YARNY

YARNY! (Unravel Game)

My wonderful hubby got me this game for Valentine’s day.  Check it out!  (I really should see if I can get a deal promoting things on here.  But I don’t have one so whatever I ‘promote’ here is just my own enthusiasm for whatever the item may be.)

UNRAVEL

 

Unto you this day, a knitter is born.

I taught a friend of Dani’s (now a friend of mine) to knit a few weeks ago and sent him on his way with the promise that we’d get together again soon.  Well one thing led to another and the next thing I knew it had been weeks since I met Koty and yet I was hearing that he was turning up all over town with knitting in his hands.  He’d even taken a few spins on the drop spindle.  Tonight we decided that as he began his first sock, it was time to bestow upon him a great gift to recognize his transition from a knitter to a Knitter:  A set of Addi turbo-clicks.  I had an extra set and decided to give it to him, as I’d never find anyone worthier.  Welcome to the family, Koty!

And lo and behold, the angels did sing again and smile upon the land as Mike, another friend of ours, has begun the journey in earnest.  He had done some knitting before but never felt the tug that the rest of us feel toward knitting.  This week he has blossomed and has stopped worrying that every stitch is not perfect.  He has learned to get those stitches moving and he’s making some great progress.  I think we have another Knitter on the horizon.  He’s definitely getting into the knitter stage.  (I knew the alpaca would get him!  W00t!)

France, je t’aime!

Well here I am in France again and loving every minute of it.  I keep meaning to do a blog in French but I rarely blog on this one so . . . maybe one day.

I’m going back to Les Petits Points Parisiens.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  If it’s anything like it was the last time I was there, I’m sure I’ll love every second of time spent there and will buy mucho yarn.  I mean, beaucoup de yarn, of course!

MFKR 2015

MFKR 2015

At last we return to the MFKR, Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat!  We had to miss last year because I’d taken off too much work around that time to feel comfortable asking off more.  2015 was a great retreat with kudos to Michael and Alexander for all the work they put into it.

Gooseberry

Gooseberry

kilts

Annual Kilt Parade at Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat 2015, Federal Way, Washington

Tom's sweater

Tom’s Sweater

Paul's sweater

Paul’s sweater

Men's Stitches

Men’s Stitches

Shawl

Shawl

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Passing around works

Passing around works

Is Nigel insane?

Is Nigel insane?

Typical Scene

Typical Scene

Yoth

Yoth Yarns

Knitting

Knitting

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Sit and Knit

Sit and Knit

2015-136IMG_8112IMG_8112Dumas Bay Center, groups, knit, knit trip, knitting, Men's Fall Knitting Retreat, MFKR 2015, Seattle, yarn5472 x 3648Kenneth McCamish 2015-127IMG_8103IMG_8103Dumas Bay Center, groups, knit, knit trip, knitting, Men's Fall Knitting Retreat, MFKR 2015, Seattle, yarn5472 x 3648Kenneth McCamish 2015-118IMG_8094IMG_8094Dumas Bay Center, groups, knit, knit trip, knitting, Men's Fall Knitting Retreat, MFKR 2015, Seattle, yarn5472 x 3648Kenneth McCamish 2015-108IMG_8084IMG_8084Dumas Bay Center, groups, knit, knit trip, knitting, Men's Fall Knitting Retreat, MFKR 2015, Seattle, yarn3648 x 5472Kenneth McCamish 2015-107IMG_8083IMG_8083Dumas Bay Center, groups, knit, knit trip, knitting, Men's Fall Knitting Retreat, MFKR 2015, Seattle, yarn3648 x 5472Kenneth McCamish 2015-106IMG_8082IMG_8082Dumas Bay Center, groups, knit, knit trip, knitting, Men's Fall Knitting Retreat, MFKR 2015, Seattle, yarn3648 x 5472Kenneth McCamish

We had a great time.  I just wish I could go to more of these!

The Rain in Spain

One thing I think I must make plain,

If you are driving in the rain,

Or if you’re learning ’bout sugar cane,

Perhaps you’re doing this in Spain,

And if you think you’ll go insane,

Then do the same as Auntie Jane,

They’re selling yarn just down the lane,

So go down there and buy a SKEIN!

I wrote this simple refrain to encourage everyone to remember that a title like “Skein of the Crime” is silly.  Perhaps something like “Skein Pain” or “Take the Last Skein from Clarksville” or “The Skein in Spain is spun mainly in the plain” would be fun little phrases.  But if you try to force me to see “skein” as “skeen” then I’m afraid I’ll hit you before I know what I’m doing.  It’s a reflex, you see.  I can’t help it.  It’s downright autonomic, it is.  “Skine” would make sense, etymologically, but “skane” is the proper pronunciation of this word in English and no amount of twisting it will convince me otherwise.  Don’t take this personally.  I do the same thing when people say, “I seen that!”  *shudder*