Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tools of the Trade

So last night was knitting nite at Barnes and Noble over on South Willow. It was blogless Amanda's birthday! I normally don't get to stay that late, but since I had today off, I decided to stay out late with the big kids and go over to Famous Dave's after. (I wasn't that impressed with the sandwich I had - I like the pulled pork at Smokey Bones better, but I'm told I should give Daves another chance and try the ribs next time - will do!). So Gina asked if anyone had a tape measure, and I always carry mine with me in my sock bag, so I whipped it out and passed it over.
I think silence may have settled in over the group for a moment of 2 as people began to notice the tape measure. I've had it for probably 10 years, I used to use it when I was into quilting (which I would love to get into again, but right now the knitting has my attention). So anyway, long story short, my sacred tape measure was mocked! In public! I believe the suggestion was made that I should iron it. Although I think tossing it got more votes. Anyway...

Got some good knitting in today. Worked on my second Cascading Leaves (pattern is by Jean Townsend and I got it from the yahoo group Townsend Sock Knit-a-long) sock in Knit Picks Essential Tweed, Inca Gold. This yarn is SO SOFT!!

Then tonight I went down to Cambridge to celebrate Cindi's 19th (gasp) birthday with her dad and her 2 younger sisters. He drove, so I had a good hour knitting time in the car. Cindi's youngest sister is 10, and she has some motor skill challenges due to oxygen deprivation at birth. She was fascinated by my yarn and she spent most of the ride down to Cambridge holding my yarn while I knit, unraveling it a bit at a time, using her imagination to pretend she was knitting too, scarves and socks and hats, and we indulged in other silliness too. She asked me how come I was making socks, and I said have you ever worn a pair of handmade socks? She said no, so I promised her I would make her a pair in her favorite colors (pink and purple) and then she would understand why handmade socks are so wonderful and why I make them. So on the ride back, it was dark, and I wasn't planning on trying to knit...I wondered if she would say anything about that. As SOON as I buckled her in next to me she said "Where's your yarn?" Again, most of the ride home, she entertained herself with the yarn, and with making a "yarn monster" and generally cracking me up! It was really nice to have some bonding time with her. She wanted me to try and show her how to knit with her hands. Well, being that it was dark, and that the yarn was attached to my socks, that wasn't going to happen. But I did promise her that me and her sister would teach her how to knit. I know it will be a challenge for her, but I'm thinking if I get her some large needles and some worsted or bulky weight yarn, that she may be able to learn, and who knows, maybe it would actually help with her motor skills?
I'm got alot of work done on my Regia Crazy Stripes socks - I do have 2 more skeins up for sale ($8 for both - I got 'em for a good price) or to swap.

So I think I will have one finished pair this weekend and the Crazy Stripe 1st sock cast on. I have 3 more sock yarns waiting in the wings...hey, anyone ever done, or know how hard it is to knit a pair of socks and do the heel and the toe in a contrasting color?

Oh yeah...we ate at Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers in Harvard Square (formerly known as Mr and Mrs Bartley's Burger Cottage). What a great experience, if you ever go to Harvard Sq I highly recommend it. Perhaps we should all take a field trip down to Cambridge this spring and visit Minds Eye and then go have burgers?



Amanda1 said...

Sounds like you've had a fun couple of days! Aw, the tape measure isn't that bad!!!

Are you going to Grandview??

Wish we couldv'e talked more the other night. Things got rowdy!


Amanda1 said...


Was just cleaning out my knitting bag (OK - ONE of my knitting bags) and found some size 11 wooden needles that I never use. If you'd like them to help teach Cindi's sister to knit, they are good because they are bigger and not slippery, so the yarn wouldn't keep sliding off. My cousin has Cerebral Palsy, so she likes to use bigger things with her hands.

Let me know!

yarnophiliac said...

I love that Cindy's siter was so fascinated by the yarn! I was thinking that she might like one of those circular knitting looms -- she could make hats and cowls and all kinds of things with it. Also, I have a short -- 3oz. -- skein of "Rachel" (see the etsy shop) yarn that I would be honored to give you for her first pair of hand knitted socks. Let me know if you think it is a color she would like! It is the SOFTEST yarn. mmmmm

Lora said...

Oh the tape measure. LMAO!! How fun was that! OH you are making me want to cast on for another pair of Cascading Leaves....argh I'm going to have to do it!! LOL

Amanda1 said...

Hi, Melissa!

On my blog you asked about the washcloth pattern... it is called "Basket Cloth"... not sure of the book it is from, I copied it from a friend. I am more than happy to make a copy for you, just let me know!


YogaGardenGirl said...

God, I just love that Crazy Stripes yarn. I keep looking at it in my closet and hoping I'll be able to finish some projects so that I can knit them up.

Your socks are just awesome!

And, sorry about all the teasing about your measuring tape....we just want you to have the best stuff!

And, funny as it sounds, that tape was looking slightly don't want it taking over your yarn you???