Once again, yarn cures my ills.

Well, it doesn’t cure them, but it does make them much better.  I’m feeling very generally unwell today (I feel achy, I’d better not be getting the flu!)

This is Rowanspun 4-ply in midnight, $20 shipped (!) from the UK for 10 skeins.  It is a great bargain, and I could not resist the tweedy goodness.   I love ebay!  I’m going to make Hypotenuse from Knitspot, for which I already own the pattern.  Mine, however, will not be manlance.  It will be lace for me!

I have been working on the bedjacket, and I have completed the stockinette portions of the back, one front, and one sleeve.  Don’t get too excited… this sweater is 50% edgings, which I haven’t even begun.  So far my size mod is working out perfectly, and it is coming out in between the two smallest sizes.  It looks teeny here, but that’s only because it needs edgings desperately.

This table sucks the color out of everything, it is actually very green.  I think today I will start one of the edgings, so that my stockinette mojo doesn’t run out of speed.

Bedjacket beginning

Last night I cast on for Orangina, but I made a mistake in the lace pattern, so I ripped and will start again later. Sundays are hard for me, and yesterday was unusually hard as I had to take on 2 more services than I usually do (and I was cantoring, which is harder on me than playing… singing can make you physically tired.) I couldn’t concentrate on lace, so I decided the knitting gods were telling me to start the bedjacket instead. Here are my beginnings!

The cotton fleece is (as always) lovely to work with. I made several swatches before beginning this project. The pattern calls for using size 9 needles, which just seems crazy, so I swatched with size 8, 7, and 6. Cotton Fleece is practically identical to Cascade Sierra (the recommended yarn) but is maybe just a touch finer. I found that I liked the fabric I got on size 6 needles, so I am knitting the size small on size 6s, in order to end up with something in between the two smallest sizes.

I’m also knitting this sweater on Addi Turbo needles, which is a switch for me. I always use my KP options, but I happened to have a size 6 addi turbo, which I bought in desperation after I wore all the nickel off my first set of KP options size 6 (I use size 6 a lot… I have since bought new tips.) I wanted something a bit less sharp in order to avoid splitting the yarn (cotton fleece is lovely, but it does split) and they seem to be working nicely for that.

I may start another tank at the same time as this sweater, as we aren’t exactly in cardigan weather… I will see. I’m really not good with multiple projects. I’m very single minded that way, which is why I only have one long term UFO (my second clapotis. I got bored.)

FO: Boteh scarf

Pattern: Boteh Scarf, Interweave Crochet Spring/Summer 07

Yarn: Cherry Tree hill supersock in Green Mountain Madness, 1 skein

Hook: US size F

Notes:  Wow, scarves take me forever to finish, don’t they?  I’m happy with how this came out.  There is an error in the pattern (correction here)  resulting in me restarting this scarf after I was halfway finished.  It was fun and not too repetative, but crochet tends to hurt my wrists, so I took it very slowly.  I did find the border to be a bit confusing, so I fudged a bit and I’m happy with how mine came out.  It isn’t terribly long, but I extended it a bit in blocking, so now it’s fine I think.  I would recommend this pattern, especially to anyone with some sock yarn to use up.  I’m pleased that this yarn will not be hidden in my shoes.  I think the colors are so pretty!

 

 

Deciding is hard…

The worst part about finishing a project for me is that I have to decide on the next.  I have so many that I want to make, it’s really hard for me to commit.  In the past two days I’ve worked on my Boteh Scarf (nearly finished, but crochet hurts me sometimes) and done some swatching.  I actually cast on for the Summertime Tunic in the current Interweave Knits, but I’m not sure that the style would suit me, and that is an awful lot of stockinette for something that may not suit.

I swatched for Orangina in the blue cotton I bought yesterday, and I am very happy with the results.  I plan on leaving 2 pattern repeats out to make the sweater smaller.

I’ve also decided which yarn I will use to make the Bedjacket from Knitting Lingerie Style.  This is cotton fleece in Peridot.

It’s actually a bit lighter than it looks there.  And yes, I have a cotton fleece problem.  Now I have to decide which size to make.  The two smallest are 30″ and 34.5″ and that’s a big gap. I’ll have to think about it some.  I don’t mind starting this before the KAL begins, because I’m also planning on making the lace top in some discontinued Debbie Bliss cotton DK.

