Archive | July, 2011

And you will know me by the trail of monsters.

28 Jul

Monster fever; it has hit.

Coco the Canister Monster with a canister of coco.

Yesterday, I made Coco the Canister Monster. She is actually my second Coco, as the first has gone to live with my best friend Leah. This yarn (also from that first grab bag) was just so monster-y, and I only had enough of it to make Coco this phenomenon may or may not result in an army of Cocos. She came out much bigger than her predecessor, since she was knit on 10.5s with super bulky yarn, and has one smaller arm, but she says that if Nemo had a small fin and did everything that he did, she should be fine.

"Time for cookies!!"

Unlike my other monsters, Coco is an alien. She hasn’t told me what planet she comes from (she insists it’s a matter of interplanetary security), but she loves to regale us all with fantastic tales of her home planet. According to her, they have a planetary holiday called Cookie Day where everyone spends all day baking cookies, although since this holiday conveniently falls pretty much every day or two, there’s some speculation that she may have made it up, or at least exaggerated about its frequency.

Coco in her natural habitat.

Since this Coco is much bigger than other Cocos, she can’t fit into any of our canisters. So instead of nestling into the beans every night to sleep, she curls up in the corner between the canisters and the microwave, content to be a Canister Guarding monster, rather than a more traditional canister dweller. No mice or bugs will penetrate these canisters!!

Family portrait 7/28

Pattern: Coco the Canister Monster by Rebecca Danger
Time Span: 26 to 27 July 2011
Materials: 55.8 yards of Artful Yarns Circus
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/coco-the-canister-monster-2

Monster Ahoy!

27 Jul

I spent about a week and a half being terribly ill (i.e. pneumonia, conjunctivitis, passing out and falling down the stairs and getting a concussion and being rushed to the ER), and clearly the best way to reintegrate myself into knitting (and blogging!) life is by knitting a Rebecca Danger monster.

In the sink.

Baldwin the Bathroom Monster, in his natural habitat.

And lo, Baldwin the Bathroom Monster was born. He is made out of Lorna’s Laces Swirl DK, which I got in my very first Webs grab bag about two years ago (I’ve almost knit my way through the whole thing I swear). Since it’s DK, and monsters like to be knit on needles smaller than called for, he ended up being made on size 2s. I made this decision with no whining or scariness or anything, I just cast on. I was very proud.

Peeking out from behind the medicine cabinet.

"Hoo?"

Baldwin is a nervous around new people, but once he determines you’re a friend, he’ll follow you around, hopping and hooting until you play with him.

In the toiletries bin.

"Hoo hoo!!"

He has a beak instead of a traditional monster mouth, because when I was making his face last night at five in the morning hush I was inspired that is what he told me he wants.

In the shower caddy.

"Hooooo!"

He might follow you into the bathroom, but he promises to look away while you take care of business. And (despite above evidence) he will not join you in the shower, as he does not like water very much.

On the toilet paper, keeping an eye on my towel, and protecting the toilet paper from cats.

"Hoo."

He fancies himself guarder of the toilet paper, keeping it safe from the cats. We don’t have the heart to tell him that our cats couldn’t be less interested in it.

On the floor.

"....hoo."

He narrowly avoided a fall into the kitty litter, while trying to attain the following picture:

Posing for the camera :P

"Hoo hoo hooo!!!!"

And finally, Baldwin with his brothers and sisters:

Not pictured: Coco, who lives with my best friend Leah.

From top left: Lurleen, Kat, Harold, Charlena, Claude, Irving Q, Irving and Baldwin.

Pattern: Baldwin the Bathroom Monster by Rebecca Danger
Time Span: 26 to 27 July 2011
Materials: 108 yards of Lorna’s Laces Swirl DK
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/baldwin-the-bathroom-monster

A Second Visit to Ewe’ll Love It!, and more Granny Squares.

18 Jul

Today, Robin and I headed up to Ewe’ll Love It! to pay our respects (again, for me), and to take advantage of their sale, which is now at 55% off. After delicious yarn purchases, we went to Cooking Matters down the street for delicious food purchases.

Too many things to get in the frame all at once O.o

Yummy yarn + yummy food = happy campers.

