Sunday, October 11, 2009


knittin' on a prayer

I never thought I'd say this, but apologies to Bon Jovi for that blog post title!

Yesterday my prayer shawl group reconvened after summer hiatus. We meet the first Saturday of every month (Oct.-June) at the local Unitarian Universalist church; I am one of the co-founders of the group. We started with two to three regulars; by yesterday's count there were nine knitters in attendance. Since our inception in 2006, we have given 42 shawls! Most of them are made of machine washable acrylic; I prefer to knit with wools. Some church shawl knitting groups restrict materials to Lion Homespun only. As a co-founder, I was the one to say that if our group did that, it would limit creativity because of my interest in natural fibers. I'm glad that was OK with the other members, because we have since attracted more wool aficionados. We have cards that we attach to finished shawls that have a Buddhist meditation on one side, and information on the other that includes care instructions.

After our meeting I was totally inspired to begin a new shawl, since the last one I made was back in April. I dug through my stash and found odd balls that make a nice autumn palette when put together, so I cast on for a Simple Yet Effective shawl last night.

I also have socks in progress for Mr. Stitchjones. He likes solid colors, so this is another plain vanilla seed rib sock, in Cascade Heritage sock yarn. My first time working with this yarn; I rather like it.

Here's a random photo; it's not mine, but I meant to mention it during my vacation recap blog post. On the way home we drove through Aberdeen, Wash., which is the home town of the late Kurt Cobain. This is what you see when driving into Aberdeen.

(Chick is optional, I would imagine.)

Sonic Boom

Nobody who follows my blog cares about this, but KISS just released merchandise their fans have been awaiting for 20 years...a new album! And I haven't heard it yet. Why? Because you can get it only at Wal-Mart. There are 3 Wally Marts around, but each of them is a minimum of 30 miles away, and I haven't had opportunity to make the trek yet. I will in the next week or two, though.

As if that weren't enough to get excited about, we have a brand new yarn shop in Portland, and another one in Beaverton opening in the next few weeks! We PDX stick wielders are the luckiest, most spoiled bee-yotches in the U.S. of A, I must say.

Coming up: Loppem is done! It is now being pampered silly in a washer full of lukewarm water and Soak. I am now off to run errands and such; will be back in a few days with pictures.

Is you prayer shawl group open to anyone?
The socks are lovely. I really enjoy the Heritage yarn also.
Thanks, Susie!

Tammy--yes, absolutely, everyone is welcome. We would love to have you join us!

Next meeting is Nov. 7th at the home of one of our members. We usually meet at the parish house, but Pat invited us so we could see her new place. Let me know if you'd like to come along!
THere's actually a THIRD new shop opening sometime next month, too. It'll be over in Milwaukie on Main Street and it's called Make One. Melissa (formerly of All About Yarn and then Abundant Yarn) is opening it.

I'm betting all three new shops will bring more variety and creativity to Portland's knitting community. We are SO spoiled here!
Amazing to have three NEW shops in such a short time. You're right; we're spoiled!
Love the sock! My nephew is all jazzed about KISS coming to play Calgary, he can't wait! They've already played a show or two here in Ontario, I think Gene kissed the mayor with tongue...
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