I had so much fun this evening that I almost don’t remember work today.
Twisted had a Lantern Moon trunk show this evening, which was a lot of fun. I’ve never seen so many people in the shop! They brought so much stuff, it was amazing. And beautiful. I coveted lots of things, but satisfied myself with just one gorgeous bag.
I also got to meet Michele and see Adam‘s Lizard Ridge. (It’s GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to see mine all finished and sewn together.)
OH! And I finished the Sorta Charade Socks at work this morning!
After Nik picked me up at Twisted, we went out for a bite to eat at Mickey Finn’s. By the time we got home it was starting to get dark out, so I’m going to wait until tomorrow to take pictures of both the socks and the new bag. And maybe some other stuff. For now, you have links to click.
A few blocks north of us on 72nd, there’s a smallish commercial building on a corner. When I first moved in with Nik–a little over 3 years ago–it was a strip club of some sort. The strip club moved, “For Lease” signs went up and a while later a new business opened. The new place was called “Little Hands Learning Center,” which made me think it was an education-related store or a daycare center or something like that. But then they hand-painted some advertising on the door that said “Kids books, toys, and clothing for sale” which really didn’t help explain what the place actually WAS. Of course, I never went in to find out. It was just one of those mysteries you think about once in a while when you drive by on the way home from work.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the place eventually closed and the “For Lease” signs went up again.
Recently, we were driving by on our way home from work and I suddenly noticed a new sign: “Pins & Needles”
What?! I did a really fast double-take. Could it be a sewing shop? Or something else crafty? Within a few blocks of my HOUSE?
But…no. “Pins & Needles” is an acupuncture clinic!
…I did just discover that there’s a new shop down Woodstock from us, though, that looks promising. I think it’s more art than craft, but it has prominent signs about classes. Will have to go check it out one of these days.
Emma asked us to post a “first” in knitting, and initially I couldn’t really think of anything. I’m pretty adventurous, so there isn’t much I’ve *never* tried. Perhaps my imagination is failing me, though.
However, I did recently learn a new technique which I used on my Twisted Sky Socks: knitting socks on two circular needles. Here they are again:
I love this technique so much that I’ve also used it for my latest pair, the Sorta Charade Socks:
These aren’t quite finished yet–I’ll get a much better picture once they are.
The Sorta Charade Socks are another first for me. I started out making a pair of the popular Charade Socks (I think you have to be on Ravelry to get the pattern), but ended up adapting that pattern to the sky architecture (used in my Twisted Sky Socks) from Cat Bordhi’s book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Basically, I ended up taking the stitch pattern from Charade and putting into the Master Sky sock architecture from the book. Not quite an original design, but fun and unique!
The week was a bit grueling, but it’s finally Friday. Yay! And it’s a 3-day weekend! YAY!
And even better, I actually get ALL THREE days off!
[For those of you new to my blog...let's just say that there are certain things that really suck about working in payroll. For instance: holidays. Most of the time, holidays force us to either work on the holiday, or work an extra day during the week to make up for having had the holiday off. People have to get paid on time, holiday or no! Memorial Day--this year anyway--does not interfere with our payroll schedule. Yay!]
I made it to Twisted three days in a row this week! The weather has been pretty yucky, so I’ve been taking the bus even though it’s only a little over a mile from my office. I get off the bus about a block and a half from the shop, crossing two small streets. You’d think that’d be a pretty safe way to go, wouldn’t you?
I almost got run over today.
The bus lets me off on a two lane, one-way street. I always cross the side street first, to give the bus a chance to get by and because I have to wait for the rest of the traffic to clear anyway before I can cross the one-way street. So, as usual, I waited for all the traffic to clear (there’s a traffic signal at the previous intersection) and then crossed the street. I made it halfway across when a woman driving a huge silver SUV turned left onto the one-way street from the other side. She stopped in time, with tires squealing as I jumped sideways away from her car.
I don’t think she was any closer to me than, oh, 6 feet, but it was scary!
Now I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend, with lots of time to rest. And lots of knitting, I hope.