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Yarn and Tarts. Oh!

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Oooooh! Received in trade from Tiffany: Rowan Plaid in Lavender Mist, Vintage Style, Art Fibers' Sheepish and Sage, some Addi Turbo circs and Crystal Palace circs, and Pop Tarts! The yarn, needles and books are heading for the stash. The Pop Tarts are going in my tummy. YUM.

The yarn: The Art Fibers are in gorgeous chocolatey tones with a hint of red/purple. Maybe a scarf? I have ten skeins of the Plaid, so my project options are wide.

The Vintage Style book: Aimee, Elise, Jolie, Magnolia, Joy and Salina are my favorites. If I were to knit one of these for myself, I think it would be Joy. (Love that collar!)

Yarn and Tarts. Oh!

october_11_2004_stash_plaid.jpg


Oooooh! Received in trade from Tiffany: Rowan Plaid in Lavender Mist, Vintage Style, Art Fibers' Sheepish and Sage, some Addi Turbo circs and Crystal Palace circs, and Pop Tarts! The yarn, needles and books are heading for the stash. The Pop Tarts are going in my tummy. YUM.

The yarn: The Art Fibers are in gorgeous chocolatey tones with a hint of red/purple. Maybe a scarf? I have ten skeins of the Plaid, so my project options are wide.

The Vintage Style book: Aimee, Elise, Jolie, Magnolia, Joy and Salina are my favorites. If I were to knit one of these for myself, I think it would be Joy. (Love that collar!)

Fabby new stash additions:

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Received from Sally as a gift: Aussie/New Zealand yarns! Oh my goodness. I've never seen anything like these yarns, ever. They are are amazingly soft and luxurious to the touch. Rare Earth boucle and 8 ply DK (both dye-free alpaca and superfine merino blends) and a hank of beautifully dyed yarn. These kinds of yarns are begging to be made into a scarf, so that it can be worn often and, as a result, petted all the time. [P.S. The postcard with the sheep reads, "I'm wearing what comes naturally". Hee hee!] Thank you, Sally!

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Hello! I'm a Calmer Glutton.

Received in trade from Heather: 10 skeins of Calmer in shade 461. They're picture above with the other skeins of Calmer I have in my stash, and looking at the photo makes me realize that I am turning into a big-time Calmer Glutton with no remorse. I've got about three sweaters' worth right here in my stash, and if you asked me if I'd get even more Calmer for the stash in spite of those greedy three sweaters' worth, I'd say "sssshhhhYEAH, bay-bee!"

Heather also sent some NASA toys for the Captain, and I think it's quite clear that Heather has got big time star status around here. One of the things she sent was a NASA t-shirt, and the Captain immediately pulled it on, arranged all his NASA toys on the table, sat down, and asked me to "take a photo for Heather". [Awwwww!] Thank you, Heather!

Fabby new stash additions:

october_15_2004_nzyarns.jpg

Received from Sally as a gift: Aussie/New Zealand yarns! Oh my goodness. I've never seen anything like these yarns, ever. They are are amazingly soft and luxurious to the touch. Rare Earth boucle and 8 ply DK (both dye-free alpaca and superfine merino blends) and a hank of beautifully dyed yarn. These kinds of yarns are begging to be made into a scarf, so that it can be worn often and, as a result, petted all the time. [P.S. The postcard with the sheep reads, "I'm wearing what comes naturally". Hee hee!] Thank you, Sally!

october_15_2004_calmer.jpg
Hello! I'm a Calmer Glutton.

Received in trade from Heather: 10 skeins of Calmer in shade 461. They're picture above with the other skeins of Calmer I have in my stash, and looking at the photo makes me realize that I am turning into a big-time Calmer Glutton with no remorse. I've got about three sweaters' worth right here in my stash, and if you asked me if I'd get even more Calmer for the stash in spite of those greedy three sweaters' worth, I'd say "sssshhhhYEAH, bay-bee!"

Heather also sent some NASA toys for the Captain, and I think it's quite clear that Heather has got big time star status around here. One of the things she sent was a NASA t-shirt, and the Captain immediately pulled it on, arranged all his NASA toys on the table, sat down, and asked me to "take a photo for Heather". [Awwwww!] Thank you, Heather!

Fluffy chocolate yarn. Oh!

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Pet me! Pet me!

