Sunday, August 28, 2005

Sick girl and yarn shopping

I suppose it was inevitable that my all-powerful immune system would eventually succomb to all the kid germs I've been exposed to all summer. I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and stuffed head.

CNITU may have been the culprit -- he and his family were visiting from Laguna this week, and he has a case of the sniffles. Didn't slow him down much -- we had some rousing games of Frisbee, trains, and Play-doh, and we went to the train museum on Thursday (he loves choo-choos).

We have all been trying to think of a name for CNITU2, the younger brother who will arrive in January. So far, my favorites are Oliver, Jeremy, and Miles.

Because a younger brother is imminent, I have been yarn shopping! Sis told me yellow was unacceptable, she's so tired of yellow from when CNITU was born (they didn't know the gender in advance.) So she wants CNITU2 to have an all-new, all-blue wardrobe. So I had a yarn crawl day last Saturday with M and Spinnity. Here's what we got at Creative Hands in San Carlos:

Debbie Bliss cashmerino in light blue for a onesie from Debbie's Baby Cashmerino book.

Crystal Palace Kid Merino (this comes in amazing colors!) with Filatura di Crosa Millefili Fine cotton to make baby hats/booties.

Creative Hands is a wonderful store -- lots of helpful staff and well-labeled containers with the cost and fiber content of everything. It is well-organized, everything is easy to find, and the prices are fairly competitive. Love it!

After Creative Hands we went to Fengari in Half Moon Bay. This place is the opposite in personality to CH, but just as good in its own way. If CH is a librarian, Fengari is a disorganized packrat. There are boxes and bags of yarn everywhere, spilling onto the floor and rolling down the aisles. It looks disastrous until you realize that the girl behind the counter knows where everything is! And they have things I've never seen anywhere else. Here's some Gedifra Serano I bought to trim the edges of the onesie:

I got some soft, fluffy GGH in a lovely aqua color -- maybe a scarf for me?

I couldn't resist this Peter Pan yarn. So soft, and they had a pullover made up in this color that was just adorable.

(Excuse the blurry photo!)

Just when I thought I was done, I noticed a shelf under the counter loaded with Mission Falls cotton! I have become an addict, and someone told me it was being discontinued, so I grabbed a ton in a bunch of different yummy sorbet-y colors.

Finally, to complete my yarn purchasing frenzy, I stopped by Vannessa's yesterday to but a gift for a friend, and they had some great stuff in the 50% off basket! I got her some nice Berocco Monet in lovely fall colors, and couldn't resist this Gedifra Golden Tweed. I'm already working on a seed stitch rib, it's a little too firm for a scarf but might be a purse? It's a really lovely, chunky, natural-looking yarn.

In other news, I gave Ethan his birthday hat. Here it is finished and on a bear.

It looks even cuter on Ethan. He looked like a miniature longshoreman. His mommy took some photos right away, and she promised to send them to me.

I also finished Luke's hat in time for his birthday next month. I really like how this one turned out. I made it to match Andrea's scarf, just cause I like the yarn combo.

So I have plenty of things to keep me occupied while I sip tea and sniffle.


Anonymous said...

Hope you feel better today. That was some yarn buying adventure you had. You are going to exceed my yarn stash soon and I've been working on it for years. Daniel tells me when I look at yarn in a store,"No more yarn, Nanny!"What fun you'll have with all your yarn goodies. Mom W

Christina said...

Sorry to hear you're sick. It looks like you have some great yarn and fun projects to keep your spirits up though. I hope you're well enough to join us at the Meetup on Wednesday.

~ Christina

spinnity said...

Damn, girl, you have made so many gorgeous things! The yarn crawl was fun & we should do it again! Maybe East Bay shops..

Get well soon!