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Sunday, November 26, 2006

About two years too late

So I received a text message from my friend Kristin at 7 a.m., telling me that she had passed a new yarn store on her morning run in Manhattan. It's called Yarntopia, and it's at W. 108th St. and Amsterdam Ave.

Do you know where I lived from Aug. 2002 until Aug. 2004? On W. 108th St. near Amsterdam Ave.

Now, this was perhaps my worst living situation ever -- and I'm counting the Queens apartment with mice, noisy neighbors and a collapsed bathroom ceiling. My 108th St. roommate was out of her mind, an agoraphobic, unemployed actress/computer programmer who put her stinky pet ferrets on restrictive diets and kept their ashes in heart-shaped boxes.

Still, as bad as it was, would I have stayed had there been a yarn store mere yards away? Maybe. Here's a peculiar article about its opening on Friday. Jonathan said I blazed the trail for this place, that I must have made the area hospitable for knitters.


So I realize that I had a little blogging hiatus -- blame it on a general "I had to work on Thanksgiving" malaise. During this break, though, I made serious progress on my modified-beyond-recognition Something Red. Here it is, preparing to be blocked.

I'm starting to wish that I'd done some waist-shaping, but that's what the belt will do, right? And I'm a little unsure about the collar. I redid it, like, 85 times. We'll soon see.


Finally, a football story that I actually care about! Has anyone else heard about this guy? He's Ian Johnson, a Boise State running back AND an accomplished crocheter! Apparently, though, he got in hot water for selling his finished objects because it's against NCAA rules. He says he has a backlog of requests -- Ian, join the club! I can't find any images of his work, though.


And while I worked Thanksgiving day, interviewing crazy people who were shopping instead of relaxing at home, I did have a wonderful evening. Stuffing, merlot and yarn by an open fire!


Blogger Jennifer said...

Something red looks lovely! I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving.

2:51 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Something red looks great.

I'm so glad you survived Friday - what a horrible assignment :)

3:32 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I started my last sweater with Something Red too. I think Wendy uses Barbara Walker's Top Down books as her jumping off point, so that is my next step in the design-journey.

Love the colors -- you really have the eye for the slightly variegated.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

Wow, you have a fireplace too?! Where do I get my hands on an apartment like yours!

Rosey Grier was another football player who enjoyed crafting. Here's a link to images from the book of needlepoint patterns he released in the 70s.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

That is a really oddly written article about Yarntopia.

Interviewing shoppers on Black Friday sounds like a nightmare job. That fire looks so relaxing and toasty though.

Glad to hear some "manly" men are starting to publicly announce an interesting in crafting.

Can't wait to see your Something Red on you. Once it's belted it should look great.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous kaitlyn said...

i don't know what's more peculiar, the article or the hat!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

That is one cozy and beautiful fireplace! Yum!
And your Something Red looks great--I LOVE the Brooks Farm you used.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Your Something Red looks great!

That article was truly bizarre! I wonder how the shop is.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

Beautiful something-red-ish!" And what a nice end to a day--in front of that fireplace.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

ooh, something red looks yummy! and that last picture looks SO cozy. I wanna build a fire now! Too bad it's like 75 here.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Well, it's dangerous to live too close to a yarn shop anyway!

The sweater's looking great--can't wait to see it finished!

9:49 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Curses - a yarn store might've made that living situation just a little more palatable!

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I heard about Yarntopia from a friend that lives on 108th... Must check it out. I'm sure J is right, You did blaze the trail!
Something Red is going to be fab. The belt will accomplish that bit of fit you're looking for.
I was reading through BK's issue of ESPN Mag when I saw that article! Wow!
What a lovely, relaxing, and warm scene in front of the fire.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Hi Carrie! I just love the mods on Something Red. It looks great! and I love the belted idea ;)

9:59 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

Glad you were able to relax after interviewing nutty shoppers. Can't wait to see Something Red all done.

10:12 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

ah, we haven't opened up our fireplace for business yet! it still has two huge garbage bags of clothes in front of it that are supposed to go to the homeless if we can ever get them out of the house.

i love how your wrappy sweater turned out! yep, i don't think waist shaping is needed. the belt will be perfect for that.

10:24 AM  
Blogger pixienyc said...

Oh my goodness, I used to live on 108 between B'way and Amsterdam from Aug '99 to May '02. We were almost neighbors! My roomates weren't nearly as bad as yours, but I don't think I would have stayed just for the yarn store.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

OMG, I lived at 106 and CPW for 8 years! And NOW they open a yarn store! Unbelievable. Thanks for the article. Something red is something fine to behold.

12:28 PM  
Blogger KnitsnPieces said...

that fireplace looks so warm and inviting! so i guess you made it out alive on friday??
i love the something red - beautiful colors.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

that is really awesome, had no idea that ian johnson could crochet! how cool. and goddamn the ncaa, they make MILLIONS of dollars exploiting student athletes and they won't let him crochet some beanies? because he's apparently making like $600 from it so he can, like, eat and stuff. oh, brother. i'd definetely buy a beanie from him. :)

something red looks great! it's gonna look great on you, i just know it!!

8:49 PM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

The fire looks so unbelivably cozy. I am jealous, though we have two fireplaces in the house I never eem to light them, I think I'll start. OH , and I love that sweater! The color will look awesome, especially in the spring in New York.I'm guessing you will wear a coat in the winter & the general pop. of NYC won't get to ee it's beauty.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Oh, that fireplace...looks like you're finally being rewarded for all the Bad Apartments of yore!

10:36 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Wow I can't wait to see that sweater all blocked and belted! ;)

Glad you had a relaxing moment. I feel relaxed just looking at your picture!

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Craptina said...

My niece and my brother's girlfriend went shopping at Midnight. There were special sales from 12-2 at Woodbury Commens. It was madness and they could barely get in the door!

Can't really tell about the collar from this angle, but it looks great otherwise. I hope they'll be another picture with you wearing it...

11:50 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

Your "Something Red" looks like it will be something cool. I'm exited to see it on it done blocking yet?

3:20 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

ferret ashes in heart shaped boxes? wow! i don't know though, to have a yarn store at your doorstep? that would be a tough call!

i'll be curious to see the something red morph model shot to see how you made out on the modifications.

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Esther said...

Something Red is LOVELY - I like how you've modified it. I LOVE the photo of the fireplace - what an inviting setting ;-)

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't live in a particular place that I really am attached to but I would have to say that if a yarn shop opened up in the shopping center just down the road my attitude would change. :-)

Love the little red something. Can't wait to see how it looks on you.
(that sounded bad huh? I don't mean it like that)

12:34 AM  

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