Sunday, April 17, 2011

My realtor eventually figured out that I was a knitter. It might have been the parade of crazy sweaters and knitted accessories she saw me wearing in Jan and Feb, or the project I picked up in the Coldwell Banker office as soon as we had a few minutes, OR the fact that Realtors are supposed to be sizing up their clients and figuring out who we are. I'm going to go with reasons #1 or #2, since I don't think the other is too hidden.

Either way, by the time I gave her one of my cards, she definitely had me pegged. And she had a good idea that I was maybe a little more involved - obsessed? - with this whole thing than the average crafter, so she mentioned that she had a friend who also did a bunch of stuff with yarn on the internet. A friend who was also very "involved" in the knitting world. She offered to pass a card on and maybe put us in touch. And who am I to say no to a potential new knitting friend? Anyways, she did pass that card on and her buddy gave me a buzz a little while back.

Turns out that friend is the woman who runs Tilli Thomas!

Tilli Thomas of the beautiful light blue merino on top, and the gorgeous beaded silk on bottom. They have been wound and sitting in my office for a bit, and I've been looking at them, wondering what they want to be, but nothing seemed to fit yet. Beautiful as these are, I never do seem to work with delicate yarns, and a sweater wasn't coming to me.

Until yesterday, that is!

I went to a party and had a conversation with someone else from the yarn world. In a room full of people, the knitters do seem to congregate in one corner, right? Her advice to me = accessories! They're more affordable to knit yarnwise, take less time to make, and people love them. Plus, this is someone who knows her accessories, so who am I to argue? I fell asleep pondering different ideas, and when I woke up this AM, I walked into the office and started right in. Two hours later, I know what these two guys need to be.

(I am still pajama-ed, without coffee or my teeth brushed, and my kids have had the TV on since 8, but oh-how-productive I am, right?)

It could to be a very cool thing. ;-) and I'm excited to start swatching to see if it works out. (But I may make that coffee first.) All it took was a nudge from another knitter - who happened to be in the same place as me yesterday - and my little yarn stars are all lined up again.

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I also know what my next cocktail purchase needs to be, thanks to the same party!

I need a good vintage punch bowl.

Yesterday's party had a lovely punch, with sherbert floating on top and I really do need to be able to make the same. It was super tasty and very festive.

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I did a little search this morning and see a pretty milk glass punch bowl set on Ebay that's $29, but it's only 12" across and that seems a little small. Is is weird that a foot wide bowl seems too small? I'm afraid my expectations may be a little off - as this isn't bag lined, garbage can all-you-can drink kind of punch from college.

If any of you have punch bowls and tips to share, I'm all ears. Deep vs wide? Cups vs. using your own? Ladle tips? Glass vs crystal?

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And PS, how do you feel about accessory patterns? Want a few?







25 comments:

Dani said...

Love accessories!! Let me know if you need a fast test knitter.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I love accessories to knit, especially in the summer. I have my grandmother's punch bowl but it has been sitting in a cabient for 8 years. After reading this post I think I might be pulling it out for Easter brunch and filling it wiht a fun sherberty drink. Can't wait to read what punch bowl recipes you come up with.

sconelady said...

I agree with the concept of more accessories. I wore a little mohair shawlette to a gala event last night and it received SO many complements. Plus it kept me warm.
I have also been on the hunt for a vintage punch bowl. Brimfield may have just the thing you are looking for! Good luck with both endeavors.

knittingmydayaway.com said...

I'm dying to see what you came up with!

Dorothy said...

I love the idea of accessories. Less time to finish, and even the luxury yarns are usually affordable in small doses. How cool to make the connection to Tilli Thomas. I can't wait to see what you devise.

Kristen said...

I have a giant Candlewick punch bowl with platter cups and ladle. I rarely use it, it's so big. I think a smaller one would be more practical, buy it!

I love accessories but am late to the train on the shawl business. I have finally caught up with the knitting world and am into them now, so I vote for shawls!

karen said...

I am so lucky to have my grandmother's crystal punch bowl and silver ladle. I am not a big punch fan so when I have a party I use the bowl for salad - it works well because I usually only have to fill it once.

