Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It's not you, its me.

My dearest cable cast-on,

I wanted to tell you that our years together have been wonderful, ever since we met during that fateful production of Iris (Rowan 35). I left my first love for you (backwards loop) and I never looked back. Not once have I strayed since we met. You have been nothing but good to me through it all - three wickeds, countless hats and scarves, even Ene's Scarf. But lately, I can sense some distance between us. I'm starting to realize that maybe you can't be everything to me. It might be time to see other cast-ons.

No, its not you. It's me. You see, I've been getting flack from my friends *yarnsnob* about being a one cast-on kind of girl. She helped me see there is a whole world out there, and maybe, just maybe, I could expand my horizons. I know, I know. I shouldn't let my friends influence me. But I couldn't help it. The temptation was too great. Tubular cast-on was calling my name... and it was just so... smooth. So stretchy, so... reversible.

I mean, check this guy out :

Tubular Cast On
Tubular Cast On

You can't blame me for wanting a piece of that!! I've heard about that long-tail cast-on too. You know what they say about cast-on's with long tails ;)

I hope I haven't hurt you... I'd still like us to be friends. I'm thinking scarves and shawls and you never know what else could come our way. The future could hold anything for us. But I don't want to hold you back. I want you to go out there and find that project that's perfect for you. And I know there are other knitters out there that would love a cast-on edge like yours.

You were always good to me. I'll never forget you.


Monday, April 21, 2008

C'mon Baby Light My Fire

Light My Fire
Originally uploaded by sheknitigans
My first go round at Navajo plying!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Back from California!

I arrived home to a wonderful package from Plucky... Mulberry Wine and Dark Days, 50/50 Silk Merino Blend Laceweight yarn. Better than I imagined. Do I sense another Ene coming on??

In knitting news... dad's birthday Koolhaas needs a decrease do-over and then Snezi will be moved to the forefront for completion.

In spinning news... I conquered the Navajo ply. New yarn to be posted tomorrow :)

and a little questionnaire I snagged... feel free to copy and play along yourself!

Three Things That Scare Me

1. Death
2. Bugs
3. Condiments

Three People Who Make Me Laugh

1. The Yarnsnob
2. My boss (seriously)
3. LB

Three Things I Love

1. Nonfat Upside-down Caramel Macchiatos
2. Yarn and Roving deliveries
3. Handbags

Three Things I Hate

1. Narrow mindedness
2. Lies
3. My Jeep

Three Things I Don’t Understand

1. Math
2. Heavy Metal
3. Intarsia

Three Things On My Desk

1. Yarn
2. Business cards from the last 3 years
3. Dental catalogs

Three Things I’m Doing Right Now

1. Blogging
2. Setting the twist on some new yarn (!)
3. Getting ready to sleep

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die

1. Ride in a gondola
2. Hike the grand canyon
3. Get married

Three Things I Can Do

1. Say the alphabet backwards
2. Play the oboe
3. Remember tons of details including long number sequences

Three Things I Can’t Do

1. Knit a swatch. (just cannot do it.)
2. Accept no for an answer.
3. Use ketchup. Ever. On anything.

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To

1. Your gut instincts
2. The opinions on Starbucks cups
3. Your parents, or grandparents. Life experience is invaluable.

Three Things You Should Never Listen To

1. Newspaper horoscopes
2. BMI charts
3. Rachael Ray on those Dunkin Donuts commercials. Mute your TV.

Three Things I’d Like To Learn

1. To speak multiple languages well
2. To dye yarn
3. To be more patient

Three Favorite Foods

1. Ice Cream
2. Red Delicious Apples
3. Cavatelli

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid

1. Saved by the Bell
2. Diff'rent Strokes
3. The Facts of Life

Three Things I Regret

1. No excuses
2. No regrets

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

One word!!


It's coming... so excited, I can't sleep. I can't eat.
If you need me, I'll be sitting outside by the mailbox, waiting for the mailman. Camping out like I'm waiting for a Nintendo Wii. Yes, I'm THAT excited.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I feel honored!

Sheknitigans was the featured Etsy Shop over at Organic Stills!!!!!

Check out the interview and her blog, here : OrganicStills

Thank you so much Natalie, I am truly honored :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

I'm a bad blogger

I'm a bad blogger, and I've decided I'm ok with that. Perhaps I'd be better if not for Ravelry, which takes up most of my time with infinite distraction possibilities. Not that I'm complaining about that. Love the Rav. Just saying, I'd prolly be better at updating. ;)

So, the shop is in full swing. That means spinning at sweatshop speeds. And, I'll be making an appearance at a local fair doing spinning and selling yarn. Yep. The big time. You know what that means, right? I had to call in the feds. My tax ID number is on the way. EEK! I'm a real business owner now?!

Remarkably, there is still knitting going on. I know when I got the wheel I was pretty much ready to throw in my stash for the sake of fiber spinning, but thanks to The Yarn Snob, I was sucked back into it. Sucked in, and enveloped in a sea of Malabrigo Lace goodness that we can only call... Ene.

I did this Ene's Scarf in the most fun KAL ever, a transatlantic yarn snob Ene-a-thon. We laughed (wrong but lovely lace pattern), we cried (multiple cast ons, running out of yarn) and in the end, we blocked. We're happy. And we're taking applications for knitters to cast on for us to start again. Any takers? Only 375 stitches!! I've got some Smooshy that's crying out to be the Ene for the fall season.

So now I've got a Snezi Shrug on the sticks, from Sensual Knits. Everyone is right about this book. There are three things I wanted to cast on right away. Snezi, the Seeded Cables Cardigan, and the Loop Shawl. Seeded cables is next, to be done in some Classy (I mean Smooshy Worsted) I scored in a rav destash today. Cloud jungle. I'm hoping for slightly better wear than with the Malabrigo Polar Morn I originally intended.

Coming soon... Snezi pics. Cash Iroha. Yum.