Archive for April, 2010

Heading out shortly to what I am sure will be a wild and wooly trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. For all you readers who are busy this weekend (washing your hair, for example, and other important things) check back regularly for some live pen-side blogging. Looking for pix of famous knitters? The latest time consuming trends? Families entirely covered in knitted garments? All here!

purl front Over the past few years, I’ve dragged some of you readers to the World’s Smallest Most  Crowded  Overwhelming Overheated Yarn Store.

“Come on!” I cry.  “I just have to pick up one little thing!  Won’t take a minute!” And then I pull out my portable Japanese subway stuffer and stuff you into the store, and leave you in there for about 40 minutes, while I stare silently at a skein of yarn and then leave without buying anything.

You’ve been there, right?

Happily, for you anyway, that store has moved and I went there on Sunday to have a peek.  It’s a vast improvement.  For one thing, its a bigger space and a better designed store.  A salesperson (a friendly salesperson, how’s that for a hoot at that store) told me they had not purchased any new stock, but now they were able to display all they had on the shelves and there was plenty of space to browse their excellent selection of books and magazines.  A funny thing about that store: at the old location, I almost always burst into flames because of the lack of air circulation, but now they have ceiling fans and open windows.  Plus if your keister is bigger than a size 6, you don’t have to worry about knocking down yarn junk with your trunk when you turn around.

After staring at it for a long time, I did buy some very beautiful blue Spud and Chloe Superwash/Silk for a pair of socks, or maybe a scarf.  The color is so pretty, I took a skein of it to work with me today just to put on top the other thing I stare at for long periods of time, the in-box on my desk.  Did it help me get any work done? What do you think?

It’s that time of year again, where new babies are just exploding out into the world. We had two new babies at work in just this last month, requiring some immediate knitting.

Here is one wearing a time tested classic, the Top Down Baby Bonnet, sans Anime creature:

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The baby in question is quite beautiful, but I urge you to look at the bind off on this hat. I did a two needle bind off in which you knit two together, then put the remainder stitch back on the left needle, and repeat.  It makes the stretchiest, evenest, loveliest  bind off.

The second new work baby doesn’t even have time to put on a hat, he was so anxious to be out in the world.  Last Friday his mom, while visiting a coworker’s home, gave birth in the coworker’s bathtub after about 8 minutes of labor. What do you knit for ababy like that?

I think you knit for the coworker.