I love to knit , but no too creaative - can't wait to see what you come up with

janna said...

I am much more of an accessory knitter than a sweater knitter, so -- yay!!!

And I have a silver (silver-plated) punchbowl, with ladle and cups. It's big, but I can't tell you how big! Back when I was young and married to an army officer, it got used pretty frequently. Then after I got divorced, my work borrowed it every year for our holiday party. But since I changed jobs a few years ago, it's been unused. And all of a sudden, that seems wrong....

Luise said...

Another vote for accessories here. For the reasons you cite as well as present possibilities.

I too have my mother's silver-plate punch bowl and a nice ladle. It's probably 12"-16" in diameter. Not used often (to put it mildly), but does fit the bill on special occasions and gets loaned out whenever helpful. eBay might be a good resource for all kinds of punch bowls, and you could possibly use more than one -- one for adults, one for kids. Have fun with it.

Lori said...

No clue about punch bowls, but accessories are great! Fast, usually fun and good for gifts. Let me know if you need a tester :)

Maria said...

oooohhh, yes to accessories! I've just finished Dark and Stormy (gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!) and I need something a little smaller to keep me knitting!

Kathy said...

I am much more of an accessory knitter than a sweater knitter. Less of a committment time-wise, money-wise, style-wise. Plus, accessories jazz up EVERYTHING. So, YES!

CM said...

I would love to see some accessories. I have no clue regarding the punch bowl.

Glenna said...

Oh yes, an accessory(ies) would be lovely! And you know how to reach me if you need a tester!

Pixiewear said...

I love knitting accessories. I have half a million sweaters in my Ravelry queue, but somehow always seem to actually knit smaller things. Am looking forward to seeing what you design!

pat said...

My mom's punch bowl broke and I had to buy one. I recommend the Wm Sonoma punch bowl because you can turn it upside down and it's a domed cake pedestal.

Seanna Lea said...

I used to have a punch bowl that I used for parties (I think we broke enough pieces that we brought it to goodwill when we moved). 1 foot is fine for normal people parties. I think the bigger expectation is of all of the huge punch bowls you see in party scenes in movies. At least that is where I've seen them.

Anonymous said...

you make such lovely sweaters...don't give them up for accessories....not my favorite thing to knit. Mary in cincinnati

Anonymous said...

Accessories sound great! I love your sweater patterns too, but rarely have the time/patience to knit an entire sweater.

Renee said...

Accessories are my favourite and I usually wear a knit something or other accessory to work every day. Shawls and shawlettes are my most fav!!!
Check out garage sales for punch bowls. Deep with a narrower bottom is easier to get the last of the punch out with a ladle. I've ditched the plastic ladle that comes with punch bowl sets and go with a big stainless steel soup ladle that has a hook on the end. I have one punch bowl and numerous mis-match punch bowl glasses from thrift shops and garage sale, people love the mix and mention it. Mostly just use the punch bowls for parties - baby showers and bridal usually.

PennyJ said...

Yes to accessories....I need some quick knits!

Turtle said...

luv accessory patterns, they
cost less, take less time and can usually be worn more often than a sweater without someone thinking you never do laundry!

Spikesmom said...

Love the idea of accessories! Your patterns are terrific so it would be great to see what you come up with. :)

I vote for a smaller, glass punch bowl. Something like luster or milk-glass is lovely. And a ladle. If you have to dunk your cup into the punch, it gets messy. I have a glass one one I use it more than I thought i would. With sherbet in the summer (with fruit, cava...yummm) and in the fall with warm spicy drinks. And of course the holidays!

It's a good purchase. And a fun thing to hunt for at summer yard sales.

Anonymous said...

Love accessories!! Shawls, scarves, hats of all kinds--are perfect projects for me. I'm not a very experienced knitter, and sweaters can be a bit overwhelming. I like smaller projects in order to gain some skills and feel the satisfaction of using my FO. I really like your patterns and would look forward to some patterns that are within my skillset.

Lindsey @ Yarnia said...

That's an amazing event of knitting serendipity you just had! And I'm with ya on a 12" bowl seeming too small...maybe I set my sights too high too, but the ice takes up a lot of room, right? ;)