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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Blogger bonanza!

The stars must have been aligned. It didn't rain, my editors didn't call me in early, and I actually found a parking space near Grand Central Terminal. So my afternoon with Project Spectrum creator and blogger extraordinaire Lolly went off without a hitch!

Lolly, who is as sweet and funny and pretty in person as she is on her blog, came up to New York for a few days and had time to meet up with me and the ever-talented Marie. It was such a treat to see them both! We stopped by School Products, where I showed restraint and bought only a magazine, then had a little lunch. Here are Marie and Lolly, examining the giant heaping cones of yarn.

We also stopped by the Yarn Connection, which had the friendliest employees. Lolly picked up some wonderful kelly green cotton fleece (if I remember correctly) but, again, I resisted temptation and didn't buy even a skein. I'm just not sure what to make next and didn't want to make a rash yarn purchase. Shameful, I know.

Here are Lolly and I, before we parted ways. (Gosh, I look just like my father in this picture....)

I'm sort of surprised that I've been working on my Somewhat Cowl for more than a week but haven't managed to blog about it. When I bought this remarkably soft Misti baby alpaca at Knit-a-way a few weeks ago, it seemed more aqua than green. But it's forest green, no doubt about it.

It was only a few months back that I swore off top down raglan sweaters forever, but here I am, knitting another one. What's killing me is that I'm tempted to try it on every two inches or so, but I really hate weaving in the scrap yarn. After the Tubey debacle, I'm petrified of ill-fitting knits. But I soldier on because the finished somewhat cowls I've seen out there are quite fabulous. (Craftster is down right now, or else I'd link to the knit-a-long there.) Here's the requisite progress shot:

Um, this is terribly off-topic, but how bad does the Vin Diesel movie "Find Me Guilty" look? Even the commercials are unwatchable.


Anonymous Angela said...

OMG, I just saw that commercial today.. I was half paying attention to it, and then at the end realized it was Vin Diesel.. He looks horrible. Anyways, can't wait to see the Somewhat Cowl. I love that color!

1:47 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

That picture of you and Lolly is so cute! It looks like you guys had a great time. And congratulations on your restraint. I know I couldn't have managed it even with that beautiful alpaca waiting for me at home.
That movie looks like its going to fall right in line with The Pacifier. You'd think he could see these disasters coming.

2:55 AM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

The new hair on his head is unwatchable LOL. OOh that SC color is just beautiful. It's going to come out great!

7:31 AM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

I'm lucky enough to have not seen the commercials for any latest vin diesel project. That somewhat cowl is exciting. I really can't wait to see how it turns out. It really doesn't look forest green in the pictures either, but I know now from several internet purchases not to trust my monitor.

8:03 AM  
Blogger yahaira said...

Im so jealous! I need to get to nyc stat!

so is the not really a cowl, but we'll call it something of a cowl fitting?

8:30 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Your cowl is looking so cute. That pattern is adorable.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Sounds like the 3 of you had a wonderful day. The SC is coming along beautifully - I'll bet that Alpaca is just dreamy-soft. Better finish it quick so you can wear it before it gets too warm! I am determined to get one good wear out of my hourglass before Spring officially starts. And yes, the new Vin Diesel movie looks very very very bad. I thought it was a joke!! He should fire the agent that convinced him it was a good idea.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

What a great picture of you & Lolly!!

I love Misty Alpaca!! SOOOO SOFT! I can't wait to see your "cowl-ish".

You couldn't really swear off top down raglans. ;) They are so friggin fast to knit!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

It looks like you and Lolly had so much fun!

As for the Vin Diesel movie, yeah... It looks particularly bad.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

That sweater looks fabulous. I think I have to make the somewhat cowl -- I've seen so many cute ones!

Love the picture of you and Lolly!

10:00 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

looks like a fantastic day!! and SCHOOL PRODUCTS! god i love that store. the fact that you showed restraint in that store is just mind boggling :)

your SC is looking great! i know what you mean about trying it on constantly. i tried mine on three or four times before finishing the body!

