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[21 Oct 2005|08:35pm]
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I have the same birthday as Glampyre! [26 Sep 2005|10:25pm]
[ mood | happy ]

I'm stuck on a sweater for the store, it's just endless stockinette. I always think I'm in the home stretch, but then it just dr-aaa--gs on.

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[09 Sep 2005|12:53am]
[ mood | tired ]

The new Knitty rules. Like I needed them, there are at least four patterns I'd love to knit. It seems like the men's issue JUST came out, doesn't it? I was feeling sort of jaded today, and not liking the momentum that knitting has been gathering. It just seems to be getting a little out of hand, but that could be a skewed perception, I mean I DO work in a yarn store full time =) This issue has me really excited though, especially because so many of the designers are people I've "known" in blogland for awhile. I'm especially excited for the lovely Jen who is sure to become another yarn and needles rockstar. Congrats all of you!


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A draught, then three entries in rapid succession! [08 Sep 2005|07:56am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Happy Birthday to me!

This is the pink scarf I mentioned a few entries back. It was knit by a BOY, a boy who looks like Gaston from 'Beauty and the Beast' and it is perfect! I've never been given anything handknit! It's great! This is Malibrigo in Cactus Flower, and he knit this so fast that I am kind of sick with jealousy. If you order from Webs, it's likely that your order will be packed by the same hands that knit this piece of loveliness.

I was really sick this weekend and still looked kinda pale when I returned to work yesterday, but this made me look like I'd been off at a day spa. I love black as much as the next girl, but every now and then I have a jones to be pretty in pink.

Thanks Beavis (when he isn't reminding me of Gaston, he's reminding me of Beavis),

CR =)

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[04 Sep 2005|10:57am]
[ mood | sick ]

As promised, more finished things, and a bonus tour of Webs.Collapse )

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WIPs Part One [01 Sep 2005|09:01pm]
[ mood | relaxed ]

So I was feeling bad because all I do is post yarn, and because I haven't finished anything for a long time. But it occurred to me that I actually have a whole lot of work in progress, and that I finished a few things that never made it to the blog. I'm taking the camera to work tomorrow to remedy that, but here are a few progress pics in the meantime.

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More later, kids =)


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Yarn collecting. [18 Aug 2005|08:10am]
[ mood | busy ]

FIRST--I learned Magic Loop last night. It's really neat, and I'll probably teach it in the Knit Differently class I'm co-teaching at Webs this fall. I'm teaching two classes and also hosting and promoting College Knitting Drop-in, which I'm told is called Drinkin' Drop-in by one of my superiors...probably because I once tried to move my Stitch and Bitch group to the Tunnel Bar.

I learned Magic Loop to do this wonderful shrug. It's cleverly constructed, and the perfect way for me to use the luscious Misti Alpaca chunky that we've all been burying our faces in at work. The stuff is like warm, fuzzy silk, and it smells like roses. It's manna for knitters. I have the perfect button ready and waiting, a big wooden flower.

I've finished three things since last posting, the sweater for Stitches and a Baby Bobbi Brown Bear (it's my perogative), a Blue Sky Alpaca pattern that makes good use of alliteration. It's cute, it has a huge lumpy head and he's definitely on the chubby side, which he's a little sensitive about. No pictures of those, but I'll take the camera to work soon and get some.

I DO have pictures of my ballet tee!

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This was such a fun knit. I really want to try it with the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, which would mean NO ENDS. This sweater is stretchy and ends pop through on occasion. What a well-written pattern though. Can't wait to knit more for Loop-d-Loop.

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I'm knitting another store sample garment, out of Cascade Eco+, a lovely grape color, #3479. It's a Yankee Knitter pattern, a really cute one. Easy easy pattern, which is good, because I try to study for the GREs while I knit this.

It's kind of chilly out, and I'm really, really excited about this. I've always loved fall and winter, but knitters REALLY love cold weather.

I know it's kind of boring to just see pictures of yarn. I hope to post more FOs soon. Now that I know I can knit a sweater in a day (the ballet tee) procrastination seems silly.

Time to go to the World of Yarn! That's what the owner's son thinks the store should be called, and I'm all for it.