Robin, who is allergic to wool and all wool-type fibers, got three skeins of Ella Rae Bamboo Silk in a lovely light purple, and five skeins of Queensland Collection Haze (which is made with corn, what won’t they think of next?) in greens/teals. I ended up with seven skeins of Cascade 220, to make Olivia. I am super excited, but will be restraining casting on until I finish Devon (hopefully this weekend?). Cooking Matters was exceptionally delicious, and Robin and I each got a fruit and cheese plate, plus I got an apple and fig turnover. I’ll definitely need to find an excuse to get up there on as regular a basis as I can image.

"Knit me...knit me...knit meeeeeee!"

It's just so tempting, sitting there in a pile, wanting to be turned into a fall jacket.

I am not posting this picture to guilt myself into finishing Devon so I can start Olivia I don’t know what you’re talking about.

In other news, more granny squares have joined the herd, including (roughly) house colored squares.

I may or may not have forgotten about white balance.

Square Number Five (7/17/2011): Valley Yarns Berkshire in Gold and Black.

This is the first square I crocheted after coming home from seeing the last Harry Potter movie. I was feeling a very important need to make house colored squares, and Hufflepuff came first because a) it is the best and also b) because I already had the perfect yarn for it, from when I made these. Both colors are Valley Yarns Berkshire, in Black and Gold. I made a mistake or two, but overall I’m very happy with it.

It's the littlest square, which I think is a little bit fitting, but only a little because I still love Slytherin.

Square Number Five (7/17/2011): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu and Araucania Nature Wool Multy.

Square number five is a Slytherin square, and I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu (absolutely fantastic, btw) from my first real sweater, and the Araucania Nature Wool I used last time. The colors aren’t exactly right, but since the whole point of this afghan is to use yarn from my stash, I had to make do. I currently have no plans to buy yarn to make another afghan only out of house colors.

Lalala I know how to make colors come out right and totally pay attention every time lalala.

Square Number Six (7/17/2011): Malabrigo Chunky in Paris Nights and Sunset.

Ravenclaw is probably the least “right” out of all the colors, but I only had the perfect bronze (Malabrigo Chunky, most notably from emergency mittens but also used in Charlena the Ceiling Monster and Florence’s Cosy) in bulky, and the only bulky blue (the same Malabrigo you’ve seen a bajillion times already) I had was a little dark. It is blue-r than this picture, I swear, but not by exactly right.

The fact that I did Gryffindor last is in no way a reflection of my house politics.

Square Number Seven (7/17/2011): Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flammé and Valley Yarns Berkshire.

Gryffindor ended up being made last, because I was stressing about finding the perfect red. I ended up going with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flammé, which was originally my Denny’s sweater inspired wristwarmers, and I used the same Berkshire from the Hufflepuff Square. I keep forgetting how thick and thin the Silky Flammé is, so it came out a little lumpy, but I’m hoping blocking will help.

House pride all the way!!

I also made some non house-pride squares:

There is no Americana in this picture I don't know what you're talking about.

Square Number Eight (7/17/2011): Cascade 220, Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton and Berroco Peruvia.

The next square was inspired by one of my other reds, the Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton from the wristwarmers I made as a birthday present for one of my professors. The middle blue is Cascade 220 from my only a little failed and really needs a post-blocking picture taken of it Scott Pilgrim inspired hat, and the outside off-white is Berroco Peruvia, from my mom’s Irving the Icebox Monster.  I have to say, I really adore Peruvia, and I absolutely need to use it again sometime soon.

Prettier in person, apparently.

Square Number Nine (7/17/2011): Malabrigo Worsted, Nashua Handknits Champlain and Rowan Colourscape Chunky.

This is maybe my prettiest square so far, but of course it’s the one my camera didn’t want to get a decent picture of. The middle two are Malabrigo Worsted and Nashua Handknits Champlain, which you’ve seen before, and the outside is Rowan Colourscape Chunky, which is these two. I was having a panic of “oh no what if none of these go together ever and it’s going to be the ugliest afghan in the entire world and I wasted all my stash”, and this lovely helped a lot with that.

Last square doesn't get a funny alt text because I am all out.

Square Number Eleven (7/17/2011): Berroco Pure Merino, Valley Yarns Lenox and Louet Riverstone.

Finally, we have this guy, also very pretty. The middle is Berroco Pure Merino from these fingerless gloves, the pink is the Valley Yarns Lenox you’ve seen, and the outside is Louet Riverstone from the Fetching I made for a friend.

And, before I go, I will leave you with this:

Rawr!

Walnut attacking my squares. Apparently, she is not a fan of Ravenclaw.

Granny Squares Ahoy!

