September 22, 2005

Blogging == FOs

Let's admit it -- blogging is fun.  You say what you want, some people like it, some people don't, you visit other blogs, see fun things, learn a little, laugh a little, and everyone goes away happy.  Besides the obvious fun, blogging has had a side-effect on my knitting life.  Do you remember my UFO delusions from last January?  Well, since I've been blogging I've had no new UFOs! That's not to say that I've dealt with all my existing UFOs, just no new ones -- it's enough to make nona happy!  Could it be the need for regular posting material?

Enough said, here is my lastest FO -- a winter version of my tie-front shrug.

September 22, 2005 in Project - Cropped Cardigan | Permalink | Comments (42)

September 01, 2005

Support The Independent

Yesterday, nona almost CIPed -- Cried In Public.   Walking past my favorite bookstore, Keplers, I noticed it was locked with a sign in the door.  Keplers -- one of the best independent bookstores in the Bay Area, if not the country -- had closed its doors for business.  Please bare with me, supportive reader, as I get up on my soapbox...  If we want to keep ourselves from being swallowed by uniformity and huge corporations we need to support independently run businesses -- be it a local retail store or an independently owned Internet site.  Buying something for the cheapest price is not always the best choice.  It's worth spending the extra money to preserve the diversity, creativity, and excellent service that often accompanies independent businesses. 

In knitting news, I've been enjoying lots of knitting time this week as I sit on my butt and watch the US Open tennis tournament.  Let me tell you, TiVo has greatly -- and I mean greatly -- improved my viewing pleasure.  I record the tennis and then watch, and skip, the matches at my leisure.   Tonight I finished the back of my tie front cropped cardigan as I watch James Blake hit some awesome shots.

The picture doesn't do the subtle colors justice, so use your imagination!

September 1, 2005 in nonaThoughts, Project - Cropped Cardigan | Permalink | Comments (12)

August 30, 2005

In Combination

There are times when two things in combination are superior to each in isolation -- think chocolate and peanut butter.  Today I experienced this phenomenon with yarn.  Crystal Palace's Waikiki and Madil's Kid Seta are both wonderful yarns in their own right.  But put them together and you have, well you have nothing short of dreamy.  The Waikiki provides beautiful variegated colors along with a wonderful drape thanks to its rayon content.  While, the Kid Seta's fine mohair softens the overall fabric and adds warmth.  The resulting yarn was so inspiring, I went swatch crazy!

I wish you could see and feel this swatch!

I suppose the question at hand is, "nona what the heck are you going to do with this wonderful yarn combination?"  Well my friends, I'm going to make another variation of my tie-front cropped cardigan -- one for fall.

August 30, 2005 in Project - Cropped Cardigan | Permalink | Comments (9)

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