Today is the 5th day of my bout with the flu. I can thank a co-worker who insisted on working thru her illness and her hacking all over the store. I think I am the 5th employee to come down with it and I am not willing to share with any others, so home I stay. The good news is that I am getting a lot of knitting done. I have nearly finished the first sock in the Fixation, for Alison who doesn't like wool. I started a new sock in the Slippery Socks pattern from Knitty.com. I have also worked on my Kauni cardigan. Working on the first sleeve and ready to start working it down in the round.
Amanda and her new friend, Preston, are visiting for the weekend and are up skiing for the day. I am not much of a hostess in my condition, and she is following me around sanitizing everything. Working in a hospital, she has the clean thing down!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Last fall I made the Nantucket Jacket from the cover of Interweave knits, as a class at my LYS, A Knitted Peace in Littleton. I am so proud of that project because it was the most complex project I have made to date. I put mother of pearl buttons on it and it looked great. After the first washing, 2 of the buttons broke, so I went down to the shop with my sweater to try to find new buttons for it. When the owner, Marcia, saw my predicament, she credited me back for all 5, not just the two that broke!!! I bought new buttons with the credit and spent nearly $40 more! I am now a customer for life!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The Denver Creative Festival at the Merchandise Mart seemed mostly about sewing, quilting and embroidery crafts. However, it was worth going to talk to the several knitting and yarn artists. Philosophers Wool, Cheryl Oberle, Textiles A Manos, Interlacements, and Oak Grove Studio were there with yarn, patterns, beads, etc. Another exciting booth was the TACtile Textile Arts Center, which I had never heard of. It is in Tamarac Square and offers classes and a gathering place for social crafting. Have to check that out. I did some serious damage to my budget while there and will have to go on a yarn diet for months for this wild build-up of my stash.
On another totally different note, we had the coolest weather last night. THUNDERSNOW !!!! I don't remember anything like it although I do remember the Yarn Harlot posting about it. The snow that fell from the sky was like miniature soft snowballs. Not hail, but like gropple. Really neat, but not to drive in. Thunder, lightning, the works.