I went to Jimmy Beans today to get the yarns for Alexia's requested Christmas present, the jackalope from the Amigurumi Knits book. Alexia is insistent that this is what she wants for Christmas and she dictated the colors. I wrote them down.
I spotted my friend Allison working in back so went to say hi. She was very excited about the new Tosh yarn they've just started carrying, in about 100 colors ways in lace, sport and worsted weights. I caught the excitement. The three lace weight skeins on the left will all be scarfs and they will be mine. I give them away as fast as I make them, and today I went to town wearing a purchased rayon scarf. I need to warm my own neck!
This is Alexia's Christmas jackalope. She marked about six things in the book and then asked me how many she could have. I reminded her that I only had time to knit one before Christmas and this ugly dude was her final choice. She wants a pink body, blue ears (substitute green), yellow horns and orange feet.
I also suc-
cumbed to a new knitting book, based on this hat pattern. I'm planning to knit a hat with the leftover yarn from the baby blanket. I've got my fingers crossed that I can use this pattern, minus the monkey tail topper. Also - I purchased yet another skein of Noro sock yarn. Because JBW bought all there is in the known supply world, they dropped the price from $13 to $11 and well, I just - well, I have no excuse other than I love the colors.
Perhaps it's the natural colored wools that I've been knitting to get ready for the craft fair that drove me to the colored yarns. Anyway, I've finished another hat. I love them all and will make as many as I can before next weekend.
I meet with a group of ladies that I met through Allison to knit on Wednesday afternoons. Many are beginning knitters so I took my hats and my book of 1,000 patterns to show them how a hat is really just a big sock toe. One of the ladies bought a hat! That wasn't a turn I expected from my "demonstration" but very cool. We only meet for two hours and the time flies.
I cannot begin to tell you much I enjoy these women. All the years I worked, I didn't have time to develop friendships, and suddenly friendships have landed in my lap. We're all a little long in the tooth so we enjoyed talking about Nora Ephron's new book. We spontaneously decided to do a gift swap next week. These are things that I've read about other people doing. From nowhere, out of the blue, I've received this gift of wise, warm and well-read women. Retirement? I recommend it.
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