Category Archives: yarn

Feasting on socks.

Today’s Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
When you travel, which mode of transportation do you prefer?

I usually travel by plane because I’m short on time. I like the speed of flight, but I love seeing the scenery when I travel so I would prefer to drive or take a train.

Soup
Have you ever met a blogging friend in person?

No, but I hope to someday.

Salad
When was the last time you were really, really tired?

Last Saturday. I arrived home after the Quilt and Stitch Expo and crashed for several hours.

Main Course
If you could have dinner with any one fictional character from a book or movie, who would it be?

Ack. I don’t like questions like this. I can separate fact from fiction, thankyouverymuch.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: One day, I hope to see _______________.

One day, I hope to see my name on a mortgage. I really like my little rental home, but I long to paint the walls and have a bigger yard.

Yesterday I cast on for a new pair of socks with this yarn:

Then, I looked at my sock bin and got distracted by the Berry Pink socks:

I tried to include Kish in the yarn photo shoot but she really wasn’t interested:

She’d rather sit around and look pretty:

On the road again.

Today was a spectacular Colorado day.   It was cold and windy, but there was not one cloud in the sky:

Felicia and I hit the road to Pueblo this morning.  Our destination:

Colorado Fiber Arts is the newest yarn store in this neck of the woods.  I was very excited about this road trip because I was hoping that this yarn store would be better than the yarn stores in Colorado Springs. 

I was not disappointed.  Colorado Fiber Arts is now my favorite LYS.  They are well lit, have plenty of space, great prices, friendly staff and a wide selection of yarn, notions and patterns.  On top of all that, they are supporters of Warm The World.  Colorado Fiber Arts is everything that the four LYSs in Colorado Springs are not. 

I didn’t even think of taking pictures in the store, but Felicia did and you can find them here.  I did, however, take a picture of what I brought home:

That bright blue yarn is going on the needles as soon as I decide on the pattern.

Today I was telling Felicia about my poor man’s swift:

It works better than you might expect.  My only problem came the first time I used it.  I wasn’t paying attention to how fast I was winding the yarn and the shade flew off the lamp.   Flying lampshades + sleeping dogs = freaked out dogs. 

The pinky purple socks are coming along:

The nights have been quite cold lately.  Kishka has to be sure to keep her nose warm:

 

 A gorgeous sunset finished off a wonderful day:

Breaking news.

Here are the new Cotton Ease colors!

I am thrilled that Lion Brand came to their senses and brought back this yarn, but I was hoping for better colors.  This is a good start and I hope they build on this initial color palette.  

Some of the old Cotton Ease colors were a bit garish for my taste, but I am sorry to see that they did not bring back the Bubble Gum pink and Sugarplum purple.

I love that Berry color, though. 

Sky, dogs, feasting, knitting, what more does a girl need?

Doesn’t it look like fall?

There’s been progress on blankets:

At First Blush…

Deep Blue Something…

Log Cabin #2…

Taking the photo of the Log Cabin blanket was actually a bit exciting. I was balancing on the edge of the bed. Sam kept shifting position, so the bed was moving. I was trying to think of a good cover story to tell the doctor if I fell off the bed and broke something. Somehow I think “I was photographing a blanket on my bed for my blog” would raise a few eyebrows.

Speaking of my bed, Samantha has taken over:

I hope she’s comfy, because she won’t be staying there. :)

Max was looking especially photogenic this evening:

And I caught a moment of sisterly love:

During my travels in knitblogland recently I’ve noticed several knitters asking readers where to find the perfect knitting bag. Knitting bags are so personal. Every knitter I know has their own vision of the perfect knitting bag.

I like my knitting bags cheap:

That’s one Ziploc Big Bag, two carryout bags from Chipotle and one bag from Picnic Basket Catering.

I do own more traditional knitting bags but right now, these are my favorites. They contain all my blankets!

When Lion Brand announced last year that they were discontinuing Cotton-Ease there was a bit of an uproar in the knitblog community. I will admit that I mocked the people who were upset about this. I didn’t understand it. What’s the big deal about a cotton/acrylic yarn?

Then, I knit with it.

There are no words to describe my love for this yarn. It’s soft, machine washable/dryable, affordable and a joy to knit with. It is the perfect yarn for my Warm The World blankets. I’ve been cursing Lion Brand for discontinuing it.

I’m cursing no more. Lion Brand is bring it back “in a few months” in “a beautiful new color range”.

I see more Log Cabins in my future.

It’s finally Friday, so time to feast.

Appetizer
Measured in minutes or hours, how much exercise have you had in the last week?
Oh, lord. I am busted. 10 minutes.

Soup
If you had to change your blog title to something else, what would it be?
I’ve never really thought about that. When I decided to blog, the name “Runs With Needles” just kind of popped into my head. Once I Googled and verified that no one else used that name, that’s who I became.

Salad
Name one television show you watched when you were 9-12 years old.
Little House On The Prairie. I still watch it almost every day.

Main Course
If someone gave you $50 to spend with the one condition that it had to be educational, what would you purchase?
I’m a history geek, so would probably buy a history related DVD: Ken Burns’ classic, Civil War Journal, and The Revolution are all favorites.

Dessert
Do you tend to prefer dark colors, neutral shades, or lighter/pastel hues?
I like dark colors (hunter green, burgundy, navy blue, deep purple), but am also a fan of bright colors.

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