Monday, July 27, 2009

Unbelievably - or maybe I should say predictably it's raining again. It's supposed to rain all week so I suppose we should all be used to it by now, given how much rain we've had this summer. There is a bright spot about this crappy weather for our family - the motor on our furnace pooped out late last week so we have no air conditioning. The part won't be here until August 6th so I actually don't mind that it's on the cool side. Five whole minutes have passed and now it's sunny - with dark clouds looming for round 2.

I have been knitting - I finished the Lulu Leggings from Spud and Chloe - they were fun. Here's Emma modelling one - because they were for her I did shorten them quite a bit. After I finished these I went into a bit of a knitting slump - nothing I picked up particularly inspired me. I spent a few days working on stuff only the rip it all back. My beautiful We Wear Red Sweater was begging for attention but it wasn't quite what I needed.

I whipped out some Prism Cashmere from my stash and cast on for a shawl - I only had 2 - 100 yds skeins so it's pretty tiny. I think with a good blocking it will be fine. I love my ruffle - I doubled the number of stitches by k1, yo and then purled in the back of all the yo's to close up the hole slightly then finished with a k1p1 rib until I cast off. I'm sure I'm going to use this edging again - I really like it alot.

For the past few days, I've been happily knitting away on my We Wear Red February Lady Sweater - my mind is ticking away with future projects but this is a priority! It looks a bit on the small side for me so I think I might give it to my cousin for her birthday - she's not a knitter but was extremely close to my mom so I know she'll love it.

On the shop front, new yarn is starting to arrive - we've had 4 big boxes of Fleece Artist/Handmaiden with Casbah, Mini Maiden, Sea Silk, Merino 2/6, Thrum mittens and Thrum socks arrive. Berroco is expected this week - I've ordered all the new Noro Silk Garden and Silk Garden sock colors and I'm in the process of considering a new yarn to debut at the Knitter's Frolic in September.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I'm Flap Happy and Proud

Isn't this soooo cute? It's the Flap Happy Hat from Spud and Chloe
Sweater and my first ever pom pom - the pattern calls for lots of pom poms but this is for my granddaughter and I think just one pom pom on the top will be fine for her. Instead of just one color, I used all the colors - still needs a bit of a trim but overall I'm very pleased. And....I'm sure there will be enough yarn left for a whole other hat! Or maybe a Ribbit in each color? Hmmmm! Decisions, decisions!!!!
I really like this combo too! Maybe a bit more sedate for older skein each of 7500/7506/7510/7503.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

One down and another one on the go...

Girasole is finished and blocking on the spare room floor. Stunning is really the only word to describe it. It finished up with just over 9 skeins of Tanis Fiber Arts Aran in Chestnut. Just another reason to love this yarn!

We Wear Red Knit Along began today and I dutifully cast on! Again Tanis Fiber Arts in We Wear Red - our custom colorway. There's kind of a Tanis theme happening lately!
Oh - guess who's coming to the shop tomorrow - Spud and Chloe - all the yarns, all the colors, all the patterns. Ahhhh!