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Visit to Habu Textiles

DH and I took a little trip to New York, to see the xmas lights and stuff, museums, Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn Bridge, great restaurants, blah blah blah.

And Habu Textiles.
First of all, you have to know where you are going before you go looking for Habu Textiles. It’s in the Garment District of Manhattan and if you don’t have the address, you won’t find it.

1habu03811r135 West 29th Street

Walk in like you know what you’re doing, go up to the 8th floor and find door number 804.
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It’s worth the effort! Inside is a room full of beautiful and exotic yarn.



so much silk, so little time…

There’s a little brass bell on a pillow if you want someone to come out and help you.
There were a few sample items along the walls, and the only kits already made up were for the Kusha Kusha Scarf.  I could not resist these colors:
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Fortunately I had looked at the kits on the website and had a couple in mind.
I was a bit overwhelmed but thoroughly enjoyed picking out yarns for my kits. If I was choosing yarn for ‘something’, ‘someday’, I would still be there.

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Colors of A-1 Tsumugi Silk
for Tsumugi Gradation Skirt

There were some grab bags with a variety of yarns,
I bought this collection of white/cream.

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N-68 Linen Wool Roving 80% wool 20% linen
A-61 Paper Moire 50% linen 50% nylon
N-9 Silk Gima 100% silk
N-52 Ultra Fine Kid Mohair 68% mohair 32% nylon

And some glass buttons because they were so pretty
and swirly
and aqua.

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Since were were in the area…

Could not help feeling like a tourist. There were a bunch of us. Along with the real customers.
I had a project in mind and DH found the perfect (except the price, YIKES!) fabric.

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The guy cutting my fabric was as polite as possible, I never even saw him roll his eyes!

Since the fabric was so darned expensive I got a free Mood tote bag!

December 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm 2 comments

Alpha Stockings in Madelinetosh Sock

love love love madelinetosh!

They really are the same length, they aren’t pulled up evenly!

Alpha Stocking by Jenna Hurry, Interweave Knits Winter 2010, also available as a single pattern
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock colorway Duchess from Knit Purl in Portland

A toe up pattern with a clever attractive heel, it makes me smile to think of it. The cable design is pretty and skillfully adapted for knitting in the round.

Modifications:
eliminated the twisted stitches on the heel for a smoother fit at a high friction location
made the ribbing more ribby, for a more elastic fit

November 29, 2011 at 8:29 am 1 comment

RESIST FAIL!

Blast that Portland with their “No Sales Tax”!

I was not planning to buy yarn.
Of course I wasn’t.
I wasn’t even planning to go to the yarn stores.
I ended up with some time to kill in Portland
and the next thing I knew,
I was looking at yarn on sale
and yarn that I had admired online
and No Sales Tax
and dh said “this is good color for socks”
and and and

I was shopping with knit1frog2 which is always dangerous, somehow it always seems like a good idea to ‘go ahead and get it’, even if she is only there by txt! (some of that stuff is hers!)

September 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm 1 comment

Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat 2010

I didn’t sign up for classes this year.
So, knit1frog2 and I made of day of visiting the Madrona Marketplace and going out for lunch.

We hit the Blue Moon booth, it’s great to see the colors in person and an extra treat to check out the Rare Gems (one off colorways) and Mill Ends.

Socks That Rock
two lightweight Rare Gems and
one heavyweight Mill End in ? Denim?

habu textiles had a booth, it was exciting to see so many habu yarns in so many colors.

I ordered yarn for my next project:

Catherine Lowe Simple Couture 4.01 Hat and Cowl

I ordered alpaca silk in black violet.

I took Catherine Lowe’s class at Madrona last year and have been pondering what I learned ever since. She is an excellent teacher and a delightful person.
It worked out perfectly that I hadn’t signed up for Madrona classes; a Catherine Lowe Design & Fit workshop is being offered locally in May and I was able to sign up for that!

Lucky for knit1frog2 and me, walking to lunch took us past
hello cupcake and we wrapped up our day with yummy cupcakes.

And who is this fun looking bunch?


February 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm 1 comment

Estonian Garden Stole in Cracksilk Haze

A Late Birthday Present:

After overloading the birthday girl with pattern links, and an unfortunate reference to “Jemima Puddle-Duck Syndrome“, I decided it would be best to just take her to Knit Purl and see what happened; I don’t think you can walk in there without finding something perfect.

Rowan Cracksilk Haze color 627
We both love this color! We’re calling it ‘Vine Maple’.

That is not the name Rowan gave it. They usually come up with picturesque romantic color names, but color 627 is named “Blood”.
First of all:
Ew.

Second:
It’s NOT blood colored. Maybe the color of the icky styrofoam tray liner under a pound of ground beef.

Again:
Ew.

So I renamed it Vine Maple. Oooooo-priiitteeeee.

Later, we decided we should go back and get that perfect coordinating yarn that we had waffled on for socks IF Knit Purl was still Open.
We got there and it was Closed.
D’OH!
But I tried the door and it was unlocked! We ran in and straight to the Wall of Koigu and grabbed the yarn and then tried to act like we’d been there all along.
Sandy Kay heard voices and came up to investigate, she was nice as could be, especially considering they were supposed to be Closed. Then we sent her to go find more yarn because I decided I needed to have a pair of the same socks! We were laughing ourselves silly the whole time and Sandy was a great sport about it.
Thanks Sandy!

Koigu KPPPM P105D

…and then, at the counter they were tempting us with these irresistible little hanks of silk and beads, perfect for trimming a sock:

Planet Earth Fibers in color Rouge

Finished:

Fiber Trends Estonian Garden S-2009 by Evelyn A. Clark

And started:

Koigu KPPPM color 105D socks

March 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm 1 comment

Husky Hat

My Catherine Lowe Headgear IV kit arrived!

The yarn is gorgeous…I am a little intimidated by the 23 page pattern instuction book.

At the opposite extreme, DH asked if I could knit a hat for him this week – I used leftover yarn from a pair of socks and no pattern.
I finished the hat as the UW Huskies clinched the Conference Championship, much better than the season the socks had.

quick hat, Blue Moon STR lightweight in colorway Husky

March 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm 1 comment

TREKKING (XXL) Color 100 Socks and New Shoes

When I first saw TREKKING (XXL) Color 100, I was smitten.
I started knitting and loved the socks

So much.
You know.
In that way that makes you go temporarily insane and back to the store to buy the rest of it that they have in stock.

Yes, those are all Color 100 and all the same dye lot!

…and then I had to buy shoes to show them off!

I don’t know what I am going to do with all that yarn,
I don’t need eight pair of the same socks
…not that any two socks will be the same, much less any two or eight pair!

January 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm 4 comments

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