Crappy Cell Phone Pics FTW!

My very first spinning skein, Charlie, is being turned into a matching set of collars. One for myself and the other for my friend Rachael. One is complete, only taking me one day and missing 5 buttons which we have decided to shop for together when I get to Seattle for New Year's Eve. Got a great place to go for buttons in Seattle? The color of this yarn (very creamy which might be hard to tell) just screamed fisherman's sweater and cables at me. Literally. You should have heard it. I thought the neighbor's were going to call the police on me and report a battered skein of yarn.

The picture below is much worse than the above. I started a scarf at the request (and yarn purchase) of my Aunt.  I have started the Interlocking Balloons Pattern (Rav Link) from Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles to Knit and Crochet (Style series).  It is knit in Yarn Vanna's Glamour-Platinum.

I have to admit, one of the reason's that I purchased this book was because one of the most prominent models looks like Zooey Deschanel and I just wanted to look at her. I never intended to make any of these patterns. I really like the Interlocking Balloons however and after a repeat and a half of the chart I'm starting to get a feel for it. I think I'm going to have to copy the chart however, I probably won't be able to memorize it.


I went to Seattle for work, but had way too much fun.

I have been a busy busy little bee and today you are going to hear about a single day in a recent trip to Seattle. It was Saturday November 21st. I got to hang with my gal Rachael and new friend Monique. For starters we took Rachael's little baby girl Daisy to Pike Place Market. Our first picture today is Daisy's first experience with grass. Who has cute baby pug butt? Daisy does!

It was cold and Rachael borrowed my fingerless gloves. Handknits in the wild...

While we were there we saw soccer in the middle of the street.

And we visited a yarn shop called So Much Yarn which was super puppy friendly thanks to the owner's usually present (but not that day) French bulldogs. Daisy had the time of her life while I introduced Monique to some allergy friendly cotton acrylic blends in order to get started knitting. This yarn store was difficult to get into. I'm not sure how everyone else does it but we had to go through the Cost Plus World Market below to a super secret elevator. It is in a great place though. Just a few blocks north of Pike Street Market, if you go to Seattle for touristy stuff and want to hit a yarn store that's "on the way" look this one up.

Then we headed back north (gratuitous cute puppy in the car picture)...

And the rest of us knit and watched movies while the puppy napped. I taught Monique to knit, it was her second attempt at learning and she was still knitting when I fell asleep on the couch. It was the first time I had ever fallen asleep to the click-clack of someone else's needles and I loved it!