Favorite bird?

My brain is hyper-organized today (means there are lots of things going on). I will talk about 4 things today, and I’m listing them so I don’t forget:

  • Lou
  • Tahki letter
  • Trip to Grafton
  • SP5

I’ve been admiring Lou’s Lattice Lace shawl (self-designed) for a while now. She’s given instructions and charts all along, but now she’s put together all the information into a pattern book I liked on the Tahki Stacy Charles website, and decided to order it. I mailed my check about a week ago, and just yesterday I saw that it had been cashed! How exciting, I joyfully rubbed my hands together in anticipation. A letter in the mail today, “We’re sorry, this book has been discontinued and is unavailable. Here’s a refund check.” What a bummer! And it said “available” on their website. Hurrumph.

My friends Betsy and Michelle and I (and Michelle’s daughter) went yarn shopping today.

As I was getting ready this morning, I saw that it was sunny outside and checked the forecast. Oh good, a high of 70 today. The only problem is that I no longer have a concept of what that feels like. We’ve been having highs in the 40s all week, and 70 didn’t seem that much warmer. I put on a thin wool sweater and a blazer, which I realized was obviously too heavy as soon as I stepped into the gorgeous day that was happening outside. I would have come back and changed, except I was already running late because I had to put my friend’s name back up on my mailbox, since the stupid self-righteous condo owner assholes keep taking it down. But that’s a story for my personal blog. Anyway, I sprint to work (yes, I had to stop by work first), and the wool sweater and the blazer are making me very unhappy. I decided I would stop at the GAP and buy myself a t-shirt before heading out to go yarn shopping. And so I did: I put it on in the fitting room, ripped off the tag then and there, brought it to the cashier and used it to pay for the shirt. Thank goodness the GAP was able to rescue me from my current weather-temperature incompetence.

Once Betsy, Michelle and I were all assembled, we drove all the way to Classic Yarn of Grafton in Grafton, MA. This is out in central Mass., and with the exception of Pony Pearl needles, I wouldn’t say there’s anything special about the store. The Pony Pearls, which so many of you recommended, are not really my thing. The dpns would be good for socks, true, but I don’t think they are that much different than the Bryspuns. The straights have tips that are much too tame for my tastes. So, I bought nothing.

On the way home we stopped by Fabric Place. This is where I took the only picture of the day:

That’s right, Michelle placed a tuna sandwich on the roof of the car as she was strapping in her kid, and we drove all the way from Grafton to Woburn with the sandwich right there on the roof. That’s right, 50 miles, sandwich on roof.

Fabric Place was very overwhelming for me. I like to know my way around a store, have an idea of what they carry, what’s where, what I’m looking for… this was my first time to Fabric Place and they have just a ton of yarns. Yarn, yarn, yarn, yarn, and on the left, yarn, and on the right, yarn. Then they have all the other stuff, fabric and thread and beads and ribbon and sewing notions. It was my first time to a fabric store (period), and I really wanted to take a look at all the fabrics – I don’t even know what’s out there, what kinds of things I could get my hands on to sew stuff! (remember, I get my sewing supplies at Target and TJMaxx) By the time I was done looking through all the yarn, though, I had no more mental capacity to look at anything else. For a while I carried around some Classic Elite Provence, but I had to put it down from all the stress. I think Betsy and Michelle thought I was totally insane: I insisted on walking in an orderly fashion through all the aisles and had that deer caught in the headlights look and tone of speech. I felt totally burned out by the time we left. I took a nap when I got home. I had no warning of the yarn and the fabric and the thread. And the yarn. Someone pass me a glass of ice water, please.

Secret Pal 5 is here! Yay, the knitblog community rejoices! I am not participating, but I’ve seen people answer the questionnaires on their blogs, and it looks kind of interesting. I’m so picky, here’s what my answers to some of the questions would be: (all in good fun, all in good fun)

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

Not at all – Rowan is Rowan! I like all the Rowan yarns equally and I do not discriminate against any of them. Even if it’s cheap Rowan, I’ll find use for it. Just send the Rowan.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

I’m allergic to mohair and angora most of all. I’m also allergic to non-Rowan fibers.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

I do, but it has non-knitting stuff on there, so I’m not sharing it.

6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

I have no sense of smell, so perfumed things are really a waste.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

No, I’m allergic to food. I’m also allergic to expensive note cards – post-its are great for writing notes.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I have two dwarf hamsters; they are allergic to treats sent by Secret Pals.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

To attain SABLE status with only Rowan yarns.

21. Are you a sock knitter?

Yes, I like all kinds of socks: Lorna’s Laces Cranberry, Lorna’s Laces Douglas Fir, Lorna’s Laces Bold Red, etc.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

Favorite bird?


13 thoughts on “Favorite bird?

  1. Agnes

    Shocked me a little bit at the beginning … thinking that you took part in SP5!

    I thought of joining SP4 … but was annoyed by the questionnaire thing! Then after careful thinking, I know I am not a good gift-giver … the pressure of commitment would be too much for me … and I already have a good ability to create lots of clutter at home, no need to recruit a SP for the job! LOL!

  2. Michelle

    That poor tuna sandwich. It must have been scared stiff the entire ride.

    I have this Tahki book, if you like Cotton Classic and want to look at anything let me know.

    Are 750 yards enough for the Tivoli tee?

  3. paula


    And I too have a need to walk thorugh each aisle in an ordered way — otherwise I feel like I may miss something — then, as a result, I get all overwhelmed and find it hard to shop.

    Poor tuna sandwich. šŸ˜‰

  4. Tara

    Oh Kathy, you crack me up! And I can’t believe you visited not one but TWO yarn stores and didn’t buy anything – AMAZING!!! As is the tuna fish’s ride on the roof. šŸ™‚

  5. Christina

    It’s terrible. I…am allergic to Rowan. It’s the sad sad truth. And birds. Can’t do mohair or hamsters, mostly because they smell like pee (aha, but which one, I’ve got you there). But I do love tuna sandwiches, but only if the bread is toasted. Has to have pickles, too, but only dill pickles.

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