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Viele worter. [08 Aug 2005|09:38am]
[ mood | caffinated! ]

So I'm enjoying a day off, after a 7 straight day run at Webs. I worked 6, and took a class on the 7th. Good times! It wasn't difficult, but by the end of it I was dying to

a) Sleep in 'late' (about 9:00)

b) Bum around town, esp. Jones Library and Raos, my second favorite coffeeshop that I haven't been to almost all summer. It's perfect for studying, and the art on the walls is the only thing better than the people watching. Work keeps trumping the tasks I had for myself this year, and that isn't good. I need to stop knitting round the clock and start studying for the GREs more intensively, working on my application, and focusing on a research area. It's my biggest UFO!

c) Knit my own stuff! I've been doing swatches for the store, surprise gifts for people and that cardigan for Stitches Midwest and Stitches East. I haven't even been keeping track of things on this journal because Eric's camera is broken. Apologies to my tiny readership!

The cardigan came out okaaaaaay...the yarn is lovely, it looks like Lopi but is infinitely softer and better to work with. It's an easy pattern, that's for sure. BUT--the finishing riled me. Weaving in bulky yarn ends was just too much for me...I threw it across the room a couple of times, I'm not going to lie. They showed through or looked awful almost every time. And it was fair isle, so there were MANY. The pressure to make it look perfect was really intense, but I finally had to just leave it at work, because it was giving me major knitter's anxiety. If any of you are going to Stitches, look out for my Neapolitan ice cream sweater!

What else? I made a wombat for Ben Lee, who is the musician I adore most. I knit it throughout the show, but stopped when I got to the ears, because I was a little tipsy and also because the music was getting really good.

I made a Steek Vest from Loop-D-Loop, but it's too sexy and not in a good way. In a naked way. You can't really wear anything underneath without ruining the steek effect, so I'm reknitting into the Webs team uniform, the Ballet Tee. EVERYONE is making one, and with our store discount, it's about 10 dollars worth of Cotton Fleece, so I'll probably make a couple if it comes out nicely.

There is more, I'm swimming in yarn and projects. I got some lace yarn from Handpaintedyarn.com which is essentially Malibrigo. It's not as soft, but I'm looking forward to making some lace shawls this winter. I'll probably start with the Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi shawl, the one that looks like a sunflower.

Lately I've been planning a few felted bags, I'm excited about those. Details on those later.

OH, one MORE thing. I saw "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and while the only actual needlework done on camera was crochet, the Bucket house was FILLED with grubby knitted objects...which, if you washed them, would look a lot like items from the new Rowan magazine, which I think I'll have to plunk down $19.95 for, because it's fabulously art directed. The Craftsters have noticed, too! That's one of fantasy careers, art direction. I'd love to be the person who decides that Helena Bonham Carter should wear holey fingerless gloves.

This is way too much text, I'm exhausted! I'm planning to take a little yarn inventory soon and that's going to be a little daunting, and it's sure to induce a little guilt, so I'm just going to knit my way through it.

Needles poised...

Ready, set, knit!


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Extreme Knitting! [21 Jul 2005|06:56pm]
[ mood | working ]

OHHHH man...

So get this--there was a minor crisis at work this week and we suddenly need about 8 items to be shown at upcoming Stitches conventions (Stitches East in Atlantic City and Stitches West in Illinois). This morning myself and two coworkers were assembled in a little knitting think-tank team and we frantically found patterns to knit that fit the following criteria:

1. It had to be knit with one of the new Valley Yarns.(which are gorgeous and ALL UNDER 5 bucks a ball!)

2. It had to be knittable, meaning not overly ornate. We cater to beginners.

3. It had to be attractive, and wearable.

4. It had to be a pattern that isn't affiliated with/written for a specific yarn.

5. We like to knit from single patterns or books that people won't mind buying or are likely to already own (Stitch and Bitch, Ann Budd's Handy Sweater Pattern book, etc.)

Anyhow, we settled on patterns, yarns, colors, and divvied up the work, and most of us cast on right then and there! I will take pictures of the madness as it happens--we're working under a two week deadline. This is insanity, but also fun.

Okay, I have to use this typing energy to KNIT!



