Waifs down a mossy path: Dries Van Noten’s clothes for next spring.

We’ll Tawk, We’ll Knit, We’ll Have Cawfee in Lawn Guyland

Dear Long Island Knitters,
If you’re a Long Island knitter, and you’re reading this, and you’re not doing anything tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, would you please drop by the A.C. Moore Craft Superstore in Carle Place and rescue me from loneliness and overspending on crafty goodness? I’ll be there from 1 to 3. Just me and the Sugar ‘n Cream.
Here’s the address:
157 Glen Cove Road
Carle Place, NY 11514
On very short notice, made even shorter by going to Nashville and holing up with 160 pages of damn fine knitterly carrying on (damn fine but slightly out of order) and forgetting to blog about it, I am appearing at a Free Yarn Event at the A.C. Moore store. I have never been in an A.C. Moore store. I hear they have a LOT of dishcloth cotton, so it will be something of a pilgrimage for me. I am hoping to finally see the miracle of self-striping dishcloth cotton. Not ombre. Not space-dyed. SELF-STRIPING DISHCLOTH COTTON, PEOPLE!
I don’t think I will be doing anything other than hanging out and participating in the Free Yarn Event, which I think might involve doing some charity knitting but surely will involve some chit-chatting and DEFINITELY will involve undying gratitude to anybody who shows up to say hi.
I will try to get out of there without buying (unreasonable amounts of) dishcloth cotton or quilting fabric. I will try not to be tempted by the spray adhesive that some quilters keep recommending to me and other quilters keep warning me off of. (I’m trying to stay old-school with my quilting. I don’t want to use anything Ma Ingalls couldn’t get at the Oleson general store. Except the sewing machine of course.)
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My other plan for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend is to put the finishing touches on Oliver’s blanket. I’m even closer than this picture shows. The inner borders are attached now, so it’s just one more set of borders and an endless attached i-cord, and we’ll be having a raffle!
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As expected, it’s not exactly what I expected.
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I keep seeing new things in it. Sock yarns are so subtle. What color is that, red? Orange? Pink? No.
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Still my favorite. Chartreuse and gray are my It colors.
With that, I wish you a Numa Numa weekend.

I’m getting my YouTubes from Carrie now. Kind of cool.
Love,
Kay

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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. My Oh My! LOL! I know I have looked like that in private on at least one occasion, but YouTube? LOL!
    Love the blanket!!!!

  2. Love this website, eagerly awaiting you second book. When is it due out?

  3. That blanket is rockin! And a numanuma weekend to you too!

  4. If you have a desire to see a washrag from the self striping sugar ‘n cream take a look at the second project on this page of my blog. I REALLY like the way it stripes! http://jillsknit.blogspot.com/2008/01/well-i-survived-second-day-of-moms.html

  5. If you have a desire to see a washrag from the self striping sugar ‘n cream take a look at the second project on this page of my blog. I REALLY like the way it stripes! http://jillsknit.blogspot.com/2008/01/well-i-survived-second-day-of-moms.html

  6. Oh my, you’ve only just now seen this video? MrMendy and I have been chuckling over it for at least three years now… I just love that guy’s enthusiasm! He just has so much FUN, I wish I could be that unselfconscious.
    Oh yeah, the quilt is gorgeous. :)

  7. Oh, try the spray sticky stuff….just once. How do you know if you like it or hate it if you haven’t used it? Consider it research…then you can join the ranks of the lovers of spray sticky stuff or the ranks of the haters of spray sticky stuff. You don’t know which you are, yet!

  8. I think I see my square! My square is famous!!
    The blanket is insanely gorgeous, kudos to you and all those that helped seam it up!!

