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People Are Getting Punchy Out There

Dear Kay,
In the course of clearing my desk yesterday, an epic and rare undertaking, I decided finally to settle up with my friend Katie for a party we had. I look at the wine store receipt, and I see this:
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In an equally rare moment of cleaning out my closet, I discover these:
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And a fortune cookie gave up this:
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I was so delighted to uncover my desk that I took a picture of it:
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Can’t figure out what to do about that cat, though.
Incoming Lopi!
Sometimes the mailbox coughs up a great surprise. Yesterday, this:
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From genuwine Iceland and everything! Our friend Landy, who has been known to rescue kuky knitting patterns from Edinburgh thrift shops, was in Iceland over the holidays, so of course she saw itchy, scratchy brown yarn and thought of me. Deeply moved!
Another Treasure Excavated from the Desk
My all-time favorite piece of swag, from the sublime Stash in Berkeley, California. I’ve had this for a few years, and every time I see it, I chuckle.
It’s a coaster:
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But on the back:
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The tidiest, most compressed guide to gauge, needles, yardage. Stash proprietor Ellen Roosevelt cooked up this wheel, and I think everybody should go buy some yarn from her to encourage more elegant loonacy like this.
Love,
Ann

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  1. I’m concerned about all this closet cleaning. RU feeling OK?

  2. I have never found anything that cool when cleaning out my closet or desk. It is usually just sticky or disgusting things that the kids have left for me. That is a totally cool coaster.

  3. At first I couldn’t figure out why you were showing us that your friend had paid cash for the wine. Eventually I figured it out. Never said I was smart; just trainable.
    I have a photo of #2 son very similar to the Icelandic boy. Tragically, my boy was wearing a frosted-up blaze orange ski mask/hat instead of that luscious fur hood.

  4. Very cool coaster! And I wish I could have some of your cleaning mojo…it’s sorely needed around here.

  5. That coaster is so cute, I wouldn’t even want to put anything on it! Love the little messages found in random places – I keep a fortune from a cookie in my Filofax: “Opportunities surround you if you know where to look”

  6. So is there a reason that a yarn shop has coasters? Or have they stolen my yarn shop/homebrew store idea?
    GBS didn’t like beer? Philistine!

  7. Don’t worry about the cat on your desk. It will move when it gets hungry.
    I love the coaster!

  8. Yea Stash!!! I think you should borrow Kay’s flower in a vase motif and put one in the very middle of your desk – on the coaster of course.

  9. I am loving the fact that a yarn store even HAS coasters…they must be my kind of knitters. Now I have to figure out how to procure one of my own. Also – your post teaches us that words of wisdom surround us every day – even if we don’t notice them!

  10. I love those random messages from the universe! Wow, that’s one shiny clean desk – the fluffy kitty gives it just the right “je ne sais quois”, so you won’t be accused of getting all anal over tidying up. I am predicting a return of the Lopi yoke sweaters – my son Max is 25 and he wants one, my oldest daughter is 18, and she has started the ooh-aah routine, so I am looking for some discount Lopi right now – do you have any suggestions?

  11. Lett Lopi (or light Lopi) makes great socks! Knit extra tight, though….

  12. I should use this as motivation to clean my desk. It doeth overrun with papers, books, DVD’s, food, and knitting of course.
    P.S. That’s a really awesome coaster.

  13. I have the same coaster on my desk — I work for the City of Berkeley. I’m so glad you like Stash. Have you been to Article Pract in Oakland? Another great shop. Their business card has a tool for keeping track of your needles; it lives in my wallet permanently.

  14. Good ol’ Stash. They also host a monthly knit-in for Afghans for Afghans, bless’em. And the local paper is promising a knit shop/wine bar in San Francisco sometime this spring, to be called “Warmth” (try http://tinyurl.com/7tncq7 and scroll down). Life is good.

  15. I love that coaster…next trip to the Bay Area will include a stop by Stash. While kmkat noticed the cash part of the picture, I was focused on the fact that there was 15 items on the bill..you go girl.

  16. I’ve never seen a coaster as useful as that one. Who knew cleaning a desk could offer up so much good advice.

  17. Well there you are Ann…wondered if you were off on a wild adventure.
    I guess I need to go look at my labels. And I think the cat looks fine on the desk. Good window vantage point which is very important to a cat. I know this from the ittybittykitty nose prints on my windows.

