01 May 2012

May Day May Day....I should have stayed home

really I should have.  I figured going to a yarn store would not be that bad right? I mean no fabric what harm could there be...well...I know now I can not go into any yarn stores or fabric stores without some serious damage to the pocketbook.

I am taking a beginning knitting class at a local yarn store. I had taken quite a few classes and a big box store and spent a lot of money and learned nothing. I mean I had already you tubed a bagillion videos on knitting and purling so I pretty much had that done...well once I realized I was purling wrong but that is besides the point. Anyway, I came home from one of my last classes and I was really upset. I spent all this time and couldn't figure anything out...I didn't know how to TINK, recognize my stitches, etc. etc.

So my trusty yahoo search brought up Green Valley Weavers and "oh! they are open on Sunday" so back in the car I go to browse and then "oh! you have a beginning knitting class starting in a couple of weeks and it is on a Sunday"...well you know how that went. Anyway, I have been to three classes and honestly in the first hour of the first class I learned more than all of my other classes combined.   Our project is a teddy bear sweater and I am almost done but the best part of this whole scenario is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE to knit. I am not very good at it and I am slow but that is OK. (My family loves it as well because I am not screaming out my numbers so that they don't interrupt me because now I know how to figure out where i am at if I stop.)

Fast forward to today...I was procrastinating getting up into the studio. Why? I don't really know. So I figured I would head on down to Green Valley...well...here is what happened.

I had seen this pattern on Purlbee, The Sunshine Scarf,  and fell in love with it.  I don't know if it was the colors or what and the best part is that it is a very simple pattern (as a newbie I like this even more). I also wanted to pick up a couple of those thingamajigs that have the crochet hook on one end and knitting needle on the other. I figured that was a very good reason to head on down there (it is about a 25 minute drive from my house if the weather is good..you know the complete other side of town).

Can you tell where this is going?

These are my choices.

The gray one is Quicksilver, and the gold is Gold Dust (makes sense huh). These two come from a local dyer. Spruce Dragon, LLC out of Divide, Co.  The last one is Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints color 9801. I told myself I couldn't start working on this until after I get at least half way done on my crochet project.  Lets see how long that will last. 

I am also waiting for a sock class to start that coincides with my schedule.  I really want to make socks so this is what I ended up with.  These are just some worsted weight yarns in my favorite color (of the moment).  I was instructed to make my first pair with worsted weight yarn and then move on from there to the light weight and fingering which made perfect sense to me.  Who knows maybe one of these days I can actually make a pair of socks out of the book my hubby bought for me..(The Joy of Socks"

Then of course I needed the needles, and the tapestry needles, and the highlighter tape (which I think is totally awesome) and of course my thingamajigs.

So the moral of my story...stay out of the fabric, yarn and of course the book store unless I go in with an allowance or  no checkbook, no credit card, no debit card and maybe I should take a kiddo or hubby with me...hmmm not a good idea either.

Happy May Day,



  1. Let me know when you get proficient knitting socks -- I have tons of sock yarn and can't knit with the teeny tiny needles anymore!