Friday, February 10, 2006

Yarn shopping: Cheaper than therapy

Well, so much for resolutions. But I lasted a good month before buying more yarn, that’s something, isn’t it? Not to mention that it was a very LONG month, what with craptastic things happening one after another. So behold my latest yarn acquisition, 4 skeins of Claudia Hand Painted sock yarn from kpixie, in the Stormy Days and Pink Dot colourways. I need more sock yarn like I need a hole in the head, but who could resist this gorgeous stuff?

Image hosting by Photobucket

In the interests of full disclosure, let’s take a look at the rest of the sock yarn stash, shall we? There’s Koigu, Lorna’s Laces, Fleece Artist, and Trekking XXL. Yipes. The Koigu is not necessarily for socks per se, but these are the colourways that were bought in pairs so they could conceivably become socks (or mittens, or scarves, or lace-somethings….). What I’m not showing is all the single skeins of Koigu that I’ve hoarded for other purposes. OK, so I’ve knit precisely 5.5 pairs of socks, and I have enough sock yarn for more than twice that number. But that’s ok, isn’t that what we knitters do? Stockpile yarn for a rainy day?

Image hosting by Photobucket

But it’s not all glorious shopping over here, there is knitting too, albeit very slow knitting. Behold all my WIPs in a pile:

Image hosting by Photobucket

The dark thing is my Edda cardigan, or as I lovingly refer to it, my big blue blob. It’s in the seaming-up and sewing-in-ends stage right now, I sure hope it fits when it’s done. The red thing is my new sweater-in-progress, a sweet little cabled tee from the Holiday 2005 issue of Vogue Knitting. It’s going to be loverly when it’s finished (I hope), but the knitting is such that I can’t lose focus for even one second or else I make horrid mistakes. I'll try to take more detailed pictures later. The yarn is Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran, rather squooshy and yummy. The green and purple thing is another Clapotis, in my very favourite and recently discontinued Noro Silk Garden #34. I’ve realized that I could never knit a Noro sweater (too anal about the striping), but I also couldn’t let this colourway disappear off the face of the earth without getting some. So, another Clapotis it is. The knitting is even more boring the second time around, but it’s fun to watch the colour changes. =)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

New Projects

Well, with the New Year, comes new projects. The first thing I should probably do is to go through and do an inventory of all the yarn I already have! Ha ha! But anyway, that can wait...

I started myself a multidirectional scarf out of Noro Silk Garden that I purchased at the Lettuce Knit Boxing Day sale. They were taking 30% off, so I just couldn't resist. Here's what I've got done so far...
Image hosting by Photobucket
At that very same shopping trip, I bought some Lorna's Lace for some socks, but I haven't started those yet either. And the reason why I'm not going to get to for a while is because of....

The Peacock Feathers Shawl. I wasn't able to get the yarn from Lettuce Knit (well, they said they'd order it for me, but they weren't planning to order from Fiddlesticks in a while so they didn't know when that would be), so I ordered it off the web. It arrived yesterday, so I'm itching to start the shawl for my dance teacher. I have until June, so I figured that if I start now I should be okay. Here's a picture of the yarn.
Image hosting by Photobucket

I've also decided to hurry up and wrap up that baby sweater that I was making. I'm pretty much done, but never really felt the drive to complete it. But now one of the medical fellows who sat in my office has become a dad, I figured that I could give it to him! The sweater is knit for a baby about 1 year old, so it'll be a while before he can use it, but it's good incentive to get it done. It's not going to be the best looking sweater, I'll admit, because I didn't really do the best job in doing ths stripes, but oh well. You live and learn. I've learned that if I'm going to knit that sweater again, I'm going to use variagated yarn! Ha ha!!!