Thursday, October 26, 2006


Sometimes friends provide that little bit of inspiration needed to motivate me to post!

And sometimes those friends need to be, (AHEM!) immortalized.

For your Halloween viewing pleasure, please allow me to present, my dear friend, Pinky!

Well, I'm thinking that the scarf is handknit, but I'm certain the socks are not.


In my opinion, the skirt could be knit with Art Yarn Regal Silk, color #115, pink and look quite lovely.

As for a head piece alternative, please note that I have been vowing to knit the following for several years and my son is terrified that I will someday wear this in public to humiliate him!

I think this a "must have" for those days when you need a little something extra to perk up your professional image!

Thanks to both and "Cashew" for keeping the smiles coming!

Girl, you are just too camp!

Friday, October 13, 2006


This was an attempt to knit a feather and fan baby blanket last year with DK weight yarn, no pattern and in the heat of summer! I got this far, off the needles it came, and a photo op before it's demise. It turned into a simple pinwheel blanket instead. Knitting is soooo forgiving!

I received many kind and supportive responses to the moaning and groaning featured on my previous blog-SO MUCH SO that I went and purchased more yarn for more projects!

Seriously, once the Yarn Room is finished I will be donating a very large portion of my yarn acquisition to my church Knitting Ministry because it will be put to good use there!

I'm happy to report that my family room has room for my family again!

Found a lovely new yarn shop called Knitwitz and So Much More in Hellertown, Pa. owned and operated by a lovely lady named Donna.


She's got a great assortment of yarns, all very current, with great colorways, from Berocco, Brown Sheep, and Peaches and Cream, to name just a few. Very shopper-friendly atmoshere. This shop is a real find! I'm a-going back!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Knitting A Purposeful Life.....

The summer has been officially over for a few weeks now, and I am caught up in the mad frenzy of cleaning, organizing, disgarding, and knitting, but not necessarily in that order.

I am in the process of moving my immense, yet glorious, yarn stash out of the t.v. room and basement into an upstairs small, spare bedroom. Problems lay with the issues of "immense' verses "small". There is minimal closet and dresser space. I am contemplating various storage options. I must make this work somehow.

The motivation for this massive undertaking was the observation that my family room was beginning to resemble:

1. My local yarn store.
2. A crowded and messy workshop.

I was feeling claustrophobic.....

This has caused me to reflect on my knitting life, and reach a conclusion:


In an effort to prevent an inevitable family intervention, I decided the time had come to take measures to contain, manage and resolve this little problem of mine. Let's relocate the stash!

It has turned into one major project!

Taking yarn inventory has forced me to face the fact that I have accumulated over the course of 8 years colossal amounts of yarn!!!

I've gotten re-acquainted with little fiberfriends I hadn't seen in years and had long forgotten about. "Hello Koigu"! "How ya doin', Noro"? "What's up, Bartlets?"

Yarn purchased with specific projects in mind, waiting patiently for years for that magic moment to occur when it is whisked away on golden needles to be created into beautiful gifts for my loved ones! There are many, many of these groups with the stash.

Others bought as single, precious, lonely oddballs, perfectly suited as a hat or combined with other orphans to form some small item for an emergency baby gift..

Yarn that was "On Sale', discontinued, or designated for charity knitting projects.

Yarns purchased in abundance for the latest KAL.
Can we say "ballband dishcloth?" The Lily people should feature my picture on their Sugar and Cream cotton labels.

Let's not even get into the novelty scarf knitting craze that isn't winding down as far as I can see, despite the indrustry trend reports!

I think you get the picture.

What the heck was I thinking?

Is this yet another example of gross consumerism? Or, perhaps the signs of serious mental illness? Am I a hoarder, in need of the false sense of security that having yarn somehow provides? A serious collector of fiber? A woman with an obsession? A Material Girl?

I could photograph Le Stash, but I am too ashamed to have an official record of my vice.

I cannot fathom the $ amount I've invested in my craft. Nor do I want to.

Catholic Guilt leads me to question how the money spent on yarn could have served a more practical purpose. I wanted only to bring happiness to others.


One last thought about my yarn issues.

Stitches East is one month away.

And, yes, I am going.

Be afraid. Be very afraid....