Knitting Librarian

A knitting scrapbook to keep track of things I've knitted and/or would like to knit someday.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Behold the new yarn swift, saver of time and mental health . . .

I feel like one of those Mastercard commercials: metro fare to the yarn shop: $2.50, time spent on internet finding the yarn shop: 10 minutes, cost of yarn swift: $60, mental health and decrease of swearing while winding yarn from skein draped across knees: priceless.

This is a case where being cheap for 15 years of knitting and not buying the swift is a really stupid thing. I didn't buy the ball winder until three years ago, and then I only bought it because my mom gave us money for our wedding engagement. (Brian got something cool out of the fund too - I can't remember what, though).

Here's my swatch for the mystery stole. I used both clear and colored beads in the swatch but the clear ones don't show up at all, so I'll be sticking with the colored beads for the real mccoy. I'm thrilled that I found a tiny crochet hook among my knitting paraphrenalia so I'll be able to add the beads as I go. It must have been from my grandma's stash because I'm not a crocheter, and I doubt I'd be able to use a hook that small even if I were. I'm using size 5 needles and Shelridge Farm 2-ply lace weight that I bought at Rhinebeck last year.

Here's me and Jim Dale at the ALA conference. I can't wait for the next Harry Potter! Brian got hooked on HP over our winter break last year and listened to all of the books on CD. Jim Dale is a fantastic narrator. Our plan is to buy the discs for the new book and listen to them together, though it's going to be hard to avoid the spoilers once the book comes out.

We took the backroads to DC for the ALA conference. We made sure to go through Eichelbergertown, as that's my maiden name. It's made up of about 6 houses and it's in south-central PA.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Mystery Stole #3

Thanks to the encouragement of the Nerdy Knitter, I've joined the Mystery Stole #3 bandwagon. I can't wait! I have several skeins of lace weight yarn in my stash - I just need to figure out what will work best. I'm going to ALA in DC this weekend, and I think I'm going to check out this bead store to get some beads to go with my yarn. I've always wanted to add beads to my knitting, but haven't had a chance to try it out.

In other knitting news, I've finished sock #2 of my vacation socks that I started in Delft in May. I'm slogging along with the sleeves of the bohus. I had to rip out my last start because my gauge was way off. I'm ok with the sweater body being a little too large, but not the sleeves. At this moment I have only two object in process, which makes me happy. Just the Bohus and the Jamieson's shawl, which I may end up ripping out because I have to watch my stitches too closely because the yarn is so fine. We'll see.

I found out yesterday that my husband was accepted into a doctoral consortium session at a conference on Context in Denmark in August. Hooray! This means that I'll be spending a couple weeks in Scandinavia with him while he "kills time" between his cartography conference in Moscow and the Denmark conference. The academic lifestyle certainly has its benefits!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Kauni Fever

The semester's over, we're back from the Netherlands, and I finally have time to catch up on the blog.

I'm obsessed with this sweater made with Kauni yarn. I tried to find the yarn when we were in the Netherlands, but no luck.

I'm so obsessed that when I found this bag in A Touch of Grace in Geneseo NY, I had to have it. See the resemblance to the sweater?

Luckily, Melinda's Purlwise blog gave me information on how to order Kauni yarn from Astrid's Dutch Obsessions. Astrid was out of the colorway called for in the pattern, but I fell in love with the EF colors, and ordered it for the sweater. It only took two weeks for it to get here, and the price was very reasonable.

I'm hoping that these colors will work in the same way as the brighter version. Check out Melinda's blog to see the sweater in progress.

While we were staying in Delft for my husband's conference I managed to get to Leiden to check out a couple of yarn shops. Here's Ribbels, where I bought a skein of sock yarn from Wales. I should have bought two skeins but it was expensive. Maybe it'll become some kind of little scarf.

The sock yarn:

My only finished object from the trip: