Sorry there was no blankie Friday this week. I’m going to come clean here – the girls and I have been on our own since Thursday night – Joe took a little trip up north with his college buddies, and as usual I don’t like to talk about vacations till after they’ve happened for security reasons. He came home this afternoon and we were all very happy to see him.
I promptly went upstairs and took an hour long nap, which I desperately needed. Then Joe took Julie to pick up our dinner at Chipotle. Yay!
Although I am feeling a bit of sensory overload at the moment, it has not at all been a *bad* weekend with just me and the girls. We kept ourselves busy playing outside mostly, and I took them out to dinner the last two nights to avoid having to cook and clean. Still, by the time I got them down to bed and did the minor chores that must be done each evening, I simply did not have it in me to generate coherent thoughts.
I’m still not sure my thoughts are all that coherent, but I’ll share a few with you anyway.
My first yarn shipment is all ready to go out in the mail tomorrow morning! One of my loyal readers has purchased two of the self-striping skeins, and I can’t wait for her to start knitting them up! Or just get her hands on them and add them to her stash. Jaci, do you have a blog?
One service that I’m offering anyone who buys yarn from me is to wind it into center-pull cakes. I’ll either wind it into a single cake, or as I did for Jaci, two center-pull cakes that start at about the same point in the color repeat and weigh about equal amounts. Perfect for a pair of matching socks! This is how I use my sock yarn, and it’s really not much trouble to do before I send it out. Of course, if a buyer wants me to leave it in the twist-skein I’m happy to do that too. The yarn itself is a little more fun to look at that way, and if you’re not planning to knit it right away that might make sense.
In any case, thanks, Jaci, for being my first cyber-customer!
I am still fighting to get back my blankie mojo. After all your input last week, I gave it some more thought and I realize that I really do want the blankie to end up in the bigger size I originally planned. I will enjoy it more in that size, and maybe I even owe it to all the people who sent me yarn to carry through on the original plan. I did get a lot of input, and I really appreciate it. I think I may have even gotten a comment from that Kay, the queen of all miters and one of my main sources of inspiration for the blankie. Thanks everyone!
Oh, and the idea of going ahead with the I-cord now and submitting the blankie to the fair in the square shape is somewhat tempting, but I know myself well enough to know that it would be very hard to go back and finish once I’d done the edging once. For now, I think I will just keep knitting away as many squares as I can motivate myself to do. We will see where we are when the fair approaches, but I am prepared to hold the blankie out till next year if she is not truly ready.
About the Blankie Knit-Along. Really, it’s a bit of a lame knit-along. All I’m doing is putting links in the sidebar to the people who have said that they’re making the blankie and want to be linked. If you want to join, just send me a comment or e-mail, make sure I have your URL (or I can’t add you). There are a couple of people – especially Brit Knitter Dianne – who have been updating their blogs with their blankie progress regularly. If you don’t have a blog and want to knit along, I’m happy to post photos here. Just e-mail me your updates. Those of you who have e-mailed or commented recently, either I have been too disorganized to get you added and/or I didn’t have your URL. E-mail or comment again, please! Oh, and feel free to save a copy of the Knit-along button to your web space and put it up on your blog – maybe just link it back to me or something Idon’tknow.
Becky asked for some recommendations on local yarn stores in the comments. I wrote up a big long e-mail giving her the dish on my innermost thoughts about a bunch of different stores in town. Most of my thoughts were positive and excited, a few somewhat snotty and/or critical. Things that I wouldn’t want to say in public. Of course, my top recommendation is the Yarnery in St. Paul – it’s at Victoria and Grand. Lovely store, lovely neighborhood. I’m only slightly biased, but they certainly don’t pay me for advertisement. If you want the rest of the dish, you’ll have to send me your e-mail address Becky. I realized only after I typed up my thoughts that you didn’t give it to me.
I’m to the heel of the first Sockapalooza sock – the girls let me do a little knitting while they played in the yard the last couple of days. It’s turning out well, and I’ll give you more details on that later in the week.
In the mean time, Cece asked me to pretend that I’d never knit a sock before and tell her where to start. Well, just don’t get carried away. I think the basic sock pattern in the book Folk Socks by Nancy Bush is a great place to start. It has very clear directions, and gives you the basic recipe for the classic handknit sock from the top down. Every knitter should know how to make the classic sock. From there, I would move on to socks from the toe-up using short rows. They are my favorite for various reasons, and I even sell a pattern for them. (By the way, Jaci, look for a little surprise bonus in your package!) For beginners, stick with simple stockinette and/or ribbing. I like double-pointed needles, and I think socks should be knit at a very tight gauge for longevity – at least the foot part of the sock. If you want to knit the cuffs a little looser, fine. I could talk about socks for hours, and I have taught sock classes at the store several times. If you’re really nervous about knitting socks, by all means get yourself to a LYS and take a class.
Here’s where we were this afternoon -