These are some convertible mittens from Never Knit Your Man a Sweater* *unless you've got the ring by Judith Durant. I have used this book previously on researching argyle socks. They are Christmas presents for a friend of ours that plays bass. He mentioned one time a couple of years ago that he would love to have convertible mittens that would also open on the thumb so he could feel the bass neck when he plays outside. I am morphing the pattern just a bit. He also has extraordinarily large hands. Maybe, New Year's presents?????? No, you can't see the wash cloths. I actually finished them on time.
I got out of the house tonight and went down to Dallas to Passion Knit to spend a gift certificate I got in March!!!!( Yes, E., it's the one you gave me.) Even got out of my pajamas. That is a big feat for me between Christmas and New Year's Day when I relegate every spare moment to knitting, quilting, sewing and watching the news channels 23 1/2 hours a day. Yes....yet another small issue of mine. Another day we will discuss that one. Anyhow, I will have you know I do put on clean pajamas and brush my teeth. Yeeee! I digress.
The store has a nice selection of novelty yarns as well as a lot of typical designer yarns we all look for when we knitters (yarn snobs) enter a yarn store. It is a neat lay-out with a loft upstairs perfect for sitting and knitting. Starbucks close by. A 30% off sale. What more could one ask for? A must on your Dallas knitting shop tours.....I was able to come away with a couple of lace Addi needles and some Shi Bui Silk Cloud. It is very much like Kidsilk Haze but with much more yardage. It is 60% mohair and 40% silk where Kidsilk is 70/30. I imagine it will have more of a halo on it. I am thinking Icarus shawl or maybe even....this.
V's brother from Germany is here visiting for 3 weeks so we have been doing a few touristy things we never get to do..or just don't do...on our own. I have seen more sporting goods stores than I knew existed. Do you know some of them have live fish and ducks in them???? Oh yeah. I actually have a yearning to tie flies now. No, nevermind there are no places to fly fish near here...or that I don't even fly fish. Hell, I would even get a bow and arrows if I didn't have this clutzy streak...but we all know that could only end in a hospital visit and some kind of blood letting. Mine or an unsuspecting neighbor. So, I refrain for now.....I hope when we take him to the Ft. Worth stockyards I don't have a sudden need to cow wrestle or bull ride. We took his mom there a few years ago to see the cattle drive. I have seen too much TV and cattle drive to me involves danger and fast moving herds. I had Pamplona-esque visions. What were these people doing in the street!!!!!! After yelling for people to move off of the street and onto the sidewalk ( I was saving lives) I saw the first hundred year old cow round the corner in a wheelchair. Nothing like being in a geriatric cow stampede. I was humiliated. That's the last time I save anyone's lives.