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Should I or shouldn't I?

So, I got this one sweater in to re-tailor...Men's, purple silky wool. It was knitted a wee bit too open and, per silk, has grown. I can wear it as is but it's a little oversized. The reason I mention this is that when I told the knitter, who made it for his walking partner ($120 yarn cost paid by walker pal) how much the retailoring would run...6-8 hours (If I reknit the button band, which he wanted me to do) would be $150-200.00. He didn't understand what was involved. I just looked at him and asked how long it too him to knit it, how long it took just to knit the buttonband.


I am visiting my friend Jim in Walpole, NH, and it is snowy weather. His knee is hurting him (acl surgery scheduled for a fortnight from now) so we can't go for hikes in the woods...So, of course, I taught him how to knit, and he's taken to it like a pro: Got the basics in less than an hour, and thus far today he has knit 3 inches on a simple garter scarf (brown sheep worsted: 34 st on size 9's....could have done size 10' fault, scarf could have more drape) but it's all good and he's buzzing right along for such a curmudgeonly old woodchuck...

I whipped out a hat in Adirondec (sp?) organic cotton (not terrible to knit with for a cotton,) but as I was making it up as I went along, it is a little on the largish side. I will probably pull the whole thing out and start again: It took about 2 hours to do. No big deal... All is good: I return to Portland on Monday.... I miss my kids (horses) and the gardens, but it is nice to visit with my friend.


John Wayne

Just got back from Orange County, CA; where PGMC (in which I sing) was performing with Men Alive or OC. Of course when I fly, I have knitting, although the flights wer at such times that I was more prone to snoozing than stitching. Anyhoo....those who have been there know that there is a huge bronze statue of "cowboy" John Wayne in the entry foyer. I sat at the base of that statue and knit. A local passerby took a photo of me doing it, and hopefully she will keep her promise and e-mail it to me. Just thought I would share.

PS: Laguna Beach, where I stayed, was GORGEOUS. AND I met this really nice guy who was also a knitter (professionally) in LA. Pretty damn cool.

george george george

Watched "Goodnight and goodluck" last night for the first time (DVD). Set new knitting speed record as I knit two heavy-worsted hats 4.5st/in during the movie and the director commentary. (That film feels very short to me, anyone else think so?). I blame George Clooney for the speed of my knitting. Amazingly, no dropped stitches or errors.

I can't stop

A friend who is in "Recovery" recently went through some AA stuff with me replacing yarn for alcohol. I am here to testify, with all due respect to those in recovery, that I am a knitaholic:

Answer YES or NO to the following questions.

1 - Have you ever decided to stop knitting for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days? (~Yep)

2 - Do you wish people would mind their own business about your Knitting stop telling you what to do? (~Yep....just ask FuzzyJay: I snapped at him in chorus practice for interrupting my knitting.)

3 - Have you ever switched from one kind of yarn to another in the hope that this would keep you from knitting so much? (~ I thought knitting in cotton or acrylic would slow me down. It did, but not enough, not enough.)

4 - Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year? (I have a hat-in-progress on my beside table)

5 -Do you need to knit to get started, or to stay awake, pay attention? This is a pretty sure sign that you are not knitting "socially." (I knit in chorus rehearsal, church, traffic jams)

6 - Do you envy people who can knit without getting into trouble? (I got in trouble for knitting while singing in chorus rehearsal).


Well, Possums. I received a birthday gift from the man I'm courting...He lives across the country in western New Hampshire. He sent me YARN(!) from the woolen farm/mill just down the hill from him (!!!!!!). {PLEASE ignore the little robot in the background, frantically waving it's arms, exclaiming....DANGER WIL ROBINSON! DANGER!] It's not fancy, but excellent quality: The type of wool that you'd use to make a aran sweater that will last generations. Hmm. A stash enabler....this one has definately potential....

always keep track

Hookay, so here it is, the last day of February, and to the best of my count, I have knit only 25 hats and one man's (large) scarf. Even worse, I look at my list of people I wanted to make hats for, and I still have 5 left. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!? I NEED A LONGER MONTH, OR A LEAP YEAR. It's like money...The more you have, the more you spend. Hat's are like money....The more you make, the more people you want to have them...OH WELL.

Has anyone spoken to Kyle? His father passed and we need to send our regards.

PS: Bob loves a sale: I bought $200 worth of Rowan Aran Tweed, Brown Sheep Nature spectrum, and Rowan merino bulky for $73. (and you know I SO needed more yarn.....)

yarn, the new crack

Last night I was at a local knit night at another LYS. I used to avoid this one as pretentious and stuffy, too precious and expensive, and then in a stroke of marketing genious, this upber-white, waspy store hired the only black woman working in a PDX LYS. Thank DOG for Terrisa (that is the correct's a Quaker spelling, I am told). Now the store rings with laughter and humour, and a bit more champagne during the knit nights. HOWEVER....damn yarn sale. After last weekend's unexpected yarn adventure, I promised myself that I would buy NO MORE. That vow lasted a whopping 5 days: Tahki Donegal tweed at 30% off. How could I possibly resist? I was good boy, though....I only bought $40 worth. (IT'S A MIRACLE!) 2/16/07....15 hats knit thus far... I wish I had thought to photograph them all before I sent them away. Love to you all from misty Portland.


I admit to being powerless to resist yarn. I just bopped into my LYS to pick up a skein of something soft in bulkyweight and natural grey brown to repair a Canadian First Nation's sweater (some coastal tribe, I've forgotten the name) and to my HORROR: Yarn sale! She isn't going to carry some of my favorite mohair anymore: Plymouth Outback Mohair....fabulous, and CHEAP AND NOW.....40% OFF! I almost got into a grabbing match with some cow who DARED STAND BETWEEN ME AND A YARN! I bought enough for 2 sweaters for $45. I also bought some interesting textured yarn that I had used in the hat and scarf set for my sister in law. I got off easy: under $100. It is official. I have no self control. Last night I finished a scarf, and prepared yardage for Mom's "Kaffe Fassett Small squares sweater"... should I send her something to tide her and Dad over in the meantime? They didn't yet get a Christmas present....I feel guilty. Bad son, bad son...