Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The big problem I have with blogging is I'd rather be knitting. But I guess it's an important record of things.

Tom and the kids are gone, so I'm totally alone (except for Kisa, of course)for the first time in years. I still don't sleep soundly, but it's much easier to get back to sleep without Tom's weird sleeping behaviour to cope with.

So pretty much knitting it happening (though yesterday was mostly planning knitting and thus little progress was achieved).

Two Christmas FOs:

That's brother Marc's Celtic Cable scarf. Fortunately, washing it took out some of the itchiness. I'll be knitting another one for his wife.

That is mother-in-law's Scaruffle from The Big Book of Yarn. That green is her favourite colour. It was an incredibly easy knit, and the halo from the mohair completely hides the mistakes. The yarn is ShibuiKnits Silk Cloud, which I bought at the Knitter's Frolic in May.

Since I finished two scarves, I decided I was allowed to start a shawl for myself. I'm tasting out knitting the feather and fan shawl from Folk Shawls in fingering weight Araucania. We'll see.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Romni sale!

I promised my daughters I would spend less than $1000 at the yarn sale, and I was successful! Actually, it was less than $200: only $125 in fact. So, pictures of the pretty.

First up is Misti Alpaca Lace; so soft and lovely. I'm hoping it will be stickier than the lace/merino I'm currently knitting and crying over as it slips off my needles.

Next is Araucania Ranco Solid, which I pegged as a sportweight, but Ravelry says is fingering. I want to make a big warm stole with it (probably from Folk Shawls). I hope it will work.

On to Kid Silk Haze, which I've never knit with. It's for a scruffle for Maria from The Knitter's Book of Yarn, after I make one for my mother-in-law for Christmas.

This is Malabrigo lace yarn. Soooo soft and pretty. Icarus? Swallowtail? I'm really struggling with picking the right shawl patterns for all the lace yarn I have.

This is the first skein ofNoro yarn I've ever bought. I generally find their colourways too extreme. But these colours are perfect for me, and in the sock-weight I can turn it into a neck scarf.

Finally, two cheap skeins of cotton for stitch practice/dishclothes:


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Haven't been blogging because my computer is broken (it's at Best Buy getting worked on). The hubby has placed my whole system on a "borrowed" work laptop, so at least I'm functioning again. Anyway, the knitting continues, but in addition I've been buying lots of knitting books (due to sales at Indigo and Knit Picks): Knitting in the Old Way, Knitting Vintage Socks, Folk Shawls, A Gathering of Lace, The Knitting Experience: the Knit Stitch, and a stitch dictionary: Knitting Stitches. I also bought the summer edition of Interweave Knits. At least two patterns in it, so I might end up subscribing.

Tomorrow: July sale at Romni Wool; 20% off everything!
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