Thank you, Deb!

What’s better than a fellow knitter saving your butt by sending you their scraps? Getting an adorable knitting themed card along with the yarn!

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Many, many, many thanks to Ravelry user HappyDeb for the yarn and for proving once again that knitters are amongst the friendliest people there are.

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White lies

Me, to a fellow knitter at a knitting café: Oh, I love that yarn. What is it?
Fellow knitter: Oh, it’s… um… what’s it called… It’s American, hard to get a hold of… Has a female name…
Me: …. Madelinetosh?
Fellow knitter: Yeah! It’s not indie though, have you heard of it?
Me: Um. I may. Have. A skein. At home. Maybe two. Yeah.

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And knitting faster isn’t helping, either…

Remember Jackson Square? Probably not, since I started it well over a year ago. Eleventysix billion rows of twisted 2×1 ribbing later…

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(Please note that it’s twisted on the WS as well as the RS. I am so good at ptbl now.)

… I finally got to the fun lace part:

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… and ran out of yarn.

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8g of yarn left, with six rows and then the picot bind off to go. Not gonna happen.

A wonderful fellow raveller has promised to see if she still has her scraps of the same yarn, and if so will send them to me. Otherwise I’ll just have to buck up and buy a new skein, because I am NOT ripping back. Sooooo annoying – I’m only going to be about 10g short.

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Green apples or citrus mix

My self-striping sock yarn is finally untangled and gifted to Tove. I know she will look after it properly and that feels good. I think I have to practice using that warping board to avoid the untangling business (that took me a few months, mostly walking past it sighing…)

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The skein makes me think of green apples and Tove of a citrus mix.

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Striiiiipes.

Look what’s finished!

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And the flock:

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You may think that’s enough self-striping socks, especially considering I have several more skeins stashed (including these two lovely ones I bought only last weekend).

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The other week I managed to see a skein of Lollipop Yarn in The Rainbow Connection (which is even BETTER than this one I was craving last year) being destashed on Ravelry. I’ve had terrible experiences trying to get my hands on Lollipop Yarn and found the owner really quite rude, so I’d pretty much given up on ever getting a skein, but I managed to be the first one to go GIMME GIMME GIMME and lovely Marie sent this beauty my way:

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I just want to sit and stare at it.

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Sense of humor, check!

Okay, so it might seem as if Tove and I’ve lost our sense of humor lately. At least on the blog. This is not the case though. And today we kind of made up for it in ubundance…

Tove came over to visit the Christmas Fair in Sätrabrunn. Before going there I somehow managed to cut my nail-bed and had a fainting fit on the kitchen couch. Tove went to get the first aid kit and tumbled head over heal face down on the carpet because of the gate to keep children out. With that kind of start it’s surprising we didn’t have second thoughts about visiting the Fair…

Without getting the car stuck in the mud we managed to park. (We saw several desperat drivers who were stuck and kind if dug their own holes. Had to criss-cross our way through the inferno…) And without any slipping accidents we made our way through the Fair.

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We got some sock yarn. Tove was pursuaded to purchase a cocoa cup for herself. I got some eco saffron and a cat toy. All in all a day full of laughter and some yarn shopping!

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Grand plans, zero time

Let’s face it. I have too many ideas and too little time. Always a frustrating combination, but I think life will continue that way.

So instead of a huge and amazing project (let’s talk about killing your darlings…) I’ve come to my senses and have taken an hour or so to modify one of those grand (and impossibly ambitious) ideas. Now I’m kind of itching to get started, but, ehrm, it seems I’m out of knitting cables (jeesh, didn’t know cats ate knitting cables… Oh, what? Too many ufo’s? Me?! You’ve gotta be kidding!)

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