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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Phot-Overload

Not only did I remember the camera, but I'm about to head into another three day weekend away from work's high speed internet, so I will appease you with a multitude of photographic mish-mosh.

First, those yarn reviews I promised of the new goods at AC Moore. I can't tell you how thrilled I am that they're getting higher quality wools and things. But take that, and then imagine how thrilled I am that I get to play with the new lines for free by knitting samples. Not just for free, but I actually get paid! HA!

First the finished multi-directional scarf. This is the yarn I compared to Noro - it's 100% acryllic called Marble. It's as soft as Noro, and though the colors aren't as spectacular, it's less than half the price at $4.99 for a 200-something yard ball. So it definitely beats out Noro for me...
multi-direction

Next is umm... Magellan maybe is what it's called? Something like that. It's a 100% wool with gorgeous colors, but a bit scratchy, and a bit pricey - 242 yards for $11.95. Felts really well though, and again, stunning colors - so great for bags and things. For this sample I knit identical swatches
pre-felt
and then felted one
post felt
This was the most garrish color combination, and I actually liked how bright it is. But there were some fall colors - shades of orange and red and yellow and brown - and a gorgeous navy/burgandy blend, along with some other combos that I imagine would be just breath-taking felted up...

My very favorite - the one that inspired me to actually buy three balls of my own - was this one - Peru Chunky (I bought the worsted weight) a SINFUL alpaca/silk blend that is lofty and elastic and soft and smooth and heavenly. My only complaint would be low yardage - $5.95 for 73 yards. But luscious to work with, and no one who looked at the swatch could stop touching it.
alpaca silk
Gorgeous colors, too. I love this deep peacock blue, but I bought a rich copper, a deep plum, and an earthy sage.

I'm also knitting a loooong swatch of the Lion Brand Magic Stripes sock yarns they carry - they aren't too bad, and I'm surprised by some of the combinations that I liked on the ball but hate knit up (only one) and that I didn't care for on the ball but really like knit up (two!) I'll show pictures of that when it's done. It's a long on-going project of mindless knitting, but I'll maybe finish it this weekend.

The biggest news of all though is that I am back
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(okay, not "on air" more like ON LINE)
because this was delivered yesterday
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and in that box was this box
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and in that box was this
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(well, the cat-head in the corner wasn't in the box, that came later when Trevor-the-bomb-sniffing-cat showed up on the scene. All clear.)

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That's right! The 14" iBook finally arrived, and once I can find a disk for AOL, I'll be up and running again at home!
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(oh, and while I was at Target looking for a laptop bag they have that I like, I found this really cool two-sided message lamp for $12 and I thought it needed to come home with me, don't you?)

6 Comments:

Blogger Teri said...

Amie,

Huzzah for your new computer! I've missed your regular posts.

Teri

12:25 PM  
Blogger Cass said...

Yumm!! Who makes that "Marble"?

1:02 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Jealous! Wanna trade for a 5-year-old Powerbook?

1:23 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Oooo! Such good new stuff for us to see! Have fun with your 'puter! And I hope you love listening to History of Love, too.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Fiber addikt said...

Hey Amie,

Enjoy all those luscious yarns! I'm glad you'll be up and running online again soon! I miss talking with you~ Vicki

8:19 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Oh, I LOVE my ibook too! I'm jealous that you could afford the one with the 14" screen. I'm still happy with my little 12" laptop, LOL. Great knitters think alike! I luv your green yarn, the color - and knitting - is fantastic!

10:23 PM  

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