Sunday, January 31, 2010



Thought you might like to see a picture of Toki at 4 months old. He's growing really fast! Long legs--or at least it seems so because I'm used to dachshunds. It's hard to get a good picture of him unless he's sleeping, so I sneaked up on him while he was gnawing a rawhide bone. Other than my occasionally leaving knitting where he can get at it, we aren't having too many problems with wanton destruction of property. I now have a bag or basket for all WIP's and am careful not to leave anything out within puppy jaws range. His chewies are strewn all over the house, too, so there's usually something to distract him or keep him busy.
Yammering about yarn
I am continually captivated by the work of other indie dyers, especially when I see something radically different from my own repertoire. This is wool/bamboo/nylon Panda Sock in "Fall In", dyed by Susan of Susan's Kitchen. We were booth neighbors at Sock Summit. I love the short splashes of color, the interplay of colors she chose, and of course the yarn! Soft and shiny.
Decided to keep it plain stockinette to show off her dye work. I'm on the heel flap of the second sock.

Shhh...don't tell anyone, but I heart big box craft stores!
Guilty pleasure #247: I shop at Jo-Ann's. A lot. I'm a die hard coupon clipper, plus I'm on the mailing list for weekly flyers. Being in the store almost often enough to warrant a cot in the back, I saw this new yarn called "Stitch Nation", of Debbie Stoller's Stitch & Bitch fame of course. I was intrigued by the natural fibers. The best color selection is in the single ply 100% wool. There's also an alpaca/wool blend. I used a coupon and scored a trial skein of the wool/bamboo blend for $2.99. At 177 yards, I'll be able to get a hat or mitts out of it. That way, I can see if it would be a good choice for sweater knitting. Speaking of sweaters--I was in the Ravelry forums this morning and saw that Patons has this slick booklet of sweater patterns which I had to have. Not that I don't have sweater yarn galore in my stash, but I'm of the opinion that a knitter can't have too many yarn options!

Those coupons also helped me get this spiffy set of Crystallites knitting needles and Silvalume crochet hooks for Marischka for just $20. The beads and yarn have been in my stash for a long time; I'm just glad to have found someone that wants 'em.

Next Up
Stitchjones is hitting the road next weekend for a spin-in down at the beach in Newport. It's sponsored by the Yaquina Fiber Arts Guild. Was there last year, and it was a blast! I'm looking forward to it. Our schedule is whirlwind, so there probably won't be any beach pictures, but maybe I'll have some new hand dyed goodies and/or a FO to show off! And of course, I hope to see many of my local spinning buddies down in Newport.

Hallo Sharon!!

OMG your doggie is so cute!! Sorry I haven't commented on your blog in a while, but my Sciatica has had me almost immobile since early November! On the mend now, thank goodness. So I am definitely one of those who is very glad to see the back of 2009!

Bless you for helping out in the Ukraine (my Mother was Ukranian) it is so like you to help, you are an angel.

All of your projects are so beautiful!
Kiki, I'm so glad you're feeling better! Missed you!

Thank you for the kind words. I know many others besides me are lending a hand.
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