Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Can’t resist casting on!

Hi … I know I’ve been gone for a while.  Life has kept me busy in general.  Work, housework/chores, gardening, art class blah blah blah.  It feels like months since I’ve knitted anything (though in reality it’s probably been less than two weeks!).  

I recently finished a Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater (<-- RAVELRY LINK!!!) for a coworker’s new baby.  Silly me … I forgot to take a pic of the finished sweater, but I hope to get a pic soon with the wee one wearing it.  Thankfully I upsized it and she hasn’t yet outgrown it.  That gives me hope for the next baby sweater that I will start soon for another (very) pregnant colleague.  For some reason I haven’t been able to get my head out of my ass long enough to plan a baby gift in advance and only decided yesterday on a pattern.  She had a baby shower at work today and I let her know that a sweater is forthcoming.  It is still cool enough here for sweaters, especially for babies, but I will also upsize this sweater quite a bit so that the wee one (it’s a girl!) can hopefully still wear it when sweater weather returns later in the year.  Oh, I guess I should tell you that for this baby I’m knitting the February Baby Sweater from the inimitable Elizabeth Zimmermann (EZ).  I am a HUGE fan of top-down raglan style sweaters, and at some point this year I want to knit the February Lady Sweater for me me me!!!  Yeah, pay no attention to those WIPs in the sidebar …

Later this week I will continue with the Stash Yarn of the Week, and it will likely be the yarn I’ve chosen for the FBS I just told you about.  Oh, I should also tell you that I’m knitting that sweater in a lovely medium lavender color … still “girly” but not pink.  And that reminds me, I will need to get buttons for the sweater this weekend.  What a great excuse to stop by my favorite LYS in search of the perfect buttons! 

Speaking of shopping at local, independent shops have y’all heard of The 3/50 Project?  Essentially it’s a way that all of us can save our local economies … by helping the “brick and mortars our nation is built on.”  My quaint little town has several of these types of shops and I try to spread my $50 around, not always to the same ones (although the yarn shop is one exception!).

Anyway, thanks for listening to me ramble.  I might try casting on and knitting a few rows of this new project.  Then again, maybe I won’t. The idea of going to sleep is winning over the idea of knitting.  Tomorrow is another day.

And until then, good night!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Stash yarn of the week

Brand: Noro
Yarn Name: Cashmere Island
Yarn Content: 30% cashmere, 60% wool, 10% nylon
Yardage/skein: 110
Total yardage: 330

This beautiful yarn was on sale at my LYS this week and these 3 skeins were calling my name! Couldn't resist bringing them home with me. I think they might eventually become fingerless mitts and cowl. But I'm always looking for ideas ... what would you make with this beautiful stuff?

... this has been a QuietStorm production, dahling ...