A friend of mine has just opened up a yarn store where she sells her beautifully glazed hand dyed yarns. Her grandmother was named Gigi Bonin and owned a textile mill in Woonsocket, RI, 100 years ago, so the moniker is fitting name!
This would also make a nice mailbox pole...if they didn't take so long to knit! Purchased on my trip to Webs last week where I had a nice conversation with Leslie Ann Bestor, who I first met at Webs several years ago and has written a terrific book. Anyway, it's a new pattern in the works but was removed from my person before the ends were even sewn in, never mind receiving a good block (the knitting, not the kid.) I'm telling you, Today's Tween: Loves me for my knitting one minute, the next minute is mortified that her math teacher asked me to run a knitting club with her at school. "Are you trying to RUIN my social life?"
When one loves fair isle it seems a waste to file away all of those swatches. Better to beautify the neighborhood and our ugly mailbox that Husband bought (without consultation) after the snow plowers knocked down are beautiful aqua one. If only I could figure out how to put the aqua one back up this would be perfect!
How can I not post this photo? New yarn, courtesy of LYDIA, drying all the way down in South Carolina, soon to be heading to Rhode Island for a new design! If I were a type/color of yarn, what would I be? Hmmmmm.
A Knitalong (KAL) for Loop will be starting at Love 2 Knit in East Greenwich, RI this Thursday, November 6 from 10-12. Get your yarn and come join us if you're in the area. I know a lot of readers live in various places around the globe but you can still join in online in the Casapinka group. You can get your patterh here. And the yarn is from Julie Spins, a dyer by night and scientist by day. I know she has lots of fans - go check her out.
"What is this?" you ask. It's Junior's requested new hair color, of course. It's actually what I bought at stitches in the form of roving to transform a lovely Julia Hilbrandt bag. Sorry, you'll have to wait to see it because the pictures aren't great.
I've finally started a Ravelry group! I've wanted to for ages but after several negative knitting experiences over the past year I just shied away from it. I'm trying to chalk them up to experience, as they say, but jeez they really made me realize how awful seemingly "good" people can be. Luckily, I have solid friends who are supportive. Anyway, last night when I woke at 2am and couldn't fall back asleep, I created a couple of banners, one for my group and one for an advertisement for Loop that I've studiosly been "not doing."
I finally decided to create the Ravelry group because I was so surprised and gratified at Stitches and Rhinebeck when I discovered that I have fans! I couldn't believe that people were showing me their projects (that I designed!) I had my picture taken, complete with 2 big zits which I had inadequeately disguised and met all sorts of people who recognized Loop and Dot which I wore, and they talked to me about my designs. What a buzz! So, please come join the Casapinka group. No trolls, no jerky buttheads, just color, fun projects, yarn discussions, KAL's and giveaways.
These are two of my favorite photos from Rhinebeck. The Miss Babs booth was so crowded and the line so long, I grabbed several skeins and decided to "shop" while in line. On top is Deep Sea Jellyfish and the very bottom is Perfectly Wreckless, which was used in the original Loop shawl, but I just couldn't pass it up, so great is the love.
And this handsome chap was in the back building awaiting his haircut. I would imagine he's looking forward to being able to acutally see again!