  9. Ummm, I think Oliver’s Blanket missed the Kaffe Fassett mark, BUT it has that Little House on the Prairie quality to it which makes it so endearing. The close-up shots reveal slightly uneven seams and squares, reminiscent of the quilts lovingly pieced and handsewn from scraps of worn wool clothing to keep the family warm on those cold winter nights out on the prairie. I wish I were there to help you with the i-cord; I love to knit miles and miles of attached i-cord!
    Mary G.
    Bedford, TX

  10. TRY the spray stuff! I swear you will love it!!! Just like the first quilter to try a sewing machine! I work in a quilt shop in Tennesse. We were featured in Better Homes and Gardens Best Quilt Shops in America. That’s all we use! The best to try is 505. I swear you will love it! It’s just like any other inovation in needlearts. You’re still doin’ the work just using some stuff that makes it easier.
    Lovey

  11. TRY the spray stuff! I swear you will love it!!! Just like the first quilter to try a sewing machine! I work in a quilt shop in Tennesse. We were featured in Better Homes and Gardens Best Quilt Shops in America. That’s all we use! The best to try is 505. I swear you will love it! It’s just like any other inovation in needlearts. You’re still doin’ the work just using some stuff that makes it easier.
    Lovey

  12. I WISH the middle of MA was a leetle closer to the eastern outskirts of NY! I’m craving yarny ambience today, and what I’ve got instead is “for goodness’ sake, clean up this demolition zone” ambience. Have fun with the cotton pilgrimage.
    Blanket#2 is very beautiful, and the winner (me? can it be me?? huh? please??) will be very lucky!

  13. and it’s early, so maybe I’m not thinking clearly, but…
    what is an “inner border”?
    i’ve been pondering, but it seems kind of an oxymoron. now my head hurts. ow.
    glad it’s done, whatever it is! :)

  14. i am in florida can not get to
    long island on time wish i could
    olivers blanket is just looking
    fine and dandy- there’s an old saying
    my murky green squares
    are in the picture thank you
    your publishers notes book is out
    september 16 160 pages tourjuors gai

  15. I just love your YouTube clips! I can’t help but laugh out loud watching that! When it was over and I’d composed myself, my next thought was, “I bet that’s the most physical activity that guy’s gotten in weeks!”
    Thanks for sharing it!

  16. dear Kay… and Ann..
    I am trying very hard to send just a bit to Oliver’s fund but the computer is rejecting my information…either that or my contribution has been multiplied by about 10 for the attempts I have made…. please advise me how to pay (by visa card) for a contibution… and perhaps a try at the raffle (if it is not over yet…)
    yours truly.. jan in nagasaki… looking forward to the new book. but not yet ready to move on from the old one… take your time.

  17. I’m sure my husband is wondering what I am in here laughing out lout about. Great video. Thanks, Kay! Oh, and the blankets are pretty cool, too.

  18. I’m sure my husband is wondering what I am in here laughing out loud about. Great video. Thanks, Kay! Oh, and the blanket is pretty cool, too!

  19. Ma Ingalls did so use a sewing machine in the last couple of novels. She made Mary and Laura a bunch of gorgeous dresses. I remember an entire chapter devoted to it.
    As for the spray adhesive, she might have glued something…sometime. I just don’t want to think about the animals that might have died to make her brand of glue.

  20. Rest assured, I am fairly certain that Ma Ingalls got a sewing machine, though it was in Dakota Territory, not from Oleson’s store.
    The real question is: did she have safety pins?

  21. I have seen the self-striping dishcloth cotton. It is fabulous and they have a shade that makes me think of Neapolitan ice cream. Yum!

  22. Try the spray stuff – it’s a miracle how your back doesn’t cringe when you mention quilt basting after you try that. Ma Ingalls woulda used it if she coulda – she was a practical gal. Gorgeous blankie!

  23. the numa numa song is a favorite at my gym. It’s actually the Eurovision winner (1998?)’Dragostea Din Tea’ by the Romanian pop band O-Zone. Check out their Youtube videos. The airplane thing is hysterical.

  24. I want that blanket!
    My youtube watching these days involves more and more Alan Rickman, as my love for 1965 Tom Jones wanes.

  25. What a gorgeous blanket! And you’re gonna like A.C. Moore, I made 2 Bibs o’ Love from it and for sure, they a perfectly striped. They’ll be blogged about soon for the B in the ABC Along.

