Thursday, August 25, 2016

State Fair 2016

There were some interesting slippers this year - some of them would be good ways to use leftover yarn:

There are many, many, lovely things to look at.  It's hard to take it all in.

Two Estonian lace pieces got second place. 

This is one of the reasons why I don't ever enter anything in the fair.

This blankie was really cute.

This was quite scrunched up but I am intrigued with the pattern.  Hopefully the winner will bring it to the September Guild meeting.

Some day I will make a pair of sideways socks.  This pair really used the self-striping yarn well IMHO:

I believe this is a garland of little sweaters.  Very cool if a bit impractical.

Color work always kind of amazes me - especially when done on tiny needles.

Watermelon socks - everyone should have a pair:

And Prince was at the Fair in many different formats.  I like these mittens.

The Sweepstakes winner:  A blanket that was made with very small needles.  Remarkable.  Beautiful.

Sunday, August 7, 2016


It was a good cloud day at Lake of the Isles today. My intention was to bike more this summer but I like walking around the lake too much.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Fun Cars

I went to check out Open Streets on East Lake today. The most photographable spot was outside of the Hi-Lo Diner where they had some really cool cars.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Not too long ago I went to Excelsior for an event. I planned it so that I would arrive early enough to visit the LYS there since I don't go out that way often. To my dismay, during "summer hours" they are only open 'till 4pm. Oh well.  The building is nice to look at:

East Lake Street has its nice bits too, not just the suburbs, like these colorful bike racks:

Perhaps partly to make up for the Excelsior disappointment, I went to Stillwater yesterday for a quick visit to Darn Knit {Anyway}.  It was not disappointing.

I escaped right when the traffic was starting to get awful.  

The farmers market by my house is in full, delicious, swing.

Small joys are important after such an awful week here in the U.S.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Blankie Story

I was at Needlework Unlimited last weekend for Urban Knitters' group and working on the blankie when I heard someone talking about the blankie, "Look, Mom, she's making a blankie."

It was one of Shelly Kang's daughters ... so I have to tell the story.

Back in 2003/2004, when I was still working at the Evil Airline That No Longer Exists (ironically everyone remembers EATNLE fondly now) I had a co-worker who knit pretty scarves and shawls with novelty yarn and she sold them at craft fairs.  She always had some colorful project in her bag.  Back then I would say longingly that I should really get back to knitting.

When I left EATNLE my co-worker gave me a book, Hip to Knit, as a retirement gift.  I told myself it was my chance, so I signed up for a class at The Yarnery.

The class was taught by Shelly Kang.

Now, the class project was mittens, but Shelly was working on a sock the whole time.  This interested me greatly.  I started knitting socks right after that mitten class because of her.  At the same time she was working on The Blankie.  Hers is a queen-sized bed blanket.  She won the sweepstakes at the Minnesota State Fair the year she finished it.

My blankie is not as ambitious as hers, but it was totally inspired by her and she's the reason I knit socks.

So there you are, full circle.  She didn't remember me at all (of course - she taught a lot of classes) but I told her, "You see, Jean told you that when you teach someone to knit you change their life.  You changed mine."

I think it made her day :)

So that's it.  Thanks to Favorite Auntie for teaching me to knit all those years ago, to Susan Fisher for getting me back into it, to Shelly Kang for the instruction and the inspiration, to Jean also for teaching me so much.  Thanks to The Gypsy for being a great knitting buddy (and for saving my life) and for motivating me to use up all the leftovers.

And thanks to all my knitting friends and the knitting community in general.  I love you all :D