Saturday, September 23, 2006

The first day of fall.

So I did make it down to Make 1, and I bought some stuff for my slowly growing stash.

Not that I want it to grow too big, instead I try to only go when I have definite plans in mind. This way, I get stuff that I know I will use (at some point) and don't have too much excess floating around.

Ended up spending $80, so I am glad for the sale! I should've grabbed one of those little bags they had to hang off your purse or beltloop and stash your yarn in. Would've been perfect to tuck into my backpack for work. Ah well. Maybe I can do something with my sewing stash. (Another reason to go with definite ideas in mind, no multiple stashes.. I have one for sewing, one for knitting/crochet and one for cross-stitch. Only knitting gets pulled out regularly because I know what I want to do with it. Well, so do I with the others so I suppose that's not an excuse.)

So now I have one ball of Trekking XXL in deep berry (I want to try making socks, and if they turn out well I can make a pair for my sock fanatic pal), 3 balls of Cashsoft DK in sweet, black and kingfisher and Rowan kid classic in glacier. I also bought 3 new sets of bamboo DPNs in sizes I don't already have.

So all in all it was a gorgeous first day of fall, spent checking out some nifty little stores and creating a small stash for myself.

Just lovely.

Plans, plans, plans

Today the plan is:

- Call the bus operator because the website sucks and refuses to give me directions to Make One Yarn Studio.
- If it's a reasonable distance/time to get there, call up my friend and we will meet somewhere and go check it out.

Otherwise we both are going to Gina's.

I need some supplies so I can get started on stuff for presents and hopefully finish before Christmas. That's why I also picked small projects, so they go faster and will keep my attention better. Big projects always take me a long time to finish (Says as she recalls her stack of cross-stitch projects from a few years back that are put away until little fingers know better than to get into pointy needles and embroidery thread).

In other news, NEXT weekend is a knitting/sewing/cross-stitch etc fair down at the Roundup Centre. With lots of demos and hands on things to do, try and buy.

There's even a coupon for $2 off admission on the very last page of the brochure!

I now know what next weekend's plans are.

But, right now, I'd better go call and drink my coffee.

ETA: Good thing I checked my blogs today! Make 1 has 20% off if you mention that you saw the post on their blog for TODAY ONLY.

WHEE! More incentive to go!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Fall is definately here.

The fall issue of Knitty is out (and I am tempted by Viveka and Lucie) and the weather has turned for the worse with lots of cold rain and wind and gloom as the leaves fall off the trees.

I also have a cold.

As the weather turned I finally finished my fingerless gloves (no pics yet, sorry) as I decided I needed something for my hands in the office. I'm also doing my usual pondering of maybe, just maybe, digging out the sewing machine and making a costume for my son. I just don't know what of.

I'm also pondering some fingerless gloves as presents for a couple of people, as well as a pair of mouse mittens for my son.

Yup, it's fall.

Now I just need to figure out how the hell to get to Make1Yarns.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sari silk yarn..

I was at the farmer's market again, and once more the yarn was back. There's also a lady who sells many various felted products (purses, bags, slippers) and I was nosing around her cart when I discovered sari silk scarves.

I was thisclose to buying one, but I didn't. She was also selling the yarn for $6 a ball, but I didn't buy that either.

At the moment I'm half wishing I had, but I've got projects right now on the go, I have two scarves I'm making for myself so I don't need to buy one and I don't know what I'd do with the yarn.

One of these weeks I'm going to hit one of the other stores around here just to compare prices and atmosphere. I just need to find the time.

Ah well.

I am almost done the fingerless gloves I was working on for myself as a test knit. Next step is to get some other yarn and maybe some smaller needles and make a set or three for Christmas presents. They are definitely the easiest thing I can knit up on the bus and at work. I may even try my hands at socks soon too, just a simple pattern, as that would travel well also.

I'm off to enjoy the rest of this gorgeous weekend though.