Day 3: One Year Later (Sort of)

A year ago tomorrow my mother turned 60. Also a year ago, I voted for President and got to see my country elect its first African-American.

Just a few months later, I used one of my vacation days and stayed home on Inauguration Day and watched history be made. And while watching (in between naps during the downtime *grin*) I knit a scarf.

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When I showed my mom this yarn back when I bought it, I got her patented “What the HECK were you THINKING?!” look. Everyone I showed the yarn to thought it was VERY VERY unlike me. And it kind of was. I’m not usually known for my flashy yarn stash. LOL. But I saw someone knitting this scarf at one of my LYSs and I fell in love with it. I love all the blues and all the texture.

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And I still love this yarn. It’s more like a boa than a scarf, but it’s really long, and really skinny, and I love just looping it around my neck when I ‘m wearing jeans. Looks great.

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…Now if I can just keep my coworkers from stealing it…

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks


Catching Up: Phoenix

You know, there are a TON of things I would post about on a regular basis. And what’s holding me back is, primarily, the time to upload the photos that go with. So today, I’m playing catch up. To spare those with dialup (and even those without) I’m posting thumbnails. Click any of them for the full picture. Also, I’m breaking this up because it’s WAAAAY too long otherwise. LOL
And you might want to send out for some food. You’re going to be here a while. LOL…
I spent 2 months flying back and forth nearly every week from Los Angeles to Phoenix for work. My job and my boss moved and I looked around at the dry, brown, hotter-than-the-surface-of-the-sun Phoenix and said “NO WAY!” LOL Too hot for me out there.
While flying I worked on a sock…
And then ripped it back completely. A shop owner out there told me the best way to beat SSS is to do them both at once. For some reason that was a concept that had eluded me. LOL So I completely ripped it back. And since I ripped it…what about making the Jaywalkers? So I’ve re-cast on about a month ago and haven’t touched it since.

While there I also worked on a scarf for my best friend out of some Alpaca sportweight she sent This turned out to be the pattern from hell. It’s a pretty pattern with no errors that I noticed, and the yarn is PERFECT for it, as it has a bit of a halo from the Alpaca and a lovely shine from the silk, but it kicked my ass. What you see there is absolutely as far as I had been able to get, and it took me about 15 tries and nearly two weeks to get THAT far. Needless to say, It has since been frogged…
…A pink scarf for my cousin that I am discovering I don’t like. LOL. I’m still plugging away on it, though, so she may see it in 2020…

And now Shameless Plug #1
While in Phoenix the first weekend, I quickly found the local restaurants, grocery store, bookstore, and yarn store. Not necessarily in that order, you understand. And while surfing through the NUMEROUS sites for all the yarn stores in the Phoenix area, I found Tempe Yarn and Fiber. They are wonderful. The couple that own and run it are so helpful. I went once to one of their knitting nights and found everyone there to be sweet and funny and they welcomed me immediately and in the few sporadic visits I made there, I never felt for a single moment like I was unwelcome or intruding into an already established group. And the owner (and I feel like a total jerk, as I cannot for the life of me remember her name) was ALWAYS willing to just whip out the yarn and show me something or help me with anything I needed. Had I thought to pack my spindle, she could have taught me to spin, too. And since she was ever so patient with my questions, I know she would have been an EXCELLENT teacher.
If you’re ever in the area, stop in. Lovely yarns, and lovelier people.
Next up…Sedona

The Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Look! A Finished Object!

…And, once again, something for my mom. LOL To be fair, I bought this yarn way back in September (I think) and I promised her a scarf with it. As soon as I saw this yarn, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with it. And it took less yarn than I thought.

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Mom's Diagonal Scarf

Yarn: Less than 2 balls of…ummm…I’m going to have to edit that later. Not sure.
Pattern: Karen Baumer’s Multi-directional Diagonal Scarf.
Needle: Ummm….Again, I’ll have to get back to you.

Next up…An Arizona Yarn Crawl.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday to the one who taught me to needlepoint.

And when that didn’t stick, taught me to cross-stitch.
And even though I enjoyed that, she tried to get me to quilt.
And when all else failed to make me truly passionate
about needlework of some kind…ANY kind…

She took me to my first (and her last) knitting class.

So happy birthday to one of the few people in my family
who truly understands and appreciates the time and effort and love
that goes into a hand-made gift.


(Note the scarf. See! I DO finish things!)

And as hard as I tried, other things got in the way, so she knows there’s another scarf coming. Made with Rowan Tapestry and it’s FABULOUS. I’m so glad I ended up with some of this yarn for me, too. So more pics of that soon.

And a HUGE thank you to mom for not only allowing her picture to be taken, but graciously allowing me to post it here.

Love you, Mom!

The Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks

Marco…Marco…

*listening to the echoing silence*

MAAAAAAAAAARCOOOO!

What am I doing? Well, my Olympic Knitting project seems to have gone AWOL. Maybe it defected. Maybe it ran away with the British judge. Maybe it was tired of being ignored and ran off with the unmated sock it was fraternizing with, I don’t know. All I know is I have completely reorganized my stash (yes, mom…with RUBBERMAID!!!) and it is nowhere to be found.

So if you should find a lonely, sad, almost finished cable scarf wandering the streets and trying to pick up some funfur, please send it home. I wanted to get it finished this week, but IF I CAN’T FIND IT it makes it a bit hard to actually WORK on it.

Marco…

Marco…

Maaaaaaarcoooo…..

The Guppy
aka The Fish With sticks