LYS Confessions

Good afternoon lovely knit friends,

I have been keeping a secret. One of my readers asked me about my local LYS. I felt sort of funny naming the store because I like my anonymity, but the more I visit my local LYS the more comfortable I have become. I admit that I consider two stores as my local LYS.

Looped Yarn Works, Washington, D.C.- this location is closest to my job. I considered this my first home aka LYS. because the employees are very welcoming and friendly. I can always count on getting some help or suggestions on yarns or pattern styles that I would like to try. Their shop is small, cozy, and surprisingly accommodates large crowds. Thursday nights are always lively. I always feel welcomed and always meet interesting people.

Cloverhill Yarn Shop, Catonsville, MD- this location is closest to my home. I considered this my second home because I live 20 minutes away. I enjoy the knitting environment. I have met so many people here. The owners are very welcoming. I feel like I am a part of a community when I come into the shop. They always have a big crowd for knit nights. They have a delicious yarn line called Tempting Ewe Yarns Inc.

So… my secret’s out. I support stores that feed my habit (i.e. lovely yarn and interesting people). Both places have so many great things and I can’t think of anything negative to say. I am a loyal supportive of small businesses. I can always count on getting the best advice for knitting techniques and finding the best masseuse or car repairer. I feel so relieve now that my secret is out :)


Undergrowth pattern using Malabrigo



Knitting with the Silver Linings

Hello again,

Even though my blog hasn’t had a lot of action, it’s not because I lack things to talk about. Recently I realized that there are different types of knitters. The knitter who is plagued by ‘Startisis’ (compulsively starting projects, but rarely finishing). The knitter who completes one project at a time (i.e. rare individuals). Or the knitter who compulsively reads knit literature, modifies projects, and updates their blog several times a month. HAHAHAHA– I’m just kidding, I have only described and experienced traits of the ‘startisis’  and ‘monogamous’ knitter. Well…I thought my humor comes across well in my writing *shrugs shoulders*.

Now for the ‘traumatic portion’ of my knitting experience. I have been working on a yarn project called the Brown-Eyed Susan by Juju Vail and Susan Cropper. It has taken me one year to complete it. It is a two color shawl, but has a lace ruffle. I have asked several knitting friends and wrote online in the Project Forum requesting someone to provide clear explanations for this knitted project. The knit project has caused me to curse profusely (which only happens while watching football). Last weekend I went to my LYS and I was so out of sorts that one knitter told me that I could modify the pattern and use a quick yarn-over/knit border. I’ve tried to talk myself into doing it this way, but I feel too much guilt. The lace boarder was the only thing that enticed me to start the project in the first place.

I want to share a ‘silver lining’ experience. During my recent move (i.e. ahhmmm eight months ago), I managed to arrange my yarn stash and books in my office. The office room is normally closed because one of my furbabies gets too frisky when left unattended. I am almost finish with a Quince & Co. pattern, but I needed to use the third skein of yarn I purchased weeks ago. I had a momentary lapse of memory. I forgot where I put the third skein. Luckily, I went back into the office and found it sitting on top of the book shelf. I am soooo relieved. I can’t wait until this project gets done so that I can submit it to the 12in2014 Ravelry group. I won a prize for my project last month. I never thought I was one for being motivated by prizes, but surprisingly when it comes to knitting– I can be persuaded. So the ‘silver lining’ for me is that not only have I saved money by recovering a skein– I also get a chance to start planning to make socks.

Knitting and Constipation

Hello Knit Buddies,

I had a busy week, but I made sure to fit in some serious knitting time. Since I jumped back on the knitting hub, my motivation has increased. I am now working on two large projects that include color work and learning new stitches. I went to my LYS for the weekly SnB and I was definitely Bitchin’ I have been working on Brown-Eyed Susan for over a year. I initially chose the pattern based on using Neighborhood Fibers (local yarn). I promise the owners of the LYS thought I was on the crazy train. ALERT– I was grateful for the hands on help from both owners. I equate my experience of learning t2l (twist 2 stitches left) as being more cumbersome than having constipation. As an old saying goes ‘Perhaps your pain might be excruciating to one, but may seem painless to another’.

I  am so major about my experience that I had my knitting neighbor film the stitches on my phone. Unfortunately, I uploaded my iPhone pictures to my laptop and erased the film. So now it lives in my iPhone program. I selected the option to share (i.e. email) and realized that iPhone does not share video. I’m happy at the film. Here’s hoping for some muscle memory and no reliance on constipation.

Brown-Eyed Susan-- yarn: Neighborhood Fibers Co.

Brown-Eyed Susan– yarn: Neighborhood Fibers Co.




