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We have a Scottish visitor. I’ve got to cook dinner tonight!

I don’t know about you guys, but even one day is short notice for me.  DB called me last night and told me we would be having a visitor spend the night, and perhaps two nights.  Being that he is from Scotland (my very favorite country at this time), and has that hot accent, I couldn’t refuse.  I vacuumed, cleaned the kitchen, changed the sheets in the guest bedroom, put out clean towels, scrubbed the guest toilet, and EVEN took out the trash!

Now you guys may not know this, but caravans are mighty popular across the pond.  When he saw mine, he had to laugh.  Being the Scot that he is (many inventors and creative people have hailed from there), he could see immediately what was up.  He did however offer his backhoe for the burial.  I really didn’t like DB and our new friend ganging up on me all that much, but took it in stride.  After all, I HAVE A VISION.  What a vision it is!

I’m going to cook Tomato and Sausage Risotto and make a salad.  Risotto is kind of a pain, but I’ll manage somehow.  DB and Stewart have much in common….motocross, motorcycle racing, bicycling, construction, etc., etc., etc..  While they’re watching all that stuff Paul has Tivo’d, I can hang in the kitchen and learn how to use words such as “rubbish” (can pretty much mean anything you want it to) and “sexty” (sixty).  Here is a link to the recipe:  http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/dinnertonight/2008/09/tomato-and-saus.html  It was a huge hit!

After dinner we’re going to mosey on over to the new and improved Overton Park Shell on our “push bikes” (bicycles) for a free concert and a battle with the mosquitos.

If you’re not aware of it, go to www.ravelry.com.  My name is “knitch.”  Ravelry is an invaluable website.  It’s like a file cabinet for all your knitting (mostly) and yarn stuff.  There’s even a “library” tab, where you can list all the knitting books and magazines you own.  If you have a skein of something and don’t know what to do with it, look up that yarn on ravelry and see what other clever people are doing with it.  It’s VERY helpful!  I’m on there every day.  It’s a worldwide community where you can even purchase patterns, and there are links to yarn shops, both online and brick & mortar.  I advertise there, and it’s been very good for me.

Make sure you check out the updated Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino page.  I have MANY colors now, and more on the way!  Have you seen my ad in the new Debbie Bliss magazine?  Well, I mean what I say!

‘Til next time, gule gule!

September 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm 1 comment

Crazy Screwed Up Blog

As you can see, I’m still having blog problems.  If you will read past the entry below this one, you will see the new post from Sept. 18.  I HAVE NO IDEA why my latest post got moved down.  I have a feeling it was not this human’s error.  Make sure you read down to the Sept. 18 post to see the announcements about increasing yarn prices.  I’m currently working on those pages but if you hurry, you can still get the cheaper prices on the Debbie Bliss yarns.

Thanks for reading!!!!

September 22, 2008 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Kristin Nicholas/Clanjamfry/Caravan/Julia

When I went to market in Columbus this past June, I was honored to meet and speak to Kristin Nicholas.  Nashua “Julia” is her yarn, and I’ve knitted with it many times.  I must say, I’ve never felt anything like it.  It’s firm, yet soft, and the colors are incredible.  She is very down-to-Earth and lives a life that I am truly envious of.  She lives on a farm with over 150 sheep, her husband, and daughter.  Notice I mentioned the sheep first!  I have to say, if I lived on a farm every day, I’d be in a “farm-induced” coma.  What could possibly go wrong on a farm (besides the occasional tractor accident)???  Here’s her blog

It’s getting to be a little nippy outside these days, so the Nashua Julia orders are picking up.  I have MANY colors in stock already, so you should take advantage of it.  Kristin has a new book out, “Kristin Knits.”  It uses Nashua Julia.  Here’s the cover!

Kristin Knits
Kristin Knits

Julia information:
Spun and dyed in Peru in one of the world’s finest mills
Gauge: 20 sts = 4″ (10 cm) on US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, or 18 sts = 4″ (10 cm) on US 8 (5 mm) needles
50% wool, 25% kid mohair, 25% alpaca
Hand wash, dry flat; may be dry-cleaned
93 yards, 50 grams

Prices are going up on several of the Sublime yarns quite a bit(Extrafine Merino Wool DK, Cashmere Merino Silk Aran, and Kid Mohair), Noro Kureyon, and some of the Araucania yarns (Nature Cotton, Nature Wool, and Nature Wool Chunky).  I’m going to update the prices on those yarns sometime this weekend, starting this afternoon, sooooo, anyone who wants those yarns at the less expensive price, you’d better get on it!

