I found an awesome vintage easel online (yeah, craigslist!) for a great price - it's over 7' tall and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! - I haven't figured out exactly where I'm going to put it (it's REALLY big) yet but I have a feeling it'll end up in the garage. We are thinking that if we clean part of the garage out I'll have room for my yarn storage system and my painting and circular sock machine stuff - it'll take some doing though - we're due for another yard sale! (if only we had the time to do it!) This photo is from the listing... I can't wait to get the area set up so I can paint - it'll be awesome!
We went to Alamitos Bay Yarn Co. for their sale but didn't find anything - all the wool (the stuff I loved) was not on sale - so we headed to Yarn Lady (in Laguna Beach I think) and I bought yarn for the buffalo sweater. I started it yesterday, hoping to get gauge after my muddling around - but ended up with a back that's only 17" across - not quite big enough... I think I'm going to have to double the yarn to get the right gauge (which I believe means doubling the quantity) -
I also used a little mohair yarn along with the normal yarn - all the way through... and I think it makes everything blend a bit too much - so for the next try I'll use the yellow mohair on the oatmeal yarn, an orange one with the pumpkin yarn and a chocolate one with the brown - we'll see how that works... (that also means that while doing the rows shown above at one point I'll have like 30 yarns hanging in the back - 2 for every color - 3 colors in a motif, 5x across the row - not that I'll be working with all fo them but holy cow... that's a lot!) - it's doable though and I love the sweater so I'll keep working on it!
I hope everyone had a great weekend!
... and here's a little treat for those of you who might not know... may I introduce to you (or remind you of) the one...the only; Alberta Hunter! there's a wonderful documentary out there about her life... she had an amazing story - it is also a musical ("My Castle's Rockin'") ... check her out!