Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekend Getaway

Written on January 19, 2011       
Weekend Getaway
This past weekend visited family in Wichita Ks.  My parents drove up from Dodge City wile drove down from Manhattan.  We met in Park City and then ventured on to Wichita to visit my lil’ sis, brother-in-law, and my “just turned five years old” niece.  Oh yeah and I got to do a bit of yarn shopping.   I didn’t get to see them during Christmas so there were all kinds of presents given out.  But most of the talk, when we weren’t singing “Happy Birthday” was about yarn or knitting.  My mom knitted as a kid but sticks mostly with Broomstick Lace baby blankets (bastard child of crochet and knit) now.  My sister, in the past year, has become increasingly interested in knitting.  She took a beginners class at her LYS (Local Yarn Store) and has been clicking away ever since.  The most shocking thing about my visit with my sister’s family was that my sister and I were both reading the same knitting related book.  Sweater Quest by Adrienne Martini; find her blog at   
Why is this book exciting?  Well, it’s kind of like an inner circle knitter, putting you under her wing and spilling juicy gossip about other inner circle knitters while she works up a complicated faire Isle sweater by the great Alice Starmore.  But I was shocked that my sister was reading it.  Didn’t think she was THAT interested in knitting.  So I’m excited and want to buy my lil’ sis all of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s books so she can broaden her knit-lit. repertoire.  The day after I got back home from my visit I decided I needed a long soak in the tub with the book.  I was a few pages away from finishing Sweater Quest so I sat the book on the floor next to the tub.  Well I got distracted among the bubbles and bath oil so once I was out and dressed I realized I’d left the book on the floor next to the tub.   Upon picking it up I realized I must have splashed water over the edge, the entire back side and bottom of the book soaked up any water that was on the floor like a sea sponge.  Blerg.  And this isn’t just any book, it’s a library book. Double Blerg!  So today my quest is to pay the library for a book I was going to buy eventually anyway.  At least my copy will have some character. 
As far as the yarn shopping in Wichita goes, I had fun but didn’t buy any crazy amazing yarn.  Sad, I know.  First we went to Twist, the nicest of the two yarn stores I’ve ever been in.  The first time I was there we were the only customers and the girl running the place was a volunteer who was super helpful.  This go around it was full of knitters sitting or standing around knitting and talking.  There were also about 58 employees, or so it seemed, who wanted to know if I was “doing alright”.  And I didn’t find a single yarn that I HAD to buy.  Very sad.  The next day we went to Michael’s craft stores (like a Hobby Lobby or Ben Franklin's).  That is where I struck gold.  They don’t really sell anything different from other craft stores and they certainly didn’t have ‘fancy’ yarn like any good knitting shop would.  But they had some fun pattern books and some very fun colored Peaches and cream 100% cotton yarn.  Perfect for crazy dishcloths for Christmas 2011.  But most important; I got my hands on two skeins of Stitch Nation yarn for a future project, ‘Lettuce Knit’ arm warmers.
So I now have two current projects going, Broomstick Lace blanket for one of my preggo friends, and a ball band dish cloth with the peaches and cream yarn.  It’s bright blue with pink bricks.  The next one will be bright purple with blue bricks, the last one bright pink with purple bricks.  Kind of a dish cloth trifecta of amazingness.  Super excited.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Written on January 18, 2011
Welcome to Woolly Banter! This is my second attempt at writing a blog. My first attempt, Knit and Run, was about . . . well, me. Going off the title though it was about me trying to become a RUNNER . . . Gasp! I was a walker, then a walk/jogger, then a couch potato. Running took too much time from my knitting, just joking. Well actually I’m not but that is not the reason why I stopped jogging. I stopped because I’m lazy, allergic to exercise, couldn’t find the right shoes, whatever the excuse. I couldn’t be patient with my body. I wanted my endurance to magically be better, my legs magically stronger, and my weight to magically go down. That’s a lot of wizardry just for a workout. So that’s why I’m not blogging about running any more. So there.
I wanted to start writing about knitting because I have this strong urge to share my quirkiness and love of yarn with the rest of the world. Maybe I’ll meet other people, maybe I’m wasting my time, maybe I’ll be famous, join the inner circle of amazing knitters, and become Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s BFF. . .but whatever happens, I hope that I can be more consistent with my writing. For the record; I DO NOT have internet in my own home. So I can’t post every day unless I find the time (and an open coffee shop with internet) to post my blog. But I’m going to try to post at least once a week if not more.
But enough of that jazz lets actually write a blog. This go around it’s about my New Year’s Resolutions. And yes I said resolutions with an ‘s’ on the end, as in multiple. In 2008 my resolution was to learn to knit. I got a Wal-mart gift card for Christmas and used that to buy an “I can’t believe I’m Knitting” kit. It had two sizes of needles, a bunch of cable needles (like a beginner is going to use those), notations, and a book. The book was retarded. So I bought Debbie Stoller’s Stitch n’ bitch; The Knitter’s Handbook.  here Thank you Debbie for being so awesome!!! By Jan 3rd I was a knittin’ and a purln’ my little heart out. So this year I decided to make multiple resolutions. I have a #1 resolution and then a bunch of smaller ones. My #1 is to create the habit of always rinsing my plate/cup/bowl out when I’m done eating. So far, it’s worked. I’ve read that it takes 40 days to create a new habit. It hasn’t been 40 days yet but I’m pretty satisfied with my work so far. Maybe next year my goal will be to put the pre-washed dish in the dishwasher? The rest of my  resolutions are all craft related. I want to finish a cross stitch picture for myself (because I’ve never made a cross stitch anything for myself). I want to double the amount of members of my FaceBook Stitch N Bitch group to 50 members (that’s “Manhattan SnB”, if you want to join, just look us up!). I also have a large amount of small items I want to make for Christmas presents 2011 that I have spaced out throughout the year so that each month I’m finishing a project for Christmas. And the final resolution, the one that may not be even close to attainable is to sell some handmade items on That one makes me want to cry. I want to be independent; I want to make money that has nothing to do with my real job. I want my real job to be a professional knitter.