What's in the bag?
Mdd's scarf just kept getting in the picture! In the middle, you see the needles that she used to knit said scarf. I had very few needles with me and my sister has even fewer than that, so I had to buy some biggies for Mdd. These are not your run-of-the-mill, scarf-knitting, big needles -- these are handcrafted by "A Yarn Good Idea," the local Eau Claire interest of a retired UW professor. This particular pair are made of birch and black walnut, but there many other combinations, styles and products. He has been working with the ladies at Yellow Dog Knitting to make refinements and improvements to his circular needles and from what I saw, they are quite nice. Wooden shawl pins and buttons are also in his product line -- at the shop, I saw the most gorgeous accent button in the shape of an oak leaf. Striking!
Flanking the big needles are a set of Addi Natura circs, which I'm using with the Red Barn Farm yarn (say that three times fast!) for Caryl's Kerchief/Small Shawl, and a set of Addi DPNs -- a set of 5 -- which might first be used to lure the former sock (just a ball of yarn now) out of time out.
There were several Baby Albert Coats on display as shop samples at Yellow Dog and I was drawn to them over and over. Each was knit in different yarn and in different color combinations, some with hoods, some with collars, all cute! I had borrowed both of Sally Melville's books from the library a short while ago, but I won't have to borrow The Knit Stitch anymore. ; ) Three potential baby recipients come immediately to mind -- maybe they'll all get one!
Speaking of babies and knitting, it's been getting cooler in these parts and I've heard that booties have been keeping M*c's tootsies warm, and his little noggin has been warmed with both Mr. Dashwood and Tanguy (it's snug but still fits) in recent days. When I knit Tanguy for his dad (intended for Christmas), I may have to knit another for the M*cster! It's quite possible that I'll be going to Madison this weekend, too, so I'll likely have updated pics. I think we're due some baby-love, huh? I'm in the mood.