Monday, June 15, 2009

WWKIP in Review

We started Saturday off in town in front of the store. Unfortunately this year NovaKnitter was getting over a nasty cold and didn't participate. Another regular of our group was gone on a trip to the US, and another one was a no show. On the left is Heddy, middle is Marti, and the right is a newbie knitter friend of Marti's. (I conveniently took the photo so I didn't have to be in it.)

Marti had made these wonderful bags for us! I get so excited when I get anything new (that doesn't happen much), I love it, and I needed a new project bag. This will be going everywhere with me. I need to learn to sew.

Then we went to Mahone Bay to the place where they were gathering to knit in public. We had lunch -- three of us with chicken and goat cheese sandwiches, I had rooibos tea, Marti had a smoked meat sandwich. We stayed at our table and knit til we departed for the yarn store, equipped with our discount coupons.

Have a Yarn

I hummed and hawed over the wide selection of sock yarn. I didn't really see anything that totally grabbed me. They sell some of the same sock yarns we do, so I wanted something different. I didn't see it til Heddy pointed it out, but there was a basket of Fleece Artist that was unlabeled and really inexpensive. I got two skeins, one olive green and one turquoise blue.
This one will become Blackrose, I believe.
And this one will be Mermaid's Lagoon. Never knit with Fleece Artist before, so I'm anxious to try it.
Next year I have to try and talk the bosses into advertising for WWKIP day and putting more into it. Sales were about 1/3 of what they were last year, and it's disappointing when you go to Mahone Bay, and there are knitters all over the place. (And we were late getting there.) Don't get me wrong -- I think it's great that they get such a good turnout, but I'd like to see more people to our town's WWKIP day. I always think of other things I could have done once it's too late, so I'm going to jot down my ideas in my WWKIP folder on the computer at work so I don't forget next time.

Yesterday was a rough day. I had the flu, so I slept all day. I feel better today, just got a rotten cold now. I managed to finish the first Nine to Five sock yesterday. I didn't even touch any knitting til almost 6pm. There wasn't much left to do on these. I'm using Sisu, and I must say I ain't a fan. It's rough and splitty. This is all I have of this kind of yarn, and I don't forsee getting any more. I'll be interested to try our Invicta sock yarn sometime and see how it compares. It's the same price, but ours seems a little softer. Wanna see how it compares splittiness-wise.

Off to work on the market bag some more. Four more rounds, and I'm on to the top band.
Happy knitting!


Blogger Wanderingcatstudio said...

That green yarn is lovely. I forgot to knit in public that day.. but I was knitting... just in the house

9:00 PM  
Blogger Donna M said...

Now that you have a cold I am really glad that I didn't go on Sat. Then I surely would have been blamed for you getting one! :-))

Glad you all had fun. Love the pink sock!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Frieda said...

Sounds like you all had fun . Your pics bring back memories of our last trip to NS . We were in Mahone Bay , but somehow I missed "Have a Yarn " . How could that happen , I usually know where all the lys when we travel ?

I love your socks and new yarn purchases . Nice pattern choices for them. That Marti is so talented , love the bag !

Take care , hope you get over the cold asap !

9:26 AM  
Blogger Charity said...

It's a good idea to jot down ideas for next year, then you'll be all ready!

Sorry you're sick, I hope you get better soon! :o)

12:12 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

Your new project bag looks lovely! I do have some Invicta yarn in my stash, and have knit with it, not a big fan of that either, but at least you can toss the socks into the washer. I've just knit a pair of socks with elann's Sock it to me 4ply, cheap yes, but the worst sock yarn I've knit with so far.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Marti said...

You'll love the Fleece Artist and I think the Blackrose will look great in that dark green. Don't let us scare you off the pattern :)

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Susan Kaul said...

Oh I just love the picture of the yarns and the socks are gorgeous. I feel about yarn the way others feel about jewelry. You just can not have enough. Any type, color or texture. It is good for me. I enjoyed perusing your site. thank you

6:24 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I wish they did something around here. To be honest I rarely see people knitting in public. I knit all the time on the bus....were I can I do it but would have love to join in on a special celebration somewhere.

Sounds like you had such a great time!!!

11:22 AM  

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