Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Good Day

Today it is cold, gray, raining, miserable; the fifth game of the World Series was suspended so the agonizing wait for a winning finish for the Phillies is on hold; the economy is doing god knows what; we have to wait a week for the election to put an end to that agonizing wait; I have a cold; my hair is thinning and becoming more and more unmanageable, but it is a good day because I am wearing these:

This is what sock knitting is all about. As soon as I put the first sock on this morning, I smiled. My feet feel like they're being hugged; they are warm; they are gorgeous.

I do not fear the day anymore.

XXXOOO to all my handknit socks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I'm in love with a new yarn (or is it in lust?)

I've been working on an assignment for StellaPop over the last couple of days: hats using Tonalita from Trendsetter Yarns. It is an absolutely gorgeous yarn, both in texture and color: The color changes are very subtle, but as the hat is worked, stripes emerge.

The content is 52% Wool, 48% Acrylic, 50 grams/skein - +/- 100 yards/skein
gauge: 4.5sts = 1" #9 (I'm using a 10.5 needle and getting 3.5 sts to the inch). The yarn is brushed with a mohair feel without the mohair snagging or shedding that seems to happen so often; the resulting fabric is soft, light, warm, and non-itchy.

That's another advantage to doing the production knitting for StellaPop: I get to play with yarns that either I ordinarily wouldn't choose (and find myself liking) or yarns that are a little too pricey for me.

Knitting Supplies for the Blind

Our knitting class for the blind and visually impaired needs supplies, and to get the supplies, we need money (who dosen't, and especially these days?). So I've started an online fundraiser at Fundable.

We have until November 7 to meet our goal, and I'm hoping that friends, family, and complete strangers will help us out. It's an all-or-nothing deal: if we reach our goal in pledges, we get the funding. If we don't reach our goal, the pledges are negated (which means the donors aren't out any money), but we don't get anything.

Reaching our goal will keep us funded through June, when our class ends, so we are counting on this. A lot.

Thanks to everyone who helps us out.