Thursday, July 28, 2005

Hip hip hurray!

It's a freakin' miracle. I actually finished something. Granted, there was very little finishing involved with Anouk, but still. I'm really pleased with the results, though I still need to put buttons on it. No hurry on that, though, since it's not going to anyone in particular. Finding buttons will require taking the item to the store and making a perfect match. I'll be more motivated to do that once there's an actual baby involved. Anyone know a newborn girl?

Anouk completed (almost)!
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The Cascade Pima Melange is really soft, though my only gripe would be that it did tend to come un-twisted, so I was constantly twisting the yarn back into shape. Having it in your hands, feeling the softness between your fingers, it instantly made me feel at ease in this time of stress and anxiety (we're waiting for some BIG news). Mom-in-law knows what I'm talking about.

As you can see, I also changed the color scheme from the original pattern. I wanted the main body color to be reddish pink, so I chose color number 195. I also switched out the flower color, and turned that into yellow number 295. I think they work well together!

Closeup of the flower pockets
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

New additions

I got a call from my sister on Saturday, informing me that there was some sort of yarn conference (Stitches wannabe) going on in Oakland. Having realized that we had no plans for the weekend, we decided to make a day in the East Bay (hey, that rhymed!).

I'd been wanting to get my beloved Wayne Thiebaud posters dry mounted for some time now. With the possibility that we may leave the area soon, I wanted to get it done at the only place I know and trust - The Reprint Mint in Berkeley. And as luck would have it, we're going to be back in Berkeley for Ann's 30th birthday party on Friday, the very day the finished products will be ready for pick up!

So, after a quick stop to drop off the prints, we headed to the yarn conference. Yay. I love downtown Oakland. So safe, so lovely smelling when it's 90 degrees. But, I digress...

Though the market wasn't as good (or as large) as the one at Stitches, there was a good variety of handspun/hand dyed yarns. I don't like going to these special events and coming away with stuff I could have bought at my LYS or online. I go for the unusual items, the things I would have never even known about. And it's cool when the person who spun and dyed the yarn is standing right there in the booth, talking about the process.

I was torn between two spinners' yarns, but ended up leaving with these two skeins from Carolina Homespun. Why? Because I loved the colors and they were worsted/bulky weight. Oh, and they're super-soft.

Blue Moon Spinnery yummy yarns
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