I Have A New Love…

Yarn Botanika - yummy! I can hardly wait to get home to work on this – the yarn is so nice to work with – I could be knitting potholders, it wouldn’t matter :). My “Sunshine Tank“, I hope there’ll be a few more really warm days to enjoy this in.

No socks. Gentleman’s Shooting might be done by the weekend, but I’ve only worked on it during my commute – and sometimes the “cheek by jowl” seating doesn’t lend itself to KIP.

I’m a little disenchanted with socks, sock KAL’s and sock clubs lately. They’ve been feeling more like a stress than fun, and my own designing and “real” knitting falls behind as the KAL guilt mounts. Some of the clubs haven’t lived up to the hype, some of the KAL’s are just not fun – I sometimes feel like I’m just talking to myself, and some are just too large and regimented to give me that warm, encouraging S’nB feel that I want. I am going to try to put aside that “rule-follower” part of my personality (yes, the punk rock rebel does have a little of that) and knit what I want – when I want and I’ll drop the not fun stuff.

The third part of Socktopia’s “Mystery Sock” was released yesterday – now this one, I love. I will be working on that a bit more this week. I liberated some old Sweet Georgia from stash for this, and do I ever hope that Felicia will come back from sabbatical refreshed and still wanting to dye yarn!

And what would a post be without some Yarn Pr0n?

Wooly Wonka Fibers Loopy Goodness The “Bee Fields” shawl kit from from Knitspot (am waiting on some Addi lace needles to start) and Fleece Artist (destined for a Chevron Scarf) and Yarn Love from The Loopy Ewe.

Speaking of buying yarn…. I just had one of the most positive shopping experiences and I have to share it. I often shop online at LittleKnits. I stumbled on this shop while searching for some obscure yarn and after experiencing Sue’s great service, prices (AND they offer Paypal), I’ve been a regular shopper since. A recent order incurred significant charges from UPS – and although I was surprised, and yes, disappointed, I decided to just pay and be done with it. Sue, however, had been made aware of the charges through the UPS email tracking and, unbeknownst to me, went ahead and made phone calls and sent emails and was able to have all the extra charges removed. I then received an email from UPS to let me know about the changes, and my duty-free yarn should be here today :). Is that not just the coolest? I’m so darned chuffed, I’m heading over there tomorrow and buy more yarn! Do go and visit – there is a fab selection of all sorts and kinds of yarns, needles and stuff and her sales on bag lots are unbeatable 🙂 – just leave some for me!

9 thoughts on “I Have A New Love…

  1. I hope you are happy, I have about $175 in my cart at Little knits. Must have new Cat Bordhi book and the Maizy sock yarn and, and, and. Can’t wait to see your Bee Fields shawl, I’ve been tempted, but doubt I’m advanced enough for that sort of shawl/lacework. I think I’ll start with the Clap.


  2. I do feel that we will soon reach the saturation point on anything to do with knitting socks. I don’t care for any of the new sock books just out. They seem to be jumping in while there is still money to be made. I just got an invite to join a sock KAL I didn’t ask for. No idea where they got my name from. Cat is a lovely woman, but her style is like fingernails on a blackboard to me :-}Beautiful yarn Karin, can’t wait to see your completed tank


  3. Have fun going beyond socks for awhile, Karin! Clubs and KAL’s burn me out too. I did join a swap for the first time but there’s months to go, so all is good for me that way. Can’t wait for the shawl!! Have fun! :-}


  4. love that BeeFields shawl kit and the yarn you’ve chosen is divine (sweet georgia was one of my very first online yarn purchases…i miss her)…and sue at LittleKnits is one of my fav fav fav people on earth…love her store,love her service (we always are scheduled to pay premo shipping to alaska but Sue chews it down to a normal level each and every time…yay little knits!) hope that life settles down to normal and kids go back to school and all soon for you! hey, also just got some new tofutsi yarn and thinking of the new magknits pattern for it…take a looksee…..


  5. I LOVE Little Knits too – not only is she kind and helpful, but there are some great sales!I have similar feelings to you as far as KALs and sock clubs – I’m getting more picky about what I join as time goes on. A big part of the fun for me is matching pattern to yarn and sock club kits have that all done.


  6. I am patiently waiting for my invite for Ravelry. I swore I wouldn’t do it but got swept up in all the glowing chat on the blogs :)! I think there are still about 7000 (!) bodies ahead of me. I can wait though. The computer is such a (knitting) time-sucker, I may not get anything else done!


  7. Karin –Thank you so much for your kind words and your lovely emails.You are mine and therefore, must be taken care of accordingly (exactly as I would want to be treated myself by others).Thank you for being ours.Sue (Little)


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