16 Jul

So for a long time I’ve wanted to make a blanket out of my yarn leftovers, like how grandmothers make blankets for their granddaughters out of scraps from the dresses she’s made them. I hadn’t started it because I was worried about when to start it, as in, “When do I have enough scraps that it counts as ALL of my scraps?”, and also because I couldn’t decide on an afghan pattern.

And then, through this blog, I found my way to this blog, where I found this pattern. And then it was all over. Not only had I found the right pattern, I needed to start RIGHT NOW THIS VERY SECOND. After doing a little bit of oh-no-I-haven’t-crocheted-in-about-a-bajillion-years remembering, and two ripped out beginnings, I was on my way.

This is my first square:

Lumpy square is lumpy.

Square Number One (16/7/2011): Araucania Nature Wool Multy, Nashua Handknits Champlain and Cascade Jewel Handpaints.

As you can see, it is far from perfect. I ended up with an extra set of 3tr in the second round, which made it rather lumpy. But I’m pretty proud of it, because it’s the first thing I’ve crocheted in years. The middle green is Araucania Nature Wool Multy, which I made this hat from, the middly bit is Nashua Handknits Champlain, which is one of my many monsters, Kat the Kitchen Monster, and the outside is Cascade Jewel Handpaints, which is another monster, Claude the Closet Monster. All three of these came from two different Webs grab bags (an unhealthy addiction), and I promise the colors looked better together in scrap-form rather than square-form.

But, despite kind of gross colors, and a lumpy appearance, I forged on.

Tails, or tentacles?

Square Number Two (16/7/2011): Malabrigo Chunky, Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids and Cascade Yarns Lana Grande.

Square number two is a Beast made from chunky yarn. The middle blue is Malabrigo Chunky, which is both Charlena the Ceiling Monster and Florence’s cosy, the lighter grey is Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids, which I graciously made these mittens for my mom even though it is the softest yarn ever and I want all of it for me forever, and the outside is Cascade Yarns Lana Grande, which is my Hufflepuff Scarf. It is decidedly less lumpy, though of course needs to be blocked. It is also reeeeeally soft, thanks to all that Malabrigo and baby alpaca goodness.

It's all cute and little and princess-y!

Square Three is the square that really made me realize how much I knit with grey apparently. The middle is Noro Cash Iroha, which was a square in a different afghan, the second round is Malabrigo Worsted, which was both an elephant for my friend spending a semester in Africa and a teddy bear for my mom for Christmas, and the outside is Classic Elite Moorland, which is Lurleen the Laundry Monster. I knit things other than stuffed animals sometimes I swear I never knit things other than stuffed animals apparently.

It looks like it's scratching its head! Life as an afghan square must be awfully confusing.

Square Number Four (16/7/2011): Debblie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, Valley Yarns Lenox and Rowan Cocoon.

Square Four is probably the neatest square, in terms of pre-blocking goodness. The middle is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky and was my needing to knit to stay alive mittens, the pink is Valley Yarns Lenox and was another project I can’t believe I gifted, and the outside is Rowan Cocoon oh my god I had forgotten how much I love this yarn I need to knit everything out of it but currently only have a cowl I don’t wear for no good reason.

So! Here it goes. Giant afghan out of mismatched sized squares that I have no idea how to attach together. I am super excited about it, but unfortunately, despite the fact that it kind of ought to be, it isn’t actually portable at all, because this is what the collection of yarn I’m using for it looks like:

Can I just roll around in it for the rest of my life?

A giant pile of yarn.

It lives in an overflowing Webs bag that explodes yarn out of it whenever I pick it up. Hence, it is an at-home project, but that’s good, because then I’ll still work on my other WIPs which are totally getting worked on as soon as I’m done with this post.

A Little Bit of Everything (including LYS Roundup, an FO, a WIP and also some silliness)

15 Jul

First off, a LYS Roundup:

Stitch House Dorchester (5/5)
617.265.8013
846 Dorchesetr Ave, Dorchester, MA
http://www.stitchhousedorchester.com/

This is the yarn shop closest to Boy’s place, and I love it.

This is the first yarn shop picture I took with my new camera and it was lazy and on auto and I love it :D

Stitch House Dorchester

It is the friendliest yarn shop I have ever been in, and that is saying a lot. The first time I went I walked, which was about 45 minutes in about 80 degrees in brand new shoes. By the time I got there I was fairly dead, and was offered things like water and sitting down without my shoes and as much rest as I would like. I ended up staying for about an hour, chatting and hanging out with the person working that day, and a group of knitters who were already there. Even though I had never been there before, didn’t have enough money to buy anything, and didn’t even have my knitting with me, I was welcomed without a second thought.