  18. I love that you took a picture of your clean and becatted desk! It’s so inspiring – maybe there’s a horizontal surface and a sunny window under MY piles of paper!

  19. ah, yes that great invention of the needle-yarn-sweater-gauge-coaster for us lushes that are knitters but like to go to The Pub (south of Stash) to do their knitting…must remind the girls to go get some “stash” and a coaster for me tonight…
    :o) thanks for the reminder! ek.

  20. Casper, DH’s flame-pointe meezer, feels it is his duty to sit on any and all papers on a desk. I think he was a paperweight in a former life. Suggest you make room for the cat to remain…graceful surrender, and all that. VBG!

  21. How come when I do my cleaning I never come across little cheerful messages?!
    The cat seems to have settled in quite nicely!

  22. Wow! Those are some most excellent discoveries. You *almost* make me want to start cleaning. LOVE the coaster. Utter brilliance. And… one really should have a coaster while knitting.

  23. The coaster is tres cool. I have a linen suit from flax that I bought at least 10 years ago, now I need to go look at my label. And, though very impressed about the desk, I’m a tad worried about the other kitty, how is it going with him?

  24. I would so use that coaster for everything! That is so much more compact than most of the other quickie guides I’ve seen. I wonder if I ordered from her if she would send me one of those (or if it is something I can order).

  25. oh my knitting shop/wine bar?? why are all these things out west? Love the coaster and the cat and the Lopi–my 24-yr-old son just requested a traditional Icelandic sweater-with-hood. Thanks for all kinds of inspiration—

  26. What to do about the cat:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSOh34982Vo
    (Kidding. I know you have *no* interest in learning how to spin.)

  27. Love a little message where you least expect it. The Stash coaster is fabulous. Kudos to Ellen for her choice to list the higher yardage estimate first. I don’t know about other knitters, but I have a bad habit of assuming I’ll use the smallest amount of yarn–despite not being the smallest in size. I read Ellen’s range as, “It takes 1800 but you might be able to do it with 1200.” I’d buy 1800 yards! Am I crazy that it makes a difference in my mind? Did I mention that it is -8 in Chicago today?!?

  28. Um…
    … so if I think finding those sayings is really quite cool, and I am going to go look for some myself, well, does that mean I’m punchy too? It really is neat, sort of like a message in a bottle!
    The cat looks perfect, don’t move her/him.

  29. gbs is so right

  30. Ooh, that coaster is nifty!

  31. Oh Stash! It’s one of my LYS’s and I have two of those coasters…somewhere…Guess it’s time to clean MY desk.

  32. very few things are as satisfying as a newly cleaned office. I really need to look into getting one of those. good work!

  33. There is something cosmic or karmic about all of your messages. I hope you are listening well and not wasting the messages~! I like the “life is fun” tag – I think I would be giddy if I had that in my tshirt everyday!
    Happy New Year!

  34. Hashaha on the sayings…those were awesome.
    As for the cat, just shrug your shoulders and sigh. Once he figures out that is not his place he will make a permanant cat shaped dent on it;)

  35. DO NOT DO ANY MOVING OF CAT … Cat is positioned exactly right for a cuddle. Why else do cats ALWAYS get right in the middle of what you’re reading/working on? Such a good-looking kid you have there! Lots of nice fur to spin and knit a kitty bed with too …

  36. oh – and did I mention it is actually COLD enough in Bangkok to wear a hate and scarf I knitted? Haven’t sent it to recipient yet, so borrowed it (freezing cold here at 58-60!)
    Riki in ‘freezing’ Bangkok

  37. That is one furry, fuzzy-wuzzy kitty. Gorgeous! And she/he has a wonderful desk. I hope you get to share it.

  38. Love those Flax clothes. Nice to know you also go for the wrinkled,rumpled look (and the little sayings on the tags are so inspirational). Nearly all my summer wardrobe is Flax(summer is hot and humid here-much as Nashville). I have stash Lopi that is about 20 years old! Maybe it’s time has come!(It’s zero degrees here in Kentucky tonight.)

