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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Not Knitting, But I've Been Busy!

I've had a friend visiting for the past couple of weeks and she's a sewer, not a knitter. So we hit the sewing room and got creative with some projects. I made about 20 of these.

These bags are made from old t-shirts and are a great way to recycle your favorite t-shirt.

Then we made several of these.

I like to tuck a Starbuck's gift card in and give them for a little gift.

I also made myself a purse from a couple of fat quarters. I think I'll be doing another one of those - they're fun to do and I like the size of the purse.

Now it's time to get back to knitting!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Summer Knitting?

For me, knitting has always been a cold weather activity. Knitting season has been fall through early spring and late spring and summer have been my time for "other" projects. This year, I decided that I will try to continue to knit year-round. I've got such a queue of projects and I know it will be good to get going on some of them.

Yesterday's temps hit the 90's for the first time this year and already I know I'm not going to be knitting with wool on those hot days. I picked up some cotton and made a couple of dishcloths and another swiffer cover. I hope I can keep my goal to knit year-round, but I find my sewing machine calling me to make work on a quilt. . .

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Are There Really Yarn Shops in Boston?

I just got back from a week in Boston. Of course I came prepared to explore local yarn shops, and had googled yarn shops in the area before I left for my trip. Armed with my printout of yarn shops, I plugged into my gps the address at 555 Armory Street for a yarn shop called Circles in Jamaica Plain. When I arrived at the building, no yarn shop was there. I checked my iphone and found a discussion that indicted the shop had moved to the city of Roslindale. Ok, I was determined, so I set my gps for the new address at 56 Murray Hill Road in Roslindale. When I arrived, I discovered the shop was in a private home. I rang the bell, but no one answered. Dang.

While in Roslindale, I struck up a conversation with a cheese shop owner who told me about a wonderful yarn shop at 4 Station Street in Brookline called A Good Yarn. I got all excited about visiting a recommended yarn shop, until she said the shop was closed on Mondays. It was Monday, of course.

Later in the week I was visiting a friend in Peabody and decided to see if there were any shops nearby. Yup, a yarn shop really close called Knit Wit Yarns at 474 Lowell Street! I high-tailed it down there only to discover it no longer was there. The shop had either moved or gone out of business.

I can't believe I struck out so many times! I came home with no new yarn, but did manage to finish a pair of socks, a couple of dish cloths, and a swiffer cover during my week in Boston. Maybe next time.....