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March 11, 2011

From Both of Us — Let’s do the Cha Cha

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 1:03 pm

We have been bad bloggers this past week.  Actually, we have been non-bloggers this week!  We spent last weekend together in the Twin Cities and had a great time, but shared no stories, pictures, or exploits.

We visited many local knitting shops and purchased some very nice items.  Sally had never been to Bella Lana in Minneapolis, so we went there after Susan’s daughter styled our hair.  This is a beautiful store. The ceiling is filled with Japanese paper lanterns and the entire store is very elegant, while still being warm and friendly. We both loved a scarf they displayed in the shop made with Trendsetter Cha Cha (47% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 6% Nylon, 100 grams/skein, 65 yards/skein).  It is a fun novelty yarn that creates its own ruffles.  Sally chose Ecru (891).  Susan bought a skein in Dark Denim (433) at Amazing Threads.  We don’t usually “do” novelty yarn. Every once in a while, though, something just grabs our attention. This was a fun and quick little project, and we each knit one while sitting around Susan’s house talking and watching old movies.

When Sally finished her scarf, she had a few second thoughts. She put it on and was instantly transported back in time, to 1967:

She was a little worried, but not five minutes out of the house someone stopped her on the street and complimented her scarf. Alrighty then. It was a go!

PS: Confession Time…Susan went to Needlework Unlimited tonight with some knitting peeps and ended up buying another skein in her signature color (Color 655):

The blue version may end up a very special gift for someone else.


  1. Those are some beautiful ruffles. I covet this yarn now.

    Comment by Nik — March 11, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

  2. Very pretty in both colors! What is the fiber content of this yarn? I’m fascinated by how it knits up.

    Comment by Mary Lou — March 11, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

  3. OMG, what a time warp!

    Comment by Suzan — March 11, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

  4. I want it! Both are gorgeous. Glad that the Rainey sisters had some quality time together.

    Comment by Ann — March 11, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  5. 1967. Take me back. I was 14 and totally in love with PR&theR. Sigh. And the Monkees. Let’s not speak of this again.

    Comment by Laura Sue — March 11, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

  6. Those are great! I saw this yarn used to create ruffles on the front of a sweater when I was at Stitches West. Normally, like you, I wouldn’t think to buy the yarn. But it was adorable on that sweater.

    Comment by 2muchfun — March 11, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

  7. That yarn is AWESOME!!! I don’t usually “do” novelty yarn but I gotta get a couple of skeins of this one!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Comment by Sam — March 11, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

  8. Amazing! The scarves are cute and so are those Raiders.

    Comment by joanna — March 11, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  9.’s like you broke into my 7th grade bedroom and stole my records and posters. Thanks for the blast from the past.

    Comment by deb bennett — March 11, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

  10. I’m with Laura Sue. I won’t tell you about Katia Triana, which is more net like and makes a bit of very ruffly bubbly scarfy silliness and fun.

    Comment by Needles — March 11, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

  11. You’re tempting all us alleged non-novelty fans — the scarves are wonderful!

    Comment by Pam — March 12, 2011 @ 1:13 am

  12. I love your scarves. A question: it looks like you’ve made the center of the scarf, the part that goes around your neck, narrower and more flat. How did you do that?

    Comment by Lisa W. — March 13, 2011 @ 7:51 am

  13. Love the scarf. . . AND The Raiders. What fun!

    Comment by Kym — March 13, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

  14. FUN!! And now I want a beehive and a fringed dress to wear around this spring…

    Comment by Lisle — March 14, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

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