Friday, February 26, 2010

Will I or Won't I?

That's the big question that's consuming me these days! Will I or won't I finish my Nefertiti wrap by Sunday night's Closing Ceremonies. I am on Chart 9 of 18 which seems like it would be impossible to finish BUT from now on all the charts have less rows than I've been doing and after Chart 12 each decreases in stitch count substantially's possible.....blocking not possible but casting off is possible.

Lots has of new stuff has arrived in the last few days - Soya Cotton DK from Sublime, Worsted Cotton, Worsted Multis and Skinny Cotton from Blue Sky Alpacas - Cricket Looms from Schacht, re stock of Baby Bamboo colors which still is a perfect substitution for Debbie Bliss Prima at less money! There's Addi Turbos and Addi Clicks on the way - yes, I know, finally! There's the new blue Knit Kits on the way not to mention the Lady Bugs and Matchless wheels! I love the change of seasons when I get to bring in lots of new stuff - it's looking distinctly springy around here these days which is a good thing considering all the snow!
And this bit of lovlieness is the new Mulberry Silk from Tanis Fiber Arts. Tanis dropped this in the mail to me so I'd have something to play with while she's dyeing up my order! I expect that I should get it sometime next week - fingers crossed!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Handspun update

I finished plying my singles - one of them turned out really well and the other one just would not co-operate but I was tired and forcing myself to keep going. Here's the details: approx. 285 yds
of 12 WPI which puts it somewhere between a dk and worsted. I think I'm just going to make a garter stitch shawl with it. Emma has been after me for one to cuddle up in while she watches tv and using my own handspun will make a real keepsake for her, I think.
I finished 198 Yards of Heaven - finally! - out of 185 yards of Merino Silk Aran by Sweet Georgia in Wetcoast Winter. This colorway is all loaded up online now - it's a Special Edition that celebrates the 2010 Olympics! I was able to do the whole pattern except for the last 2 rows and you can't tell at all.
My Olympic knitting is underway and behind schedule. I cast on Friday night but then spent Saturday completing 198 Yards. This is Nefertiti Wrap in Sweet Georgia Cashsilk. Lace knitting is not my favorite so this is a stretch for me. The feel of this yarn going through my fingers makes it all worthwhile. If you don't have any - you should get yourself some. There some new Wetcoast Winter in Cashsilk as well.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ah Crap!

Pardon the title but that's how I feel about my knitting today - I was progressing ever so swiftly on 198 Yards of Heaven in Sweet Georgia Wetcoast Winter Merino/Silk Aran until I got to the final sixteen rows and realized I did not have enough stitches. Susan was at Knit Night last night with 2 gorgeous "COMPLETED" shawls of the same pattern and it seems I misread the instructions for the chart and missed several (well, ok about 50 yarn overs and ssk's). Now you'd think that missing something so significant would have made for some kind of messy lopsided shawl - but seriously, it didn't look like there was anything wrong with it - until you matched it up to Susan's - then is was alot smaller and missing all the increases on both sides of the center. Now the ball of lovlieness is sitting nicely on the ballwinder daring me to try again!

Spinning is going well - Deb was very impressed last night with my singles made from her roving. I just have a bit more to spin today - let it rest and then tomorrow I should be able to ply. I have to get this done tomorrow because certainly, I do not have enough to do....Sarah convinced me to join the Yarn Harlots Knitting Olympics which means starting tomorrow night with the lighting of the Olympic flame, I have 800 yards of lace to knit into the Nefertiti wrap. Lovely wrap! Lovely yarn! I think I should go talk to someone......

Lots is scheduled to arrive at Pick Up Sticks any day now.....

from Schacht spindle - Cricket looms, Lady Bug Spinning Wheels, Matchless Spinning Wheels

from Blue Sky Alpaca - restock of Spud and Chloe including new colors, Skinny Cotton, Multi Worsted Cotton

from Tanis - her new merino/silk yarn

from Madeleinetosh - worsted, sock and pashmina

from Sweet Georgia - new 100g skeins of superwash worsted, more Cashsilk Lace, a new yet to be named 50/50 merino silk and roving - lots of roving

and that's just for starters!

Friday, February 05, 2010

So much for.....

keeping up blogging every couple of days! I've been sick all this week - stuffy nose now congested chest - probably due to 34 days of no smoking! Yay!

Last weekend I sat in on the Moebius class that Meg taught and this week have been madly knitting away on it. I love it! It hasn't been blocked in the photo but it sure is cute on. It took 6 skeins of Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted in Tourmaline. It is a deep rich tourquoise with hints of green throughout - much more gorgeous than the photo shows. Perfect with my grey hair - did I tell you I`ve stopped coloring my hair. It took about 4 haircuts and now it`s all grey. I like it and other people have said they like it too - I`m kind of lucky in the grey department because it`s quite white. My grandmother had beautiful white hair and it seems along with the premature grey gene, I`ve also inherited the color.

I`m still spinning too - this last yarn is my best yet. The roving is Dye Hard Fiber Arts and I`m pretty sure if I keep up the thickness I`ve got happening, this might be the sock yarn I`ve been trying to make. I belong to the Sweet Georgia Fiber Club and have been gathering up all this fantastic fiber that I don`t dare touch until I feel as if I know what I`m doing.
Speaking of Sweet Georgia - this all arrived today. Her Special Edition colorway: Wetcoast Winter. I`ve got it in Superwash Sock, Tough Love Sock, Cashsilk Lace, Merino Silk and Superwash Worsted. I`m pretty sure I`m going to have to cast this on right away.
Be sure and mark Saturday, May 8th on your calendars. It`s the annual Knitter`s Frolic at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center in Toronto and Dye Hard Fiber Arts will be debuting their yarn in our booth. Deb dropped off some wonderful Watermelon sock yarn for me on Wednesday - can`t wait to knit it up too!