Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Later this week, I have tentative a Mojito Date with Dani. Maybe another recipe will come out of it, so stay tuned. The sun's back out and soon my deck chairs will be dry enough to sit on, so cocktail hour can return.....
Lastly, the knitting.
Jo Sharp's Summer Vest in Debbie Bliss Merino DK. Much better. When I began this in cotton, I realized it needed a little elasticity for fit. I love this stuff - but will need to purchase a skein or two before I finish - I have 5. I should need 6. We'll see how far I get. I also have heard I need to do some additional shoulder shaping, so we'll see how it goes when I get farther.
Jo Sharp cardigan is on the seaming list. will have a FO to show soon.....
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Here's my take from NH S&W. See, I completely controlled myself. The blue on the left is a slik and alpaca mix with shades of purple and burgundy in it. Much like the Cambridge Cardigan I made a while back, but way way way softer. (and more expensive!) Craig is going to get a zig zag pattern scarf out of it - He informed me he had no blue in his winter accessory knits! I decided to control the smirk at that one and use it as an excuse to buy something.
The other is 450 yds of a merino blend. I love it. Am thinking a shrug . This one has a cool lacy back I like, and I can make it with shorter arms to save yarn. Of course, I'll need to adapt the whole thing to a new gauge. Let's see what kind of quagmire i can create....
And if all the above goes bust, I'm about to cast on for Juno from Rowan 40!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I think Maya's caught the bug. Is she actually smelling the yarn here? I think so. Actually, it's fiber. She saw a needle felting demonstration and is dying to try it, so we bought a little bag of mixed colors of roving and a couple of needles for her.
In my hand is some gorgeous silk alpaca that's going to be a manly scarf for Craig (see, even he managed to enjoy himself....) I managed to control myself pretty well. I bought the scarf yarn and another big skein of handdyed merino in the most gorgeous colors. More to follow on that later. In the meantime, i just might drag my family to another festival soon.....
Sunday, May 13, 2007
So here's the finished log cabin blanket. Mixed cottons from the stash. And a couple bought halfway through....
It's about 4 feet by 4 feet - am guessing, based on my wingspan....
one final beefcake shot.
And on the 1,000 Ebay buttons? They arrived afterschool on Wednesday and were a big hit. Here are a few. The rest have provided hours of entertainment.
The first pic is of our "dressy" collection - pearls and rhinestones...
the purple ones I already owned. The ones on the far top left are really cool - a ring of rhinestones and a iridescent center.
These are more serious buttons - I love the big ones. The tortiseshell and black circles would be great on a heavy jacket or sweater. The dark greens have a cool retro pattern in the plastic. Some good basics too.
And these are probably hard to see in a photo, but lots of little ones with details and edgings and stuff. Some great colors. Now if only I liked making button holes.....
Friday, May 11, 2007
Accessories make the outift, don't they?
And look - even in Dubai, a local Bostonian can feel right at home.....
I'll spare you guys the rest of the shots. Suffice to say, no yarn stores and few knitters in the 100 degree desert. But back at home here in rainy New England, here's someone who appreciates a good blanket.
I asked her if I could spread it out for a better shot and she gave me a withering look, so maybe later. It turned out beautiful. The colors are amazing and it was so easy. Despite the boredom, I definitely recommend making your own Log Cabin Blanket with your stray skeins.
I also recommend curling up with it on your bean bag chair to watch TV.
And here is my next project.
I'm making it up as I go along (which ALWAYS turns out so well....) but we'll see what it turns into. The fit is half based on a sweater I own, half on the cardigan from Jo Sharp Summer. And this is the Summer Soho yarn.
So far, I'm thinking cardigan. This is the back, which is a few rows away from being complete. The baby cables will also appear on the front, and may travel up farther than the ribbing. 3/4 length sleeves and little gray buttons. Crew neck.
At least that's what I'm saying today, maybe tomorrow it will be a tank...
Monday, May 07, 2007
But, some photoless updates:
1. No mice for two weeks. I think we're done. I owe it all to the Line of Death.
2. The Log Cabin blanket is done and it really does look great. I think the tedium is worth it and highly recommend one to anyone else looking to get rid of all the singles in their stash.
3. The buttons are on their way - I am a little horrified that I spent $17 on buttons, but I'm also kind of excited that they could be cool and kind of fun. i' don't think I've ever SEEN 1,000 buttons at once. (and really, who has?)
4. I am officially irate at the Sublime Yarn people. I went to Wild and Wooly today and had the same conversation I've had about 10 times already. Yeah they plan on making good (exactly what that means....?), but no we have no new info. Once they decided the yarn was to blame and they plan on giving me cash back, how long SHOULD it take?
I told them I don't only want my money back anymore, i also want some extra compensation for time knit and time waiting. i've been nice and I've been patient, but people, this is ridiculous! Turns out the rep is also the rep for Debbie Bliss and Noro... I'm thinking 14 new skeins of another yarn PLUS my money back is getting to be what I want. And if it goes much longer, I also want a pattern book....
so, without imagery, that's all I got. Have begun new things, but I can't show you yet... promise I will after thursday. till then.
EDITED to ADD:
Only because I wrote this today and also because I got impatient and sent Knitting Fever a mad email did I get an answer from Wild and Wooly about my sweater. Doesn't the universe always conspire to make you look like an idiot? Someone will read my email in a few hours and contact the rep, who will say, "But I DID do it!". ugh
Anyways, I get two bags of yarn of my choice from the company, who reps Noro and Debbie Bliss, in addition to Sublime. About that part, I am very pleased. I am a big Debbie Bliss fan. One bag to replace what I bought, and one for my trouble. Perfect. But... I don't get my sweater back. That part came as a surprise. Not that I love it or would wear it often, but still... I did make it, and who else would want it? Apparently, I'll have to comfort myself in my bags of new yarn. That might not be so tough....