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Life Things: Knitting brings me joy.

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I have been so tired lately. Between the exponentially growing belly this week and not having any appetite or desire to eat since the beginning of this pregnancy, my body is finally asking for more energy.  I'm sleeping 8 hours a day--something I was never able to do before because of insomnia; and yet by 5pm-ish, I feel like I'm ready for bed again. Heck, I wake up feeling like I should go back to bed already =P 

So lately, my fix has been visiting all the yarn shops in my area. Since I started knitting more seriously 7 years ago, there have been many LYSes that opened, renovated, and closed. I haven't been to a lot of the LYSes in the past 2 years, opting to order stuff online since I worked so much and never had time to go visit shops. 

I live 15 minutes away from Purl Soho's warehouse in Tustin, CA. I heard that when the owners decided to open Purl Soho, one of the owners didn't want to move to NYC, so they decided to keep the warehouse in California. It's not a full-service LYS (no classes, no social knitting circles, etc) but the employees are nice and you can even order stuff online for in-store pick up. When I first found out about the warehouse 3~4 years ago, I thought the yarns were outside my budget but now that I work and can afford nicer yarns, this has been my knitting heaven. I got a new set of Addi's Sock Rockets but had such a wonderful time with all the yarns they carry, especially their own line of yarns. 

Yesterday, I still managed to go to my ballet class in the morning, and I went to a yarn shop right after class. Sheared Sheep has been around for years, I think even before I started knitting seriously. But since they moved to the new location and renovated their website, I needed to pay them a visit. I was not disappointed. Their website is still not complete, but at least the new location is a lot more artsy and cozy. The shop is so beautiful and the plaza has a lot of interior design stores and cafes, it's a perfect place to hang out. 

Visiting both stores this week has cheered me up considerably. This pregnancy has been very very kind to me, physically (and I'm very proud of the fact that I'm still dancing), but emotionally, it has been messy. I don't have mood swings like other women but facing my body image issues and getting to the bottom of my general feelings about motherhood and babies have taken a toll on me. 

Knitting has been the constant source of the healing process. I like the fact that when I'm concentrated on knitting, reading charts, writing patterns, even writing about my knitting on this blog have all helped me feel calm and stress-free. Not to mention, the wonderful people on the Ravelry forum with March due dates! It is so nice to know that Ravelry is not just a knitting help website but so much more. We got designer groups, attorney/law student groups, expecting family groups... Just as the attorney/law student groups helped me through law school and the bar exam, the March due date group people are there for all my questions, concerns, and general venting. :)

So knitting is my thing. I love the community of knitters, shopping experience, and the things I create. It is that one stable thing in my life right now. 

 

Review: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock

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I almost didn't want to write this post. 

Because.

I don't want to share or fight over this gorgeous yarn with anyone else. :D

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "OOAK Sea Slug" colorway, exclusive colorway.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "OOAK Sea Slug" colorway, exclusive colorway.

Name: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "Sea Slug" Exclusive Colorway for A Good Yarn Sarasota

Fiber Contents: 80% SW Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% sparkling nylon

Yardage: 400 yds/100g

Recommended Needle Size: US 1~3

Washing Instructions: Hand/machine wash & air dry

This colorway, "Sea Slug" and other exclusive colorways in the Purl Diver Collection was inspired by A Good Yarn Sarasota's shopowner's husband's underwater photography.

Sea Slug colorway is a variegated yarn, with a little bit of deep red wine color, earthy browns, and different shades of burgundy, and the sparkling nylon is embedded all over, making this yarn specially pretty and festive.

Did you hear that the Color of the Year in 2015 is going to be Marsala, a red-brown fortified wine color? This Sea Slug colorway is right there in the Marsala range, only prettier, because it's a yarn and more saturated and has sparkling nylon all over. 

To test the yarn, I decided to make another version of my Lady Sybil socks, except with longer legs and with short-row heels.

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This 3-ply (4-ply if you count the Sparkling Nylon) yarn has just enough twist for excellent stitch definition, as you can see here in the Lady Sybil's lace pattern. And even though the color changes occur frequently enough to be variegated, the colors work so harmoniously that it almost works like a semi-solid colorway. 

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The sparkling nylon, or Stellina fiber yarn, is all the rage this year and with cashmere and merino contents, Serenity Glitter sock yarn is just perfect for that soft, luxurious sock project. In the skein, you really can't feel the full potential of this yarn. Once I finished the first sock, I tried it on and felt like my foot was wrapped in clouds.

I am seriously in love with the glitter and all the deep rich red colors in this yarn. Can't wait to finish the project! 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and A Good Yarn Sarasota, an LYS located in Florida. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product. 

DOMA and Prop 8 are out!

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Back when one of my LYS was still in business, I was looking at some yarns and overheard a couple of elderly women talking about same sex marriage.

"I mean, marriage should be between a MAN and a WOMAN"

"where do they get this idea that marriage is a right? where does that say in our constitution?"

This was my 2nd year in law school, and I had every fiber in my body telling me to give them a US Government and Con Law class right there and there. You know, how both US constitution and the interpretation by the US Supreme Court are the law of the land, and the 3 branches of government, and Loving vs. Virginia (a case involving Equal Protection Clause under the Constitution, declaring laws that prohibit interracial marriage as unconstitutional)? I still, somewhat cowardly, somewhat wisely, walked away. I didn't want to make a scene at my LYS. (although to this day, I  keep thinking that I should have)

I hope those ladies get to read the US Supreme Court opinion today, where SCOTUS once again affirms that right to marry is an individual right and same sex couples cannot be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. 

What we have today is based on logic and legal principles. When you look at these and facts and precedents set by the court, there's just NO OTHER conclusion possible. 

Please don't bring in religion into a legal discussion we're having in a country where the Constitution does NOT allow the government from having any affiliation to a religious institution. 

And "LOGIC" is not the same as "Familiarity". Just because the society you're FAMILIAR with had segregation between Whites and Non-whites or Heterosexual couples and Same Sex Couples, doesn't mean that what you know islogical. Logic is justice reached by analysis of legal/mathematical principles and facts. 

Thanks.