Speaking of buying new goodies...I had placed an order through Blue Moon Fiber Arts a week or so ago for Socks That Rock yarn. Kim had given me this recommendation and after receiving my order I can not wait to knit with this yarn. The colorways are so rich looking and the yarn is soooo soft!! The picture really doesn't give this yarn justice. One thing that is great about this yarn is that you get 360 yards per skein for a great price! I had a very hard time deciding what colorways to get. I settled on starting with Mustang Sally and Lucy In the Sky. I eventually wany to get the colorway Tide Pool. I spotted it the other day while I was browsing during some downtime at work. I can see this colorway made into Monkey socks.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
I absolutley love this scarf! The colors are some of my favorites. When I try on the scarf it is definitely long enough to wrap around my neck a couple of times. I wasn't sure if I would be able to because I didn't use the total yardage of yarn required to complete. The pattern called for a total of 432 yards. I only had two skeins of the Moda Dea which totaled 328 yards.
While I enjoy the warm summer weather, I look forward to the fall when I can sport my new scarf. I am very excited to have one completed knitting project under my blog!
So what is next? Well I couldn't wait to start another project. While I was doing the dreaded task of laundry this morning, I started The Sheep Tote (minus the sheep). Once again I shopped in my stash store to see what yarn I could use for this project. I am using one of my favorite felting yarns - Lamb's Pride Worsted; Color M-65 Sapphire. I had exactly two skeins leftover from another tote project to knit up the small version of this tote.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Before I headed out for my errands today I gave her a quick ring to see how much she wanted to spend on this lovely angora yarn. From my web research it could go anywhere from $10 all the way up to $45 and I know the $45 yarn was out of the question. We agreed on the dollar amount to spend on it but then all of a sudden a new shopping request came out of the blue. MB asked me to also purchase her 2 hanks of Manos del Uruguay....I pick the color! She said that when she saw the yarn she couldn't choose from all the color choices and told me to pick for her. Wow! Now I have a new mission. Pick out a yarn color that she will use to either knit slippers or a purse or a ...oh who knows what?!?! Just anything that takes 2 hanks.
So now, as I enter The Yarn Co, I keep the mission assigned to me in the forefront of my mind. I don't want to get distracted with looking at the yarn for my own projects. I keep telling myself, "I wouldn't even be in here if Mary Beth didn't need you to go. Be strong." I dutifully find the angora yarn and was left to the task of picking a color. This one was easy. Valeria di Roma in Hot pink. She's knitting baby booties for a girlfriend who is expecting. I could have picked out the basic pale pink, but when I saw the hot pink it was saying "Yes! I want to be made into little booties!"
With one task down, I then head over to the Manos yarn. Look at all the pretty pretty pretty colors. Oh which shall I choose. Since her and I have similiar tastes I figure this will be no problem. I pick a color. But then, I ask myself "Would she like the solid Manos as I have picked out or would she like one of the mutli colors?" So I put back my first pick and choose one of the multis.
Satisfied with my pick, I decide to stroll around the store looking for yarn for some of my Christmas projects. This of course leads me to adding 3 skeins of yarn to my basket for myself. I have to tell you that I did very good because I only bought for one gift right now. I could have purchsed 3 more skeins for a second gift but I decided against it because I can always go back and get it after I finish the first gift.
With my basket ready to head towards purchasing I look down at the Manos yarn I picked out. I am now thinking that mabe I should have picked out one of the other multi color yarns instead. So I mosey back over to the huge Manos table, put back the hanks I had in my hand, and began to ponder the choices again. Standing at this table for another 10 minutes I say to myself, "Now wonder she wants me to make the choice for her. She couldn't decide and now I can't decide." I finally made the deicision and picked out a hank that contained several colors that I know she likes. Manos del Uruguay #109 was the winner!!!!
So Mary Beth, I hope you approve of what I bought!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
So Kim, tell me, was the experience as great as I think it was? Will you do it again? I really want to sign up for Secret Pal 11, but I read today that if you are a new blogger you have to have at least 10 posts on your website by July 30th. I don't think that will be a problem for me since this is now post #8. I'm looking forward to being able to join the 250 people who have already signed up.
BTW, Kim (from Yarny Old Kim), Shameka and I met up for our first mini lunch time knitting group on Tuesday. While I knew I was meeting up with Kim, Shameka didn't so she wasn't prepared with her knitting project. Next time she will be though, right Shameka? Anyway, it was really cool to hang out with Kim and be able to get to know each other a little better while knitting. The next sunny day we'll have to meet up at our spot again! Hmmm, I wonder which Monkey sock Kim will be knitting?!?!?! I also forgot to bring my camera with me so next time I'll snap a pic of our little group and post a pic.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
This scarf pattern is called Ruffles and is by Amanda Blair Brown. What is so unique about this pattern is that it utilizes short rows to get the yarn to ruffle around itself. When I first saw the scarf I was like "Whoa. Is it difficult?". Once I saw the pattern I knew it was a piece of cake. This is definitely a mindless knitting project. I have been alternating working on this with my other ongoing projects because sometimes when I'm on the train I want to knit without really thinking. Plus, I got some really strange looks the other day when I pulled out my cable needle for working on my socks. It's amazing to see other people so amazed at what you are doing.
Anyway, when I decided to start this project the other week I immediately went to my stash to see what yarn purchases were awaiting for me. Several years ago I had bought the yarn that I am using. It originally was meant to be turned into arm warmers, but it never happened. Probably because I made my arm warmers previously out of Koigu that I absolutely love.
The yarn that I am using is Moda Dea Sassy Stripes. Everyone else who has made this scarf in my family has used a solid yarn or one that is evenly heathered in two colors. But, I on the other hand had to be different and try out a self striping yarn. The yarn is heathered and sometimes you'll get just a spot of red in the pink or white and in others a nice bulk of it. I don't think I would like it as much if it were just a regular striping yarn with no "texture".
As of today I am about 35% done with Miss Ruffles!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Now, I have literally "Fallen In Love" with knitting socks again. For the past few months I had been watching my knitty buddy Shameka knit these beautiful socks. What intrigued me the most was that they are knitted "toe-up". I loved the fact that you could really try on this sock as you knitted it (and in my mind, get a perfect fit). At the end of May I had confided in Shameka that I was interested in purchasing the Colinette Jitterbug yarn that she was using for her socks but in the color Fire. This is when I told her I was going to make the "Falling In Love" Socks too. She offered to go by Seaport Yarn and pick up the yarn for me. What I didn't expect was that she gave the yarn to me as a gift for my college graduation. She even surprised me with it by posting it on her knitting blog. I was so excited I couldn't wait to begin!
It only took me three weeks to complete both socks! I love them and really can't wait for the cooler weather to come so I can enjoy wearing them all the time. I've already started working on a second pair now in a different color.
So now I'm just waiting on my dear Shameka to finish her first pair!!!