Haven't quite figured out how to do lighting quickly and I already felt awkward about being like, "Can I take your yarn shop's picture?"

The lady working when I went in this time, whose name I forget, sends her apologies for it being messy, which I think is silly because it wasn't messy at all.

They’re decently sized, pretty big by Boston standards, and have two walls of yarn and a yarn island. This time I was clever enough to write down the major brands they sell and They have a very good selection of yarns, including but not limited to Noro (which is currently 40% off I have never been more upset to be broke ever), Cascade, Mirasol, Debblie Bliss, Rowan, Malabrigo, Blue Skye, Madalinetosh, Spud & Chloë, Queensland, Shibui, Classic Elite and Plymouth, plus their own absolutely beautiful line of hand-dyed yarns called Rooftop Yarns, which will ahahahahahahahaha never once I have money again be my first purchase.

I promise my camera could take the perfect picture here, I just still had the awkwarndess.

More pretty fabric I don't know how to talk about!

Like JP Knit & Stitch, they also have a selection of fabric that I don’t know how to talk about, other than to tell you it’s very pretty and tempting. In addition to knitting nights and classes, they also offer sewing classes in the back, one of which was going on while I was there.

The lovely yarn in the lower right-hand corner is Rooftop Yarn!

Back room with lots of sewing machines and, at the time, small children sewing.

I don’t know the exact name or type of class, but I did hear things like, “What do I make?” and then, “You have to come up with something  yourself, that’s the point”, which I absolutely, 100% approve of. I also loved that they were having a class for people in the roughly 8-to-12 age range, because that is an excellent age to learn things like sewing and knitting.

So, yes. You should absolutely go there. It is the bestest yarn shop ever ❤

~topic changer~

Yesterday my camera, Sophie, broke. There was no Going Out In A Blaze Of Glory type of event, I just took her out of my bag at JP Knit & Stitch and there was a fatal lens error. She had been an excellent camera for about four years, and I had even done things like saved up and paid for her myself with money I had earned at a job I worked. It was very, very sad, but I did my best to look on the bright side, and spent hours researching cameras.

I ended up with Florence:

I couldn't take a picture of my fancy new camera with my fancy new camera, so it's a sad cellphone picture.

Nixon Coolpix P500

She is beautiful and wonderful and I adore her. Also, she needed knitted accessories.

I felt a little silly using Malabrigo on a non-next-to-my-skin project, but I'll survive.

Florence's Cosy

Pattern: My own camera cosy from my brain.
Time Span: 15 July 2011
Materials: 75 yards of Malabrigo Chunky in Paris Nights and around 1.5 yards of Malabrigo Chunky in Sunset
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/florences-cosy

I improvised the pattern, but for those curious:

CO 50 sts, then work in k1p1 ribbing for 2 in.

Next row: *k5, yo* to end. (60 sts)

Work in stockinette until your camera fits comfortably in the bag.

Next row: Arrange your sts so there are 20 on each needle, then *k2tog tbl, k to 2 sts before end of needle, k2tog* three times.

Cont. until 3 sts remain (one on each needle), then cut yarn and draw through remaining sts.

For the drawstring, I did a  chain of (single?) crochets until it was a good length, then threaded it onto a yarn needle and brought it through the yarn overs.

Tada! A camera cosy 🙂

Also, I have made progress on Devon:

It isn't a mess of bag or anything, I swear it's actually half a sweater.

Devon's first frontback!

The first frontback is complete, and had a minor setback involving ripping out about fifteen rows for no reason other than I was tired and forgot how to count because they were perfect and I was just being ridiculous has arrived with no complications. It got pretty tedious around the 151-stitch arms-and-body, but it didn’t actually take very long at all. I keeping thinking, “Man, if it only took four days to knit the first frontback, that means I’m almost done!”, and forgetting about blocking and sewing together and picking up and knitting sleeve/collar edgings, but I figure if I close my eyes, put my hands over my ears and sing, “LALALALALALALA” as loud as I can, I’m covered.