Saturday morning was spent at my local Plassard boutique [ka-CHING!], and I made out like a bandit: 10 skeins of Plassard Flore in a beautiful light chocolate color. Kid mohair/wool blend. It looks like cotton candy, and is so soft and fluffy I could have sworn it purred at me when I picked it up. This bunch constitutes the last of the skeins in this fab color currently stocked at the store, so if you happen upon a Plassard boutique in Champagne de Mont d'Or and wonder where all the fluffy chocolate yarn is, a whack rabbit went in and took the last of it.

(Incidentally, I did buy more yarn but I'm not showing any of it because it's all gonna be presents. What? Doesn't everybody start their Christmas yarn shopping before Halloween?)

Fluffy chocolate yarn. Oh!

october_25_2004_flore.jpg
Pet me! Pet me!

Saturday morning was spent at my local Plassard boutique [ka-CHING!], and I made out like a bandit: 10 skeins of Plassard Flore in a beautiful light chocolate color. Kid mohair/wool blend. It looks like cotton candy, and is so soft and fluffy I could have sworn it purred at me when I picked it up. This bunch constitutes the last of the skeins in this fab color currently stocked at the store, so if you happen upon a Plassard boutique in Champagne de Mont d'Or and wonder where all the fluffy chocolate yarn is, a whack rabbit went in and took the last of it.

(Incidentally, I did buy more yarn but I'm not showing any of it because it's all gonna be presents. What? Doesn't everybody start their Christmas yarn shopping before Halloween?)

WOW!

"Fireballhead" (love that name) Kimberly sent over all these wonderful goodies in trade:

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It's Christmas in Lyon!


After she sent it, she realized that she didn't send the shade of Cashmerino Aran I had asked for. And even though I loved the shade that she did send and am going to keep it, she offered to send over the other one anyway (with the extra treat of Pop Tarts and popcorn!) because she is a Golden Goddess:


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Thank you, Kimberly!!!!!


I love both colors! I'm going to knit GLORIA from Noro Knits, but I'm still not sure which color I'll use because they're both pretty cool. Frankly, the red that Kimberly chose is the one that looks more like what's featured in the pattern book. So if I go with the red, Kimberly deserves full credit because she's the one who chose it.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be stuffing my face with Pop Tarts and popcorn while I pet all this fabulous yarn.

WOW!

"Fireballhead" (love that name) Kimberly sent over all these wonderful goodies in trade:

october_27_2004_stash_kimberly2.jpg
It's Christmas in Lyon!


After she sent it, she realized that she didn't send the shade of Cashmerino Aran I had asked for. And even though I loved the shade that she did send and am going to keep it, she offered to send over the other one anyway (with the extra treat of Pop Tarts and popcorn!) because she is a Golden Goddess:


october_27_2004_stash_kimberly.jpg
Thank you, Kimberly!!!!!


I love both colors! I'm going to knit GLORIA from Noro Knits, but I'm still not sure which color I'll use because they're both pretty cool. Frankly, the red that Kimberly chose is the one that looks more like what's featured in the pattern book. So if I go with the red, Kimberly deserves full credit because she's the one who chose it.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be stuffing my face with Pop Tarts and popcorn while I pet all this fabulous yarn.

On a scale of one to ten, I give this boo-boo a NINE.

I'm knitting the Pull Poncho neckband. Again.

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She likes me so nice, she knit me twice!
(Refer to Bonehead Moment #3 below)


I hereby present to you:

The Biggest Bonehead Moments in Skinny Rabbit Knitting History!

1) When I trimmed off a yarn end near the seam of one of the first sweaters I ever knit for my son and accidentally CUT the selvedge stitch instead. I screamed, "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" as I watched the lower half of the back piece of the sweater become undone. Did I mention that I had snipped a selvedge that was near the cast-on edge? Argh! Had to reknit the whole back piece.

2) When I failed to measure before binding off the armholes of a raglan sweater and ended up with a garment short enough to play the peek-a-boo belly button game. NOTE: Blocking a sweater knit in cotton in an attempt to get more length out of it does not always work. And I know this, because I blocked the dickens out of that sweater in an attempt to get it to "grow", and it "grew" for about an hour, and then shrunk back to its original length.

