Monday, November 19, 2007

Potpourri- Jeopardy Style!

I've been out of town for the past few weekends, and haven't had a lot of time for a decent post. So, here's a mis-mash of knitting-related stuff. be forwarned: picture heavy!

Wisconson Roads

Kinneared photos from the road just over three weeks ago. E and I went to the North Shore on the Wisconson side.
Retreat at the Nunnery
The only photo I took!?! Here's Marge (feet only), Amanda (knee) Chell, and Deb M. at our all-knitting, all-relaxation weekend.

Cathy and Chell have great posts from the event. Check em' out!

Bella Lana

A new knitting store popped up in Minneapolis called Bella Lana. (Beautiful Wool in Italian! It's located right next to the Minneapolis Aveda Institute-- perfect for a morning of pampering and yarn shopping!)

I just loved their white-on-white asthetic! Well worth checking out if you're in town.

Angela's Crazy Amazing Socks

Angela's slipper socks on pointe-- she has knit over 100 pairs of crazy socks. I love how she arranges her stash by color, then knits whatever she chooses, whenever she wants~!
These are both stashbuster socks. Three strands of sock yarn are held together and knit on US 4s or 5s. More of her socks to come.

Favorite Etsy Sellers

First, there's Pigeonroof Studios. I love her dyework soo much that I almost don't want to tell you about it! Everything is gorgeous. Competition is fierce. I've purchased 4 oz. of roving only... and I'll continue to watch her shop closely.

A new favorite is Twisted Fiber Arts. Meg is a fabulous new indie dyer. If you click over to her site, you'll see that she dyes hand-striping yarn that verigates within each stripe. Time-wise, her dyework must take forever! (An assumption after reading Eunny's loooong process for self-striping yarn dyeing.)

I couldn't resist ordering a skein in both the Rodney and Netherfield colorways. She added the wee skeinlet for free!

Recent Projects

On the left, I'm still plodding along on the koigu bit socks. Two at the same time seems to take f.o.r.e.v.e.r. Looks like they're going to be a holiday gift.
On the right, I've started a Felted Stained Glass Fan bag. It's a lovely pattern-- and I just love how the bottom looks like a rose window from a cathedral. Yarn is Plymouth's Boku #5 from Sheepy Yarn in White Bear Lake, Mn.


Anonymous said...

So that's where Bella Lanna is. I read about it in the paper, but didn't connect with the address. Ah, yes, the Aveda Institute...they refused service to me once because my feet were too "damaged" for a pedicure. I know they're bad, but geez. How humiliating.

CathyCate said...

Nice Kinnearing! Of course, you did that before I posted my Kinneared photos and sternly said not to do as I did.
Bella Lana looks very clean and Uptownish. Seems to be a good yarn selection!
I've never had a pedicure; now I'm afraid to after Amy's comment. (Maybe they're less blunt at my local spa.)

Anonymous said...

I'm liking how the stained glass tote looks unblocked - like ginko leaves or something

Guinifer said...

Thanks for the new yarn store tip. Looks gorgeous!

InkyOrchid said...

Next time I'm near Minneapolis, I'll have to check out Bela Lana.

I love Twisted Fiber Arts! Her colorways are so gorgeous, and three different types of self-striping. I don't even want to guess how long it takes Meg to dye it.

InkyOrchid said...

Meg's definately one of my favorite dyers. This may shock you, but I've already got a sock started in Playful. I love it.

mary said...


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Is that a Basenji I see in an earlier blog?