When I decided to use Ultra Alpaca instead of a sport-weight yarn, I did Math to figure out how many balls of each color I need. I determined I needed 3.-something of blue and 1.9-something of white, so I got four blue and two white. Around the end of the first frontback, I started panicking about whether or not I’d be able to finish it with the allotted one ball of white. This is how much I had left:

Tiny ball of yarn is tinier than it seems because Florence is awesome and can make tiny things look big.

According to math, this is less than .1 skeins of yarn. Official measurements to come later, with kitchen scale.

It is a tiny, tiny amount of yarn, but it was enough for the knitting, enough to graft the shoulders together. I am In The Clear.

And, here is your daily dose of sillines:

There was no angle that made this look not sideways.

This is me eating frozen chocolate covered banana pieces out of a Batman mug with chopsticks because I am a Beast, that is why.

LYS Roundup: JP Knit & Stitch in Jamaica Plain, MA (4.5/5) and Snow Goose Yarns in Milton, MA (3.5/5)

14 Jul

I’ve decided to do a series of posts about LYSs in my area, to hopefully give people a helpful guide when looking for the perfect yarn shop. These are going to come in no order whatsoever, and will be in the new category “LYS Roundup” and tagged with “LYS Roundup”, so if you want the complete list (now only this post, but still), it’ll be easy to search for!

Also, please note my camera died on this trip, and all pictures were taken with my cell phone. Sorry for the grossness >.<

JP Knit & Stitch (4.5/5)
617.942.2118
461 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
http://jpknitandstitch.com/

JP Knit & Stitch is disguised as a CVS from certain angles, but when you see this:

How to tell you're in the right place!

Yarn bombing just outside the shop: always a good sign 😀

you know you’re in the right place. I absolutely adored this shop. It’s very new, I believe about seven months old, and it shows. Unlike a lot of overcrowded, dim, cluttered yarn shops, it goes out of its way to be well-organized, open and relaxing.

When you first walk in, there’s a seating area on the right by the open, bay windows where they host a free knitting group every Thursday evening. I sat there with the (owner? employee? I was remiss in asking) when I realised my camera was broken, and she was very friendly and helpful and tried to fix it (unfortunately, it is no longer of this world, and a new camera was purchased in its place). The chairs were comfy, the windows bright and open, and knitting books tastefully placed around in a very non-overwhelming way.

Bright! Airy! Sunshine!

It was brighter than this, the light from outside was being difficult with a cell phone camera.

Most of the yarn was along the right wall, organised and labelled better than any other yarn shop I’ve been in, ever. It begins with a “Green” section, then moves back through the weights. Every area is well labelled, every yarn cubby is labelled, and there are no stray bags, or even skeins, of yarn out of place. This makes it a real joy to browse; again, it was the very antithesis of overcrowded. Because of this, the selection wasn’t as varied as some other places, but I found I would happily trade having EVERY SINGLE YARN EVER OMG ALL IN MY FACE ALL AT ONCE for this type of environment. And that is not to say they don’t have a variety; I failed miserably at doing something useful like writing down what they had, but what stuck in my mind was the Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton (a personal favorite), a lovely selection of Manos del Uruguay, some Rowan, Debbie Bliss and Cascade, though I can tell you for sure they had an awful lot more than that. The prices were average and I forgot to ask about a sale section, and they did also have a baby section off to the left, offering machine-washable, easy-to-care-for options, including Berroco Comfort, but also a bunch of others.

yarnyarnyarnyarnyarnyarnWELLORGANIZEDYARNyarnyarnyarn :D

Again, this is a pretty crappy picture, but you can see that there's yarn all along the wall, and then individual areas for each weight.

As the name implies, they’re also a sewing shop, although more limited (I think?) than the knitting section. I only dabble in sewing, so I’ll let the picture do the talking:

nomnom tasty fabric

I can say with some authority that the patterns of fabric they have are absolutely adorable!

Overall, I adore this yarn shop, and I wish I lived closer to it. The only reason I took half a star off was because the selection wasn’t outstanding, but like I said, I think it’s definitely worth it. I plan on heading over to the knitting night as soon as I have a free Thursday, and popping in as often as I can.

Snow Goose Yarns (3.5/5)
617.698.1190
The Milton Market Place, 10 Bassett Street, Milton, MA
http://www.snowgooseyarn.com/contact-snow-goose-yarns-milton-ma.htm

After JP Knit & Stitch, I headed over to Milton to check out Snow Goose Yarns. They’re nestled in a (very cute!) shopping plaza on the second floor, so you won’t just see it driving by, but it’s worth tracking down.

