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Leaves, Laurie and Llamas

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Leaf Lace Scarf - photo taken before four more inches were knit

You know, it's difficult to blog about knitting progress while you're making it. I've focused on the scarf quite a bit over this past week and have become an even bigger fan of the Malabrigo laceweight. Lace knitting purists might not like this yarn, but it is so soft and easy for me to work with. It grips my needles in such a way that it's perfect for my wonky knitting technique. Paired with an Addi Lace needle, it's a dream. I'm sorry if I owe you an email or a phone call -- this project has had my devotion.

However, thanks to my friend Megan's willingness to drive to Yarntopia in Katy, Texas, I did get out to meet Laurie (Crazy Aunt Purl) and purchase a copy of her book (now autographed). When I got home, I started reading it and finished it a few hours later. You don't have to have been drunk, divorced, or covered in cat hair to enjoy this book. If you've ever hit bottom and found your way back again, you will relate to her heartfelt and humorous story. There are even a few knitting "recipes" in the back of the book, including one of Staci's. Laurie's felted bracelet bag is adorable and unique.


If you love Rowan, Fleece Artist, Louisa Harding, and Mama Llama, Yarntopia is the perfect place to go to see a full selection of each of these yarns (they have some Rowan yarns I'd never seen in person before). Catherine of Mama Llama Knits was having her trunk show yesterday and I found some irrestible green sock yarn (the green -- it's an obsession):

Mama Llama - Green Obsession
"Forest" Mama Llama Original Sock

Time to get back to the knitting -- I have socks to finish!


oh what fun! I do so hope she comes to Atlanta!

Oh, my gosh - two of my favorite bloggers in the same picture! What fun! Love the lace (obviously), and the green yarn is delicious. Enjoy your Malabrigo; it is everything you said and more!

Sounds like a fun excursion! And your scarf is gorgeous - I can just SEE the softness on the screen. Maybe you'll have to change your blog theme to green now, eh? ;)

Oh I love that scarf, and to think that I had a chance to nab some of that Malabrigo lace weight at Stitches East!!

Yes it is hard to blog while your knitting is in progress it is never a true depiction!

What a great outing!! I need to check out her book!

Drat! I knew I should have gone to the Yarntopia event instead of Barnes & Noble! Someday we're going to have to make it a point to run into each other...

I love that scarf. Would you please, please, reveal which stitch book you got the pattern out of?

The scarf is looking great. I got hold of a sample of Malabrigo laceweight, it is nice, a bit thin maybe for me!

Just got some malabrigo lace weight - glad to hear such a glowing review. Sounds like you had an excellent time with yarn & books!

Hey Janet! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) Yes, we are in a rental. I was actually looking last night at a sign/plaque in black wood to go over the windows. :) (great minds! heh!) I'm so torn about the windows. I love the view so can't cover it...but feel like it needs something. Maybe I'll start with the plaque or wallwords and go from there...hummmm. Thanks again. That yarn and scarf are BEAUTIFUL.

The scarf is sooo pretty. I can't wait to see the finished item. Yarntopia sounds like a place I need to check out one of these days. :)

I love greens, eep, now I'm gonna be waiting to see your green socks. :)

The lace is looking great. I'm glad you showed the Malabrigo, because I haven't seen it knit up (except for the company swatches). It looks great and I'll probably have to buy some just to make sure!

In general, I am not a fan of green, but that scarf is gorgeous. I can't wait to see it finished.

Isn't Laurie great? I wasn't able to make it to Yarntopia, but saw her in Houston instead.
Also, I've been working on some socks using Catherine's yarn and I love it. I'm so sad that I didn't get to go to her trunk show. Like I really need any more yarn...

That leaves scarf is delightful!

I love that photo! I am SO inspired by the green... and the Malabrigo... ;)

Thanks so much for coming on Saturday and also for your lovely comments on the shop. We had a blast and are so glad you all made the long trek to visit.

Beautiful scarf, Janet! And the greens of the sock yarn are so soft and pretty. Did you know that the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color? Of the approximately 7000 colors the eye can distinguish about half of them are shades of green. Sorry for the geekiness--I'm a scientist.

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to gush over that malabrigo scarf. I might have to jump on the malabrigo bandwagon soon.

where do you order yours from btw?