Monthly Archives: June 2006

Anniversary Luncheon Group Picture

Here it is, as promised. Thanks to Jillian for sharing!


(l to r) Jillian, Beth, Mary, Madge, Marie, Joan, Tyce the Bartender/Server, Marie, Fay Lynn, Annette.

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Happy Anniversary to the Pasadena Daytimers!

Pasadena Daytimers, our SnB group, celebrated our 1 year anniversary yesterday, and we had a smashing good time. We lunched on glorious fare at Macaroni Grill in Monrovia, sipped our ice tea and libations, sampled delicious desserts, and knitted up a frolicking good time! I’m hoping I can get a copy of our group picture from one of the other knitsters to insert here, but until then, we’ll have to settle for individual and small group pictures.


Jillian is showing the true essence of the Pasadena Daytimers while Beth shows what knitting up a frolicking good time looks like.

Flashback to 2005 when Marie W, Joan and I met for the first time at a tiny Starbucks in Arcadia. We met via the Los Angeles SnB message board. At the time, my friend, skeptical about meeting people via the internet, asked if these people were reliable, and I told her that knitters are some of the nicest people you will ever meet! It turned out to be true. Fast forward to today where our regular group membership hovers at 15 to 20, and we all have the very best time together every Wednesday at Zephyr Coffee House in Pasadena.

Joan made us the most wonderful goodie bags, filled to the brim with wondrous gifts, including her own handpainted votive candles and handmade stitchmarkers. Generous beyond compare!


To celebrate our knittiness, we did a knitalong for the La La Scarf by Kat Coyle from Greetings from the Knit Cafe. After dessert, we readied our mohair and lace weight yarn, size 10 needles (Bryspun, as preferred by some), stitch markers (thanks to Joan!) and patterns, and knitted away. We called it our La Lalong and had a great time of it.


Marie is showing off her completed La La. I have chosen to be kind and NOT post the picture of Marie with her tongue sticking out.

Since the Pasadena Daytimers have formed, we have had 2 yarn crawls and shared life’s ups and downs together. I truly enjoy the camaraderie, friendship, and laughter with this diverse group of women. The knitting education I have learned from them along the way ain’t nothing to sneeze at either! Enjoy the pictures! Happy Anniversary, knit-sisters!


Fay Lynn and Annette


Patty, Madge and Fay Lynn


Madge and Marie

P.S. If you ever go to the Macaroni Grill in Monrovia, be sure to say “Hi!” to Tyce, the bartender and our server. He took the best care of us, and understood our need for food, drink and yarn, not necessarily in that order. Be sure to tell him the knitters sent you!

Our Football Coaches

Both Sweeties are in soccer camp this week with UK International Soccer Camps, and we decided to host a couple of the soccer coaches. We have Helen and Suzanne with us, both from England. They are friendly, fun and full of energy. We’re having a great time learning how to speak like Brits (“Put on your boots to play football on the pitch!”) and showing them the sights. Today, we went to Universal City Walk to get them as close as I could to Hollywood. We had fun being tourists with them!

Koigu KPPPM


Here’s the picture of the Koigu wristwarmers that Blogger wouldn’t let me upload. So, I cheated and created a new post instead. It’s a beautiful combination of reds, browns and golds. It’s for a kungfu sister, and I don’t know what colors she likes. I rarely see her in clothes other than our black and gold kungfu uniform and what I do remember are mostly earth tones. I hope she likes it.

Fiddly Stuff

Not much exciting stuff going on the needles. I’m stalled on my wobbly tote. It’s too hot and big to knit it on my lap. Standing at my bed and knitting works better but I get tired of standing. We have one of those high profile mattresses, so my bed is counter height. Also, the 8 or 9 yarn bundles are driving me batty. It’s just too fiddly. I’m going to take some time to de-bat before I pick it up again.

I started swatching for Picovoli and stalled out there. It’s Grumperina’s t-shirt that’s knitted in the round, so I’m swatching in the round. I’m using my Artful Yarns Fable that I got at our SnB’s first yarn crawl. It’s a beautiful pima cotton and silk combination in reds and pinks (colorway 93). (It’s on closeout right now at WEBS at $5.79 a skein. Such a deal!) Beautiful to look at and to touch. I first swatched a 3″ length on my Denise 5’s and measured: 10 stitches in 2 inches. I need 11 stitches in 2 inches. Darn! So, I was spacing and got out my Addi Turbo 16″size 6’s, swatched a few more inches and measured: 9 stitches in 2 inches. Doh! I was supposed to go down in needle size. I think I was jinxed by the Yarn Harlot; I just read about it in her new book, Knitting Rules, and thought… of course, you go down in size when you want more stitches per inch. (Okay, maybe I shouldn’t blame the Harlot because I get so much enjoyment from reading her blog and books.) The Denise set doesn’t have size 4’s, so I dug out my Addi Turbo’s. They’re 32″ long and I just don’t feel like casting on and swatching however many stitches I need in order to join and knit in the round. And after I’m done swatching, I have to wash it and block it. So lazy, I am. I’ll wait until I get past my impatience and buy a shorter length in the size 4’s.