  39. The coaster has a type-o on it – sticthes instead of stitches. Is that suppose to read that way?
    I have an annoying habit of proof reading everything I see…

  40. The coaster has a type-o on it – sticthes instead of stitches. Is that suppose to read that way?
    I have an annoying habit of proof reading everything I see…

  41. I would pay good money to have a coaster like that in my knitting bag!

  42. Heh. Ian got that same fortune in a cookie recently and was miffed with me because I had not made a nice cake for him. ;-)

  43. So is it cold enough for you this morning? We are frozen solid just South of you. That lopi was looking nice for a hat to wear today. Love the Stash coaster, wouldn’t mind having one of those. Happy Friday!

  44. So is it cold enough for you this morning? We are frozen solid just South of you. That lopi was looking nice for a hat to wear today. Love the Stash coaster, wouldn’t mind having one of those. Happy Friday!

  45. So is it cold enough for you this morning? We are frozen solid just South of you. That lopi was looking nice for a hat to wear today. Love the Stash coaster, wouldn’t mind having one of those. Happy Friday!

  46. I would love to have a coaster/pocket guide like that. I also wanted to say a huge *thank you* for the new book, I made the Liberty Afghan from stash and now am rocking the fair isle and even contemplating the dreaded intarsia. Y’all rock!

  47. Awesome coaster! HEH any muggle would just think you were advertising. tsk tsk

  48. What serendipity! I *am* going to see what I can do to obtain a coaster like that; for the Numerically Dyslexic it would be a godsend. This whole post was such fun! I LOVE Lopi yarn, once made a delicious afghan out of it (my beloved MIL of blessed memory was Icelandic). It IS scratchy for a spell but so worth it, being undyed, natural, &c. Now then. – off to goggle “Stash”….

  49. What serendipity! I *am* going to see what I can do to obtain a coaster like that; for the Numerically Dyslexic it would be a godsend. This whole post was such fun! I LOVE Lopi yarn, once made a delicious afghan out of it (my beloved MIL of blessed memory was Icelandic). It IS scratchy for a spell but so worth it, being undyed, natural, &c. Now then. – off to goggle “Stash”….

  50. What’s wrong with this Shaw person? Invite him over for Amstels and teach him to knit and you’ll fix him right royal.

  51. wow. That coaster would be so helpful. Do they serve drinks there too?

  52. Oh, that lovely FLAX tag. I have a great linen coat from the same designer and the tag is lovely too – different though. I’ll have to take a picture for you. It gives me a little thrill each time I wear it.

  53. As much as I hate to admit it (and I hope you all won’t think less of me), but the Shaw quotation is lost on me. I don’t quite know what it means. :(
    LoveDiane

  54. What a lovely collection! And how clever of Ellen Roosevelt to come up with that wheel! She should sell them on her website (for us poor unfortunates who won’t be visiting California in the foreseeable future) as that would be a handy little goody to have in my knitting bag. I cleared my desk before the holidays but it has covered itself with abandoned objects again so you are an inspiration to bring it back to being pretty (and functional) once more. If you are getting snow, send some over here to mid-state NC, we haven’t had any yet!

  55. on a totally different topic, i wanted to ask about your friend landy. i’ve never known anyone with my name! although i have heard stories about it being a nickname. do you know if her name is short for something else, and if not, what’s the origin? mine was my great-grandmother’s last name… i was just curious and excited to hear about another landy!

  56. tis sunday eve
    are either one of you or both
    going to be posting from
    washington dc hope you get to go

  57. Andi, I’m so impressed (or feeling inadequate), I Accidentally figures out intarsia, and I did it right by some miracle, but fair isle still scares the crud out of me–though the book makes me want to try.

  58. Our local afghans for Afghans group met at Stash last Sunday. Love the shop! So nice of them to let us hang out on their couch. Next time (Feb. 15), we’re bringing wineglasses … they’ll have to bring out the coasters …

  59. What a fantastic coaster! I need to clean off my desk (and surrounding area) so that I can replace the rickety, temporary desk, with the solid, oak desk I’m nearly finished restoring. Sadly, I doubt my desk hides such gems. (However, in peeling off the green linoleum, and faux-wood and grey paint off the oak behemoth, I discovered a real treasure!)

  60. Only 11 months late, but if you like the Flax, you should know there’s a barn sale of the stuff every summer here in Ithaca, NY. It’s kind of very crazy. People come from – oh, heck, WOMEN come from all over the country, sometimes dragging along reluctant husbands.
    Ithaca, by the way, is a small city/town that mostly has Cornell, and wine.