Thursday, September 28, 2006
It's this and this that has me weak in the knees. I want some. very. very. badly. Sock yarn is so awesome! all the beautiful colors are what get to me. I'm trying really hard not to build up a gigantic "stash" and I've actually been doing really well. I do have a small stash but most of the yarn has an assigned project. With sock yarn it seems different though. It seems like one of those yarns where you can't have too much of. I mean, most yarn you know you can get it anytime, especially on the internet, but all this one-of-a-kind hand-dyed stuff that makes you drool....you just have to get it now or you may not have another chance.
Well, I haven't done any damage so far but it's tough! especially when you have a job where you sit at a computer all day and it's so easy to hop over to the virtual yarn stores to have a look. You know what I mean!
EDITED (like 10 minutes later): ooops
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Pattern: Pea Pod Baby Set (hat and sweater) by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Green Apple
Mods: I actually ended up having to change a lot. For some reason, even though my guage was spot-on, the length of the sweater from neck to hem came out a few inches longer than it should have. So I stopped the leaf pattern when I got to the correct length...otherwise the sleeves would not have fit into the sleeve holes of the body. And the pattern calls for a leaf pattern edge along the neckline but I didn't like how it looked so I ripped it and did the seed stitch neckline instead. Overall I think it turned out great! the color isn't really accurate in the pictures....it's actually a bit brighter. This was also my first time seaming a sweater together....and I hated it! what a pain in the rear!!
So, what motivated this sudden finishing of a sweater that has been sitting nearly finished for several months now? Well, it was a scary situation this morning that involved a near fatality of a certain shawl that I so happily showed you the progress of in my previous post! Yes, I woke up this morning to find that my evil cats had managed to OPEN the glass doors of a cabinate and drag out Ella. Luckily, they only somewhat mangled the ball of yarn and left the shawl itself untouched!! I nearly had a heart-attack, let me tell you! However, when I sat down to more closely examine things, I found that one of them had chewed on the tip of the bamboo needles....enough so that they snagged the yarn pretty good when I tried to knit with them. So, not having another pair of #8s, I decided to finish the baby sweater. The end.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Very exciting, let me tell you!
Friday, September 08, 2006
The yarn I speak about is Lorna's Laces Shepard Sport in the Vera colorway....love it! These four skeins will be made into Ella. I got them off of the ebay store Yarnbow, which I highly recommend! I ordered these skeins on a Tuesday and got them on Thursday! And the prices are very reasonable too. Plus they have such a large assortment of colors that none of my not-so-local LYS's would ever have. I say "not-so-local" because the closest yarn store to me is over half an hour away and costs $3 in tolls to get there.
Anyway!! onto the other thing that I received in the mail this week.....Bryspun circular needles! These things are great! I learned of them when reading Grumperina's archives. They are just a good as everyone has said they are. I really like how the tips are pointy but not so pointy that you're splitting yarn.
And yes, that is the start of the Counterpane accessories bag from Handknit Holidays.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I bought it because of the Counterpain Carpet bag pattern....I've seen some of the Accessories Pouches around on blogs and I love it! It will make an excellent gift for a lucky person I know. ;) I absolutely love the sweater that's in this pic as well! But I haven't quite summoned up the courage to try fair isle yet. Maybe something like this will motivate me to learn!
Anyway, lots of knitting going on. I'm almost done with the body of the Forecast cardigan but the Persimmon Lace shawl is slow work. It is something that I have to have full concentration for. I'm not rushing it though....it'll be around for a while, no doubt about it.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Well, I partook of the WEBs Silky Wool closeout sale but did manage some self-control and only bought 8 skeins.....I regret this now and wish I had ordered some Silky Tweed as well. There is still time though!! heh, heh!
This is color #11 and it's kind of a medium brown. Of course I don't have a project for it yet but I made sure to buy enough so I could make anything I wanted with it.
Thank you all for your comments on my Picovoli!