In Which I Try To Use Up Yarn

This is the story of the tan mystery yarn from Nancy.

First, I  knit a shawl to use it up:

Barley water

That left this:

Yarn after barley water

So. I knit a 2 x 2 ribbed scarf to use it up:

Scarf

After six feet, I stopped knitting. That left this:

Before doily

Crochet has always been touted as a yarn-eater, so I found a crocheted doily for the table and crocheted this:

Doily

It's 16 inches across. Sixteen.

I was left with this:

Cone of yarn after Doily

Sigh. So I gave up. The yarn won.

And then on Thanksgiving, I found in my yarn chest in the living room ... another cone of this freaking yarn! Arggghhhh! So the tale continues.


Cozy Knits from the Coast of Maine

CozyKnitsFromTheCoastOfMaine

Cozy Knits from the Coast of Maine is a new e-book from Stacey Warner of Bullywoolies and Warner Graphics. Its a beautiful publication, which I would expect from Stacey, and a wonderful collection of patterns. There is even a recipe thrown in at the end! Full disclosure: I knit two of the designs for the book, and they were fabulous.

Stacey used Maine hand-dyed wool in her designs, and chose names for them  that visitors and residents to mid-coast Maine will recognize: Mount Battie Cardi, Beech Hill Pullover,  Snow Bowl Hat, and Penobscot Bay Hat, to name a few. In this collection of seven patterns, there are many cables, some color work. Two of the sweater patterns are rated Easy, and the rest of the patterns are rated Intermediate. The patterns are all available on the Bullywoolies website individually for $10, or you can buy the e-book of all seven patterns for just 24.95!

Knitters who love the area around Camden, Rockport, and Rockland will love this e-book. If you are looking for a gift for a friend who knits and you want to give something that reflects Maine, this will fill the bill.

I'm looking forward to Stacey's next e-book!


Train Trip!

I've gotten hooked on train rides from various places around the world via YouTube. Since I am highly unlikely to actually get anywhere in say, Norway, I can just pull up a video on YouTube! Best of all, I can enjoy the snow without actually being cold!

So, I was watching a video from RailCowGirl who does mostly train rides in Norway, and it was a trip called Nordic November Sunrise from Bergen to Voss which I didn't pay much attention to, but it was early morning, the clouds in the mountains were pretty, and there were MANY tunnels. I like the names of the tunnels. One was called Trollkona (Troll's Wife Tunnel) and is 8043m long.

TrollsWifeTunnel

But the best part, and a complete surprise to me, was when Dale was one of the stops on the route! Dale of Norway!

Dale

(39:28)

And there was a Dale factory store right next to the train stop!

DaleFactoryStore

That's the next best thing to being there in person. Dale of Norway makes wonderful yarns and beautiful sweaters, both of which were sold at Unique One. It made me happy to see them.

Dale of Norway Yarns

Dale of Norway Sweaters

Have fun riding the rails! You'll never know what is around the next bend!