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04 June 2004

Crown me!

Yesterday, I decided that I should stop by the LYS on the way home from work to see if there was any more of that gold Nikerboker yarn. I don't know exactly what I'm going to do with it, but my list of options would improve and it would just make me feel better if I had a little more. And, it's on sale! What better reason is there? None. Well, they didn't have any more gold, but they did have some blue! I bought four balls. Sounds like it might turn into a DH sweater.

My LYS is a small space -- a small house with small rooms converted into a small yarn shop. When we were there on Wednesday, there were customers as well as a knitting group taking up space. I wasn't able to get to every nook and cranny. Last night, I was the only one there! Guess what I found? Seven more balls of the Davos -- that makes 11 total. Yay! Maybe that will become more than a scarf now.

I also bought a couple of back issues of Interweave Knits and the Fall 2002 issue, especially, looks very promising. And I looked at the Rowan Calmer Collection to get a little more inspiration for what is now, but not likely to remain, Audrey. Something with cables? I rather liked the one in the book. I have 10 balls of the stuff and might be able to do something like that.

I made quick work of the remaining four rows of the Galway hat brim last night and sewed up the seam. (It would make a fine headband on its own!) I then found my never-before-opened/where-did-I-ever-get-these/how-long-have-I-had-these Phildar double-pointed needles and picked up 126 stitches around the edge of the brim for the crown. I know that I knit with DPNs once before, but I can't for the life of me remember what, where or when. The "how" is even a little iffy. Man, talk about clumsy! I need a knitting sheath!! A knitter in the Scottish style (such as myself), who anchors the right needle (usually a nice, l-o-n-g one) against the body, doesn't have any easy time with short DPNs flapping in the breeze. A sock knitter I may never be. (I've been ever so slightly tempted with all the beauties I see on other blogs.)

I modeled Galway for K after about a dozen rows, DPNs and all, and she was mighty impressed. Yeah!

Comments

I prefer the 2 circular needle method to dpns. Great haul at the LYS. I especially love that color of Galway. I get my Galway from www.nakedsheep.com or www.theknitter.com
Both have free shipping. Wait, Naked Sheep stopped selling Galway but they do sell something similar. Not sure what's eating your poppies. Did you google it? Or take it to the garden store? And sorry to hear about Audrey. I like the cardi that Rachael from yarn-a-go-go knit using Calmer. It was a White Lies design.

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