Yarn for Kalei

Adventures in crafting...my obsession with yarn, beads, and scrapbooking.

Monday, November 27, 2006


Oh well....my dreams for a star next to my name in the Lacevember KAL are smashed to bits. There is no way that I will be able to finish my lace scarf by the end of the week. It was still great fun though and I loved going to the blog and seeing the work of so many amazing knitters.

Ronnie - the Lacevember blog would have been just the ticket for you! The lovely lace shawl that you sent me would fit in perfectly with the other amazing creations on display.

I am using my hand painted fingering weight merino yarn (colorway Leah's Roses) to make a Liesel scarf. (Pattern by Mary Joy Gumayagay). It is going to be a Christmas present so I need to keep working on it.

I finished my son's Orange Ribbed Scarf. It came out very nice and he is so pleased. The Blue Sky Cotton is so soft and luscious. It should still be warm enough due to our mild climate in Southern California.

One last note - To my Knit Kit partner. I hope that I didn't convey impatience in my last blog entry. I knew that it was coming from Canada so it would take awhile. I only meant to convey excitement! The waiting is a form of excitement too. I am always wondering if I have a package waiting for me at home and that helps to make my boring work day a little sweeter. :0)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

SP9 Pal

My SP9 pal received the November swap package that I sent her and she LOVED it. I am so glad. It always feels great when the person that you create a package for loves it. It makes all the effort worth it! :0)

My Sp9 partner said I should expect a package in December so I am really excited! She has been great so far sending me a bunch of lovely eCards. I am also waiting on a package for the Knit Kit Swap. My partner said it was in the mail.... I can't wait. Those are the swap updates for now.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Hand Painted Yarns Yum!

I took a class at Suzoo's Wools this past week to get some new ideas for my hand painted yarns. It was with Susan who is a wonderful teacher. If you live in or are visiting the Southern California area you should definitely check Suzoo's out. It is a little out of the way, but if you follow the directions on the website, you will have no problem finding them. They have tons of terrific yarn and the staff is helpful and friendly. I dyed 3 hanks of yarn. They are from left to right, Berries & Cream, Sunrise, and Leah's Roses. The picture doesn't do them justice, but it's the best I can do without a macro lens.

They were so fun to make and I can't wait to knit them up. They are all merino yarn in different weights dyed to be variegated yarn. I originally tried to get into the class in late October and was really bummed out because it was full. So I had to wait until the November class. But it turned out perfectly because I was the only student! I got to have Susan and the materials all to myself. I am hooked and can't wait to do a bunch more during the Thanksgiving Weekend.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy!

It has been crazy busy here at home. We had to tent for termites so that just sucked up a week of my time. First you have to pack everything up, find somewhere out of the house to put it for 4 days and then bring it back in and put everything away. It is like having to do a small move. What a pain in the behind. But, I guess that is better than the termites eating my house until it falls down around my ears.

I spent an hour at the post office today sending out packages. I got my November gift off to my SP9 pal. I hope she likes it. I don't want to say to much about what was in it or she might find out who I am. But I was proud of it and I hope she enjoys the extra touches I put into it. I also sent out a final package to my secret sister swap. It was a pretty big one and I sent her some good packages earlier so I think she will be happy. I have to say that the Secret Sister swap is the only one that I have participated in where I haven't at least gotten something decent. I think I will stick to knitter related swaps from now on. They seem to go very well. All of the knitter swap partners I have had have been very generous to me. Which makes me feel good because I try to be very generous with my swap partners.

Speaking of great swap partners....I sent out a package to my pal Ronnie too. It is about time! I sent her the stitch markers I made for her and her daughter along with some tea and yarny goodness. :0)

I'll try to check in later this week with some knitting pics, but life might get in my way. This is my older son's first year in Jr. High and he has TONS of work. So I spend most of my evenings helping him stay on track with everything until he gets the hang of it. I am working on his scarf and matching hat for Christmas. He loves orange and has terrible allergies like his Mum, so Blue Sky Cotton in a burnt orange color it is! I also got a bunch of skeins in Red to do his brother's set. It was then that my little one informed me that he would like a Red and Yellow scarf/hat set. It will be perfect for rooting for the USC Trojans and Harry Potter. :0) That boy is after my own heart I tell you. Ok...enough rambling for now....