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June 20, 2007

Hurtling Down the I-5

By the time you read this I should be hurtling down the I-5 transporting nona-son-the-younger to his USC freshman orientation.  While he orients, I plan to eat a fabulous egg sandwich in Venice Beach, visit Wildfiber in Santa Monica, and make a significant dent in the front of my Josephine Top.  I do so love a road trip.

Josephine's back is completed and I'm very satisfied with the results.  I absolutely love the contrast of the visually complex lace on the bottom against the sparse textured pattern on the top.  I casted on the front this morning at the car wash -- my car was so filthy they had to send it threw not once, not twice, but three times -- and am already through the first repeat.

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Longtime lurker,first-time commenter. Wildfiber is a lovely store. Mel Clark sold it a few months ago, so I don't know how it is now, but they used to have great yarns (not cheap). There's a new(ish) store on Wilshire called Compatto Yarn Salon. About 1 mile or so from Wildfiber. They were closed at Chrismas when I was last in LA, but it looked nice. Have fun!

Posted by: Jocelyn | Jun 20, 2007 8:31:43 PM

Gorgeous! I love that color.

Posted by: Romi | Jun 20, 2007 10:58:53 PM

Too bad, WildFiber is a shadow of its former self, before it was turned into a knitting-only store. It used to have lots of spinning, dying, fiber-craft, etc., though it still has lots of interesting kntting yarns. Anyway, if you have time, look at A Mano in inland Venice. Great selection and even greater proprieters, jammed into a tiny space. Look at Compatto also, good but expensive selection, great proprieter.

www.mapmuse.com has a knitting/crochet/yarn shops category (look under "hobbies and crafts") that will help you get your bearings during your LA visit. Where are you staying?

Nona, can you say where you live? I had no idea you were in driving distance of Los Angeles. I have yet to knit my first socks but I think they are going to be sidewinders. Next week we are taking youngist kid to orientiation at Humboldt CSU and that is what I am taking with me.

Posted by: Lethe at knittyboard.com | Jun 21, 2007 12:39:19 AM

What's wonderful about knitting is that otherwise annoying wait times into great knitting opportunities.

Josephine is lovely and I agree about that contrast.

Posted by: jessie | Jun 21, 2007 3:06:14 AM

There really is nothing quite like a road trip. Happy knitting! Josephine is quite lovely.

Posted by: Kirsten | Jun 21, 2007 4:47:13 AM

Have a great trip, Nona! I grew up in Santa Monica and Wildfiber was my first LYS, though I haven't been there in over ten years. I look forward to your report :)

Posted by: Emily | Jun 21, 2007 4:59:04 AM

Enjoy the trip! A little jealous here, looking out at our landscape, but have fun at Wildfiber. I love how Josephine looks in that color. Might have to add this one to my "to do" list. Is the bottom an eyelet harringbone-ish thing?

Posted by: Ava | Jun 21, 2007 6:28:41 AM

Congrats to the USC freshman, and to having one! I am looking forward to a road trip north, taking DD to summer camp nr Laytonville, CA, next Monday.

Posted by: AuntieAnn | Jun 21, 2007 7:03:30 AM

The Josephine top looks beautiful and thanks for the yarn shop tip! I'll be in Santa Monica next week, yeay road trips!

Posted by: Jennifer | Jun 21, 2007 7:45:28 AM

Your Josephine is looking great! I finished mine a week or so ago, and really love how it turned out. There's pics on my blog, and I'm sure you'll love yours. I've already worn mine twice!

Posted by: Gena | Jun 21, 2007 8:08:34 AM

Any chance you're hurtling through Eugene, OR? The Black Sheep Festival is this weekend and is a great stash-enhancement opportunity!

Posted by: kelly | Jun 21, 2007 8:18:15 AM

this is just so pretty, I love that cool

Posted by: toya | Jun 21, 2007 8:22:57 AM

Ooh, Wildfiber just changed hands, so please share your thoughts on its new form.

Posted by: Lauren | Jun 21, 2007 8:26:49 AM

I'm a rare commenter but I love reading your blog not only because of your knitting insights, but also because I grew up in your town. You sometimes make references that give me a wave of nostalgia. Like the car wash. Was it Lozano's and did you partake in the popcorn cart? Or was it the one near Beltramo's that seems to have different name every few years? I'm almost done with a Sidewinder in STR Nodding Violets and it's turning out great. We'll see how it fits tonight! Enjoy LA!

Posted by: Gwyn | Jun 21, 2007 9:46:19 AM

so beautiful!! I'm loving the patterns from Interweave Knits! What yarn are you using?

Posted by: Natalie | Jun 21, 2007 10:36:14 AM

Nona, nothing I love better than a road trip with kid-who-can-drive-so-I-can-knit! Is your boy going to play baseball there or he going to be strictly academic?

Posted by: Katie Baird | Jun 21, 2007 3:16:28 PM

I hope you (and your son) are having a great trip! Your Josephine looks lovely!

Posted by: Octopus Knits | Jun 21, 2007 3:47:18 PM

As a loyal UCLA Bruin, I should be booing and hissing the mentions of that other school. I'll restrain myself, though, and congratulate your son on picking such an outstanding school. I hope he finds it to be all he wants it to be and even more.

It's got a great fight song and a really cool mascot, too, even if the team name lends itself to a lot of jokes.

I love the clever Sidewinder idea. It almost makes me consider knitting a sock instead of a shawl for my next fingering weight project.

Posted by: Mary the Digital Knitter | Jun 22, 2007 10:41:29 AM

Did you get the e-mail I sent you? I just wanted to double ckeck that it's not sitting in a spam filter somewhere. (If you did get it, I hope the delay is just normal, or you're thinking... not that I've annoyed you or worse!)

Posted by: Andrea | Jun 22, 2007 6:40:12 PM

Josephine looks lovely. The color you've chosen is just perfect for the pattern.

Posted by: Katie | Jun 24, 2007 6:02:20 AM

Hope the trip goes well and may many yarn store finds abound! I think you might want to get more stash for the portable knit projects - if you and son get into USC football games, well, lotsa knit time :) (Not a sports fan but in the home there are...)

Posted by: Terry | Jun 25, 2007 4:26:55 AM

Just an update on my Sidewinder. I finished the first one and the fit is fabulous! Honestly, one of the best fitting socks I have made! I added 2 extra sets of short rows for my "atheletic" ankles. Now I'm on Act II of Sock #2. It does go fast. Thanks for the great pattern!

Posted by: Gwyn | Jun 25, 2007 9:33:46 AM

What yarn are you using???

Posted by: rac | Jun 27, 2007 7:21:40 AM

Josephine is looking lovely. I'm knitting this right now, too - so I'm excited to see how yours turns out.

Posted by: Elizabeth | Jun 28, 2007 5:00:15 PM

Hi. Love your Josephine. I am at the sleeves and wondering if you had the same problem as me. When finished with the wrapped stitches and you are working those 2 rows where you "work wrapped stitches along with their wraps", the moss stitch pattern is interrupted - there are 2 knit stitches together when you come to the wraps. What did you do? Thanks, Susi

Posted by: susi | Aug 21, 2008 10:43:55 AM

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