Back from trip #2 to Maine and happily reunited with husband and Stella. While away, I wound about 4000 yards of yarn using my mother's umbrella swift and winder. So much better than using my living room chair and my own arms! I am finishing up the back of the baby ivory kimono, and started a Turkish mitten from Folk Mittens. This mitten took a dip in the lake, but did not felt. Probably because I am knitting it too tightly. Working with two yarns makes my already tight knitting even tighter, and the mitten is puckering.
The folk mitten pattern is very demanding due to the sport-weight yarn and size 3 needles so I am considering some easier vintage Lopi patterns, but not these:
I'm thinking of something more like this:
During the trip, we crossed state lines to visit New Hampshire yarn store Patternworks, and Keepsake Quilting, both in Center Harbor. Keepsake was mind-blowing, with a daunting selection of fabrics.
My mother was temporarily paralyzed by indecision, but ended up with beautiful aqua, pink and yellow 1930s fabrics for her new quilt.
Once again, baby kimono is going very very slowly. 4 inches since Wednesday. I thought this would go faster the second time around. But the Rowan Wool Cotton is still great to knit with, and the jacket will be perfect for my friend's baby.
Since I love it when people post pictures of their yarn stash, here is about 70% of mine:
I have voluntarily seen some very bad movies this summer, and it's sad when the best of the bunch is Batman. For laughs, check out muppets Statler and Waldor reviewing current movies: http://movies.go.com/muppets/index