Friday, December 31, 2010


When really relaxed, patterns abound.

No need for matching, no Garanimals are found.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sisu Knitting and Weaving Workshop

A brief visit to Sisu Knitting and Weaving Workshop resulted in yarn goodliness. Sisu sells Green Mountain yarns, which I do not remember seeing in my metro area LYS's. The green sweater is knit in Mountain Mohair. Susan's table reminded me of Meg Swanson's Sea of Sweaters table in class at Yarnover 2010.

A few years ago, I bought the pattern and yarn for these stripey mittens at Sisu. I have knit, unknit, re-knit and unknit them. They are knit quite tightly and I just could not get the just-right fit of Susan's shop sample pair (smaller of two shown).

Sometimes I find One in the Knitting World who says something to me that results in a knitting ah-ha. Or, ahh. Sisu Susan said something like "my gauge may be different than your gauge". In the store, in the moment, it sounded more prolific and profound than my indirect quote, but a big ahah, nonetheless. She also said something like "they were knit on (US) size 2 needles". I think I was knitting on (US) size 3's. These two utterances from my short mitten conversation will result in re-knitting, but with new understanding and possibly a pair of mittens!

Sisu Susan also sells patterns that are appealing! I did not resist these as well.

Sisu is a just-right yarnshop fit for me. Not too overwhelming with tons of yarns and projects, cozy, cuddly and warm. There is also the sense of not visiting regularly, so it's like a present. Nice gift.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Snowy Goodness

We were Up North for the Holiday and rented a cabin outside of Ely, MN.
Lots of snow for pictures, nice frost and fog in the morning over the lake.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Nice lighted snow in the night . . .