Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New yarns!

Yes, it really is like Christmas every time the UPS man comes to visit. What can be in that big box?

Fun colors, even through the plastic bags.

Ooh . . . . Adrifil KnitCol

washable merino self-patterning dk

Aah . . . . Plymouth Suri Merino

alpaca/merino worsted blend

solids, heathers, and handpaints


And now for some knitting: This is the swatch in-the-round for a fair isle pillow. The pillow will be the subject for a class coming up in October. I swatched the fair isle in the round, since that is the way I will be knitting the project. A regular stockinette swatch would not do the trick, since stranded colorwork pulls the stitch gauge in significantly, and I am also not purling at all. I will use my "swatch" as a very schnazzy travel-mug sleeve.

The swatch, I knit in 40 minutes. Then it took me 5 days to knit this? Two inches? This is just an example of how LITTLE knitting time I have. I'm going crazy! The pillow is looking lovely, regardless of how long it's taking. I am using Lamb's Pride worsted and Noro Kureyon for a much more complicated effect than I'd get with two solid colors. What do you think?

My birthday is this Friday. I'll be 25, and my sister Eileen will be 22. Are we feeling old yet? Come celebrate at the shop with me! All my favorite yarns will be 25% off. And let me tell you- I really like a lot of yarns!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Wrap it up!

Sorry I've been gone so long from the blogosphere! Life happens, you know? One good thing about not blogging for awhile is that I now have an incredibly long entry to make!

I started AND finished a project last week. We had a dedication at our church for Audrey last Sunday, so I went shopping for my outfit Tuesday night. I found great clothes, but I needed a wrap to go with my new outfit! What's a girl to do? Make something of course! I had a black and white skirt with a black top, so black was the obvious choice.

I grabbed some soysilk:

And my ever-ready Denise set:

Did some quick figuring:

(yes, it's the ravings of a mad woman)

And we're off!

Don't we look lovely?

Quick wrap, my own design

1.5 balls Phoenix soysilk from Southwest Trading Company

Size 10 Denise needles

started August 29, 2007

finished August 30, 2007

I know it's not the best picture of the finished object, but how important is that really? I have it at the shop if you'd like to see it in person. I will also have the pattern available sometime next week. The yarn knit up very quick and soft. I added dropped stitches to save myself some knitting and add more drape.

By the way, isn't she the cutest?