Mmmmalabrigo!

On my way to my grandmother's yesterday, I stopped off at Shirley's Yarn & Gifts (Rte. 1 in Hancock, Maine, if you ever find yourself in the neighborhood) to see what they had on hand. They've got some really nice yarns and the staff are all very friendly, so I always enjoy visiting there. Anyway, just before I could ask, one of the staff pointed out to me that they had just gotten in some Malabrigo yarn, which I've been dreaming about for a while now and really obsessing on recently. If you haven't seen/touched it before, it's a wonderfully soft merino singles yarn, all handpainted. It's kind of like a yarn version of heroin - one touch and you're addicted. It's the kind of yarn that makes you want to strip down and jump naked into a giant vat of it...really! It's...well, you get the picture.

Knitting Groups-Suggestions, Opinions, Experiences, etc.

Location, location, location...one of our knitting groups folded after a few month, the other is still going strong.  I think there were several factors involved, but location was the biggest.

One was held in a well-lit cafe (there are extra lights that get turned on when the knitters are there) with two comfy couches and plenty of room to pull up additional chairs (different kinds of seating is a plus).  The cafe has a good menu with lots of choices (food and beverages, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine, beer, etc).  Music, but not so loud that it makes conversation difficult.

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Lavender Baby Blanket

Baby blanket I made for my sister and her partner for the little bundle of joy they are expecting next month. I used Mission Falls 1824 superwash and size 8 needles. The pattern is called "Tilting Ladder Pattern" and I found it in Barbara Walker's "Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns." Don't you love Barbara's books? I have worn out my copy of "Treasury of Knitting Patterns." The pages are coming out and the binding is broken but it's still the first place I go when looking for something new to do.

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The Nonchalance of Knitting

Years ago when I was first learning to knit, I had a couple of friends who knew how and I was discussing my progress with them.  Over the course of the conversation, one of them happened to say, "Oh yes, and knitting is great because you can do so many other things while you're knitting."  To myself, I thought, "Uh, OK. Whatever you say."  But, I had to resist my desperate urge to wholeheartedly disagree.  Surely I listen to music or the radio or I listen to what's on TV with only the occasionaly quick glance up, but to what the hell else could she have possibly been referring? Reading? Sex? At this point, I guess I'll never know.

Doily

this I made in the summer time for another friend of mine - for her Birthday - she was very happy for it. I found it on the net  at http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/doilies/doily.htm

large work but nice when done 

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