Chicago + yarn, yarn, yarn

I am a bad, bad Knitgrrl. I did not manage to make it up north for the (fabulous) Dulaan Knit-In after teaching on Saturday. I blame time zones. You see, Chicago is a mere 5-hour drive away. Sometimes I forget there’s a time difference. So in order to make it to Arcadia by noon, I was awake by 4:00 a.m. and on the road… which means that by 6:00 p.m. CST, yours truly was a very tired little camper, who promptly drove to her best friend’s house an hour away in the far western ‘burbs after teaching and collapsed into a heap. If I hadn’t forgotten the time difference, I could’ve gotten in a good extra hour of sleep.

However, the lovely ladies…

…of Arcadia Knitting have asked me to come back again soon. From left: Marcy (aka ‘mittenfarce’ if you’re a KnittyBoard person), Kathy, Sharon and me. I suggested a Heifer International holiday knit-in over at Franklin’s blog, which will probably make the poor thing collapse into a heap of his own. Courage, Franklin! it’ll all work out!

Rumor had it there would be new Lorna’s Laces roving at Arcadia and hurrah! There was! Here is a photo of it, with 2 skeins of Malabrigo. What will these (really beautifully coordinated colors) become? I haven’t decided yet, but I promised Kathy I would spin up the Lorna’s and review it for her. You’ll hear about it when I do.

Much enabling occurred at the shop — a vacationing knitter from NYC (hi Dawn!) stopped by while her boyfriend was off buying records and she turned out to be the fastest learner, spinning-wise, I’ve ever seen. I was mean and made everyone spin soy fiber, which is on the slippery side, before they got to the wool but Dawn was all over it. Each person got a lot of time to experiment with the fibers and play, which is my favorite kind of class, personally.

See the black hole in the middle of this yarn? That’s a deep-space-like void that sucks knitters in. Either that or it’s the Beaverslide I ordered for my NaKniSweMo sweater. Same difference.

Currently on the needles, the tentatively-named Green Fingers sweater (my second Siouxsie-and-the-Banshees-named sweater in a year, see Spin to Knit for the other). It started as a way to use up all the spare balls of green in my stash and ended up as an excuse to buy more. My name is Shannon, and I have a chartreuse problem.

Pippi yarn! I took advantage of her pre-Rhinebeck sale and scored the lovely fall-leaves-ish yarn you see here. It likes to cozy up to other autumnal things, like these mini-gourds…

…and these fresh Macintosh apples. Oh yes. Am tempted to also make it into a sweater yoke. See? I’ve got nothing but sweaters on the brain. Thanks, NaKniSweMo!

Rules? we don’t need no stinking rules…

Ok, everyone keeps asking the same thing, more or less…

  • If I cast on while driving to Rhinebeck, does it count?
  • If I have 2 rows done already, does it count?
  • See above, various variations abound.

As far as I’m concerned, if NaKniSweMo gives you a much-needed kick in the pants to finish a I-knit-5-rows-and-now-it-lives-in-a-basket sweater, then that’s cool by me! Rock on with your bad self. Just knit! Knit like the wind! And then show off with us at the end of the month. I’ll be here for pep talk along the way.

Ok, ok…point taken. It’s NaKniSweMo!

It should be NaKniSweMo. I’ve updated the image. If you grabbed it for your own server, you’ll need to re-download — sorry about that!

That’ll show you how ridiculously tired I was yesterday! I’ve been boxing up all the FOs from Knitgrrl to send back to their mamas, not to mention lots of other stuff that needs to go out, and dealing with all kinds of lastminuteness before teaching in Chicago this weekend.

(Arcadia Knitting! come on down! I’ll be signing Spin to Knit, too).

I ordered the yarn for my NaKniSweMo sweater from Beaverslide Dry Goods, who are having a sale. Enough for the cable-y wonder I have in mind, for a mere $30. The serious stashbuilders among you will know what a score this was.

Might I recommend, if you haven’t experienced their gorgeous yarn, trying the McTaggart tweeds? My Secret Pal made me a lovely hat from it. It looks handspun, is divinely soft, and amazingly beautiful.

NaNoSweMo (National Sweater Knitting Month) KAL

In honor of those crazy kids over at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), whose challenge I’ve been known to take, I’m declaring it National Sweater Knitting Month here at with a knit-along.

How it works with NaNoWriMo: write a 50,000-word novel in a month.

How it works with NaNoSweMo: knit a 50,000-stitch sweater in a month. Or therebouts. I’ve never actually thought about sweaters in stitch count terms, that’s crazy talk. But if you divide your chosen sweater pattern’s rows or rounds by 30, you’ll have an idea of how many rows you need to knit each day to make it.

Feel free to swipe the image above or make your own. Ping this post, leave a comment, let us know what you’re knitting for NaNoSweMo! I’ll post links and/or photos of your completed projects at the beginning of December.

What am I knitting? Umm. I have an idea… haven’t cast on yet… (this is usually how my NaNoWriMos have gone, too, by the way).