Friday, June 01, 2007

Syracuse, Knitting, Yarn and a FO! (Image heavy)

This is what happens when I don't post for an entire week. Lots of pictures, lots of catching up to do.
Last Friday, I met Carrie, aka carrieknits from knitty. She was in Boston for a wedding and we went on a yarn crawl. It was so much fun! We went to Newbury Yarns, Windsor Button, and Woolcott's in Cambridge. I mean, it would be so wrong if a knittyhead came to visit Boston and left without souvenir yarn! Fortunately, she found some real beauties. And I bought some sock yarn. But let's not talk about the sock yarn...
I didn't think to take my camera, but Carrie did. A picture of us at Woolcott's is here!

Sunday, Andrew and I went to Syracuse. I tried to take a picture of the tiny blue sign between the red brick building and the traffic pole, just under the green awning, but couldn't get a closeup that wasn't blurry. This is Syracuse's version of Little Italy, and the sign simply reads Catholic Shop. If you ever need Catholic paraphernalia, you'll know where to go!


In spite of the 6 hour drive, my second Conwy sock did not progress much. But, in my defense, I have to say that's because a spontaneous knit jumped onto my needles.


One of our friends has a daughter who is a year and a half old. Monica looked just like the perfect little tank for a little girl, so I cast on Sunday morning and finished yesterday. I didn't get it done on time to hand it to Olivia's dad on Tuesday, but at least I now have an opportunity to block properly.


My dad's sweater is still where it was the last time, no progress whatsoever. It will be the only thing on my needles once the sock is done, so what's next?
This is the yarn my sister picked out for a pair of socks. It's one of Opal's Hundertwasser line, sock yarn dyed to look like the happy colors used by the German artist Hundertwasser in his paintings.


And I had a little accident when I went to buy yarn for Monica: Jitterbug sock yarn in Fruit Coulis. I think of it as the pixieriot yarn because it's all bright blacks, pinks, purples, fuchsias. It's even brighter than it looks in this picture!


That's it for now. I'm off to knit while listening to Tanz der Vampire. It's a fantastic musical, cracks me up every time, and the music is amazing.

23 comments:

weezalana said...

Well, now I know where to go if I want to buy a Catholic person. ;)

Very cute Monica!

sgeddes said...

Monica turned out great!

I love he sock yarns. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the colors of that Opal knit up.

pixieriot said...

oh wow, that is very pixieriot-y yarn. hee! it's adorable that you think of it that way, it makes me feel special. :-D

great pic in carrie's blog. you're a cutie! i'm glad you and carrie had fun.

off to look for that yarn for myself... ;-)

Just A Knit Wit said...

That tanktop is too cute! And the painting sock yarn is so colors I would snatch up.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Catholic store. ;P
I like that sock yarn your sister chose. That tank looks great. Colinette should definitely rename their fruit yarn!

gourdongirl said...

Colinette sock yarn is wonderful. The tank is cool! I like the yarn your sister chose too, the colours are so muted.

BTW you have just been tagged.....Whats in your purse/bag?

Bezzie said...

I love Monica, each one I see--including yours--makes me want to hunt down a random little girl to knit it for.

KnitChick said...

Wow! You're only 6 hours from Syracuse?? That means you're only 7 hours from Rochester... ;)

I hope to come up again for the Finger Lakes Fiber fest in September. Part of it will be fund dependant... if the jacket does well I suppose that won't be an issue. Oh, under a year? Try under TWO Months! (Started the actual knitting right around April 1).

Zonda said...

Monica is cute! Perfect Pixieriot yarn and your Opal is very colorful! Out of all the Opal lines, I like these colors the best!

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

We did have lots of fun..didn't we?! But we didn't see any Jitterbug? :) That color is gorgeous!! I have a skein or two of Jitterbug in the stash...just need to get knitting!

Monica turned out super cute! I'm glad you picked that. Its on my to-do list for a friend's daughter.

Seven yarn stores in Syracuse? Did I get that right? Good to know :) Glad to hear your trip went well! xoxo Carrie

Bobbi said...

wow! it looks like you've had a really busy week! everything looks great

Linnea said...

Great little accident yarn there! And wow, what a lot of knitting progress.

I love Catholic stores. Obsessively so. Also, we've got a Hundertwasser house here - that has a great Mexican style restaurant. And really, really expensive drinks.

Jess said...

I especially like the opal sock yarn for your sister. There is just something really cool about it...
Monica looks great!
Your yarn crawl sounded funnnn!

Larjmarj said...

I've been wanting to pick up some of the Hundertwasser sock yarn. I love the color variations. The pixley purpley yarn is really sweet!

Dipsy said...

My gosh, Monica turned out so beautifully - totally cute! If I'd just had a little girl close to me, I'd knit that too in an instant! And woah, the yarn - yummy!

schrodinger said...

Monica is very sweet! Man I can't wait to go and visit Boston again to *actually* do a yarn store tour, sounds like fun.

Poops said...

I haven't been to Syracuse in a dog's age! I spent a couple of summers in Auburn and used to go into Syracuse from time to time, but it's been awhile.

And now that I know there's 7 yarn shops and a Catholic store? Man! I might have to take a trip!

Nell said...

Love Monica! What great girly colours.

And I just want to eat that Jitterbug.... :)

Alma said...

Did you find out what they sell at the Catholic Shop.
Lovely photos and lovely colours.
The Hundertwasser makes me happy looking at it.

cathy said...

Well, next time I go to Rochester I'll have to stop in Syracuse and go yarn (and Catholic) shopping.

The tank is too cute :)

OLPP said...

Your Monica is GREAT! And I love the sock yarn! I'm going to have to find some, because it's just beautiful!

Jen said...

Cool -- I grew up in Syracuse. Don't knock our Little Italy -- it's about a hundred times more culture than Syracuse had when I was in high school... Let me know the next time you're in 'Cuse -- I know a really great cheap yarn store.

Jen said...

Oh, BTW, your Monica is adorable! What a nice color combo, and I bet the little recipient will just love it!