Friday, September 16, 2005

Sidewalk Sale Encore

It was such a success last weekend that we're doing it again. Sidewalk Sale tomorrow from 10 to 5--more $1/$3/$5 baskets, plus free pattern(s) with purchase! There's also a sidewalk sale up the block at Hello, World for those of you who love their stuff.

The sale makes a great excuse to drop by and see my favorite new yarn of the season: Creative Focus Worsted from Nashua Handknits.

It's quite a bit like Classic Elite's Montera, a yarn I love but which is a little too warm for our climate: it's 75% wool, 25% alpaca, soft single-ply. But the Creative Focus is thinner (label says 5 sts per inch), so it should be more practical around here. It should also felt like a dream. And the color range is terrific--yes, that's all 38 you see there; there was no sense trying to choose among them when we ordered. 220 yards per 100-gram ball. And like all that isn't enough, there's the price: $8. I worry that the importers have made a math error somewhere. Alpaca blend for the price of basic wool? They assure me this is the right price.

Meanwhile . . .

Lisa is making the Clapotis from Knitty in Lorna's Laces. She blithely added a few repeats and is now wondering if her yarn supply is going to hold out.

Wendy's finished the revised collar on the sweater for her nephew (read the saga here), who obliged by arriving late Wednesday afternoon. Welcome, Jacob Douglass! (She asked me to crop out her face, I swear. But I do like that necklace.)

Cathy is nearly finished Bark from Rowan 38; it just needs a single-crochet border. It's a little hard to believe this is what it's supposed to look like, but it's a little hard to tell from the picture in the book, and she seems to have followed the instructions exactly. Note also the perfect fit of the recently-finished Linen Print vest above.

That about covers it from here--hope to see you all over the weekend, either Saturday for the sale, or Sunday before or after the Knit Out!

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