Posted in Knitting
November 6, 2006

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!

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  • pippi

    seeing that yarn here on your blog *almost* makes me regret letting it get away.
    i know it has a good happy home! so that eases the pain, lol.

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  • Kathy

    Wow! Shannon thanks for the great Saturday! Come back! I just left a note on Panopticon that if you and Franklin can come up with some dates, we’ll be happy to host.

    Now, check out those great vests.

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  • Dawn

    Hey Shannon,
    Thanks for your patient instruction. I spun all the fiber from
    Rhinebeck in about 2 days on my drop spindle(only stopping to grunt responses). I’ve since moved onto the Lorna’s Laces I bought at Arcadia. Heavenly! It’s only a matter of time before I get a wheel and Christmas is coming!!


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