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Archive for October 7th, 2006

Sale at Rae’s

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Rae asked if I’d let you all know that she’s having a sale this weekend. The prices are even lower Sunday, and if the Tigers win she’s likely to really mark things down…

Rae’s Yarn Boutique

Next Friday, Show at Magdalena’s!

Saturday, October 7th, 2006


We’ve (Brian and I) got a show coming up this next Friday at Magdalena’s Teahouse! We’ll be playing a double-header with the Two Hearted String Band: great folks, incredible musicians.

It will be a regular East-Side extravaganza! (Magdalena’s is a few doors down from Emil’s Italian Restaurant and across the street from Green Door and Gone Wired Cybercafe, the best block in Lansing.)

If our Altu’s schedule (Saturdays at dinnertime) doesn’t typically work for you, this might be a better match. We start at 8pm and there is a $10 cover (for 7 musicians). Magdalena’s has a healthy-food kitchen and many types of tea, so you may want to come early for dinner.

Please consider joining us.

I’m a Model for the Day

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Rob at Threadbear asked me to model two garments last weekend when I was at the shop teaching. Being the ham that I am, I said yes (see photos to see how much a ham I can be). He included links to the photos in his weekly news-email that he sends to customers and friends each week. You can be on the email list, too… just write Rob and he’ll get you on the list.

Click links here to see them as a large photo if you want more than just a peek. Rob gave me permission to put these here, too, so you can see them without going over to his site.
The first sweater is a cardigan061004lynnmontera33.jpg in my favorite intense turquoise color. The yarn is Cascade Pastaza which is a wool/llama heavy worsted or Aran weight singles (one-ply) yarn. Really soft, warm, fuzzy, delightful (a favorite yarn of mine in the wintertime). I was just sure that sweater had been in my closet before but Rob wouldn’t let me take it home.

The second one was a sleeper. One of those garments you could wear almost any day, but not super artful, just comfortable and useful and SUPER cushy. The color was actually a zillion colors spun together with an overall look of that dark red ketchup color that has been pretty popular the last year or two. It’s a mock turtle style that could be worn with a suit or jeans.

The yarn is called Extra Stampato,061004lynnextrastampato25.jpg whatever that means. It felt like a DK weight (lighter than standard sweater worsted) and it totally stretched with me. The softest, cushiest, sproingiest merino I’ve felt in a while. Rob says it’s washable on gentle.

This yarn comes in a few colors I really love so I’m toying with the idea of at least a pair of socks. There’s always room for another pair of wool socks. (And I’m really clear these days that I like fatter socks on my feet, they just are more cushy underfoot when I’m standing up so much.)

Thanks for feeding my ego for the day, Rob!

Photo Added to Oct. 6 Post

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

I took time to edit/develop a photo of Brian’s anniversary socks. Peek at yesterday’s post, I put the photo where they belong with the story.

They are my pair #135, in Socks that Rock Heavy weight yarn, with teal and pumpkin as the primary colors, I don’t remember what the colorway is called.

I got the yarn at Rae’s Yarn Boutique and yes, she has a few more skeins. There is so much yarn that I gave Brian 7.5″/19cm K3P1 cuffs (longer than I usually knit them) and I will surely get myself a 4″/10cm stockinette cuff pair for myself. He wears a men’s extra small and I wear a woman’s extra small… but it would probably be easy to get a Mommy/Child pair out of a pair even if mommy had a large foot and liked a good-sized cuff.

The yarn machine washes/dries well. It is 100% merino, no nylon, so it does benefit by being knit densely (much smaller needles than you would use for a sweater on the same yarn).

So much to do… and I slept 11 hours so I am short on my work time. We have to go out of town tonight for a family gathering, I will have to take some knitting or my laptop in the car and get something done on the commute.