3) When I completed both the back and front pieces of my Pull Poncho, joined the right shoulder seam, meticulously picked up stitches for the neckband, worked 26 [!] freaking centimeters of the neckband, bound off such neckband, joined the left shoulder seam, and then managed to incorrectly weave in a yarn end at the shoulder seam so that the knitting became undone. In other words, I unwittingly wove the yarn end OUT of the open loop through which it had been pulled when I cast off, and then watched helplessly as my entire 3 needle bind-off unravelled at what seemed to be the speed of light taking with it, for good measure, about 4 rows at the neckline area. Pulling out a crochet hook to try to repair the mess would have been laughable. We're talking gigantic crater-like hole at the left shoulder, and there's no way to fix that other than rip out the entire neckband and reknit the lost rows. And all because I wasn't paying attention when I was weaving in the ends! Send a dunce cap, pronto. [Moral of the story: Don't be in a frenzied rush to weave in ends, even if you're all excited because you finished a neckband.]

Bonehead Moment #3 occurred yesterday, so some distraction is in order while I try to recover from my finishing fiasco. Like, some stash enrichment!


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Oooooooh!


12 skeins of Flamme purchased at Anny Blatt/Bouton d'Or a few days ago. I don't know what I'll knit using it but the price was so nice and the yarn is so soft I just couldn't resist. Maybe a turtleneck sweater with some shaping (to avoid that Michelin Man look)?

And in the "me so spoiled" category, I got some goodies in the mail that are too cool to not share here:

From my pal Maud: A copy of the latest Novita magazine and some Finnish candy! I really have fun looking at what other people are knitting and my Finnish neighbors are knitting some great things, like Chanel-inspired jackets and felted holiday decorations.

From my pal Wendy: A hank of Noro Transitions [limited edition!] in shade 1, two hanks of Alchemy Reservoir in "A Breath of Fire", and a gorgeous silk needle case by Lantern Moon! WOW. The Noro Transitions and Alchemy are even more beautiful than what I've seen in photos online, and the needle case is very swanky and has lots of room inside for my knitting tools and needles. Neat!

(Nothing like some spiffy stash additions to recover from the knitting boo-boos, eh?)

On a scale of one to ten, I give this boo-boo a NINE.

I'm knitting the Pull Poncho neckband. Again.

fall2004_ponchopull_neck.jpg
She likes me so nice, she knit me twice!
(Refer to Bonehead Moment #3 below)


I hereby present to you:

The Biggest Bonehead Moments in Skinny Rabbit Knitting History!

1) When I trimmed off a yarn end near the seam of one of the first sweaters I ever knit for my son and accidentally CUT the selvedge stitch instead. I screamed, "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" as I watched the lower half of the back piece of the sweater become undone. Did I mention that I had snipped a selvedge that was near the cast-on edge? Argh! Had to reknit the whole back piece.

2) When I failed to measure before binding off the armholes of a raglan sweater and ended up with a garment short enough to play the peek-a-boo belly button game. NOTE: Blocking a sweater knit in cotton in an attempt to get more length out of it does not always work. And I know this, because I blocked the dickens out of that sweater in an attempt to get it to "grow", and it "grew" for about an hour, and then shrunk back to its original length.

3) When I completed both the back and front pieces of my Pull Poncho, joined the right shoulder seam, meticulously picked up stitches for the neckband, worked 26 [!] freaking centimeters of the neckband, bound off such neckband, joined the left shoulder seam, and then managed to incorrectly weave in a yarn end at the shoulder seam so that the knitting became undone. In other words, I unwittingly wove the yarn end OUT of the open loop through which it had been pulled when I cast off, and then watched helplessly as my entire 3 needle bind-off unravelled at what seemed to be the speed of light taking with it, for good measure, about 4 rows at the neckline area. Pulling out a crochet hook to try to repair the mess would have been laughable. We're talking gigantic crater-like hole at the left shoulder, and there's no way to fix that other than rip out the entire neckband and reknit the lost rows. And all because I wasn't paying attention when I was weaving in the ends! Send a dunce cap, pronto. [Moral of the story: Don't be in a frenzied rush to weave in ends, even if you're all excited because you finished a neckband.]

Bonehead Moment #3 occurred yesterday, so some distraction is in order while I try to recover from my finishing fiasco. Like, some stash enrichment!


november_09_2004_stash_flamme.jpg
Oooooooh!


