I wonder if that is why.
Anyway, I am now happy to have my Cast-On badges and to be a member of a happy scouting group. Check out Brenda's podcast and website and you can join too.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Ravelry updating

I've been spending a lot of time on Ravelry the last few weeks. It's really hard not to. There is so much there. This morning I got up and photographed my WHOLE stash. A little crazy. I ended up with 72 for each different type/colorway of yarn. Now I am trying to slowly catalog it on Ravelry. I did manage to get all of my needles cataloged this morning. Check me out when you get a chance, WhatRowAmIOn