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I banged out a sleeve! Easy!

I guess this lovely little number will have to wait...sigh...I'm really liking the yarn (Tahki Capri, a cotton tape yarn). It's a bright summer color that I never really wear. It's melonish. Oh, and it's the Steek Vest from Loop-d-Loop.

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Lastly...my wonderful employers gave this bag to me as a pre-thank you for some work I'll be doing this fall. She pointed out (correctly) that she knew I wouldn't buy this for myself. I LOVE it, it's by a woman named Lexie Barnes who is local. I've become an unofficial spokeswoman for this line. And look, this print matches my new shoes!

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So tired. Tomorrow is another Stitch and Bitch at Haymarket, should be fun again.


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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! [02 Jul 2005|09:49pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

That's me this week, I've been on a knitter's high! I was feeling really out of it at work, sort of sick but trying to tough it out. The Ladies are just too much fun. Their generosity and patience is just amazing, it really reminds me of my days waiting tables with the all-lady staff at the fabulous Acton Jazz Cafe. I leave everyday with a big smile.

This was the week of FREE STUFF! Free leftovers from yarn reps, wonderful gifts from a hand-dyer coworker, treasures from the library, store assignments, GIFTS FROM MY SECRET PAL!...it goes on and on and on! I really hate to get so jazzed about materialistic stuff, but this is truly special stuff, from the beautiful and thoughful gifts to the invaluable information to the outright glee that comes from FREE YARN.

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Last but not least, the first meeting of Happy Hour Knitting is this coming Friday, 6:00 p.m. at the Tunnel Bar in Northampton. There are huge leather chairs and huge glasses of wine. Hope to see lots of local faces who are looking for a laidback knitting group and some laughs.



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Photoshoot, ja! [22 Jun 2005|08:53pm]
[ mood | good ]

Would you like to see some yarn?

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I've been considering enrolling in a program to become a Master Knitter, as I've mentioned before. Well, I signed up for a class on multi-color knitting techniques that counts towards it, so it's getting more official, as well as a Two-Dimensional design class that might count as an elective. Good times!



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!!! [19 Jun 2005|09:46am]
[ mood | bouncy ]

Yesterday at work someone recognized me from my blog and Glampyre's reader gallery! Am I a dork for feeling totally famous!? I was feeling ashamed about the quality of my blog, and telling a co-worker just an hour before this happened. Hi to Jenna if you're reading! She looked exactly like Gabi Hoffman with a faux-hawk and has great taste in yarn, she scored some Big Kureyon, some green lace-weight Schafer and some soft grey angora. Have fun with it.

I still love the job. Lately I've been getting knitting homework, swatches, baby booties, and a Fair Isle cardigan out of the very Cascade yarn I'd been raving about. Can't tell you how great it is to have this be my JOB. Hanging out with other knitting-o-holics is just the very very best.

I will most likely add some FO pictures to this in the next day or two. I'm making a very quick shoulder warmer out of this LUCIOUS yarn:

In color 105, which has amazing depth because of the slightly differently colored plies. It's going to be my anti-AC summer sweater.



P.S. My dancing just made the record skip! Awesome.

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[10 Jun 2005|10:36pm]
[ mood | hot ]

It is so hot. Massachusetts is really, really humid these days. And yet what accompanies me on my morning commute? Bulky Lopi, scratchy, hot Icelandic wool. It's a Father's Day gift, I can't say what it is yet, but there will be pictures! It's varigated and it's striping, maybe because I'm knitting it in the round and the repeats are pretty long. It looks great!

My Secret Pal is GREAT! She is from Seattle, I think, and I just got my first package today. It contained some delicious smelling mango tea, a beautiful card, a really cute piggy measuring tape (you pull the curly tail to measure things) and some Lorna's Laces sock yarn in the limited edition Knit Happens colorway! My mom lives down in VA and this spring I trekked to the Knit Happens boutique in Old Town. It's really special yarn, and the socks will bring back good memories! Thank you Secret Pal!

My job is really perfect. Talking about knitting all the live long day is just a really fun thing. I was spending a large portion of my last semester of college thinking and talking about knitting, and now it doesn't feel like it was wasted time. My coworkers are really sweet and talented. There are a lot of ladies who are older than me, and I like to hear what they have to say about life. It's easy to get entrenched in your own generation, and the young are especially guilty of being egocentric.