12 skeins of Flamme purchased at Anny Blatt/Bouton d'Or a few days ago. I don't know what I'll knit using it but the price was so nice and the yarn is so soft I just couldn't resist. Maybe a turtleneck sweater with some shaping (to avoid that Michelin Man look)?

And in the "me so spoiled" category, I got some goodies in the mail that are too cool to not share here:

From my pal Maud: A copy of the latest Novita magazine and some Finnish candy! I really have fun looking at what other people are knitting and my Finnish neighbors are knitting some great things, like Chanel-inspired jackets and felted holiday decorations.

From my pal Wendy: A hank of Noro Transitions [limited edition!] in shade 1, two hanks of Alchemy Reservoir in "A Breath of Fire", and a gorgeous silk needle case by Lantern Moon! WOW. The Noro Transitions and Alchemy are even more beautiful than what I've seen in photos online, and the needle case is very swanky and has lots of room inside for my knitting tools and needles. Neat!

(Nothing like some spiffy stash additions to recover from the knitting boo-boos, eh?)

Hello. Me so spoiled.

The day before my birthday I went into the yarn store and bought THIS:


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It's so craaaaaaaaazy!


Phil Peluche in chartreuse. Neat color, eh? I ordinarily wouldn't buy a color like this or knit something in a color like this for myself, but for the past 10 years I've always worn black during winter. And black. And more black. Oh, and lots of black. Did I say black? Well, all in black. In an effort to try to liven up the winter wardrobe a bit (although I refuse to let go of my black coats and black boots no matter WHAT) I spontaneously grabbed this furry green yarn and said, "ring it up!" I feel so wannabe punk.

And look at what Jackie sent me as a gift:


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Oooooh!


Some beautiful Morehouse Merino so I can make a "Clapper"! [Okay, it's really called "Clapotis". But once Silvia called it the Clapper I can't call it anything else. Clap on!] Isn't this yarn a looker??? Big bonus: I got this fab yarn on the morning of my birthday! Talk about perfect timing with a perfect gift. And that is why Jackie is a golden goddess.

But that's not all! I've also gotten some other neat stuff: Carolyn gifted me with the Interweave Knits Winter 2004/2005 (she always keeps me posted on what everyone's knitting over there...thanks so much, Carolyn!) and Lisa sent me some Hello Kitty stitch markers when I admired the ones that she had. And this morning I just received Stitch'n Bitch Nation as a gift from Janet! (It looks like a great book; the designs that most caught my attention were the crocodile mittens, the bunny hat [!], the "rag" sweater and the sweater with the velvet bow.)

Thanks, ladies! :-)

Hello. Me so spoiled.

The day before my birthday I went into the yarn store and bought THIS:


november_25_2004_stash_peluche.jpg
It's so craaaaaaaaazy!


Phil Peluche in chartreuse. Neat color, eh? I ordinarily wouldn't buy a color like this or knit something in a color like this for myself, but for the past 10 years I've always worn black during winter. And black. And more black. Oh, and lots of black. Did I say black? Well, all in black. In an effort to try to liven up the winter wardrobe a bit (although I refuse to let go of my black coats and black boots no matter WHAT) I spontaneously grabbed this furry green yarn and said, "ring it up!" I feel so wannabe punk.

And look at what Jackie sent me as a gift:


november_25_2004_jackie.jpg
Oooooh!


Some beautiful Morehouse Merino so I can make a "Clapper"! [Okay, it's really called "Clapotis". But once Silvia called it the Clapper I can't call it anything else. Clap on!] Isn't this yarn a looker??? Big bonus: I got this fab yarn on the morning of my birthday! Talk about perfect timing with a perfect gift. And that is why Jackie is a golden goddess.

But that's not all! I've also gotten some other neat stuff: Carolyn gifted me with the Interweave Knits Winter 2004/2005 (she always keeps me posted on what everyone's knitting over there...thanks so much, Carolyn!) and Lisa sent me some Hello Kitty stitch markers when I admired the ones that she had. And this morning I just received Stitch'n Bitch Nation as a gift from Janet! (It looks like a great book; the designs that most caught my attention were the crocodile mittens, the bunny hat [!], the "rag" sweater and the sweater with the velvet bow.)

Thanks, ladies! :-)