Saturday, July 29, 2006

A Hammy Day

What a great time! Yesterday, I got to hang out with Lorraine, out at her house in Mississauga. Despite the overwhelming temptation, I did no leave with any of her Starmore books, shade cards, or her nifty swift either (I think they would have noticed that...). Or any of her finished Twisted Tradition designs either... (Hi, family? Got my Christmas list alllll made out!). Which look even better up close, by the way. And I got some of the wonder cheapo DPN's!

I also saw what real pain in the ass is by seeing a large size of AS' Eriskay from Fisherman's Sweaters. I have no more complaints about Western Seas and knitting from gansey yarn.

I got to meet her 2 kids (hi Laura!), we yapped, had lunch, and drove into Toronto for a yarn crawl. Actually, we only hit Romni Wools ...which was enough. It was actually not too bad this time around. For any Toronto readers who've been in there - you know what I mean when I say that this store is rather, uh, disorganized... It's a huge, cavernous place, with stuff piled everywhere, and if you don't build little yarn inukshuks to mark a spot...good luck Dude. Yarn. Everywhere. And, apart from brand, and the odd yarn type placement, there is absolutely no organization to this place. None. Sock yarn...sorta down the end of this aisle. Noro? Sorta here, but not really all out. Wool? Uh, well. It's sorta kinda everywhere. I did see the Lamb's Pride all together though. Oh, and the Rowan is usually in one corner, although that's becoming a Search and Rescue mission finding one type. Together.

Still - it is Romni, so you know it's a crap shoot everytime you go in! And hey, did I mention they have a 20% off sale for the month of July?? Good thing it's the 29th...


I picked up a few things - a Knitscene mag (which is pretty good, btw), some rubber stitch markers, a short circular, and some Noro for socks. And at 20% off...coooool...

A VERY cool day! Thanks Lorraine! And, if you have me over again, I promise not to run off with Kitten-Chow (who is just as fluffy and adorable in person) or Casey... Although if they choose to come home with me... Just sayin'.


An Embarassment of Riches...

This is the parts of the stash I'm looking to de-stash. Those are 2 old computer desktop boxes (uh, so pretty large), and one mail bag...

I don't even know where to start... I have stuff I didn't even know I had. And if it's there, it's gotta find new homes. Soon, before I loose my nerve too.

I haven't listed it yet...but if there's something you're looking for...chances are I have it!


Heat Alert!
Although not as bad as it has been for my poor Dipsy and Chris, it's going to be a brutal few days here in Toronto. One ray of hope is that the weather is ever changing, so I live with the hope that it won't be as bad...

The rain and thunderstorms have been pretty good this year, although Atticus and Mae have differing opinions:

That would be Atticus, huddled at the bottom of the stairs. All wimpy 20lbs of him...










Make...it...stop... Hey, catnip on the floor. Cool.


And Mae, just happy that she gets free reign over the food dish... Not in the least bit bothered by rain or thunder.

If this were the vacuum...well, the roles would be reversed. Atticus couldn't care less. Mae? I just need to pull it out of the closet and she's gone.



What's the big deal? Sheesh. Dude...

They do want to send a big snuggly Hello to Lorraine! They enjoyed meeting her, even though Mae made herself scarce, and Atticus wet himself when we got a brief thunderstorm.

Stay cool Knitsters! August is around the corner, and then, it's only a matter of time...

7 comments:

Lorraine The Knitting Hammy said...

Hey Brigitte- Thanks so much for modeling for me- I'll send you the photos- they've exceeded my expectations- I'm so pleased. I love your uber-cool place- and enjoyed meeting the little Dudes- although Atticus is not so little.
Thanks for everything- and I hope you come over again soon.

sillyewe said...

That must have been a blast! I am super jealous. Hanging with the Hammy AND going to yarn stores....ahhhh. Sounds like a perfect day. De-stash? What's that?

Marina said...

?? What? You didn't tell us about the modelling bit? Hope we do get to see the photos.

A day with Lorraine playing with her "stuff" & shopping for yarn ... colour me green!

Now why did you pack the stash? I want to see pics!

Jewel said...

I am so jealous you got to spend the day with Lorraine! Your photo turned out excellent!!

Dipsy said...

Sounds like you had such a fantastic time meeting Lorraine, how cool! And oh, the goodies you came home with! No matter how disorganized or chaotic a yarn store might be, we'll always get to find at least something to buy there, no?
Oh, your poor little ones will be suffering from the heat, and of course you'll do so as well - I know what I'm talking about :( Let's just hope that it won't become a 7-week-heat spell like it did here, a few hot days are already enough!
Give your furry babies a big hug from me and Lady, and do stay cool!

Anne said...

You two had a great time -- and the photo on Lorraine's blog looks great! I feel for you with you A/c -- this has to end soon right? It was even hot in Shetland....and mainland UK was in the 90's -- very unusual for over there. I still wore my sweater though! Hope to see you soon!

Chris said...

Ok, Brigitte - You should be professionally modelling knitware in IWK - you looked AMAZING in Lorraine's pictures!

And it sounds like Toronto probably got hit by the heat pretty hard...

Hang in there, Atticus!!