Not Sheepless in Seattle

January 23, 2008 at 8:27 pm | Posted in finished objects, knitting, stash | 6 Comments

Before I talk about our trip to Washington, I wanted to post of picture of the lovely package Clare sent me from Australia as part of the Christmas Around the World Knitters Swap.


The box had a great Australian knitting magazine called Yarn, as well as some Tim Tam cookies (which are already gone, they were so good!) and some chocolate coins which were found inside the cute little felted bag she knitted. She also included a “hotty with a heart” hot water bottle that would have been very helpful had I thought to take it to Washington. There was also a pretty little ornament which will look great on the tree next year. My favorite was of course the yarn made from the roving of her father’s sheep, and handspun by Clare herself. I’m not sure yet where the yarn is going but I know I want it to be something special. Thanks again Clare, you did a wonderful job.

That just about takes care of the Christmas swaps, though I’m still waiting on my sock from the Harvest Sock Swap. I have faith though and hope it will arrive soon.

Chris and I arrived home from Seattle last night and we brought with us some great memories, new yarn and the flu. Flu aside we both had a really great time and spent the entire trip with family. The most fun day for me was the day Chris and I went to Pike’s Place and Alki Beach with Chris’ older brother, his younger sister and niece. The five of us had a great time even though it was 20 degrees outside, but it made me want to knit nothing but scarves until our next visit out there. I even got to wear my lovely bamboo scarf that Kim sent me in the Ravelry Scarf Exchange.

Of course another favorite activity was yarn shopping! I spent my entire yarn budget in one store, which was OK since it was right in Tacoma and only 15 minutes from my brother-in-law Yute’s house. Yute’s girlfriend Vicky drove me and I know she had a great time watching me “ooh” and “ahh” over all the yarn. She’s a crocheter so I know she understood my elation. The shop was The Lamb’s Ear and the owner was so nice in helping me choose yarns for the list of projects I had made. Oh and I have pictures of my loot!


The Boku yarn was hard to resist because the colors were so pretty, and it’s a bit more affordable than the Noro so I thought this might not be a bad substitute. I have plans for an Entrelac scarf with this yarn and I know it will come in handy on our next winter Seattle visit.


My splurge yarn was this Dream in Color hand-dyed yarn in worsted weight. I was thinking it would make a lovely Clapotis though I believe I’m one skein short for that. It may also turn into a baby surprise jacket though since I have 2 good friends in various stages of pregnancy at the moment. I just can’t get enough of that yummy goldy-green.

Speaking of green..I’ve developed a thing for it lately which is why I got a whole sweater’s worth of green yarn for my first attempt at a sweater.

I chose the Berroco because it will be a bit cooler for a sweater here in Florida, plus, what a great green!


I also picked up this laceweight Merino by Skacel because I think it will make a very pretty Kiri. Of course that after I somehow finish the Spring Shawl Surprise shawl and the SotS2 shawl.

Oh! One more purchase I forgot to tell you about!


It was another splurge but something I wanted for a long time. I can’t wait to go through this book page by page.

A quick FO to show you…

This was the flower washcloth pattern that Kim sent me along with the Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille yarn that I knitted it with. It’s so soft and squishy!
While I was in Washington I also made a pair of Fetching out of recycled Artyarns Supermerino. You might remember that purple variegated supermerino from my forever hybernating WIP Clapotis. They came out really nice and were so fast I churned them out in about 2 days. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures because I immediately gifted them to my 13 year old niece, but she was so cute and wore them ALL day on the day I gave them to her. I’ve since started another pair in the same yarn for my sister-in-law but by the time I was about 6 rows into the second pair, the flu had taken it’s hold and I couldn’t focus on much of anything for any period of time. I’ll take some pictures as soon as they’re done. I was sad to rip out the Clapotis but at the same time I didn’t care for the way the yarn was pooling, and I already had 2 different dye lots going.
I’ve also made it about halfway through the front piece of the Celtic Tote, which also looks pretty good so far. Today I found a tutorial by Grumperina on how to do cables without a cable needle so I’m hoping that helps speed things up a bit.

I think I’m all caught up now on the last couple of weeks worth of knitting news. Now I’m going to prop my feet up, pop another Ricola, and get rid of this dang flu bug because it’s a nasty one. I’m off work one more day so hopefully I’ll get a little more knitting done tomorrow.


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  1. To avoid having to put myself on a “yarn budget” (because I’m sure I would tank it immediately), I choose all of the yarn I will need for a project, then ask the kind ladies at my LYS to hold all but oh, 2 or 3 skeins of it. I purchase my 2 or 3 skeins to start with (along with whatever accoutrement are needed) and come back the following week for my next 2 or 3 skeins. Most weeks I can get through all of what I’ve picked up, so I usually have 2 or 3 projects going at the same time. Once I’ve finished all the yarn I have available for one project, I pick up and start on the next one, etc. I still spend more money than I should on yarn, but it doesn’t seem like it because it is a little bit at a time. This also allows me to purchase the good, more pricey stuff that they have at yarn stores without feeling guilty about it.

  2. Keep the Faith! I promise that I will get the package out to you. I am so behind but it will be a fantastic package to make up for it! :0)

  3. Milmom, Thanks for the tips!

    Dee – No worries! I know how hard it is to keep up with those swaps. That’s why I’m on a self-imposed swap break. Christmas swaps nearly broke me!

  4. Ingrid, thanks for visiting my site. And thanks for your tips.

  5. Mmm.. Tim Tams are nice aren’t they?

  6. I got the same Boku yarn in the same color from a swap! Isn’t it lovely? I think I’m going to knit Argosy with it. Get well soon.

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