It always amazes me how much of a community spinners and knitters are. Let me give you three cool things to think about.
Five months ago, I started a pair of socks for myself out of KnitPicks Vineyard yarn. I was just finishing the first sock when dear son Luke (4) looked at me with those big blue eyes and said â€œMommy, could you please make me a pair of socks just like yours?â€ No way I could resist a request like that from someone as sweet as my boy, so that second skein of yarn was immediately started for new socks for Luke. Which left me with one sock for me and about a third of a skein of yarn left for the second sock. Obviously not enough.
I love ordering from Knit Picks, because you actually get a nice pile of stuff for the money. But paying for shipping for one skein of yarn makes for an expensive inexpensive skein of yarn. Reading around the blogs, I realized that Sylvia had just finished a pair of socks in the same yarn, so I dropped her an e-mail to see if she might have any left. And she had a whole skein, which she graciously offered to send me. And so I have been assembling a careful care package to send back, because itâ€™s really cool that she sent the yarn, and even cooler to put together a package of goodies to send to someone because you know that theyâ€™ll really smile when they open the package.
The second in my string of adventures in the extraordinary world community of knitters and spinners centers around the shawl that Iâ€™m making in Elannâ€™s Peruvian Alpaca yarn (color 402â€”a rich charcoal grey). The pattern calls for seven skeins of yarn, so I ordered 8 just to be sure (anyone getting a premonition of the problem?). And you guessed it, I ran out of yarn. And of course, the color is no longer offered.
So again with the blog memoriesâ€¦Vibegrrl had posted a picture of the exact same yarn on her blog in June. Now, keep in mind that I donâ€™t know Lara from Adam. I mean not at all. Had never even occupied the same comments on another knitterâ€™s blog . But I was desperate, so I girded my loins (or something to that effect) and sent an email to see if she (or the person who sent her the yarn as a gift ) might have an extra skein she might be willing to part with. Amazingly, both Lara and Betsy, rather than thinking me some sort of crackpot yarn-begging stalker chick, graciously offered to send me the yarn. And so when it arrives Iâ€™ll be able to finish the shawl without altering the design to accommodate a color change.
My final and most recent fiber community adventure hopefully will start on Friday. A friend whoâ€™s still on Sheepthrills sent me a note to let me know that there was a woman in Las Vegas who was looking to find someone who might be able to help her learn how to spin (on a spindle and a wheel). So I sent Jesse a note, and weâ€™re due to meet up at a nearby Barnes and Noble on Friday morning. Her husband just retired, and theyâ€™ve lived here in Las Vegas 30 years. She was hoping to try a Majacraft Gem or Suzie, or an Ashford Joy, but Iâ€™ll bring my Louet and my Jensen and see if she likes either of them. Iâ€™m all about helping people decide how to spend their money. Iâ€™m really looking forward to meeting someone new who appreciates knitting and spinning. I really miss the Odd Tuesday COTFU group, and making a new fiber friend would go a long way toward helping to fill that void.
One of the biggest complaints people who donâ€™t like living in Las Vegas have about Las Vegas (other than the very obvious, very hot weather) is the lack of neighborliness around here. I think the walls around the (non-existent) yards are one reason, the heat anotherâ€”but I think the biggest reason Las Vegas seems so non-neighborly is that there are so few people here who have been here more than a few years. In any crowd of people in Las Vegas, you will find less than one in ten who was born here, and less than two in ten who have been here more than 10 years. No one feels like a hostâ€”we all feel like guests. But my philosophy is that courtesy and friendliness are contagious, so the best way to have an impact on Las Vegas is to live by example. Smiling, waving, and chatting in line at the grocery store are all standard practiceâ€”so is complimenting parents on well-behaved children or puppies.
The project Iâ€™m working on now is the Rosedale Cardigan from Knitty. Theoretically it will be for my other sister-in-law (we draw names for Christmas gifts in our family, and this year Eric and I got both our sisters-in-law). My problem is that I am falling desperately in love with the sweater, and Iâ€™m only through with half of one sleeve. The pattern calls for 11 skeins of Noro Kureyon for the size Iâ€™m making (medium), so I have 15. The last thing I want to do is start trolling the Internet to try to find extra skeins of color 148.
Iâ€™m thinking that I may not incorporate the intarsia block on the front of the cardigan. Iâ€™m afraid it might make the sweater seem too datedâ€¦.that and I really love the striping of the Kureyon and the colors in 148â€¦
OK. Time to wrap up lunch and think about getting the rest of my work done for the day so I can go home and nurse DH. Itâ€™s our 10th anniversary today (as well as the 29th anniversary of the day that Elvis died). Eric is home sick with a really nasty coldâ€”and colds here are so much tougher to kick because of the single-digit humidity. Thereâ€™s no way for you to expectorate the crap out of your sinuses and lungsâ€”youâ€™d have to chip it out with a screwdriver. But youâ€™re no less congested. Itâ€™s yucky.