10:23 AM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

You gotta love yarn shopping with bloggers. :-) And I love the color of that yarn. So like the ocean...

10:58 AM  
Blogger candsmom said...

I love the cute pic of you and Lolly! It sounds like you guys had so much fun. I was lucky enough to meet Lolly last October, and you're so right- she's every bit as sweet, funny and pretty in person as she is on her blog. Such a sweetheart! Your Somewhat Cowl looks fantastic so far! Looking forward to the modeled shot. ;-) Take care, Carrie! :-)

1:20 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

holy jiggers batman!!
i've been working on somewhat cowl about as long as you and i'm JUST about to set the sleeves aside. WOW. yours looks great too. if i hadn't just finished something green i would have chosen a color just like yours.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

How fun that you and Lolly got to meet! good luck with the cowl!

4:22 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

I can't wait to see the Somewhat Cowl finished in this yarn. I have the pattern but can't decide on a yarn for it. Yours is coming along very nicely. That is a very cute picture of you and Lolly! In the photo with Lolly & Marie with all the yarn, is that the place called School Products? It looks like a yarn shop I should visit.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

OMG, that Vin Diesel movie trailer was exhausting and vomitous to say the least. Horrible!

I'm glad you saw Lolly! She's so cute and I love reading her blog!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

How lucky are you and Lolly! I'm always enchanted reading about bloggers meeting each other in real life. Sounds like a very good day!

You make such fast progress on your projects. can't wait to see how somewhat cowl turns out for you. wonderful I expect.

BTW, the big day's October 14. Still lots of time for me to panic about something or other...

6:28 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Hey Carrie, I mean't to tell you how much I love the Pointy Kitty you made so much that now I have to make one! Too cute! You asked what pattern I am using for my Cashmere Tank top, well, I am not using any pattern, I am just knitting from a design I sketched up and just alot of praying..that the strap part goes well. So far it is so easy and love this cashmerino yarn.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Dear Carrie - we had such fun! I just want to thank you again for taking the time out of your busy day to meet up with me! It was wonderful to finally meet you and to have no problems jumping right into conversations - like you said, we already knew each other! ;)

You have another beautiful knit on the needles. I think that color will be stunning on you!

Once again, thank you, and I hope we can meet again!


12:30 AM  
Blogger Kym said...

I haven't seen the Vin Diesel commercial but nothing could be worse than when he appeared on Regis to promote The Pacifier. Before that appearance, he may have had people fooled into thinking he was tough- afterwards, he just had you thinking he was a total jackass.

12:58 AM  
Blogger Mmmmrissa said...

I love the color of your SWC...geez you are fast. I guess being in school and having LOTS of homework slows me up a bit.

10:22 AM  
Blogger the knitrider said...

hey! for the jury duty in chicago im sure you can bring knitting. im just happy i dont have to go at all!

10:56 AM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

That looks like a FUN day...I'm jealous to be honest. :-) Your Somewhat Cowl is looking good - I really like that color...

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I have not had the misfortune of seeing the trailers for that movie, but will keep an eye out for them now so I can get my helping of awful for the day.

I love Misti Alapca. So soft, so pretty. Can't wait to see your SC, I bet it will be gorgeous.

Looks like you had lots of fun with Lolly! I just read her post about hanging out with you and Marie. Good times.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

What a wonderful day!!! School products was a good choice - a New York "hidden gem" that every visiting knitter should see! I can't believe you didn't buy anything though! When I went there their sale yarn just screamed "buy me!"

2:33 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

So hard to resist the cones - I am impressed with your resolve! And I love Yarn Connection - those ladies are as nice as can be.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Blogger meetup! So fun!

Love that color- it does look like it is almost a dark aqua in the picture too...

12:33 AM  
Blogger Jennifa said...

Agreed on the new Vin Diesel movie. ICK.

I love the color of the yarn you're using for your Somewhat Cowl!

1:38 AM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

How's your cowl sweater coming along?

9:22 AM  

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