Friday, July 26, 2013

Knit-speare in the Park!

The knitters of KnitCore love field trips and Shakespeare in Delaware Park is becoming an annual summer tradition.  Last night a group of us went to see the opening night of Measure for Measure.  And, of course, we brought our knitting!

We got lots of knitting done (and ate some yummy food!) and really enjoyed the show.  If you get a chance, go see it!  It's set in Vienna, TX in the Old West and is full of silly accents and silly songs and is so much fun.  It's running until August 18.  Really, go see it! And bring your knitting!

And, since brevity is the soul of wit, that's all I have to say about that.  :)


Friday, July 19, 2013

This is What 500 Hexipuffs Look Like!

It nearly covers the top of my bed!

I feel like I was doing pretty good with my hexipuff-a-day project, but I've gotten really busy this summer and I've fallen a bit behind. BUT, today is actually day 200 and I have knit 200 hexipuffs so far this year so I'm actually right on target. All those days when I knit 2 or 3 really paid off.  So, If I can get back on track I have a shot of meeting my goal this year!  I CAN DO IT!

 And so can you! How are your 2013 knitting goals coming along?


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Vacation Knitting!

I'm back home from my vacation and recuperating (my flight got in very late last night.)  Only good thing about flight delays?  Lots of time to knit!

I didn't get a ton of knitting done on this vacation as I was visiting my best friend and one year old niece.  Anyone who has or has ever been around a one year old knows they only stop when they're sleeping.  So, not much knitting. But, I did manage to finish ONE of my vacation socks!

 Isn't it pretty?  The pattern is Tintagel from The Enchanted Sole by Janel Laidman.  I knew I had to knit this sock since the day I got the book because not only do I love the pattern, I have been to Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur.  Seeing the ruins on the romantic, wind swept, heath strewn cliffs overlooking the deep blue ocean, you can amost believe  he was really born there. It's a beautiful and (possibly) magical place. 

Though I loved the pattern and the socks fit great, I think I'm going to have to add elastic around the top.  I did the small size and I DON'T have tiny calves, but it's still a bit loose. We'll see.  I love the yarn so very much. It's Sanguine Gryffon Eidos in a one-off colourway I got at Rhinebeck a couple years ago. It was love at first sight.  I kept thinking the colour reminded me of something. 
 And since I started knitting it up, I remembered.  It's this tapestry from The Hunt of the Unicorn:

Both are a dark rich green background with lots of lush colours over it. Greens, yellow, reds, purples.  I had a book as a kid with this on the cover. Back in my pre-teen years when I was really into unicorns. Obviously it is stuck in my psyche.  I just adore these socks and can't wait to finish them!

Hope your summer knitting is going well!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

LYS Review-The Gourmet Yarn Company

I love stopping at local yarn shops when I travel.  It's great to see a new shop, check out some new yarn, and pick up a souvenir skein.  This trip I stopped at The Gourmet Yarn Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  I was not disappointed.  This place is GREAT!  I really wish I had taken pictures.  It's a big, open shop with LOTS of all the great yarns we all love, a wall of needles (including tons of Addi Turbos), a great selection of patterns and books, an area in the back with sofas and chairs and very helpful friendly staff.  We're talking tons of  MadTosh, Malabrigo, Cascade, Berroco, Rowan, Spud & Chloe, Debbie Bliss, Lambs Pride, etc., etc., etc., with a large stock of colours and weights.  The wall of sock yarn almost made me feel faint.  And the prices were pretty reasonable, too.  I picked up a skein of Spud & Chloe Sweater for $14.50, which is about in the middle of its price range.  I think the MadTosh Sock was $18.50, a skein of Malabrigo lace was $27.50, a dollar less than I paid for the skein I bought in Florida.  So, really not bad.  And, they carried some indie dyers like Schaeffer yarns and some specialties like yak and qiviuk.  Even my non-knitting friend thought the shop was interesting.  I only wish we had such a huge and well stocked shop in Buffalo!

So, if you find yourself in OKC and need some knitting supplies or want a great yarn shop experience, I highly recommend The Gourmet Yarn Shop!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

They're finished!

I finished my Concentric socks!

As you can see, they fit great!

I actually finished them Saturday night while watching Hamlet at Shakespeare at the Park (that's for being so long-winded Hamlet! :P) but I've been going non-stop since then and this is my first chance to post about it.  I'm currently in OK visiting my BFF and my niece Sera who just turned ONE!

I also finished her bunny, which she really loves:

I'm so glad!  And I'm really happy with how well my i-cord tail came out.  I was worried a pompom tail might get ruined, so I made a long i-cord and looped it and tacked it down into a sort of flower shape and I think it works well!

I also finished my Aruacania tank top, which I will post pictures of soon, it is in my suitcase and I plan to debut it maybe tomorrow!  Hooray for finished projects!

Since I finished all my projects, I started my Sanguine Gryffon Eidos vacation socks (Tintagel!) and am looooving them.  Pictures soon (maybe!)

Hope your summer knitting is going well,