Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Look what I got yesterday.....

My latest order from Knitpicks. The yarn is Decadence, 100% superfine Alpaca. It is the softest, yummiest yarn I have ever caressed. Every time I touch it, i can't believe how soft it is. I got colors Spring Leaf and Chocolate. I am planning on making scarves for Christmas presents. I also bought the Vogue knitting Stitchionary volume 2: Cables. As you can see in the pic, I've already marked a few of the cables with post-its. This book is wonderful. There are so many absolutely beautiful cable patterns in it.

Monday, November 20, 2006

1 FO & 2 WIP's

Here is the bag I posted about below. I felted it on Friday and I had it blocking/drying all Friday night and Saturday. I threaded the handles through the bag Saturday night, and had the bag ready to use on Sunday, just like I wanted.

Here, I have started another garterlac dishcloth. I must have a black hole somewhere in my house, because the last one I made has disappeared, probably along with that tape measure that I can't find.

Here's what I have so far on the pair of socks I'm knitting for my Mothers Christmas present. I'm almost to the middle point of the foot of sock #2. I am using the Cascading Leaves pattern by Jeanie Townsend, and Knitpicks Essential yarn in Ash, on size US2 needles.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Here is a bag I started for myself on Monday. I only have a few more rows to knit and then an i-cord for the handle, then I can felt it. I am hoping I can finish this with a few hours of mindless tv time tonight, so I can felt it tomorrow. With any luck, it will be dry by Sunday morning. I want to be able to use it on Sunday while I'm out with family. I am using an altered version of the Booga Bag pattern, and Patons Classic Merino (black) and Cascade 220 (can't remember the color # but it is one of the heathered colors).

Here is what I am up to on the baby blanket I've been working on. I never did find my damn tape measure so I went out and bought one. The blanket is now 24 inches long. I am aiming for about 35-40 inches for the finished length.

And here is my big disappointment of this morning. This is the second shortest cable in my Denise Interchangeable set. See on the left side there? the connector part snapped off. This cable was the one I was using for my bag. I am going to contact the Denise people tomorrow morning and see if we can replace this.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Today is just one of those dreary, sleepy days where all you want to do is cuddle under a warm blanket, or better yet, cuddle under a WIP crochet blanket to work on it. I've been having the itch lately to crochet a big, soft, cuddly blanket. One major problem though.....I can't afford to buy the yarn needed right now. Crochet blankets are like the perfect wintertime project. Oh well.....maybe I can start one in a few months.

I've been looking for a new job lately. I'm not having much luck though. However, I have high hopes for the craft stores I applied at. Last night I went and applied at Michaels, and before that, I went and applied at Hobby Lobby. I think next, that I might go see if they're hiring at my LYS. I really hope I can get a job in a craft or yarn store, I just feel like I would be happier there than I was at Babies r Us.

the past week, I've been playing around, creating my own basic pattern for thumbless mittens for DD. Just trying out different methods for closing the top, seeing which one I liked the look of better. I finally decided to close it like I would for a round toe in a knitted sock. I am knitting the first pair from my pattern now, I'll show off the mittens on here when they're finished. My other wip's? well, they've been neglected the past few days. I'm still making progress on the baby blanket (still can't find my damn tape measure, though), I've saved my mom's socks from the UFO pile again, I started a hat for my niece's Christmas present. It's been several days since I've even touched the sock I've started for me, and yet, I've been itching to start a new pair of socks for Dh. I think I will start those soon for dh's Christmas present. I just need to make up my mind on the pattern. There are a few I think he'd like in the Knitting Vintage Socks book that I have.