knitxcore.: November 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Yarn Crawl: A Mini-Series II

post no bills

Our adventure continues, and leads us to Philly's infamous South Street. Punk Rockers, homeless folk and drug dealers pepper the street. Fortunately, I'm wielding the only weapon a knitter needs; my Addi-turbos. Despite the dingy streets and sketchy folk, a beacon of hope shines through.


Loop was my favorite shop of the day, no contest. Everything was in tidy cubbies, the staff was awesome, and they sold a certain blogger's hand-dyed yarn. The store was comfortable and inviting, plenty of places to sit and knit or just gush over the newest Rowan pattern book. My purchase at Loop include (but are not limited to); some amahhhhhhhzing Misti Alpaca Chunky, The new Men's book from Rowan, and some super secret christmas fun. Even though I never wanted to leave, we had to make our way down South Street past the Magic Garden towards our next 2 stops...

trash garden


Monday, November 19, 2007

greyowl's ganomy.

I know I said there would be another installment of Yarn Crawl, but I just finished up a hat and thought it was deserving of an FO post. So, the few of you that are biting you nails, waiting to see what Philly yarn shop is next will just have to hold tight for a couple of days.

greyowl ganomy

Pattern Particulars

Pattern Source:Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac
Needles: Crappy Susan Bates Circs (sz. 9, 16")
Materials: Lamb's Pride Worsted in LemonDrop, a pingpong ball.
Time: About 4 hours
loved: not having to look at the pattern anymore.

The hat was for a personal swap with someone on stylemob. she screen-printed a shirt for me, i made this hat for her. i can't wait to get it!!!! if you're not on stylemob, check it out:

and the video for today:

Badly Drawn Boy - Disillusion (directed by Garth Jennings)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


rpms on

I finally finished these lil' buggers. Remember when I first blogged about them in MAY????? After a ton of frogging, and trying to figure out why anyone would do a short-row heel, they're ready to hit the streets.

I made the largest size with a short-row heel and complete spiral pattern, finishing with the pointed toe.

rpms off

Pattern Particulars

Pattern Source: RPM Socks by Aija Goto via

Needles: Addi Turbo US size 1 32" circular (Magic Looped)

Materials: 1 Skein STR lightweight in Lemongrass.

Time: alot, i started them the first time in May and frogged a lot of times.

Loved: the pattern!!!!! mindless repeats=watching subtitles.

Hated: the short row heel, i don't ever want to do one again.


Cornershop - Brimful of Asha

If I can stop fondling this ball of Misti Alpaca Chunky, I may do another installment of Yarn Crawl: A mini-series for tomarrow.



Sunday, November 11, 2007

Yarn Crawl: A mini-series.


We begin our adventure at Reading Terminal Market. (i'm going to skip over the public transportation parts. lol.) It's pretty much a giant farmer's market/grocery store. I picked up some pumpkin spice coffee at Old City Coffee and stopped by Our Daily Bread (an amish bakery) for a donut. There were some many cute lil' places, I can't even begin to start listing them all. My favorites were Tea Leaf, Inc., Flying Monkey Patisserie and of course Old city Coffee.


Our first stop was Rosie's Yarn Cellar, on 20th and Locust-ish. If you didn't know it was there, you'd walk right by it but my lovely "tour guide" knew exactly where to go. They had a lot of stuff in their tiny space. Tons of Rowan and Cascade Yarns filled the cubbies all over the walls, while baskets held more exciting independent fibers from well-known etsy sellers. The people that worked in the shop were super-friendly and helpful, not only with yarn-type matters but our public transit fiasco. I picked up some Rowan 4 ply scottish tweed to make MochiMochiLand's Uh-ohs and some notion-y type stuff for a certain blogger's X-mas gift.


A walk past some adorable rowhomes will lead us to the next shop...

to be continued...



Friday, November 09, 2007

It's my birthday.

I'm not going to write a sappy retrospective or reminisce about my youth. That's not how we do things around here. I do have some pictures of my yarn crawl the other day that i'll get around to sharing, but for now, let's just party...

Calvin Harris - Acceptable in the 80's

Friday, November 02, 2007

Stuff I did this week.

I cut my own hair

1. I cut my hair

GreyOwl's Ganomy.

2. started a ganomy hat for a personal swap via stylemob.

Retro Revival.

3. frogged about 30% of the secret project because, somehow a ball of worsted yarn got in my pile of DK at the LYS.

4. worked on 2 new things for the shop (they're not finished, i'll list them soon).

5. I saw Hellogoodbye and Say Anything @ the HOB in AC.