Cathy did a little more stash enhancement than I did last Saturday. I didn’t get carried away (there is a sale coming up!) but did find a couple of things to make the day more enjoyable. Why is it we just can’t stand the thoughts of ‘shopping’ and not buying, especially at the LYS? Here in SLC we do have many nice places to go and we hit three of the 6 (or so). Here is the sum total of my purchases. Not much I grant you but I’m happy with it all and there IS that sale. The pattern book from Jaeger has some very classic sweaters with great style. It’s a good stash book for future and regular perusal. I look through my knitting library regularly…just picking up a book and enjoying it from time to time. It offers a bit of inspiration for future knitting and keeps me enthusiastic (like I REALLY need to be pushed?). OK, back to the stash enhancement.
I also picked up the new Knitters. This is the first time I’ve purchased it in the last 2-3 years. It hasn’t had much that interests me lately. This issue has a very cool scarf and hat by Kristin Nicholas. It wasn’t all bad! But there really isn’t a lot good, either. Char had started the scarf and you can see it in a pile on the table in front of her in yesterday’s post (along with the balls of yarn for it…love her colors!) Also there is a T-neck raglan that I like very much by Robin Melanson. While knitting Sally’s Raglan I thought it would make a great T-neck and this is pretty close. There is a picture of the scarf on the Knitters site but not one of the T-neck. After seeing these two items I didn’t really look at the magazine carefully until I got home. As I sat turning the pages…what should appear? My favorite teacher, sensei, friend and all around wonderful woman, Shay Pendray! It’s a great article on her and there were many nice photos. I haven’t seen her in a couple of years and miss her presence in my life. The photo of her and her late husband Don playing in the snow as children brought back the many times I have seen this photo hanging in her home. She is an awesome person. This alone made the magazine worth purchasing.
I also bought some glass pendants to make a necklace for my sister birthday (and a couple of friends). Claudia had something similar on her blog so when I saw them at Soul Spun I knew what to do! They should be very pretty and fun to wear. You can see one on Claudia’s blog dated August 1st.
Last but not least is the yarn. It’s Blue Sky Alpaca, Alpaca & Silk. Oooo, think soft and petable. I had to have it and think it will become a pair of special socks for me! You just can’t believe what a lovely yarn it is until you touch it. It’s priced pretty nicely, too. I didn’t do much knitting over the weekend and promise a report on the concert tomorrow plus knitting progress the rest of the week.
Oh, and have you been trying to “Be Fit”? I did make my goal of walking all week and also made my weekly trip to the gym. I’m looking and feeling much better already! Week four and counting.
Tonight is Stitch 'n Bitch. It's such a great group and one I hate to miss. Shannon and Emily have joined Laurie, Steph (she just moved to Portland but we still claim her as OURS!), Susan, Barb and I in blogging. They are very astute and smart ladies. We all are!! I will run by to see y'all late, but I'll be there!