This and That

I think I need a doctor.  I’ve been in three yarn shops in the past few weeks, all with lovely stuff, and have bought NO yarn.  I bought a set of double point needles in one shop to finish the blue sweater, and that’s it.  What’s with that?  Buying something for a specific project, and nothing else??  Of course, it might have something to do with the embarrassing stash I already own.  I have so much yarn I almost need to hire a full-time Stash Manager to deal with it.  If you add in the knitting tools, books, and patterns, it really could be a full-time job.

So in an effort to get rehabilitated quickly, I went to Elann and bought enough Schachenmayr Aurora in Claret to make a sweater.  It might turn into a Sitcom Chic type of sweater.  I’ll have to swatch it up to see what it wants to be.

I did finally break down and buy a steamer.  It’s a Rowenta hand-held steamer; the kind you use to steam wrinkles out of your business suit.  This could make blocking almost fun!

On the knitting front, I am up to the increase section on the second piece for the Audrey sweater.  It looks just like the first piece, so no pictures.  This is just such nice yarn that I might have to get some more for another sweater.

We had a Bastille Day celebration at our house last night.  The neighbors came over, we listened to a lot of French music, and drank a lot of French wine.  The menu was as follows:


Cucumber Mint Salad

Roast Chicken

Steamed Green Beans with Fresh Marjoram

Potato Galettes

French Bread

Cheese course, with several lovely French and non-French cheeses

Strawberry Tart

One of my French cookbooks points out that although three courses technically makes it a Menu, no self-respecting French chef would serve only three courses, especially to company.  So we had five courses.  I got absolutely no knitting done yesterday, but we have some great leftovers!


This and That — 5 Comments

  1. I hope your steamer works! I had one like that and had to take it back right away because it leaked all over.

  2. I plan on picking up some more Calmer and knitting up the “Bobbie” pattern from Rowan 35 – it looks like an excellent fall pullover, that will be perfectly work appropriate. You should check it out.

  3. Ohh, the Bastille Day celebration sounds divine. And IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?! What’s up with that yarn diet? Don’t you know it’s not good for your health? Are you like the doctors of the ’50s and ’60s who insisted smoking was not bad for one’s health — indeed, puffed away while they were examining the patient? Very chic, I have to say. But I’m glad to see you did get some yarn therapy in the end, and I’m jealous that you’re liking your Audrey. It must have been just “me.” Although I will admit I’m eyeing some merino in my stash to perhaps give it a go with that, or trying another color in the Calmer. (remember, for the sake of science?)

  4. Hi Lorette,
    I found your blog through the Knitting Kitty ring… and I just have to say that your kitty, Willie looks SO similar to my kitty, Roxie, I can’t believe it!

  5. I bought that same yarn from Elann. In Scarlet though I think…. I can’t remember how much of it I bought though….probably only enough for a tank…. can’t remember where I put it either for that matter…
    With that kind of menu…. I wish I was your neighbor!