Sunday, May 25, 2008

Knitting on the Go

I flew down to Calgary (a 40 minute flight) for a one day, work related seminar. This may seem extravagant except for the fact that I didn't pay for it. I was whisked away for a night in a very lovely hotel, by myself, no sharing the bed. I spent the bulk of Friday listening to experts talk about different aspects of a special disease state without any real, concrete advice.

Fortunately, the speaker just before lunch wrapped up early. REALLY early. So early that I had time to scarf down some lunch, hail a cab and do a little noon-time shopping at Make 1 Yarns. If you are ever in Calgary, I highly recommend making your way over there. I was welcomed with a cup of freshly brewed peppermint tea. Annie, the lady at the shop, was very helpful in finding me enough yarn to make a sweater for when I am no longer someone's pod. I got a Go knit Pouch for my sock knitting. She even talked me into trying a new sock yarn made of corn and called me a cab so I wasn't late for my afternoon meeting. Lovely service. Lovely lady.

AND she recommended I go to Lettuce Knits when I'm in Toronto next week. She knows Denny. You know, DENNY!!!! (I'm totally gonna namedrop.) So I'm almost kinda sorta hooked up with someone who knows the Harlot. It's like we're meant to meet or something innocent and not stalkerish at all.

In other news, I'm working on a Tuscany Shawl for my sister who is getting married this summer. The thing with this shawl is that it lulls you into thinking you'll be finished in no time. So you knit and knit and knit and all of a sudden there are 250 stitches on your addi lace circular and you've got several pattern repeats to go. Seasilk, however, makes everything better.


Suzanne said...

Your shawl is beautiful. I have that in my queue and just pulled the yarn I had stashed for it to make a Heartland Lace Shawl instead. But seeing yours, makes me want to stash dive for some other yarn that I know will work. I think that will have to be my fall project.

Irene said...

Shawl is great, they do give you a false sense of accomplishment when you think you are almost done but such is not the case. A side note, I am running out of yarn on Icarus, and seeing I got the yarn at a discount place in Peru, I'm hooped.
Cheers Irene

Jill said...

I'm leaving for Calgary on the 20th. The plan is to go to the zoo, and Make 1. I can't wait!!

My adventures in lace will start as soon as my Options arrive...p5tog has me a little concerned!!

T. said...

Tuscany looks amazing. And love the yarn for your hoodie.

Amanda said...

Snap! I've got that hoodie in my queue and just today I hauled out some maize sock yarn I recently bought for my next pair of socks. That shawl looks luscious.

andi said...

Mmm,so much yarny goodness. I'm jealous of your knitty adventures. I'm going to have to hit some yarn shops while in SanFran.

annie said...

my fondest dream was to meet denny, and didn't she just walk right in one day. she is the kindest, funniest, and most original person.. you'll love her. so.. destiny? ya. i believe it.

i met you, right? :)

Emily said...

LOVE the Tuscany. Great to wear.

But does get a bit tiring as you near the end!