Archive for September, 2003

Awaiting Delivery

Posted by jackie blue on September 18th, 2003

No, I’m not pregnant. But all my yarn is finally ordered and being sent (and yet another vendor was out of stock on the one S-T color, but I found another who is SO MUCH CHEAPER, YAY) so all should be on it’s way soon enough.

In the meanwhile, I did about 3 lines (hey, it’s something) on the long ignored surf sweater last night, and today I might venture to a book or yarn store to look at other baby patterns. I seem to have a lack of any at home.

Other than that, it’s all freelance work here (thank god I have the little bit I do), hurricane watching (I hear it’s going to drizzle, now), and being a little social. One thing I love about living in NYC is that I’m surrounded by so many talented friends and there’s always someone performing somewhere. The other night was a little impromptu acoustic evening with a bunch of friends – a couple of the guys are in a band called Nada Surf and they are embarking on a big tour next week (of course I’ll be at the NY gig) and if they play in your city, do go, they are wonderful. My friend Lianne Smith (if she had a site, which she should, I would link to it) sang a few songs with them on Tuesday, it was a damn fine evening. Except I drank too much wine. C’est la vie.

Well it’s back to being productive for me.

What does it take to get yarn in this town?

Posted by jackie blue on September 16th, 2003

I live in a city full of LYS but I don’t have time to trek all over town for the yarn for this Latifa scarf. So, I figured I’d order it all online. Great! I found a place with both brands and ordered all of it at once. Then, I get an email that they only have 3 of the 4 colors of Silke-Tweed, and are out of the color of Koigu I wanted. They don’t expect to get the S-T in. So, they are sending a partial order. I couldn’t find another online vendor with both yarns, so I ordered the Koigu from another place, hopefully they have it, I haven’t gotten an email yet. Then I ordered the one skein of S-T from a place I know had it in stock. YAY! Except their shipping for one skein was highway robbery.

Well, then I get an email from them that they refuse to fulfill my order because it doesn’t meet their $25 minimum. Which wasn’t specified on their shopping cart, which should have been programmed not to accept orders below that minimum. But, it did. So now I had to look further. I found another vendor who would be happy to send one skein. But again, shipping is a total ripoff. I just hope they have the color in stock. Haven’t gotten an email to the contrary yet. Too bad Ms. Minimum has permanently lost a customer in me.

This has turned into an all day affair, and is costing way more than it should due to varying vendor prices and outrageous shipping from three different sources. Too bad I really wanted that scarf. I’d have saved a lot of money and time if I hated it.

Project Lust

Posted by jackie blue on September 16th, 2003

OK, so I’m done with the blanket. I have another grand niece or nephew on the way in a month, so I wanted to do another (MUCH simpler) blanket. A friend had a baby and I want to do a little sweater or something. PLUS, I have several projects in the works – a sweater for my dog, my Surf sweater, I have a free Rowan cushion to do too.

BUT, the new Knitty is out, and I REALLY want to make this Latifa scarf. I love it, it would match my new pink coat and my winter brown coat perfectly, I lost my favorite scarf last year, and well, I love it. It should go fast, too. So hey, I’m gonna order the yarn today. What the hell.

IT IS DONE!!!!

Posted by jackie blue on September 14th, 2003

OK, I’m sure you’re all sick of this blanket. Well, I worked on it day and night Friday and Saturday. I turned down all social invitations and became a hermit. I worked till my hands were cramped. And last night, at 1 a.m., I finally sewed on the last of the edging. This morning all the ends got woven in and the edging blocked, and then I scrambled over to my brother’s house (LATE) and was finally able to give it to my niece for the now 5 month old baby. Whew. I am so relieved it’s over.