Monday, May 21, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
The next shop on our quest was the Knittery in Renton. This shop has been around for over 40 years. Their pattern was for cabled fingerless gloves, with novelty yarn at the cuff. I did take the pattern, couldn't figure out what the yarn was that they used, but I didn't feel I needed this. Working in a yarn shop, I have to say no sometimes! I did pick up a ball of Trekking in color 101 however....
Next stop - The Yarn Stash in Burien. Cute shop and fairly good stash of sock yarn. I bought some Tofutsies there, color #2173. I've been wanting to try this yarn out - wool, soy cotton and chitin (crab and shrimp shells) blend. It looks pretty splitty, but we'll see. The free pattern here was for what they called a rice roll - basically a tube lined with muslin and then you can fill it with rice. The cool thing (okay, I fell for it) was that it uses the scented meditation yarn from skacel. I chose lavender. If I decide I don't like it, I know my mom would enjoy the novelty of it for her birthday!
Fourth stop on the tour was to head over to West Seattle and visit Seattle Yarn Gallery. The pattern there was for a small entrelac bag using Noro Tidiori. Oh of course I caved on this one too! I bought colorway #5. I haven't done entrelac anyway, and I wanted something small so, what the heck.
By this time it was after 12, so we thought we'd hurry on to the ferry to Bainbridge Island and Churchmouse. Our original plan was lunch, Churchmouse and then Mora ice cream. We quickly realized that since we couldn't drive on water, we'd never make that ferry, so we stopped at Alki Baking Company for some lunch to go and then off to the ferry lines.
Off we went on the ferry for our Bainbridge adventure. Churchmouse Yarn and Tea is just such a cute, fun shop. Of course, they carry STR which is awesomely stupendous (not like I'm in this year's sock club or anything). I did buy one skein of STR lightweight in Farmhouse for me, and picked up a skein of Puck's Mischief for Brad at work. Their one-skein pattern was for a tea cozy, using STR in heavyweight. I decided I really don't need a tea cozy so passed on that one. I did pick up a skein of Louet Euroflax in light green for I think a washcloth and 3 skeins of the light purple to make a summer shell. It was nice talking to Kit and John (the owners) too - they are so nice, and remembered who I was from our shop. Kit had on the cutest sweater - Now I'm on a quest to find the rowan design book 2 so I can make it.
Ice cream break at Mora's afterwards - I tried two flavors - Cinnamon and Blackberry. Yummy!!
So Much Yarn was next - by that time we were fading fast. Lauren has a really cute shop, and it was nice to see her again. She has a shop dog who was busy snoozing behind the counter. Shop pattern(s) were a seed stitch wrap and/or a baby sweater.
Village Yarn and Tea (where I work!)was our last stop - We thought we'd stop in for some tea and Naomi was going to pick up a skein of Suri Blue while she could still get some. There were only four skeins left - I'm guessing people liked it! There was a person there who is blogging about knitting for the Seattle PI - she took a picture of me with my wrap (I called it the touring wrap, because of the LYS tour). Here's a link to her post.
So we all had fun. I decided that I wasn't going to visit more shops today though. I wanted to go to weaving works for a few things, but I think I'll go later this week. I am working 10-6 tomorrow for the tour, so I felt I really needed to get some things done around the house - one of them being to somehow get my stash in order. So off to finish that - hopefully I'll be done with that tonight.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I wrote the pattern for what our shop is doing, and the yarn.... you won't believe the coolness of the yarn. I can't talk about it until Friday, but the pattern was written for the yarn, not the other way around. No one else has this yarn, so it's kind of fun being part of it.
So here's my plan. I'm going to buy one of these exclusive skeins that everyone will want (!) and offer it as a contest. As I've mentioned before, I'm training for the 3-day walk that takes place in Seattle Sept. 7-9. I need to raise $2200 to participate, so to kick that off, everyone that donates to my 3-day account up until Friday June 1st will be included in this drawing. Here is a link on how to get to the donation page: 3-day . Click on donate today, then Seattle, then search on Ellen Gowey. That's me! If you decided to donate, and donations are tax deductible, leave a comment so I know who is in the drawing. Go ahead and spread the word! It's a great cause.
Okay - time for yoga and weights, then work. Have an awesome day!
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backward
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
I guess that's quite a bit. Try it for yourself - is there anything that you think is just beyond what you'd do? I personally think the dog/cat hair thing is gross, and I do have a cat. Hair accessories? Somethings are better left for the drugstore. Just my opinion though.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Here's a quick update -
- I finished a victorian shoulderette with handspun and beads. Picture soon.
- Patrick got into Washington State University. Wahoo! Yes, he will be attending. I will have a Cougar and a Husky.
- Superbusy with yard, and trying to get organized. (Never ending battle?)
- Still walking. Went to the podiatrist about my ankle last week. Turns out I have anterior tibial insertion tendinitis. Got excellent running shoes (Brooks) need to heat my ankle before walking and then ice after. But I do have the okay for the 3-day walk.
- I have signed up for the 3-day walk. More on this later. But, I do have an account if you would like to sponsor me. Go to 3-day. click donate, select Seattle as the site. When it asks for name, enter Ellen Gowey. Thank you so, so much.
- Busy with end of year PTA, graduation too.
Time to go - I so hope to write more soon!