Hello Again — Good news

Hello dear knitting buddies,

It seems that life has taken such a challenging turn for the past six months. It has been six months since I’ve knitted anything. Most of it had to do with anxiety and lack of motivation. I realized that knitting for me was a way to alleviate stress. I realize that everyone goes through challenging patches every now and again. I’m just lucky that I have a supportive network of friends and a healthy hobby– knitting. My first project that I chose, Bee Leaf, Half Pi Shawl won a knit pattern prize from the 12 and 2014 Ravelry group. Each month knitters/crocheters submit completed projects and users can like projects of their choice. I feel so honored to be chosen.

BeePieShawl_1 BeePieShawl_2

LYS Weekend

I had a great weekend. I ended up at my LYS for a few hours. I am working on my Nikoline socks and I got lots of compliments for the progress that I am making. One lady was surprised that I am working on new socks and with color work. I told her that I already knew how to do color work and that I prefer challenges while knitting. I didn’t want to make lace socks because I am not that confident in my abilities to keep up with the increase and decreases.


On a lighter note, a cool thing happened to me earlier last week. I like to buy a magazine, but I wasn’t in love enough with the newest Knitscene Accessories. I found only two patterns that I was interested in. I finally broke down and bought the magazine because I bought the yarn for one pattern. But through my move to the new place I was unable to locate where I put the magazine. On last Thursday I got an email for magazines on sell in Interweave and I took a chance that they would actually include the Knitscene that I needed. $2.99 for the digital copy of the magazine was the best thing I have purchased. Now I have a project that can distract me while knitting socks.

Unkept Promises

Hello Knitting Buddies,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here. I promised myself last year that I would keep up with this blog, but life kept me busy. I’ve applied to several jobs and conference scholarships with no avail. Moving, re-creating my commute to work, and exercising three times a week have changed how I feel (in a good way). I’m trying to keep my head from spinning. I completed my cousin’s toddler blanket which I have yet to block. I have also moved early this month to a fabulous place. This place has gotten me so happy. Every time I come home from work, I’m so excited and smiling to get home. This new place has strong, positive energy. One good thing is that the move forced me to do is organize my stash. Let’s just say that I need no more yarn. Most of my yarn is finger weigh– probably because i want to knit a spring cardigan, but I am so scared to make a mistake. I know buddies you would say just take a chance. The worst thing that could happen is making mistakes. This is what my LYS is for to help me when I get lost.

ImageMy next venture is making socks. I bought this wonderful sock yarn from my LYS. Wandering Wool is a fabulous yarn and the dyer works at my LYS near work. Blue Gentian is a beautiful blue color and has a blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon. The skein is 400yards. I hope that I can make Nikoline socks to fit me. A knitting buddy wants to knit the socks together so we have an unofficial KAL. In past four years, I’ve said that I wanted to make socks and have never done any. I looking forward to the challenge.

Photo Credit (pic #1) by Fierybug08 ~ Photo and Design Credit by Dianna Walla (pic #2)


Hello 2014

I like the start of the new year. It allows me to reflect on the goals that I wanted to focus on. I searched my inactive blog and came up with a lot of things I wanted to focus on. I have New Years day goals for 2011 & 2012, but not for 2013. 2013 was a challenging year, but also a year to improve myself. I finished my library course work and I am waiting to complete my comprehensive exam in February 2014.

Highlights for 2013

  1. Attended 2 national library conferences
  2. Completed LIS course work
  3. Visited two new states (Illinois and Kentucky)
  4. Grew confidence in my knitting projects

My new goals for 2014

  1. Have fun
  2. Attend one national library conference
  3. Knit a sweater and 2 pairs of socks
  4. Read 5 books
  5. Blog consistently 5 times per month
  6. Workout 3 times a week (yoga; running)

Cheesy Fever

Dear Knitting Buddies,

Things have been so crazy lately and I haven’t exactly been knitting. Things are slow around the office so I can say that I am glad there are only 3 staff members here the day after Christmas. I think I might of outdone myself with my macaroni and cheese. In my opinion, if the mac and cheese is not slamming then no other dish will be either. I am so happy it came out so great unlike my false attempt to make crock pot greens. So there is always New Years Day. Perhaps then I can attempt to make so more. It’s difficult for me to make the greens in a crock pot and it should be easy as pie. I have a wonderful Christmas with my Sweetie. Bless her heart she was tired. But we survived. Dinner was good– too bad I was so hungry I didn’t take a picture. Shame on me. Here’s a glimpse of the mac and cheese that satisfied my cheese obsession.


Macaroni and Cheese Southern Style

Kitchener Goddess

WOW oh WOW oh…

Dear Knitting Buddies,

Remember several post back I was complaining about how impossible it was for me to perfect the Kitchener bind-off in the round. Well the Knitting Angels heard my cry. Confessions of a Knitaholic blessed me with a video specifically of Kitchener in the round. You would have thought I won the lottery. Well….I have. Thanks for the support everyone. I will report back soon.

Modification Mondays

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