E-gads it's early! Once again I find myself waking up at 0430 on a weekend morning. What's up with that? Actually, I'm designing and knitting a sweater for the American Girl Doll to be raffled off at the elementary school Bingo night that Tara from the knitting bee is organizing. I realized that I am actually knitting on size US#1 needles and might not have enough time to finish it before Bingo on Friday night. Perhaps I'll make up another pattern with a thicker yarn and finish this complicated cable sweater at my leisure. Sigh!
So... my coffee is ready, and my eyes are finally open. I wanted to share a little bit of the knitting focused day I had yesterday.
First off - the Saturday Morning Knitting Bee (which is about to have a new name thanks to all of you who have submitted names for the contest). I put on the pot of coffee and baked these delicious raspberry scones. Another commuter and fellow Westporter - Susan Eaton - joined us today for the SMKB. Guess what she was gracious enough to bring? SCONES! Great minds think alike. That's all I can say. There was a lot of good karma going around because without coordinating, she brought her scones in a heart shaped basket with a heart printed napkin which matched my Valentine's Day theme perfectly.
Then, BF and I went in to the city to visit a good friend. Our friend lives in ultra cool, way too hip for me, SoHo. I felt so gauche walking down the streets with the hipsters. Oh well. Little do they know I have this exciting blogging life. Anyway, after a delicious Milanesa Steak at Novecento, we walked around SoHo, where, oddly enough, my internal compass set an azimuth straight to Purl - imagine that!
The store is beautiful, hip, quaint, floor to nearly ceiling with wonderful pure fibers. It was a color fest and a fiber fest. The guys are so funny when I drag them into a knitting store (which, by the way, I do with a certain amount of frequency). They are both non-knitters and the conversation overheard goes something like this:
- Non-knitting Guy #1 - So, when are you going to start knitting?
- Non-knitting Guy #2 - I don't knit. It's not for me.
- Lady nearby supresses a smile
- Non-knitting Guy #2 - Now needlepoint, that's for me.
- Non-knitting Guy #1 - Come on. When are you going to knit?
- Non-knitting Guy #2 - You know, some people who can knit, don't
- Lady nearby chuckles
- Non-knitting Guy #1 - I think this yarn requires a needle number 6, don't you?
- Non-knitting Guy #2 - I would use weighted bamboo needles in a size four.
- Cell phone - Ring! Ring! It's an important call for Non-knitting Guy #1 and thus the end of men who don't knit conversation.
Anyway, Purl has the best selection of Koigu that I've found. I bought 5 skeins of yarn and several circular knitting needles. I'm in a new phase of knitting called the "MICROSCOPIC PHASE" as my BF likes fine knits. Wendy - HELP! He wants sweaters knit on 1s and 2s!!!
Then we went back to our friend's loft apartment to just hang out. I couldn't resist. I grabbed a new skein of pink Koigu Premium Merino, some needles and my black cable hat. I started repeating the cable pattern (or rather trying to figure out how to re-knit the cable pattern) to fit an American Girl Doll. It was great fun to figure out the mystery. I made the black cable hat in the days when I didn't write down patterns, so I had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Anyway, while I was sitting on this gorgeous, soft, comfy, warm and inviting flannel sofa in Non-Knitting Guy #1's apartment, I opened the hank of pink Koigu and laid it across my legs. (OK, honestly I draped it across my open knees... but that just doesn't sound very ladylike to write. You get the picture). While I was winding the yarn into a ball, both Non-Knitting Guys asked me this question:
Why don't they just sell the yarn the way you want it?
Good question. Anyone got an answer? We could only come up with 2 answers.
- It's therapeutic to wind the yarn
- The yarn ships easier in hanks
What do you think?
So, on the train I knit several swatches
- swatch for BF's first sweater with a criss cross pattern
- cable cap in a variegated Koigu Kersti All (with a provisional cast on)
- worked on the aforementioned pink American Girl Doll project
Here's what I scored at Purl - blue, green and purple variegated Koigu Kersti for a cable cap, pink Koigu Merino Wool for the American Girl Doll sweater, a surprise for another blogger whose favorite NYC knitting store is Purl...
Oh My God! How did I accidentally buy this size? Who knew they sold something in a size called 000. That's TRIPLE ZERO size. Oh boy. Oh boy. This is scary.
I think I need a nap. Zzzzzzzz.