Monday, November 13, 2006

It's been awhile!

First, business out of the way, Trek, you won my contest. The Red Sox winning the World Series did it for me. :) I've emailed you to discuss prizes.

I saw NW Knitter Abi at our friend's birthday party on Saturday and she reminded me that I hadn't posted in a long time! Bad knitting blogger, BAD!

So, in celebration of my blogiversary, I scored myself some Vesper Sock Yarn:

That's Knit and Tonic up top (LOVE IT!) and Midnight Knitter on bottom (w00t! UF colors!) I know what the big deal is about her yarn now, and I haven't even started knitting with it yet!

I also end up getting some NSS Steel from Sunshine Yarns. I'm hoping in her big update on Tuesday she'll have some NSS Midnight. I think the two would make GREAT stripey knee socks. :)

Today was another gloomy rainy day in Seattle. This color is pretty accurate of the sky color.

I also took a trip to Vancouver while I was on my blog break. I've been dying to go for about a year now. I wanted to go mainly to see Granville Island again. The public market that they have there rivals the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. Plus at Granville Island, they have the Silk Weaving Studio.

While there I picked up this skein of 1600 yds of silk laceweight yarn. Isn't this just the perfect color for autumn?! In the studio they had several looms, and had chained warps ready to go. I have to admit seeing all the gorgeous stuff makes me wish I liked weaving a little bit more.

They also had unspun silk fiber there! I hadn't noticed that they carried it the last time I was there. I ended up getting some Tussah fiber:

And some Camel/Silk fiber:

A company called The Silk Tree provides all the fiber and yarn to the shop. The fibers are heavenly!

I've also been knitting.

Like a fiend.

I finished Ivy. :) I was up until 4 am seaming one night so I could try and wear it to my friend's birthday party. I'd call it a successful knit. I need to find myself a better top to wear underneath, as the shoulders are too narrow, and when I wear it with a camisole, the straps always end up peeking out.

You know you have spoiled kitties when they sleep on your handknits. :)


Heide said...

I'm drooling over your yarn and silk pictures. I think Trek wins 90% of all yarn related contests! Congratulations Trek! What a beautiful sleek black kitty.

knittingnurse said...

yeah for you! What great yarns you acquired. I love your Ivy. What yarn did you use for that? I can't wait to see your homespun with those fibers. They look dreamily soft!