Friday I had planned to post about TNNA. I envisioned myself just starting at the 100 aisle and working my way through the floor talking through what I noticed and observed. I still plan to do that, but I didn’t have time yesterday because I spent a good portion of the day with my mother. We get a mani-pedi every three weeks. Older people often don’t care for their feet and Jane has peripheral neuropathy. It is good for both of us–I run and my feet are just gruesome if they aren’t cared for (and I’d rather knit). Jane always gets orange, but Tina, the proprietor, loves to do something special for her. So Jane has orange, except for her second toes, which are magenta, and she has white lines in a diagonal check pattern, with a touch of gold glitter. We went out to lunch without socks–they had to be seen. Mine are magenta and spring green.
Today (Saturday) I plan to spend most of the remaining portion of the day with my spouse because Sundays I always have to do stuff around the house, and I have a Mother’s Day dinner to prepare, so we’ll get back to TNNA on Monday.
Friday night I was swatching and a martini was involved, and I got kind of excited because the yarn was turning out to be better than I anticipated it would be. I’ve been looking for this yarn for a couple of years, and every time I have found something that will work, it is no longer being carried. Or I find something and it isn’t the right gauge. So I was excited to swatch, but also feeling a little gun-shy.
I picked up a skein of Passion from Claudia Hand Painted Yarn. I would have missed it entirely when we were in the booth because I was showing the linen to Wendy, and Claudia and I were talking and I introduced her to my friend Betty Salpekar and I was generally being a gracious guest. Wendy kept trying to get my eye, but I thought she was telling me it was time for the floor to close, so I didn’t pay attention. Actually, now that I think about it, I was in her booth about three times, so it could have been another time we noticed it. But the outcome was that I snagged a skein to swatch for my two projects and there I was last night. Getting excited, but I noticed that I was working my instructions backwards, and so I ripped back, and worked them correctly, but I needed to do some shaping and had reached that point of the evening where it is time to put the needles down. Which I did. The ribbons are mostly tonally dyed which is perfect too. I took the most extravagantly dyed so I could see any problems. And I loved the colors.