I think Dionne is so sweet when she lies on the radiators.  I don’t think she enjoys being snuck up on with a camera when she’s stalking Peacocks.  They keep Peacocks in the cemetary at the end of the street, and they are always escaping, much to Dionne’s delight.

Friday is for shopping…

Today it is anyway.  This afternoon I hit my favorite thrift store and the LYS.  I may have mentioned how much I love thrifting before… I think it’s the thrill of the hunt, plus you meet the most interesting people at thrift stores.  I’m usually shy, but thrift store people just start talking (ok, sometimes to invisible people, but still…)  It was a pretty good day, I managed to dig up a few cute tops, some summery skirts, and a purse I love, all for under $20 (there are a few items I didn’t take photos of too)

The bag is made of felt, and is precisely the sort of thing I would make if I made bags (which I don’t… my lone bag (The Fat Bottom bag) lies unlined and unloved because I fear sewing.)  My wardrobe is ridiculously huge, in spite of the fact that I regularly give things away or sell them at the consignment store, and I blame my thrifting habit.  I try not to let myself buy sweaters anymore though, unless it’s to recycle the yarn.

I went the Knit Nook and bought 2 back issues of Vogue Knitting (there are some really nice sweaters in the winter issue) and some pretty blue mercerized cotton to make Orangina (I decided I didn’t have enough Jaeger Siena to make it with, and I really don’t think Siena is a true fingering weight.)  I can’t figure out from the label what the brand is… umm, something German?  But it’s pretty, it’s the right weight, and it was cheap, so I’m happy.

And… I got the Sea silk I purchased off of Ebay.  I totally get why people rave about this yarn – it’s so lovely, luminous, and crunchy!  I was worried about the smell, because I can be sensitive to silk smells, but it is not overwhelming at all.  And the color… oh, it’s so pretty!  This one is lighter than the others in the Glacier colorway I have seen, which is why I bought it.  I’m going to make the Montego Bay scarf from the current issue of Knitty, just as soon as I finish the Boteh Scarf (almost there!) and I have an open slot for a small item.

And so it goes… I sell yarn, and then I buy yarn.  It keeps me from feeling as though I’m hoarding, and it makes me happy!

Tonight we’re having sushi out with friends.  I love Sushi so much that Marc has had to limit me on how often we go, or I would want to go every time we went out.  Fortunately, we have friends who love it as much as I do!  Now I’m going to go read my new knitting magazines.

btw…

I’m still destashing.  Actually, I’m always destashing.  I think, truth be told, that I just love to try out yarns.  So anyway… if anyone wants to buy some yarn, click here.  I’m selling some sock yarn, Rowan Summer Tweed, and some yarns from Elann, as well as some magazines and books.

FO: 80s Sweater Project

Pattern: Berroco pattern,  from a 1986 issue of “Fashion Knitting”

Yarn: Berroco Glace in Fawn, 8 skeins for size S

Needles: US 5 and 8

Notes: I love this sweater!  Putting it on instantly takes me back in time, and I find myself with the urge to get out the blue eyeshadow and wear legwarmers when my legs aren’t cold!  It’s the kind of sweater my cool older cousin wore back in the 80s, while I was stuck wearing crewneck sweatshirts we decorated in girl scouts and jeans that were not even acid washed.

*Ahem.*  Sorry, I got off track there, but I am excited by the fabulous eighties-ness of this sweater.   The yarn was nice – it wasn’t the best yarn ever, but neither was it the nightmare I had heard.  The fabric it produces is fabulously drapey, and the ribbon texture produced a nice interesting fabric (without venturing into novelty yarn land the way some ribbons do.)  If anyone wants to make this sweater, I’ve seen tons of copies of this issue up on ebay for really cheap.  You’ll recognize it because there is a sweater with bunny rabbits on the cover.  I made this sweater without any mods except for leaving out the bobbles.  It doesn’t really do the blouson thing on me, but I think that’s because I’m a bit smaller than the pattern was written for.  I’m not upset – I like the kind of tunic-y look.

We had so much fun with this photoshoot!  The gates and wall are from the really old cemetery at the end of our street.  I’ll leave you with more pictures!