It's a yarn shop!

The front door, and also behind those bags, the sale section.

Perhaps this is because I just came from the hyper-organised, super-open JP Knit & Stitch, but Snow Goose Yarns felt crowded, dim and like there was just too much product out on the floor. Literally. By almost every wall, there were bags of overstock on the floor. There was also a back room, so I’m not sure why they didn’t keep the extra there, but for whatever reason, they did not. This felt very overwhelming to me, and also just plain old cluttered.

But! I have lots of good things to say too. The ladies there were friendly and enthusiastic, both about knitting and about the shop. The selection was good, and while it had a bigger novelty selection that I usually see, they also had a fair amount of fancier yarns, including some brands I hadn’t heard of, which is always a plus for me, since I love trying new things. Again, it didn’t occur to me until I got home to get a more comprehensive list of their stock, but I know they had Noro, Debbie Bliss, Louet, Berroco, and many more. The sale section was 50% off and bigger than some, but didn’t have a huge variety also known as I didn’t see anything I really loved and so was off-put but I might just be being too picky for a sale section.

Deceptive photos are deceptive.

This picture makes it seem much less cluttered than I had thought, so I might have been some overreacting, but I promise that right behind me was an awful lot of yarn, and around that corner towards the back was crowded enough that I don't think you could pass someone if need be.

All in all, Snow Goose is a good resource and absolutely worth investigating, if a little overwhelming at times. I would absolutely go back.

It’s an addiction to torsos and feet…*

13 Jul

So knitting, it happens!

Well, pretty sure.

I know she looks kind of like a pile of flop right now, but I swear she's a sweater.

This is Devon. I cast on two days ago, and am almost done a sizeable chunk of the way through with the first frontback (a term coined by my sister to describe when a pattern’s front and backs are the same). Since I’m using the Berroco Ultra Alpaca, I went up two needle sizes and am knitting a small. It’s a little hard to tell if I should be doing the small or extra-small, since it’s such a baggy sweater, but I think I made the right call.

I’m really loving the sweater, and the colors I picked. something about it says southern France to me, like I should be wearing it while lounging on a beach, eating a baguette, drinking a bottle of champagne, and generally being cooler than everyone else.

aiufhiweuhfiewufh WHY WON'T YOU BE THE RIGHT COLOR D:

Artsy photo of socks is artsy and also obnoxious.

I also cast on my first pair of socks ever omg. I am very, very excited about them. They got put on hold when one of the needles I was using was eaten by gremlins  disappeared from where I had put it down in the space of the 30 seconds it took me to go to the bathroom, but new needles were purchased, and I have since knit a whole row. Progress might be slow because I’m realizing this is not a good knitting-at-Boy’s project, because his apartment is often dim, and I can’t see the stitches well enough. But, I am super excited to have them done, and even have extra incentive to finish.

Before I tell you that extra incentive, though, I need to state that the color of the yarn in the photograph is nothing at all like the actual yarn. It’s a mix of purples and grey, yes, but there is a lot more purple, and it’s very bright and beautiful and variegated. Hopefully one day I’ll get it in the right light, even if that day isn’t until I finish the socks.

Anyways! Incentive.

It appears to be waving?

Candy magic 😀

This is a skein of Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic that I picked up, along with a copy of Thrown Together, at Ewe’ll Love It! in Nashua, NH. I found out yesterday that they’re going out of business, and I have to say I am devastated. They were a truly incredible yarn shop, and greater Boston knitters won’t be the same without them. They were having a 40% off sale, so I got quite a good deal, and I plan to head back up on Monday, but it’s still heartbreaking. The 31st is their last day, and I fully encourage you to go say goodbye, and maybe pick up a good deal or two.

But anyways. The yarn is gorgeous, and I’ve been coveting it for quite some time. It doesn’t have the best reviews ever on Ravelry, but the colors are just so gorgeous I couldn’t help myself. I haven’t decided on a pattern yet, but I do know for suresies that I won’t be casting on with it until I finish my first pair of socks, hence the incentive. I am contemplating Jaywalkers, but we’ll have to see.

Rainbows of sunshine magical unicorns candy!

Also not the right color exactly; it's a lot brighter than this.

So remember, Friends, never take your LYS for granted because you never know when it’s going to close </3

*This is a bastardization of a line from a Regina Spektor song that’s been stuck in my head for ages. The original reads “It’s an addiction to hands and feet”.