I have to rave about a yarn. It's Cascade Ecological Wool and Eco+, it is $15.00 and $18.00 respectively and it is---drumroll please---478 yards a skein. It's not even itchy and it knits up to 3.5 stitches on a 9 or 10 needle. I was reeling at the (affordable!) possibilities for this yarn. Check it out, post haste.

Okay, boyfriend is pestering me for the computer. But! Boyfriend is also roommate now, which means digital camera access all the time, and he recently requested (!!) fingerless gloves, which makes me love him more.

Over and out,


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[29 May 2005|08:46am]
SO. Much news. This was my first week at Webs! And I recently discovered that a really awesome person I met at UMass will be starting next week. Really looking forward to getting some new knitting buddies, since Bonnie and her hambag (my bosom buddy used to carry around her knitting in an old cloth bag that was for cured ham) are very far away.

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So you're probably wanting to peek into my yarn bag. I stocked up on a lot, but it was all deeply discounted.

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NOW, to knit all of that! I'm more busy than ever, but I also have a great big commute every day, so we'll see...

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[23 May 2005|12:59pm]
Secret Pal 5 is starting soon! We all have to fill out surveys so that when the parcels arrive we're all happy. This sort of gift giving is great, I find it really hard to buy gifts for people and love having a little help. Since I love to talk about knitting, I was really thorough, I hope this doesn't scare my pal ; )

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Here are two more finished knits. These were finished and photographed awhile ago, but with the graduation and moving duties, I haven't had a chance to post until now. I give you, My Dinorific Minisweater:

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I totally love this knit, Glampyre rules. It's the funniest looking thing I've ever knit and kind of my favorite. I love all of these green yarns and now they're together forever! I did do the spikes, but only on the neck and they need a blocking to be more pointed. I did a crochet edge on the sleeves to make a teensy ruffle. I love crochet edges!

This is Simply Marilyn from Interweave, they've made the pattern free on their website since it was so popular. It was supposed to be in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky...softest yarn on Earth. I did it in a Norweigan wool from elann.com, Gjestal Naturgarn. It's light but kind of scratchy...I think this will be a house sweater, because a large bulky sweater worn off the shoulder just looks kind of funny outside the pages of artfully styled knitting magazine. I should've listened to Maggie Rhigetti and Elizabeth Zimmerman, they both tell us to not be swayed by stuff like lilacs, puppies and soft focus lenses!

The contrast is really high because the cables weren't showing up.

The wool is so stiff that Eric observed that when the collar is up I look like Bjork in her 'Who Is It?' video.

Lastly, this is my Branching Out scarf from Knitty (can't really see the leafy lace) and two balls of German yarn that I picked up for a few dollars at Webs, turquoise and chocolate brown. The label says, auf Deutsch, "The volume, without the weight". I have three in each color I'm hoping I can make a striped funnel neck tank out of it. I don't know why, but I love leaf patterns in cables, fair isle and lace. Maybe it's fitting since I'm also obsessed with green...

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That's all for now kids! I start at Webs tomorrow, woot!

Over and out,


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Klaralund [16 May 2005|12:42am]
[ mood | chipper ]

This has been done since spring break, I just never had the chance to photograph it. I have several pictures of other finished and semi-finished things, I'll be adding them soon.

This was in Noro 84, one of the most beautiful Silk Garden shades ever. I didn't use a pattern, I just looked at all of the Klara's online, and figured it out...everyone kept saying "I can't believe there is NO shaping at all!" So I guess I kind of cheated...apologies to Miss Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. I knit two rectangles for sleeves and then using a 24" circular Addi, I picked up stitches and knit a tube downwards to form the body. So easy.

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Funny story about this sweater...I was knitting it on a road trip down to Georgia, to meet the Boy's parents for the first time. As we neared their house, I was binding off furiously, asking him every few seconds, "HOW MUCH LONGER??" We were less than a minute away and I still had several inches to take care of, so he pulled into a parking lot and let me finish it. I put it on, instantly declared it lumpy, and prompted decided to wear something else.