  26. You know what’s weird? I clicked on the YouTube video link in this post and was listening to the strange song and suddenly I began hearing it in stereo — my kids were singing along, word-perfect, from across the room.
    Now, I had never heard this song. I asked them how they knew it, and they yelled back, “Second Life!” (the teen version. I hear the adult version is somewhat X-rated. In the teen version there’s no sex, but they make a lot of weapons and kill each other. I guess that’s supposed to be okay.)
    By the way, your knitted blanket rocks.

  27. LOL! Figures, AC Moore is putting their S&C on sale tomorrow, and you’ll be there today. Oh well. Try to restrain yourself.
    And thank you for an updated photo of the blanket. It’s looking incredibly gorgeous.

  28. Wait. You don’t have any self-striping dishcloth cotton??? You poor thing! I would totally send you some, except it sounds like you will be able to get stashed up at AC Moore. I thought it was great in the little Sugar ‘n’ Cream 2-4 oz. balls, but then I found a GINORMOUS 9.8 oz (280 g) skein by Bernat! 470 yards (429 m)! It looks kind of blotchily-dyed, but that might be ok. It has been tempering in my stash for a few weeks – might be time to cast on!

  29. outstanding american blanket!!! this could be the start of something in the “more squares department!”

  30. Sorry to blog-hog, but if anyone wants to see one of my self-striping dishcloths, you can click my name and scroll down.

  31. Ok, the youtube thing was only SLIGHTLY scary. Now I can’t get Numa Numa out of my head. thanks.
    The blanket is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait until its done and am absolutely sure that i want it!
    Boy, our Yarn Event at AC Moore is so boring! No Kay, Ann, or anyone!

  32. Just popping to in to mention that Ma could have probably gotten a sewing machine at Olson’s, if her CRAZY husband could have let them settle in one place and build up a little cash instead of moving them along everytime things got a little settled… oh, wait, or was that my dad? Anyway, machines, she could get. Spray sticky… not so much I think.
    Also, check out Pink chalk studio: http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2008/01/01/happy-new-year-2/
    for straight line, square piecing, made to look wonderfully wonky with help of carefully place quilting.
    Blankie’s looking GOOD.

  33. A numanuma weekend to you too, Kay! Nothing says weekend better than up-beat Romanian music, and, even better, someone dancing to it. I have been listening to that for about 10 minutes straight now. Danke fuer die Heiterkeit!
    ~Emily in A2
    P.S. I have exams starting Teusday, and this will be a wonderful de-stress tool, especially (for ohters too) if I listen to the song after I’m completely done and start dancing and singing along while waiting for my mom to pick me up

  34. The blanket is looking fantastic. I wish I could win it!

  35. I love the Oliver Blanket. WOnderful. breathtakingly beautiful. FYI: i dont watch youtube inserts ever. No interest.

  36. I love the Oliver Blanket. WOnderful. breathtakingly beautiful. FYI: i dont watch youtube inserts ever. No interest.

  37. I love the Oliver Blanket. WOnderful. breathtakingly beautiful. FYI: i dont watch youtube inserts ever. No interest.

  38. I think I saw one of my squares in there! That lovely purple to grey-ish one!!

  39. I think I saw one of my squares in there! The pruple-ish, lavender-ish, grey-ish in the third picture! Looks great with all of it’s cousins. Yay Me! Yay Kay! Yay Knitters!!!!!

  40. ah numa numa. I was in Austria for a week the summer that came out and my friend and I walked around singing that over and over and then the sound of music. I love numa numa. Drag a schtad e tay!

  41. Sewing machine – my 3 Berninas are in storage and I am traveling with a 1938 Singer Featherweight. She makes a perfect straight stitch and is very proud of her new 1/4 inch foot. Try one- it is such a hoot!
    Linda, the wandering, homeless nomad

  42. That square? With the green? I so have to go make a quilt now.

  43. The blanket is amazing! can’t wait to see it with the I-cord, and all. Hey, (at the risk of sounding like an idiot…)is I-cord tough to attach to the edge of something?
    LoveDiane