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It’s a Noro sale!!!!

 

Good afternoon friends/family/knitters.

I’m having a clearance sale on the Noro on the website and thought you might like to know about it.  Now don’t be upset.  There isn’t much left.  That’s why I’m giving you guys this great deal.  Everything left, except Kureyon (because it’s still current), is 15% off my low retail prices.  The sale is on Noro Iro, Silk Garden Lite, and Silk Garden Chunky.  Also on sale are all Noro books I have in stock:  Noro Joy, Noro Pure Noro, Noro Unlimited, Noro Volume 22, and Noro Wanderlust.

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Take advantage of this rare sale, and have a happy Labor day!

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August 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

Noro Joy

Noro Joy

One of the Noro books on sale “Joy”.

Continue Reading August 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Another trip to Europe: Gouvieux-London-Bruges

Yes, it’s true.  We had a little family reunion on Sept. 1, 2011 in Europe.  It was even more fun because my BIL was able to join us!

Condominium courtyard in London

 
I know you’ve seen this one before, from upstairs. This time the weather was beautiful, and we were able to spend some time outside, in the garden/dining area.  This is the same B & B we stay in every trip to Gouvieux.  I highly recommend it!  Read the old posts for the name.
 
 

Spaniard's Inn on Old Spaniard's Road, London

 This pub was ultra cool.  Took the city bus everywhere, as we could sit on the second level, in the front, and see EVERYTHING.  I loved it!  This pub was at the top of the hill, opposite a park.  The ceilings were very low, and it was very cozy.  All wood furniture/seating and tables.  Quite traditional.  That’s when I first started asking myself why I’m living in the states.  I soooo love tradition, age, and their history.  I had to have a Pimm’s Cup and Irish stew.  The soda bread was nice and dark.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Papatya with sculpture in Camden Town, London

Girl with sculpture in Camden Town, London

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We didn’t even notice the sculpture above until the second time we walked by.  Girl shown for scale only.  There was a very strong “horse” theme in this part of the city.  The horse stables have been turned into booths, where vendors sell their goods.
 
  
Typical sight
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Because of the copious rain, this was a common sight:  FLOWERS.  I’ve used this photo on the cover of my commemorative book, “Pubs of London.”  I had fun taking the photos.  My family probably thinks I’m nuts.  Turns out, the Brits are very proud of their pub signs, which explains why they were all in such good condition.  They all seemed to be freshly painted.
 
The first thing we saw when we opened the hotel room door in BrugesI knew that Bruges was purported to be the most intact gothic city in the world.  I didn’t expect these beautiful, heavy beams when we opened out hotel room door.  We all gasped, I kid you not.  We were in the loft of the building, with tall windows and skylights.  What we see in this photo is the roof structure.  Beautiful. 
 

View from the hotel window.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

The tower in "_ucking Bruges." Sorry, it's a quote from the movie, "In Bruges." A MUST see.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The photo above illustrates the characteristic step gables prevalent in Bruges.  They’re everywhere.
 
The tower on the right houses large bells that chime often.  Bruges is also known for their obsession with time-keeping.  In the movie, “In Bruges,” it was not possible to jump from the tower, as he would hit all kinds of architectural elements on the way down.  I guess they just used this tower because it’s exceptional, and it’s on one of the main squares.
 
 
We took a little side trip by train to visit my brother-in-law, his father, and a good friend in Oostend, Belgium.  They were there for dragon boat races. 
 
Brussels Central Train Station

This was our final view of Belgium as we left for the Brussels airport.

 
I haven’t mentioned knitting!  Yes, I knitted.  As a matter of fact, I’m still working on the same project I started while on my trip.  It’s the Geodesic Cardigan by Connie Chang.  I still have plenty of gorgeous yarns on the website, yarnstudio
 
Until next time……
 

January 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

My city, Memphis, is flooding……

 

but as all hardcore knitters, I knit on to calm my fears.  It always works.  There is plenty of knitting to do in my life; including new models for Twisted Sisters, Berroco, and a new yarn company, Swans Island.  I’m proud to be working with these very down-to-earth companies.  If you haven’t seen their yarns, make sure you peruse their websites.  Berroco even has free patterns!  If you’re curious and you’d like to see some of my work, look HERE.  I also showcase my work, as permitted, on ravelry under the name “knitch”.  Come over and friend me!  I’d love to see what you’ve knitted and what you’re working on.

 
“Buckland” for Berroco
 

One project that I’m super proud of is this dress I worked for Teva Durham that is featured in her new book, Loop-d-Loop Lace.  Here is a photo!

 
The Loop-d-Loop Lace Dress for Teva Durham
 

Are you craving a simple Spring scarf?  Here is a link to a free pattern from Classic Elite for Katydid Drop Everything Scarf.  It’s worked in their 100% organic cotton ribbon yarn, Katydid

Classic Elite's Katydid Scarf

 
You folks deserve a caravan update.  The reason why I knit so much, well one of the reasons anyway of the many, is to raise money to renovate the caravan.  I’m very happy to say that last Friday I picked up the newly laminated countertops/tabletop from Counter-Fitters.  They’re a great family owned/operated cabinet shop.  Ernie, Jr. was able to complete my tops for me days after I took them to him.  He’s the strapping guy in the photo

"Extreme Green" Nevamar Laminate on caravan counters

on their website.  For those of you who don’t remember, here is a photo of the laminate color, on the right.  I have run some of the wiring (by myself, eeek!) and have the linoleum (yes, the old-fashioned kind made with wood pulp) in my possession.  I have decided to first install the 1/4″ plywood wall panels, the wall cabinets, then install the floor before putting the flooring down.  I had to wait 2 MONTHS until the floor came in, so I’m going to handle it with kid gloves.  I promise photos of the caravan for next week’s post.

