chick knit

It’s been two weeks since the last chick update, and boy have they grown. Soon they will be ready to move out to the coop with Gimpy.

Reba 5/22/07
Reba

Dixie 5/22/07
Dixie
(Sorry for the arm, hubby was trying to
keep them from jumping off the table.)

Wynona 5/22/07
Wynona is starting to look more like a Wyatt,
we’ll have to just wait and see.

On the knitting front, I am still working on the top-down sweater for Bubba.  I should have finished this by now but I did take a break from it to knit a Magic 28 Sock and a few swatches for TKGA Master Knitting Level 1, Rebecca and I are working on it together.

This weekend was the LYS Tour.  I had no plan on touring, and for the most part I followed through on that plan.  I popped into VYT on Friday morning and ended up walking out with the tour pattern and the yarn to knit it up, Fleece Artist Suri Blue.  It is a lovely lace weight Suri Alpaca/BFL blend, yummy.  I also picked up some Addi Turbo Lace needles and a set of Amy’s stitch markers.

suri_blue

On the way home I decided to stop by Let it Rain, actually it is the closest LYS to me, but my heart belongs to VYT.  Let it Rain had just moved to a larger space and I had a look around.  I picked up the shop pattern, a scarf, but not the yarn for it since I have several skeins of Silky Wool in my stash.

The shop had some cute kids sweaters on display, free pattern with yarn purchase.  I bit, picked up 3 balls of Dark Horse Yarns Fantasy to make a cardigan for Bubba, I’ll have to upsize the pattern since it only goes upto a 4 and he wears a 5/6, no problem.  The Fantasy yarn is a nylon acrylic blend and very soft, I usually go for the natural fibers, but I just couldn’t resist.  I also picked up some sock yarn I had never seen before, Celestari, a 75% cotton/25% wool sock yarn.

latitrain

Let it Rain also handed out a coupon for 20% off on a purchase between June 15th and August 15th. I’ll be going back.

That night I cast on the Lace Wing Scarf and have been working on it off and on all weekend.

lace_wing_scarf

On Saturday morning I met Rebecca at VYT out Master Knitting Support Group (ok, not really, but sort of).  When I got there they only had 4 skeins of the Suri Blue left!  I was so glad I stopped in on Friday, as I hadn’t really planned on it. They had a huge pile of the Suri Blue in a bunch of colors, poof, gone.

As Rebecca and worked on swatches more of the Saturday morning regulars arrived, along with the LYS Tourists.  We all chatted, knitted, drank tea.  Then after taking a lunch break . . . we knit some more.  So much for going to any other shops.

I should mention that while we were there on Saturday the shop received an order of ShiBui yarn.  I resisted the urge to purchase any of the beautiful sock yarn, or any of the yarns the shop had on clearance.  I was very good.  Until Sunday.  The ShiBui kept calling me, in chorus with the Silky Tweed.  I caved.

silky_tweed

3 colors of Silky Tweed (40% off):
Blue for the Fiddle Sticks Lotus Blossom Shawl
Orangy-brown for stash
Black with red/pink flecks for the Victorian Shoulderette

sock_yarn

Pink Opal for knee highs for Bug (35% off)
ShiBui Sock Yarn for socks for Hubby,
brown vari with burgandy heels, toes, and ribbing

day full of knitting

Today was a good knitting day.

I had arranged to meet up with Rebecca and Sandy to compare notes on the TKGA Master Knitting Level 1.  Yes, I’m doing the whole Master Knitting thing, or at least the first level.  Yes, I am crazy, but we knew that. 

I arrived a bit early and cast on the Shetland Triangle shawl from Wrap Style and then Annie arrived, also waiting for friends to arrive, and kept me company while we waited.  Sandy, Rebecca, and Terri arrived and in the end there were five of us knitting, chatting and drinking tea together, it was wonderful.

After Sandy and Rebecca left we dragged a lovely woman, Tamara – who was sitting by herself just minding her own business, over to join us.  I love meeting new knitters!

Oh, I saw Elaine, who I met at a Dulaan knit in last May.  She was sweet enough to come over and say hi and introduce her SO.

After knitting I met up with my mom to pick up Hubby’s b’day present.  She has a minivan and his gift wouldn’t have fit in my car.  Thanks Mom!

Then after dinner and getting the kids into bed I plunked down on the couch to watch a couple of movies (The Good Girl and Ninth Gate) with Hubby and . . .  knit some more.