It almost feels like all I did this weekend was knit. We were a teeny bit social — The Baron and I had dinner with some friends of his on Friday night, and I had the sisters over for Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning. Of course, Little Miss Law joined us (being an honorary sister) and she brought her friend T. who we all know from their Law School days, and who is also a knitter.
After we ate, T. and I brought out our knitting to compare notes and do a little ad-hoc Stitching-and-Bitching. It was pretty awesome. I’ve been cranking away on the second of my two dishtowels, so I had great “mindless” knitting to focus on as we discussed the contents of her knitting bag. There was a short scarf she’d been working for ages with a super-soft (and strangely named) Japanese yarn. After working five balls she was out of yarn and hopeless about finding more, so I suggested that she knock-off the Pidge scarf (laughable at $275). There are some cool knock-off instructions here, here and here — great for quick holiday knitting!
The next thing to emerge from her bag: a cabled scarf for her boyfriend, worked in KnitPicks Decadence (which seems like it is discontinued, although I hope not, since it’s soft and cuddly and awesome). T. brought two unwound hanks, so we headed upstairs to the guest room and busted out the ball-winder. Even Glamorous and Little Miss Law joined in on the ball-winding fun. I think Glamorous might have even had a little fun doing the winding — I’m pretty sure I saw her smile at least once while cranking the winder. I also banked some good karma by rummaging through my stash with T. and sending her home with some sad and unloved balls of yarn.
On Sunday I went to meet up with my new friend B. who is a really cool chick and a semi-new knitter. I lent her my Scarf Style book and she picked out the Ruffles scarf and bought some lovely pouffy white yarn called Bel Air from GGH and a set of bamboo needles. We hung out with her kitties and I showed her how to do short-rows (she was thrilled to realize that mastering short-rows meant she could do socks!) and after a bit of mellow knitting we headed over to her local (like walking-distance local) yarn shop, Unwind. Having de-stashed a bit with T. on Saturday, I felt free to load up on goodies, including some Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton (three skeins of Bone and one of Nut) that I hope will shortly become baby gifts, and a starter three-pack of Soak wool wash, recommended to me by Mick. Yay, knitting goodies!