Hi Knitting Blog

I've been away from you, but definitely not away from my knitting. I've got a handful of projects for new babes coming into the world and for sweet babes already in the world. I have my sweater in a good place, just awaiting the assistance of the Knitting Jedi to finish up the hood. She is this woman that is probably in her 60s and she's been knitting since she was 3 years old. I'm pretty sure she might know every single thing there is to know about knitting. My sweater has sleeves now though...I could conceivably wear it without the hood...but I kind of had my heart set on a hood.


Soon soon - the air is chilling - it is harder and harder to get out of my nice warm bed every morning. Pretty soon I'll be all snuggled up in a nice warm sweater of my own creation.

I had a fun and very full summer. Each of the places I visit, in addition to checking out the local toy store, I've now found I need to find the local yarn shop. I made it back to the midwest for a visit and my sister and I had a couple of days sans our kiddos while Grandma and Grandpa spent some quality time with them. We found a couple of magical yarn shops that I hadn't ever been to.

My Sister

Blankie Yarns

The first was Crafty Planet in Minneapolis. We decided since we had time we'd find the yarn I would use to make her baby a blanket and hat. Both will be featured in future posts. The blanket yarns are upon her shrinking lap (courtesy of Spud & Chloe). They had several yarns to choose from so it was pretty fun to look without distractions, they also had some pretty great fabric so we spent a LOT of time at Crafty Planet.

Then we got hungry and there was a tiny little restaurant that happened to be right around the corner. We actually did a GPS search for restaurants (pulled over on the side of the street) and we decided on our destination and we were about 20 feet from the parking lot. Probably didn't really need the GPS to help us get there, actually, who am I kidding?, we did. This was my delicious lunch at Chimborazo.


Now back to the yarn. The next stop was pretty much my dream come true. The only bad part about this entire place was the temperature and that was simply because it was 100+ degrees outside in the muggy muggy midwest. Borealis was the shop we sought out in St. Paul, MN. This was outside the front door and I think it ought to be their home page photo...just sayin'.


I'm pretty into the idea of tagging things these days. My tags will unfortunately never be this awesome.


Street Corner


Now for the yummy inside of the store. I will mention this place is HUGE, it has 3 separate yarn rooms - an entire room for just sock yarn. If sock yarn is your 'thing' you will probably want to put it on your list of places to visit before you run out of yarn. Which poses the question does any knitter/crocheter ever run out of yarn? I recently told Jan that I hope I live long enough to use up all of my fabric and my yarn. She told me I would just buy more, so that was probably impossible.

 Chunky Worsted Weight Yarn Yummy

There is something about cubes full of yarn that makes my heart sing. I'm so happy they didn't care that I was taking photos.

Wool Sock Yarn Green, Yellow, Cream

Don't you just want to stick your entire arm right in the middle of this rainbow?

Blues Pinky Purps


Just do it!





Yarn Graffiti – Giveaway

I came across some info, maybe in Craft Magazine, a while back about Urban Knitting - basically knitting and "tagging" urban fixtures eg. light posts, signposts, door handles, chain links, fire hydrants etc. The reason I'm motivated to post about this is as I was driving down Brooks Street in Missoula, MT yesterday I spied a couple of adorned light posts. I wasn't able to shoot a photo, as I was driving down the street, but I plan to go back and snap a couple of shots of what I saw. This wiki page has an awesome explanation and info on a group called knitta that started doing this in Houston, TX (wiki page is where my photo came from). It looks to me, from the tiny bit of research I did, that this started way back in 2005 - back in the day - heh. The motivation was unfinished projects, I'm pretty sure all of you knitters have a handful of those. Anyway I plan to yarn bomb something in my town, yo. And I think you should too. If you do happen to do so and email me a photo and leave a comment I will choose one lucky winner to receive a hank/skein of yarn. I'm giving away a skein of one of my favorites, a light green (color number A031) Sheep Number Two. The catch...I need at least 10 photos to conduct my giveaway so start knitting or crocheting whatever you fancy. Contest ends March 31st and the giveaway will take place on April Fool's Day - as long as I have 10 photos...and I'll share the photos (along with links to your blogs) in a post on/near the 1st.

Ooh, and this blog post has some amazing photos of a tree, or several.

Get your creative juices flowing and cozy up some urban fixtures where you live. I can't wait to see what you all have to share.