Saturday, September 17, 2005

Catching Up

Ahhh Saturday morning. Its been a long week at work. Crazy busy, even more than usual. I finally have photographic proof of my current knitting bonanza.

I keep forgetting to mention that I've joined a knitting group. On Thursday nights I meet at Warren's house with other like-minded folks. I've met some great people and discovered some fabulous new yarns. You see, Warren is opening a new yarn shop and I've been lucky enough to get to peruse his wares before it even opens! He's a longtime knitter with a keen eye for quality and innovation. I can't wait until his shop Marin Fiber Arts opens. He's pursuing his dream and I'm sure he's going to make it the best yarn shop in Marin. He's got so many great ideas, such a friendly and knowledgeable demeanor that novice and experienced knitters alike will find him welcoming. It doesn't hurt that he has such great taste in yarn. He's encouraged me to try sock knitting. I really hope that his shop becomes a magnet for local knitters to congregate. It's in a great part of town, near to some wonderful coffee shops and restaurants. Please visit his site because he's going to start selling online very soon.

Marin Fiber Arts

I've also met some fabulous tricoteuses at these meetings. Its such a relaxing thought to know I'll get to meet with everyone on a weekly basis. Everyone's so nice and has wonderful stories and projects to share. These knitting groups are like group therapy, but we don't have to talk about our problems we just share our love of knitting, this in itself is so nurturing. Its satisfying to surround oneself with like-minded folk especially when they're from varying backgrounds. If you want to join our group, visit Warren's site and blog.

so onto the photos. First off is a photo of my recent purchase from Warren:

I bought a Chibi (one of those cute little things to hold your tapestry needles), some "Knitter's Little Helper" which is a lucious hand moisturizer with such a lovely scent, two skeins of Nature's Palette in Odd Duck #1 for a pair of socks, and some Brittany sock needles. You can tell that I've gone sock crazy because.

I'm already working on a pair of socks for Mr. Grenadine:

Socks just come naturally don't they? These are MG's anniversary socks. He bought me the yarn on our first anniversary. Hopefully I'll have them done soon.

Here's the yarn I'm usuing for the Fall Cable knit-along:

I'm still working on the red scarf. Its a gift and I have to finish it this weekend:

I'm making another one in green as a gift too:

And just for good measure I've also finished the body of another flower bag:

Thank god I've been waiting to get all of this stuff off my chest! And a note to Cecile, I still love to read your blog! I hope you've had a good vacation. Glad you're back blogging. I've got a package for you can't wait to send it!

happy knitting to everyone.

La Grenadine


Manda said...

Love that red scarf! :) Did you find the pattern anywhere, or is it something you came up with yourself? :)

Grenadine Girl said...

Not to toot my own horn, but I did come up with the pattern myself after seeing something similar in Marie Claire idees Ete edition. The pattern was in French, which I speak, but can't quite translate knitting patterns very well, so I just made my own interpretation. However, it is a very simple scarf.

Using Southwest Trading Company and Berroco Gem (2 skeins each for a long scarf) cast on 25 stitches.

rows 1 - 3 knit all stitches
row 4 purl
row 5 knit
row 6 purl
row 7 knit
row 8 purl
row 9 knit
row 10 purl

rows 11-14 knit all stitches
on row 15, knit all stitches wrapping yarn twice
row 16 purl, dropping extra wrap
row 17 knit all stitches wrapping yarn twice

repeat pattern until scarf reaches desired length

Pattern designed by Grenadine Girl