CARAVAN NEWS:
1.  I have all the fabrics for the cushions.
2.  DB’s bringing the plywood home tonight for the base and subfloor of the trailer.  I will have to completely coat all the plywood on all sides with an oil base coating, per the very nice man at Plywood, Inc. here in Memphis.
3.  I have reworked one of the aluminum wheel wells with my hammer (poor neighbors!!!)  The other will most likely be reworked tonight or tomorrow morning (while my neighbors are at work?)
4.  I have painted the front of the heater with heat-resistant almond spray paint.  It is in dry storage now.
5.  I am going to paint the front of the refrigerator and oven to match the heater.  I may do that this weekend.

Clanjamfry is this weekend!  It’s the Memphis Scottish Festival’s 10 yr. anniversary.  I luuuuuuv me some bagpipes!  I may have a meat pie, or I may not.  I DO stay away from the haggis.  BUT, I will be lurking nearby, listening to the pipes.  They will be in full regalia.  I’ll try to get some pics.

‘Til next time….ADIOS!

September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

Knitted cushions, Araucania, and caravan

Greetings!
I’d like to AGAIN apologize for the unnecessary emails you received on Sept. 2 when I HAD NOT updated the blog.  AGAIN I have appealed to the autoresponder company, asking them to please fix it.  I’m always afraid you guys are going to be miffed at me for sending out too many emails to you and filling your inboxes, giving your just a little more daily garbage to dig yourselves out of.  I’m so sorry!

Now, on to other items…I LOVE Araucania yarns.  I get very happy when someone orders a color I don’t have and I get to order it and put it in my stock.  I have just updated the Nature Wool and Nature Wool Multy pages.  There are 6 new colors in the Nature Wool (the colors at the bottom of the Nature Wool page).  Nature Wool features mottled solid dyes.  I feel like they are more subtle and do more than hint at a color, but don’t overpower us with it.  Judge for yourself!  Nature Wool Multy (yes, that’s how THEY spell multi…) is the multi-colored hand-dyed version of Nature Wool.  At $9.95/240 yd. skein for Nature Wool and $11.95/240 yd. skein for Nature Wool Multy, they are a GREAT value for hand-dyed yarn!  For the sock-lover in you, I have Ranco, and Ranco Multi, too.

Ranco Multi in #307, in stock now!

Ranco Multi in #307, in stock now!

I hate to complain about this, but we’ve had too much rain in Memphis lately.  It has hampered my work on the caravan a great deal.  I haven’t worked on it since last weekend!  I have however ordered the cool Amy Butler fabric.  It was on sale at fabric.com!  I got sooooo lucky.  I went to Hancock’s Fabrics and found a solid that matched the center of the “flower thing” on the Amy Butler fabric.  I’m going to have 1/2 of the cushions made with the pattern, and 1/2 with the solid fabric.  I had the idea that I would knit cushions for the caravan.  Why the hell not?  The way I’ve been working on this project, I actually believe that I can say that out loud, and actually knit them.  Also, I would like to knit some airy curtains for yon caravan.  The caravan is quite taken-apart.  The back half is taken down to bare metal to the floor.  It’s not looking good folks!  I’m very determined, and this will get done, but it’s going to be worth A LOT MORE than I paid for it, and I’m afraid I’ll have trouble parting with it.  I think I will have to part with it because, let’s face it, it doesn’t have a toilet!  UGH….

Oh, before I forget.  I have the new Debbie Bliss Magazine in stock.  They retail for $7.99.  IT IS AN EXTREMELY WELL DONE MAGAZINE!!!  Could we expect any less from Debbie Bliss?  I’m trying to build the page now, so here’s the link:  Debbie Bliss Magazine  Here’s a picture of the cover:

Debbie Bliss Premiere Issue

Debbie Bliss Premiere Issue

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND ALL!

September 4, 2008 at 5:05 pm 1 comment


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