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Month: January 2006 (page 1 of 4)

Weekend Artisan

It was an all around Artisan type of weekend around here.

Saturday was a bit of “Artisan Scrapbooks”…a couple of friends came over for a Creative Memories Get Together – a fun way to spend the afternoon. After they left I had planned on working on my Italy/Greece album; however, that didn’t happen – although I did get some organizing/inventory done on all my supplies for when I’m ready to focus on pages again. Maybe I’ll spend some time on the pages while waiting for The Knitting Olympics to begin.

Saturday was also a bit of an “Artisan Cooks” day – in the morning I made some one bowl wonder brownies for dessert (1 batch was traditional chocolate with a bit of cinnamon & mini chocolate chips, 1 was Mom’s “Swedish” version that are non-chocolate). Saturday evening I made a meatloaf & scalloped potatoes for a Sunday delivery to a woman from church who is going through chemo for breast cancer. The brownies did double duty – half the batch was our goodie for the Get Together & the rest of the batch went along with the meal for Shari.

Sunday was a bit of “Artisan Knits” with a bit of Local Tourist thrown in.

As I’ve been browsing some knitting blogs in the last couple of weeks (umm…more like lurking…must leave more comments!) I have been reading about a new yarn store on the south side of Chicago. After church, my friend Jennifer & I grabbed coffee from Starbucks & then headed south to check out My Sister’s Knits. We got there before the store opened – as soon as Carol & her goldens (Cody & Goldie) opened the doors we stepped into such a charming place! After a bit of puppy love with the beautiful goldens there was a lot of “oohs” & “aahs” at everything in the store – the yarns, the needles, the books, the wide assortment of sample purses/bags. Carol was extremely helpful & offered several pattern suggestions as we looked at yarns & bags. We both could have easily picked up “one of everything” but we restrained ourselves. In the end we both picked up yarn for felted bags (my first felted project). It’s a gray day here so I’m not bothering with pictures. My bag was filled with 3 skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky (amethyst, blue boy & aztec turquoise) for the felted bag & a set of circular needles for the project; 2 skeins of On Line Supersocke 100 (Summer colorway #790) – I don’t know what the project will be but the colorway was to pretty to leave behind; a new Chibi; and a tin of Knitter’s Little Helper hand balm. Carol also gave us a set of felting instructions since we haven’t done it before. As we were leaving Carol pointed us in the direction of a historic neighborhood so we checked it out – lots of lovely large houses on big lots and numerous styles, including Frank Lloyd Wright – an unexpected treat! While the shop is a bit farther than “local” I definitely plan on making regular trips down there to check out yarn & get new ideas. Thanks Carol for such a welcoming visit!

(Update: Some of the mentions for My Sister’s Knits were Nancy & Christine)

I’m not sure if I’ll get started on the felted bag before the Knitting Olympics or if I’ll wait till after that event. Speaking of the “KO” I did roll 2 of the skeins of the new yarn into balls & also did a bit of a test swatch – ready for the torch to be lit and the fun to begin.

Even though it has been a gray weekend here I did manage to snap this picture yesterday morning before it got too gray. My amaryllis has all the blooms open & I’ve forced open some blooms in the stalk that broke off a couple of weeks ago (just kept the stalk in a vase of water).

More Blooms

Patience Knitting Grasshopper

When I got home from work yesterday I had a package waiting for me…a yarn package…a package that is a key element of my entry in The Knitting Olympics.

I quickly ripped into the box & smiled at what I saw. Then came the hard part – restraining myself from getting started right away on this project.

Thankfully I have several things planned for this weekend that will divert me from focusing on this project. (more about those in another post)

In less than 2 weeks the games begin in Torino…until then I will leave you with a sneak peek at the yarn! Any ideas what my Olympic Knitting event will be?

Patience Knitter

Spinning the color wheel…

Have you checked out Lolly’s idea for Project Spectrum?

Over the course of six months you are encouraged to create projects around specific colors. Obviously knitting is one way to create but all other creative outlets are encouraged.

Here’s a listing of the color months:
March – Red and Pink
April – Orange and Yellow
May – Green
June – Blue
July – Violet / Purple
August – Neutrals / Black & White

This sounds like such a fun project! My goal is going to be to have a color project in at least 2 mediums each month. The timing of this project is perfect for me – over the weekend I had decided on a project (non knitting) that will actually yield results for at least 2 of these color months.

Are you in? I look forward to seeing the color explosion across the blogs in the coming months.

A little color in the midst of gray winter days…


After all the gray days that we’ve had in Chicago over the last couple of weeks seeing this Amaryllis in bloom in my living room is a hopeful reminder that spring will return.

(Pardon the boring blinds background…the days are still short enough that it’s dark by the time that I get home…)

Knitter in Training…

As many of you are aware…the Yarn Harlot has called on all knitters to gather for the Knitting Olympics on February 10th for 16 days of knitting challenge. Are you ready?

Just as an athlete trains & goes through compulsory exercises before “the” event…while I decide what new project to tackle for the Olympics I’m spending a little time in training – tackling some new stitch patterns, “practicing speed” with my standby dishcloth pattern, looking at all the bookmarked patterns I’ve saved in the last couple of months as I started browsing knitting blogs. It’s not an exciting picture but here is a sampling of some of the “training” that has been happening this weekend.

Knitting Olympics Prep

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