Silly? Yeah, but I told this story and showed this sweater during my job interview at Webs and I think it had something to do with me getting hired, because it really impressed the boss. She took it and showed it off around the office. They're getting Silk Garden in, so maybe I'll knit up a store model for them in 34, the purple/green shade that I adore...


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Remember the book "Flat Stanley"? [07 May 2005|06:39pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Meet Flat Cami. Since I have no means of taking photos, I scan my knits. This is almost done. My work is a little sloppy, so it might become my beach cover-up; it matches my blue batik bikini perfectly. The light blue is Paton's Brilliance, the dark blue is an obscure Italian one that is identical to the GGH Mystik the pattern calls for. I like this knit, even though my technique is deplorable. It's a logical pattern, it's portable and it seems really flattering on everyone who knits it. Which I kind of need right now, since I finished Simply Marilyn in my bulky wool and...I don't want talk about it.

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Oh, and a big HI to my mom, who recently entered the fiberous world of stitchin' and bitchin'! She is already making up sweater designs!


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[25 Apr 2005|09:21am]
[ mood | awake ]

Knitting news? It's looking to be rainy in the next few days, which means I can probably manage to finish my Simply Marilyn, which by the way, is turning out much softer than I thought it would be. The wool is also extremely light, I'm loving it ('it' is Norwiegan Naturngarn from Elann).

I didn't get a digi-cam this weekend like I thought I would, and I have yet to find someone to pester for one. Maybe when my dad comes up for graduation, I can finagle a wooly photoshoot...

OH, but I DID get the job at WEBS. Couldn't be more excited. I had to bring work for them to look at, like it was a call back for an audition or something! It was fun, and I had a very hard time deciding what to bring. I ended up bringing my modified Klaralund (modified because I never bought the pattern, I just made it up, big thank you to everyone who stressed that there was no shaping at all), two mice I made from Stitch and Bitch Nation, my unfinished sock for Mr. Man and my Honeymoon cami in progress. The sock looks really damn good, it's on 0s and my tension is machine like. I frogged them (I had made one too long and risked running out of the Regia) and I really want to remake these soon. The mice showed off lots of skills (finishing: seams, embroidery, weaving in lots of ends and also i-cord, increasing and decreasing) and they are darn cute. Those are in the mail to Mrs. Marklein today. The Klaralund was taken away and showed off around the office by Kathy, my new boss. They're carrying Silk Garden now, so I'm hoping to wear it and inspire lots of imitators this summer!

I hope to god I can post some pictures soon!! I might gather my knits and take them to the black and white photobooth in Northampton!

And in a completely unrelated note, the Yarn Harlot had some hilariousCollapse )things to say to her housemates/children.



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[21 Apr 2005|03:49pm]

WEBS called back, they're "very interested" and want to see knitting samples.


If I get this job, it's going to be an amazing year off.
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Grumble. [19 Apr 2005|12:23am]
[ mood | irritated ]

Stegosaurus sweater and I are in a fight. I basically finished it, but it's trying my patience. SO MANY ENDS. My fault for wanting it to be so stripe-y...it's also a tiny bit too big. The whole point of knitting a top down sweater in the round is that there is no finishing...not so with this thing.

This was a really experimental piece, I'm not too fond of how rough-hewn it looks, but then again, I guess that's part of the aesthetic.

The minute I put it on I decided I want to make a slinky black version, something you'd see on a ballerina. This is probably going to become a house costume, just like my Monkey Thinking Cap and my child's XL size Abercrombie Academy short-shorts. It's a great design though, and a really fun knit. I'm probably getting a camera this weekend, I'll post pics then, when all the ends are weaved in. It's currently sitting in the time out corner.

I read Maggie Rhigetti's knitting handbook again while I was on duty. It made me care a lot more about technique. I'm so quick to just invent methods of doing things, when there is already a neater one out there. I have to learn to slow down and do things correctly instead of just faking it.

The interview at WEBS went really well, I think. Found out that if hired I can take the classes for free...including a prep course of TKGA Master Knitter certification. Silly, but secretly I think it'd be really rad to be a certified knitting expert.



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