Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Still able to sniff out yarn . . .

A sane person would assume that a knitter going on a Caribbean cruise vacation might bring home some rum cake.  (I did.)  Or some jewelry.  (I didn't.)  But in all likelihood, she would not be bringing home any yarn.

Well, be prepared for the insane.  While wandering around St. George in Bermuda I happened to spy this little sign.

Oh yes. I just happened to stumble across a yarn store in Bermuda.  What are the chances of that?  Well, if you are obsessed with yarn, I guess the chances are pretty good!

It was a cute little store.  Fairly small by New England yarn store standards but pretty big for a tropical island.  In addition to all the yarn, they had a small but nice selection of cross-stitch kits, which was the perfect gift for my mom.  Since she retired she's been cross-stitching and embroidering for a few hours a day.  (Maybe I should teach her to knit??)

Anyway, the owner of Needles Etc. was friendly and very helpful.  I was pretty excited when she told me that they get their yarn from England!  That quickly faded when I looked around to see the only brand they carry is Patons.  Don't get me wrong, I like Patons yarn.  I've used it often, like for that gray sweater, and I have quite a bit more set aside for other projects.  But I can buy Patons in any of the Big Box Craft Stores here at home.  I guess I was hoping for something a bit more exotic and hard to come by.

Don't worry, I did find some yarn that was just calling out to come home with me!

Three skeins of Patons diploma Gold.  It's a wool, acrylic, nylon blend and DK weight.  I think it will be perfect for a pair of color-work socks.  Leave it to me to find wool sock yarn in Bermuda!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Need help writing a blog post?

I know I've been in a bit of a blog slump lately. Word on Twitter has it that I'm not the only one.  Luckily, the ever entertaining Harry at 25 Units to Go shared the perfect solution for those times when you are lacking inspiration  bored by your own attempts at writing  just too worn out to get a great blog post done.  Simply click over to the Lazy Bloggers Post Generator!  With just a few simple clicks, you'll have a totally awesome blog post like this one to share!

Holy Snapping Duck Do! I just returned from my daily swim on the beautiful Fijian beach and realized I have not updated this since people stopped clapping and Tinkerbell died.  You would not believe how hard it is being waited on hand and foot and generally lounging around. I hope they bring chocolate!

I am flat out like a lizard drinking with keeping up with my favorite daytime soaps, being distracted by the shiny, just generally being a biatch to the bodyguards of the blogger I am stalking.  My day seems to involve the authorities from the second I am woken by murderous Teletubbies to I run out of alcohol. I am quite the socialite.  Deal with it.

I will try to remember I promised you to send a missive out on the wire, post-haste. No, really! Unless of course the pool with the cocktail bar is heated!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Contest Alert!!!!

We interrupt this blog silence (oh inspiration, why do you always leave me during the summer??) . . . ahem, anyway . . . We interrupt this blog silence to bring you this awesome contest alert!!

Marissa over at Living and Knitting on a Maine Island has put together a huge prize pack for her knitterly blogging friends.  And all knit bloggers are friends with each other, right?  So get on over to her contest post to drool over the yarny prizes and pick one, two or even all four easy ways to get yourself entered!

Monday, July 13, 2009

How to spot a bad blogger . . .

Well, she would be the one who blogs more when she's away on vacation than she does when she's at home!

That's right.  My last three posts were brought to you by the magic of Blogger's Advanced Scheduling.  The posts were pre-written, and published themselves while Pea and I were off on a fabulous cruise for our anniversary!

St. Thomas 
Yes, I did take that picture!!  Click on it if you'd like to see the rest of our vacation photos.

It was relaxing.  It was sunny.  It was so much fun.  We ate great food.  We drank yummy drinks.  We swam in the pool.  We gambled in the casino. We went to the gym almost every day - to try and compensate for some of the food and drink.  My blood sugars didn't misbehave too much, aside from a few highs and a few lows here and there.  And I even got a little bit of knitting in.

But now that we've been back for a week, I guess I can't use the Getting-Caught-Up-From-Vacation excuse anymore.  This bad blogger had better start writing some posts again!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

July Knitting Goals

Last month I decided to get back to my Monthly Knitting List.  I set some achievable knitting goals for June.

And I didn't achieve a single one of those goals!

Will that stop me?  Hell no!  Here are my July Goals.
  • Finish those Monkey Socks.
  • Finish that Kristina Bag.
  • Finish Sitcom Chic.
Big surprise, huh?  Let's see if I can knock them off this month!!