Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Both literally and figuratively. Cleaning out my absolutely empty house for the last time, I found a whole batch of missing darning and cable needles under sofas and things, and I actually lost count of the amount of stitch markers lurking under rugs and hidden in corners in the house. But I have a nice new collection of notions now, and they're tucked away in my Splityarn notions bag. I also found $6.71, a thousand Polly Pocket shoes and the ball to Mouse Trap - about which we were very happy.

It's been a whirlwind few weeks where I couldn't really sit long enough to knit more than a row or two -- and when I did, my mind just turned to All The Things I needed to be doing instead. Yesterday, however, I had a day to relax, and it felt soooooo good to start a project again. The closing is in 45 minutes and I'm here in my PJs, coffee brewing and knitting waiting, since I don't even have to be there. It's kind of nice to be done.


The project is going to be a cardigan for fall. I'm in the mood for something long and slouchy, and I need some stockinette for the beach, so that's where it's going. The soothing yarn is making me very happy so far. I'm knitting with Fibre Company's Canopy, which is soft and beautiful and feels like buttah on the fingers. I'm also working in pieces for a change, as I think this type of sweater will work better with seams, so the small pieces are an exercise in instant gratification. Am halfway up a side already, and the detail is on the bottom, so I even have the pretty part done.

Next to that pile of cardigan is Ysolda's Little Red in the City, which arrived a few days ago. I cannot say enough about this book, except that you all need to own it. She's covered everything in here - from small tips on technique to a big section on getting the perfect fit for your body. She goes into detail about construction and fit and explains how to meld the two in a very clear and easily understandable manner. There's tons of photos, tips, how tos, and charming little details that only she would think of. I know it may sound cliche, but she's really created a must have tool for any knitter, and it deserves a spot next to EZ on my shelf, once I have a shelf again. Plus, the patterns are also gorgeous as well, and she's included a batch of them, with just the right balance of delicate detail and classic styling. Am really loving it.

Am not loving this as much.

10 comments:

Patty said...

Up early my friend! All the best to you and the move. I had a cortisone shot this morning...maybe I can finally finsh Irish Coffee and move on to something new!

Mini said...

i'm guessing *that* is not in Winchester... Happy moving and welcome tto the neighborhood (grew up in and will be relocating back to Melrose). head to Gingerbread Construction for a muffin, Piantadosi for some bread and Stoneham for a drink :)

Zonda said...

Wild what you ended up finding :) Still haven't found my cashmere cowl. Enjoy your time off!

Seanna Lea said...

I have a copy of Little Red in the City, and I love it. I haven't made any of the patterns yet, but I am still reading the sections about fit like a juicy but dense novel.

Anonymous said...

Ha Mini,

THAT is smack dab in the middle of Winchester, on my new front lawn. We're not living there yet, but I have to admit I've used it a fair amount of times, since we already put beers in the fridge....

And PS, took the girls to the Gingerbread Co. this morning for muffins. They kind of loved it.

Thea

Kym said...

Happy transitions to you, Thea! It won't be long and you'll be losing small items once again. . .

Turtle said...

lol at the "john". But just think how things will be when it is all done! :)

MadMad said...

I usually just lurk, but the porta potty had me in stitches, and I have to say that until you've plunged a 300-pound plumber's poop - or made your husband do so because you were busy trying not to pass out - you cannot fully appreciate the value of one. Frankly, I'd like to get one for my husband, even!

Congrats on the closing!

Renee said...

Isn't is great to find stuff like that?
Congratulations on your closing and moving totally into your new home!
Bummer about the facilities for now on the front lawn.

yoel said...

Kudos on all the lost-now-founds! Hoorah for the new house!