It started innocently enough. I've been trying to use up my stash yarn and I have about 650 yards of some really pretty dark grey tweed Queensland Kathmandu worsted. It really wasn't enough to make a sweater so, after I saw Peaknit's gorgeous version, I decided to make Hawthorne. Fast forward to the part where I am trying to cast-on 311 stitches!!! The pattern calls for a 32" circular but I thought I could maybe get away with a 29". Nope. No way.
Of course, that lead me to Knit Picks for a 32" circular needle. I couldn't just order that one thing. I didn't seem very efficient.
Into my cart jumped 11 balls of Swish dk in squirrel heather to make a New York Cardigan.
It has been ages since I have bought yarn for a new sweater! I was so excited when I got it that I immediately cast on and am now almost halfway through the body of the sweater. :)
Or maybe it's past time. My hubby and I were talking about Christmas gift giving yesterday and we are thinking that we would really like to pare it down this year. Not only are we on a very tight budget ourselves but we'd also like to be able to give more money to those in need.
So, today, I saw Lizzy House's post on A Most Sincere Christmas. Coincidence? I think not. Anybody else want to join in? Realisticly, I'm not going to be able to make ALL the gifts but I am definitely going to attempt to make as many as I can.
Here is some major crafty holiday inspiration! The pages loaded very slowly for me but it could just be my computer, it's been having issues lately. Totally worth the slowness though! I have quite a list going already!
Wow, thank you so much for all the sweet comments on my quilt!
This fall weather has really gotten me back into the knitting mood. I have several projects all queued up with yarn, needles and pattern ready to go. More about those next time.
The first project I've started is the Snazzy Argyle Stocking that I mentioned a while back.I decided to go with something cheap and sturdy Wool-Ease Worsted in Grey Heather and Ranch Red. Oh no! I just noticed a mistake. Do you see it? it's a missed red stitch. Oh well, I might be able to live with it. Who has time to rip back? it's just a stocking.
Isn't this a lovely rainbow of fabrics? These are for a new quilt and pattern. And I couldn't deprive you of a picture of my adorable puppy! I actually let him hold our TV remote in order to bribe him (yeah I admit it!) into standing still for the picture.
If you are looking for some eye candy you can certainly find it at the Blogger's Quilt Festival! So many talented people out there!
My entry is my Folk Dance Quilt (see pdf link on her side bar). When I first saw Anna's blog and this quilt I fell head over heels and had to make one EXACTLY like hers! This quilt is mine, all mine, and I've been meaning to show it here for a while (it's been done, oh, about 10 months or something like that). I love this quilt sooo much!
Piecing all those triangles was a challenge but I learned so much and the end result was certainly worth it!