On the car racing front:
My talented partner and I went to a rally car race in Linden, TN last weekend.  He was toying with the idea of trying it some day.  The race we attended was on full tarmac, and we didn’t get to see any off-road racing.  It was a little bit of a disappointment for that reason.  I believe rally racing to be slow in catching on the the U.S.  There are very few events in the area.  My understand is that Rally America is the better of the two organizations, if you’re interested in looking into it.

If you live in Memphis, please come knit with us at Cafe Eclectic, 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday night, at 603 N. McLean Boulevard.  All are welcome!

 
 

May 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm 1 comment

The new Knitty is up!

"Beatnik" on the cover of Deep Fall Knitty

AND, Norah Gaughan made it onto the cover with the most recent project I knitted for her!  I know I’m bragging, but maybe I’ve earned it this time?    After all, the glory is the main reason why I knit for the “design stars.”  (This one was sent to her Express Mail and got there a day late, thanks to the USPS).  If you still haven’t seen it, here is a link to knitty.  It’s got some really great patterns this issue.  I’ve already ordered some Malabrigo Twist to knit Mothed.

Another recent for Norah (at berroco) is Bismuto, shown below:

Bismuto, featured in Norah Gaughan Vol. 7

Here is a link to this project on ravelry:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bismuto

A group of 14 others and I had a GREAT local etsy show here in Memphis.  Attendance was very good for our first show.  Here are some works of mine that were featured.

Asti in Chartreuse

Asti in Capri Blue

 

I still have plenty of these left, and in an array of colours.  More colours will be posted by tomorrow noon.  They’re a very good value….antiqued copper or bronze french wires and Swarovski crystals.  I’m taking my jewelry to a shop tomorrow.  Send much luck my way!

As far as my current knitting projects go, I’ve finally started knitting the Shippo Tails scarf kit I bought in NYC last September.  It’s very interesting.  There are two spools of paper/viscose and one spool of stainless steel/silk.  Of course the colourway I chose is chartreuse.  My other personal project is the Biker Girl sweater.

My Shippo Tail ScarfMy Biker Girl sleeve

My Biker Girl sleeve

The caravan is totally dried in now and I’m prepared to start working on the interior in earnest.  I have already purchased the plastic laminate for the kitchen counter and dining room table.  I’ve located and priced the “true” linoleum flooring.  I’m thrilled that I’m going to be able to install it myself with a bucket o’ glue. 

It has occured to me that I forgot to mention further about my blood condition.  If you have never been pregnant, have migraines and a history of diabetes in your family, please have your blood checked for Factor V Leiden.  It will explain a lot.  If you’ve never had a blood clot, you’re still good.  All you’ll have to do is take one low-dose aspirin a day.  I still have my monthly hormonal migraine but other than that, no more headaches in between.  It’s a very simple test and will put your mind at ease and explain why you have headaches and have never been pregnant.

Stay tuned for more adventures!

September 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

A beautiful skirt to knit. Yes, knit.

The new knitty is out!  I’m so excited I see several things I will have to knit, but I got stuck when I saw the Noro Kureyon skirt.  I immediately ran to my stash and picked out uhm…..some colors.  I’m going to need (6) balls to knit my size.  Tell me what you think!  I think I’ve settled on #196.  I’ve already taken it out of inventory.

Noro Kureyon in color #196

Tina Whitmore, the lead designer and genius behind Knitwhits, assures us that this skirt will not get a booty in it.  I think the fact that the skirt is wool and knitted on the bias will definitely contribute to this very perfect result.  I sit on said booty all day in front of the computer, so this skirt should suit me just fine.  She says it’s a quick knit, too.  I don’t know about you, but knitting with Kureyon, I don’t get bored.

Here is the piece de resistance!

Lanesplitter skirt on knitty dot com

I did cast on the lace border pullover with Sublime.  It’s worked from the top down.  I’m 4 rows from the armholes!  I also have another project that I’m expecting from Norah Gaughan at Berroco tomorrow morning.  A scarf, due at the end of August.  Stay tuned for a photo or two of the lace border pullover.

July 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Sublime

Yes, Sublime yarn IS sublime.  I’m going to start knitting with it tomorrow.  I’ve kept my hands off it for a long time.  It’s time to break down.

I’m nearing completion of Paper Crane for my sister-in-law.  When I get near the end of a knitting project, a strange feeling begins to well within my very core.  I interpret this to be the “the new project is coming” feeling.  This is what I want to knit:

Lace Border Pullover

The pattern is from Classic Elite’s “Sunday Brunch” book.  (I’m going to use Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK.  It will only take (7) balls for the size 38.  That’s only $52.50 for this sweater.  Sounds like a deal to me!)  It’s not the same, but I think it will be drapey enough.  I say that because the Classic Elite Wool Bamboo that the sweater is originally designed with will be drapey with the bamboo content.  I like bamboo, in the right place, but not in my yarn.  From what I understand, bamboo yarn is not good for the environment.  The process of making bamboo yarn is not good.  Here is a quote from organicclothing.blogs.com:

The manufacturing processes where bamboo the plant is transformed into bamboo the “yarn” are where the sustainability and eco-friendly luster of bamboo is tarnished because of the heavy chemicals, some of which are toxic, that are often required.  Very, very little bamboo clothing would qualify as sustainable or organic clothes. 

There you have it.  I have a sweater knitted with bamboo.  I think it’s a very cool sweater.  It has a lot of drape, and I can wash it by machine.  The Sublime yarn I’m using on my Lace Border Pullover is machine washable too though.  🙂  So, I’ve selected the color “Mocha.”  It should be waaaay ready in time for, dare I say it during this 100 degree day, FALL!!!!

July 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm 2 comments

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