Kitty Knits

May 18, 2006

One Down, One to Go

I finally finshed one (yes, only one) sleeve from my scarf...the one on the cover of Scarf Style. I started the other one on the plane to Philly the other day and did manage to do a few inches. I was up at 4:30 am that day, so I dozed off mid-knit on the return trip :) Otherwise, I would have more to show for my efforts! To quote Suzanne, "You're still working on that?" Sadly, yes I am...It's death by ribbing, I tell ya!

It's either death by ribbing or death by I-cord. Everytime I look in my knitting bag hoping to find a fun project, I am faced with one or the other. Although, I do have the clap and baby blanket to work on.

My best friend and her husband of one year announced during their last visit that they are going to start "making babies" in the fall. It's hard to believe that that is only a few months away. I have decided that all project knitting will stop (except for the blanket) when she tells me that she's going to be a mommy. I have been accumulating all of these great knitting patterns for tots (heh, tots...) but haven't had anyone to make them for lately. So, since we have been friends since we were 5, I think that it is only right for me to dedicate 9 months to her bambino. I'm so excited! Short projects and instant gratification are the way to go!

May 15, 2006

My Clap

After buying all of that yarn at MS&W, I couldn't resist starting a new project: The clap. I've started it twice now. I think that I lost all of my stitch markers on a plane, so I am using some that I found in my grandmother's knitting stash. Ohhhhh..."vintage." Heh. Tomorrow night is the first night in a LONG time that I will actually be able to go to Knit Nite! Yippie Skippie! I'm so glad that my class is over...I have my life back! Speaking of which, tonight is the season finale of Gray's Anatomy. I have a hot date with my knitting and the tele in 5.

Speaking of hot dates, I heart you, MTG. Nite...

May 08, 2006

Too much yarn?

As you may or may not know, May 1st was my 26th birthday. My DBF took me to Davis and Main for dinner. If you are a cheesecake connoisseur like me, no one makes it better than this place! It's in the fan on...the corner of Davis and Main. Imagine that. Then, we went to the Martini Kitchen and Bubbles Bar where I proceeded to get pretty drunk...on a Monday night. Heh. I don't know which was better: getting drunk, eating that awesome cheesecake with pomegranate sauce, or being given a gift certificate for an hour-long massage at the Slip Salon.

Anyway, because the festival was scheduled for the weekend after my birthday, I had been planning my trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival for quite some time anticipating that I would have lots of birthday money to spend. Having that been said, I think that I did end up with a pretty good pile 'o yarn by the time we left on Saturday.

I found this awesome yarn from Brooks Farm Yarn that I am going to use to make Clapotis. I should also have enough left over to make this awesome scarf whose pattern I got free with the purchase. I also found this circular needle case (it holds 10-30 pairs of needles, depending upon whether you put multiple sets in one space) that is made by Crippen Works. Because I sew, I am pretty critical of other's work. This needle case is made of a durable Waverly home dec fabric and is certainly well-made. I can't wait to start using it!

I also got some Koigu that is destined to become a pair of socks (the navy skeins) and a few of the heart sachets that were featured on Interweave Knits at one point (the multi skein). The two skeins of pink yarn (color: Thistleflower) are from Shelridge Farm in Canada. I think that I am going to make another pair of socks out of this using a pattern from Interweave Knits. The red skein at the bottom right is from Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets in Sprague, CT. The color is "Texas Big Horn." I really like this yarn. It's made of 55% mohair/45% wool. I'm going to make a scarf out of it. I haven't decided on the pattern yet. The skein at the upper left is from the same vendor. It's a fine, 100% merino yarn. The color is Lovebird. I'm going to make a curly Q scarf with it using the pattern that I got with the purchase. The picture doesn't do it justice. The colors in this stuff are awesome. THEN, I got the mini kacha kacha...I was so excited to have found it. Ribbity Knits wouldn't be completed without it seeing as how it resembles a frog and all...

With the exception of the Koigu, which can't be purchased locally here in Richmond, I tried to find unique, hand-dyed yarns that I can't get anywhere else. While I was extremely tempted by Dancing Leaf (as always!), I decided to wait until October when we go to Montpelier. She always has such a nice selection...and there are less people at the Fall Fiber Festival.

Maryland Sheep and Wool

A wise person once said, "There ain't no such thing as too much yarn." Thus my attendance at "the festival." This is the first of two posts about my adventures at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, which is held in May every year in Howard County Maryland. Many thanks to Lou for taking all of the pictures this year (yes, it would have helped if I had remembered to bring my memory card for my camera...).

8:30am: Lou and I hit the road like two squealing teenage girls for what is expected to be the yarn event of the season!

9:00am: Amanda decides that she cannot live life one more second without a sausage bagel and a trip to the potty (both of which MUST have been brought on from all of the excitement!).

11:30am: Lou and Amanda arrive at their hotel and proceed to get very "incomplete" directions from the hotel staff as to exactly how we are to go about getting to the Howard County Fairgrounds.

1:30pm: Arrive at festival. Note: we got a little lost.

Upon arrival it was all I could do not to pee my pants or run around squealing like a teenage girl (yes, lots of that going on) who just got asked to the prom (or both!!). It just doesn't get any better than 5 zillion skeins of yarn in one place!

Lou and I made our way to the Main Exhibit Hall first thing in search of some Koigu and a few other "must see" vendors. I thought that my head was going to explode...there was so much yarn! Talk about overload. There must have been 5 trillion people in that building. I actually think that I started to get a little clausterphobic...

We made it through the Main Exhibit Hall only to find that the Koigu booth was...empty? There was not one single skein of yarn to be found. Luckily, there were other vendors there who were also selling it that we ran across later in the day. was time for lunch.

To quote Lou, "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." This is all in reference to the deep fried twinkies. Check out my debut on the blog:

I had big plans to get a twinkie but ended up with an eclair when it was all said and done. Seriously, these were the biggest eclairs that I had ever seen...yummy.

I don't think that the trip would have been complete if we didn't check out all of the sheep, rabbits, goats and alpaca. One of them was even nice enough to have her picture taken with us!

Then look who we found! I especially liked the baby goat. I was seriously trying to figure out how I could take him home with me!

Toward the end of the day, a lack of sleep and all of the excitement caught up with me. I started to get a little crazy. Check out my horse:

Look at me, I'm laughing so hard I look Asian :) Here we are with lots of yarn, food and a t-shirt:

I couldn't leave the festival without kettle corn (since I did manage to forget it when I went to Montpelier in October). The perfect end to a perfect day: