Fiber Foray

It has been a crazy week; sale at the Purple Purl last weekend, the general aftermath of a yarn sale, going back to work, and of course getting everything knitted!

I started back to work August 7th for a half-day and last week a half-day on Monday and Wednesday. I am slowly easing into the work schedule, I haven’t done any concentrated computer work, it is exhausting. Aside from that, I am happy to, once again, be a useful member of society. Next week I’ll be working half-days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Even though I will not get as much knitting done, I am glad to FINALLY be going back.
The Clapotis Scarf was going really well, until I realized I needed another skein to finish it. I’ve checked every store within a reasonable driving distance and no one has one skein of TFA’s Blue Label yarn in Iris. I’ll have to order one online.
This past weekend I went to the Purple Purl’s inventory sale with my mom. I was not prepared. There were people lining up outside! Mom and I left Burlington with plenty of time, I was planning for traffic, and so we ended up there around 9:30am when it opens at 10am. After a quick scouting expedition for a bathroom, I noticed there were already a couple people at the door; I stopped by to say hello, since there was lots of time to kill. This is where I met Lindsay, we immediately compared shopping lists and discovered we were both after TFA Green and Yellow label yarn. Close by and listening to our conversation, her husband, a bit apprehensively, asked, “So are you going to be competitively shopping?” We assured him he had nothing to worry about, there is lots of yarn and we wanted different colour ways.
Lindsay and I started comparing TFA patterns we had tried or were planning on trying. I went to the Purple Purl with two specific patterns in mind, the TFA French Braid Cardigan and the Julissa. After I told Lindsay I had completed the Terracotta, I Heart Aran and am currently planning the French Braid, she described another favourite pattern she found on Ravelry.
“It’s a sweater with a cable and lace front.”
Me, “With three quarter length sleeves?”
Lindsay, “… yes, called the Julissa?”
Do you think we have a similar taste or what? I really wish I had gotten her contact info because it is amazing to find someone with very similar pattern and yarn taste. I did mention the name of my blog, so perhaps she’ll find me.
I won’t go on about the time mom and I spent in the line, other than to say it was one of the more pleasant lines I have been in. Everyone was friendly and chatting about latest projects or what they were looking for, while peeking in the window to zero in on which shelves they were going to hit first. As soon as ten hit the doors were open, and it was off to the races, the line hurtled inside with laser precision and single-minded determination. An idle or apathetic person would have been in very real danger of being trampled if they were in the way. It reminded me of some wild bear advice, you don’t get between a mother and her cub… or bad things happen.
To be completely honest I didn’t notice how crazy it was until after I was already at the TFA container. I was turning to ask my mom about a colour and couldn’t twist without smacking people with my purse!
It was worth it though. I ended up with 18 skeins of Green Label. Spruce designated for the Julissa, Deep Sea for the French Braid Cardigan, and Brick.
Mom ended up with two skeins of blue Spud and Chloe with accenting variegated mohair, to become a pair of socks. Dye-Versions Bamboo Sock yarn in the colour of Tomato Bisque, pink and purple variegated mohair to be paired with a solid colour for a scarf and hat. Last but not least, nine skeins of TFA Green Label in Poppy. All of which is for me to “just knit up.”
Mom, I know you’re reading so don’t think you’ve gotten out of it that easy, I WILL teach you to knit. Then you can have all the socks in the world.
All of this yarn has been left with me, so I needed to ‘adjust’ my stash. The compartment filled with my odds and ends had to be moved upstairs, but other than that, it all fits. I have one box completely dedicated to the Mom Knit List. With all the new things coming in I am a bit overwhelmed. I need to make a list and prioritize.
Alanna was inspired by mom’s Poppy coloured yarn and is planning to make the Terracotta Sweater. Since she is going to order the yarn direct from TFA, I might get a couple things and we can save on the shipping. My one skein of Iris for example; I’ve also had my eye on the Sky Palette for the cool breeze sweater. All I’ve needed was an opportunity, **insert evil, and slightly hysterical, laughter here.**
I’ve always been hesitant to order yarn online because it’s so hard to tell if you will actually love the colours. In-store I saw grape and teal, I will probably end up finding a pattern and ordering those colours in the FAR future. I think I have enough to keep me busy for the moment.
Since I cannot finish the Clapotis Scarf without that one skein, I started the Julissa.

Top is the front cable panel, bottom is the sleeve cable.

As it turns out, there are two versions of the Julissa on Ravelry, the boat neck and the scoop neck. I probably would have preferred the scoop neck, but I’ve already started the boat neck. The good news is, if you’ve already purchased one pattern, you get the other one at a discount price. I’ve never knit a sweater with a scoop neck before, I am going to check it out and see what patterns I can adapt.
That’s all for now, I’ll be back next week with an update on everything. I will most likely have started something new by then. I am planning on alternating between knitting my own stuff and kitting the things I’ve been commissioned to do! That way everyone is happy!