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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.

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