general adventures in craftiness

Monday, September 22, 2003


Needless to day, with all this moving, my knitting on the ChicKami has gone by the wayside. I'm more than halfway done, almost to the raglan seaming. I did manage to get in a couple hours of knitting time during my porch sale on Saturday. That was nice. I also got my new issue of Rebecca in the mail too! Lots of great fall patterns I can't wait to make!

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

New Yarn Store in PDX

Here's a message that was posted to the local Sn'B group:
"A year ago a close friend of mine moved to town from L.A., where she worked for a designer knitwear boutique.  She is now opening a yarn store in NW Portland named Lint.  I have been helping her put together the space, and am excited to see its transformation. She is using bold colors, eclectic furniture and great displays, all of which set her apart from other stores.  The image of the shop reflects her focus on young, hip and trendy fashions.  She has ordered a large selection of yarns, some of them very unusual, and will be carrying the latest and most stylish pattern books. The shop has a library, sitting area and a classroom, where multi-level classes will be taught and knit nights will be held. The shop is located at 1700 NW Marshall and will be having a grand opening on Thursday, October 2. Everyone is invited to attend."

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Rip It

Last night as I was watching Bowling for Columbine, I was working on the ChicKami and was getting close to doing the raglan seams. However, I noticed that I already had the final number of stitches on my needles and I still needed to do one set of increases. So, after a closer look at my work, I realized I had skipped a round of decreases early on, which in turn, screwed up my increases. Yikes. There went about 35 rows of work.

Monday, September 08, 2003

So Chic

I finally started in on the ChicKami after I got the number 3 circulars. I've never used the Cotton Classic before and I like the fabric it's creating. So soft and uniform in its texture and appearance. I'm through the initial shaping and up to the body section now. I also made a fabric shower curtain this weekend. I went to my local fabric store, which has a regular 40% off sale, and bought five yards of this great waffle weave fabric in white. I had seen one of these in a past Pottery Barn catalog, but thought the $60 pricetag was a bit expensive. In total, mine cost about $29. I'll post a picture when it's actually hanging up.

PS I have started a house blog at

Friday, September 05, 2003

Say what?

It figures that I would write yesterday's post, then go directly to Bonne Marie's site and purchase her ChicKami pattern. I was inspired by Mariko's photos of her finished kami. So, then after work, I left to go to the yarn store in search of some great cotton to make the tank. I ended up buying Tahki Cotton Classic in sage green. I was already to start the kami last night, but realized I didn't have a set of #3 circulars! Taking another trip to the yarn store at lunch...

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Summertime Blues

The weather here the last couple of weeks has been crazy hot. Too hot to be knitting with some Rowan Big Wool! I may try to start something on the needles tonight, but we'll see if my hands can stop sweating. I'll have to put the fan right on me! I'm getting closer to closing on my house, which is pretty exciting. But all I can think about are house projects! I went to my LYS yesterday at lunchtime and left with absolutely nothing! I couldn't believe it. I must be losing my mind...

Tuesday, September 02, 2003


After a very relaxing Labor Day weekend that included only eating, lounging, napping, reading, and playing croquet, I decided to find a knitting project I could work on. Due to the house thing, right now I'm curbing my yarn purchases and trying to use up my stash. I took the Nat sweater and frogged it for the Rowan Big Wool. I'm planning to make a kid sweater or something out of it. I've got a couple of designs in my head that I need to sketch on paper so I can get started.