Then, I realized I needed to make two pairs of wristwarmers from the Koigu KPPM I got last week. They’re gifts for a Mommy/Stepdaughter who share the same birthday and the party is next weekend. I had to first wind the hank into a yarn cake, then wind yarn from that cake into a second cake and weigh them both, so I’d have 2 equal balls. I’m doing both wristwarmers on 2 circs. So I started the first pair on 2 Addi Turbo size 2’s. Even though the gauge isn’t set in stone, it felt too loose, so I frogged them. I started again on 2 Addi Turbo size 1’s and it’s feeling better. It’s in a 3×3 rib, and I have about 3/4″ done so far. Slow and fiddly. (I just got the wristwarmers out to snap a picture of them. I had to stop a moment, fondle the yarn, and really enjoy it. This stuff is amazingly soft and squishy. I really love working with this yarn. I think I can hang with this project for a while.) I had a picture but Blogger’s not letting me post. I’ll try again later.

Well, school’s out and the Sweeties are officially on summer vacation. Happy Father’s Day to my Sweetie Husband who is the best Daddy-o around and to anybody else who is a Daddy, has a Daddy or knows a Daddy.

This Just In…

I went to pick up Sweetie Boy this afternoon from Chess Academy which is an 8 week after-school program. He brought home this trophy he won for first place in his grade level tournament. It’s so big I call it his new roommate. I think I was more surprised than Sweetie Boy. We’re so proud of him!

Progress


I’ve been cranking away at my wobbly tote. I got a few more rows done by the pool yesterday, while Sweetie Hubby and Kids were swimming. I messed up the pattern a little bit, but just laddered down and tried to fix it. Tried is the operative word, because the color changes in intarsia are new to me. So, like all my projects, there is an element of winging it. I like to call it gaining more knitting experience or doing research. I’m two thirds of the way through the first half of the tote, and am up in the air about the second half. Do I do circles again or zip through it by doing stripes? Dealing with all the little yarn bundles for the intarsia is kind of a drag. At SnB we talked about making the second side with vertical stripes instead of circles and that sounds like fun fun fun. We’ll see when the time comes how motivated (or lazy) I feel. I’m still stalled on Clapotis. I enjoyed the drop stitches for a while, but after 5 or 6 repeats, I got bored with the stockinette stitch. I think in Fall I’ll pick it up again. Yeah, the check’s in the mail, too.

Sweetie Boy had his piano recital and did a fine, fine job. After celebrating with a trip to Cold Stone’s, we relaxed by the backyard pool. Here’s a picture of Sweetie Boy, Sweetie Hubby and me after the recital. Sweetie Girl was the photographer, hence the lack of centering on the picture.

I also started on Sweetie Girl’s socks using KnitPicks Simple Stripes in Snapdragon and Priscilla’s Dream Socks pattern from the IK website. I figured I should start cranking out some socks, since I’ve been gobbling up sock yarn like a mad woman. I’m about 1 1/2″ in on the cuff, and I’m doing both at the same time using the 2 circs method. I’m using size 0 needles, which is going fine, considering they are so thin. I’m realizing I like having both needles 24″, instead of one each of 24″ and 36″. The 36″ needles are too dangly and tangle with the yarn too much. Too bad I bought sets of addi turbos in sizes 0’s, 1’s and 2’s in both 24″ and 36″. Ah well, live and learn.

Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that I went to Unraveled this weekend because I need more yarn like I need a hole in the head, and they were having a sale, and I got an excellent employee discount, and I got… gulp… more yarn. More than half of it is for gifts but I still couldn’t resist the temptation.

Top row (l to r): Summery beach bag/knitting tote, Denise needle set (thought I should have it in case I needed some really long cables for a long project), Louet MerLin Avalon in bluish green, Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille in burgundy and moss green
Middle row (l to r): Addi turbos sz 6 in 24″, BSA Organic Cotton in beige and off white, more Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille in lime and orange
Bottom row (l to r): BSA Alpaca in red and orange, Koigu KPPM in multicolored and tangerine