Neecie's Knits

My burning need for yet more sock yarn

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Show And Tell

So, I meant to post this last night, but was having problems with my photo host, so....

Here is my most recent Ebay purchase
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and the other side
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and the way cute fabric that is the inside pocket
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Yes, it's a Kate Spade. I LOVE IT!!! I will love it for years to come. It's really just the perfect summer purse, AND....I got it for under $100!!!!!

This is my current project
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It's the Viennese Shrug from the Summer 05 Interweave Knits. I'm making it to go with this
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which I've had for a while now, but due to arm issues, can't wear without some kind of cardigan or something to go over it. I tried making Spring Fling to go over it, but really wasn't happy with how that was turning out and retired it. So the shirt has been sitting in the closet waiting for a friend so it could see the world. The pictures above are just before it was joined in the round to finish the sleeves. I'm about 1/2 done with the first sleeve which I should finish tonight or tomorrow night. Then I pick up stitches & get working on the second 1/2.

Last but certainly not least, I came home on Tuesday to find this waiting for me...
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Yup, that's my last package from my Secret Pal. Check out the goodies that I found inside
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There's an Anarchist Knitter book, goodies to eat, lavendar stress ball, black sheep tape measure, ginger soap and the most interesting *yarn* I've yet to run across. It's a linen that's been treated with viscose. When i first saw it, i thought that I had gotten a great big bundle of raffia. hehehe...I was like, Ok, that's cool...why is my pal sending me raffia? However, once I got to the bottom of the basket I found the pattern for the water bottle holder which used said *yarn*. Very cool indeed. Definitely going to have to share that with the Yarn Yoga ladies.

The craziest thing, though, is that my Pal is local. She works at Main Street Yarns???? in Mill Creek. I've even talked to her before on a previous trip. So tricky!!! Marcia, Thanks again. I'll definitely be stopping by sometime to personally say Thanks & see what's going on. You really know how to treat a fellow knitter.

I've still only got 1 thing for the final package for my Secret Pal. I really need to get working on that so I can get it sent off by the end of the month. I just need to figure out what I want to get for her...

Having said all of this, and having had such a great Pal I have to say that I don't think I'll be participating in any more of these Secret Pal exchanges. No bad experiences had, it's just that with school starting at the end of August & moving into the Holiday's, not to mention trying to pay off bills & saving $$ for a house, there's just not much leftover for anything else.

Guess I should get to work, now. Ta-ta

Friday, July 08, 2005

I just wanted to post a quick message, for now. I'd like to let everyone in the UK know that my thoughts & prayers are going out to them in this very difficult time. There really aren't words to convey the thoughts & feelings that are racing through us all at this time. To all of my UK friends here in the US, I hope your family & friends are safe and you've been able to chat with them to know all is well. Just like the world supported us on September 11th, we're all here for you now. Blessed be.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Major Yarn POrn!!!!!

So, before I show off everything that I got this weekend, I just want to ask all of you to keep your fingers crossed for my Mom. Apparently she went in to work this morning & they told her she was being laid off. No warning...nothing. So, now she has to start looking for a job. I'm very upset for her.

So, not to make light of that, but this weekend, a friend, Devon, and I went to check out the going out of business/new owners SALE at Skeins, Ltd....Soon to be Hilltop-East. So, I have to say, I wasn't really expecting much. Maybe a few really good sales and them some 20 & 30% off stuff....Oh my ever loving GOD was I wrong!!!!!!! EVERYTHING in the store was on sale. And not just on sale, but on clearance. Like everything I got was at least 40% off and some was even 50% off!!!!!! WOHOOOOOOO!!!!

Devon and I met up at 9:30 and headed straight for the shop. Lord am i glad we didn't go any later. When we got there, there was a good size crowd. Still manageable, but not much space to walk around the really popular yarn. ***NOTE TO SELF*** Next time you go to a LYS sale, take a small purse, or just your card & license. The purse I had was just WAY too big.

Anyway, we walked in the store & were met by a table packed with yarn. Even the space under the table was packed...all the yarn was 50% off! Oh yeah, baby!!! Picked up a great orange-ish yarn. Moved on to the next area and actually managed to find a linen blend that I needed for THIS. The Fern lace twin set.

Now, by this time, and we hadn't been there long, the shop was really starting to fill up and it was getting harder to move around. Anyway, I made a bee-line for the back wall when i saw the sign announcing that ALL needles were 40% off. So, I got 4 more sizes of Addi's, all 47" long, for about $9, each...not total!!!!

Then I hit the *wool* area...found some great scarf makings. At this point, the shop is absolutely, insanely packed. Women running into each other, etc. BUT, i do have to say that I'm so proud of the ladies that showed up for the sale. There were no altercations, that I could see. Everyone seemed to be on their best behavior and there was much please/thank you, excuse me being passed around. I mention this, because I made the 45 minute wait in line to pay, that much more bearable. Mind you, I heard that at one point on Saturday they had a line of something like 3 hours, with people waiting to get into the store.....!!!!! So glad I missed that. I think I would have had to leave.

Anyway, enough chatter, let's get on to the pOrn!!!!!!!!!!

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'Scuse the dog butt...This is what I came home with.
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20 skeins of Rowan Summer it for 50% off!!! This is what i want to make this sweater.

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This is some luscious Adrienne Vittadini Allegra in just the most gorgeous bright silvery blue.
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Manos del Uruguay wool, color #42
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Rowan biggy print, shade 246
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More Manos...color #62
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Rowan dk tweed in a heathery black
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2 gorgeous rag yarns by Maggi knits Irisk MK collection...I just couldn't pass them up
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More Rowan dk tweed, heathery pink
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Cotton/linen blend by Maggi knits. A gorgeous dark electric blue
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And the last of it...more linen/cotton. This is one lone skein of a turquoise. I just couldn't leave him there all alone. And, the silvery blue linen I got to make THIS with.

So, um, yeah. There was much shopping, I also got a really great lace shawl pattern. Devon and i then went to a local Starbucks & had iced coffees & knit/crochetted for a couple of hours to regain our energy. It was great fun, i must say!!!! I'm also really pleased with myself, because almost everything i got was for specific projects in mind. Not just mindless must have this must have that shopping. Now i just have to find the time to work on it all...hehehehehe


Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone is having a safe 4th.  I have lots of yarn goodies to share, but that will wait for 1 more day, I think.  Anyway, I hope everyone had a great long weekend.  Later
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