Sunday, May 28, 2006

Blog or Knit...?

Posted by julie

It has been a while since I posted, so the answer is...BLOG. Several things to note...
I am nearly done with my 4th sock (I'm not nearly as fast as Shannon ). However, I'm still having problems with the heel. I'm knitting them toe up with a short row heel. The yarn is Lorna's Laces on size #1 bamboo dpn. They are wearable, but I think there is definitely room for improvement.

Then I joined the Amazing Lace KAL. I've decided to make a wrap from the beautiful Sundara yarn my very cool fellow weheartyarners bought me for my birthday. It is the Aran Silky Merino in Twilight. I'm planning to modify the Branching Out scarf from by doubling the lace pattern. I hope it is wide enough, but not too wide. I'm a bit concerned about having enough yarn to make the wrap long enough. After I finish the wrap I will switch Amazing Lace teammates to the Pomatomus socks, also from

Last week I traveled to Toronto Canada on official government business. (It was so official that I was issued my very own official passport (to Canada!), good only while traveling on government business.) While I was there, I found some time to visit a couple of LYSs. I was trying to figure out where the closest LYSs were one evening by going through the yellow pages. Finally, out of frustration I phoned one of them, hoping for a recording with more helpful info. It just so happened that the # I called was for Four Seasons Knitting, an online store. Despite the fact that it was 10:30 pm, the woman who runs the store answered her phone. She was very nice and suggested I go to Romni Wools, the largest yarn store in downtown Toronto.

Boy, was it big.

At Romni knits I found this beautiful silk and seacell yarn. This yarn is destined to be a lace shawl. I will knit it after I finish Pomatomus socks. Maybe I'll get it started before the end of the Amazing Lace :-)

NK had also suggested I find Lettuce Knit. I wasn't sure why she had the name of a LYS in Toronto on the tip of her tongue like that, but I looked it up, found that address, and visited it, too. (Turns out the Lettuce Knit sells Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns, which answered my question about why NK knew the store.)

At Lettuce Knit I bought a beautiful skein of Vesper 100% merino wool from called "Strange Little Mama." It is a black, pink, and red colorway.

Finally...NK, I still think Matthew MacFadyen has it all over Colin Firth. Sorry. :-)


NeuroKnitter said...

Awesome stash enhancing expedition, Julie! I so can't wait to see the Seacell! And you found Vesper yarn in Canada! OMG!! That yarn is so hard to find, I wasn't sure it was for real--I had recently decided it was a virtual yarn used by virtual knitters to make virtual socks!!! Happy knitting with all your fiberlicious goodies!!!!

Matthew who????

Wool Girl said...

Wow - this sounds like such a great trip! You really scored girl! Hope we will get a chance to see show and tell this week?


ps - your sock looks really amazing..what are you talking about "room for improvement?" It looks absolutely perfect to me!

shannon said...

i have no opinion about the actors you guys are talking about, BUT i do have an opinion on that yarn, julie, and that opinion is...YUMMY.

love the seasilk
love the vesper
love the sundara

can't wait to see your projects...