Still life of robot with doily

27 Jan

The robot is to distract you from the fact that I have cast on for another sweater.  It’s unlike me, I know!  I’m feeling profoundly ambivalent about the Louisa Harding sweater I am currently working on.  I think it will be lovely when it’s finished, but the yarn is painful to my hands in a way that only a synthetic can be – the yarn is mostly nylon I think, with a little mohair for texture.   I find that I’m completely avoiding working on it (thus the many quick FOs lately) because I don’t want to risk hurting myself.  So… I’m not saying it’s done, but I am saying that it needs to be alternated with something made of nice sproingy yarn.

Enter this: Valley Yarns Sheffield, a merino/silk/angora blend, being knitted into the Lush and Lacey cardigan from Sweaterbabe.  This color is called lake, and it’s maybe a smidge more green than it looks here.  It’s a lovely yarn, smooth and lofty with a nice angora halo.  It sheds, but not in the terribly clumpy way some angoras do.
 

Since Sheffield knits to a smaller gauge than Classic Elite Lush (I get 4.75 st/in on size 7 needles) I’m knitting a size medium in the hopes of achieving something like a 33-34″ bust.  The lace panel makes exact calculations a little difficult, but I think I’m close.  There are some gorgeous FOs of this sweater on Ravelry. I bought it months ago, but I’ve been waiting for the approach of spring to start, since the color is so fresh looking and it doesn’t have full length sleeves.  I can’t wait to make the cute little peplum ruffle!

We are going to have to take Leon to the vet tomorrow.  He was upset and hissing on Friday night (he has never hissed in my presence before) and he’s been avoiding the litter box…  he’s always been sort of picky about it, but right now he seems downright upset at the thing!  I think he might have a UTI.  He seems to be ok now, but I’m not taking any chances… he goes in ASAP. That cat is seriously my best friend, and I want to make sure he’s all right.  I am a worrier, but look at that face!

Leon likes it when I get packages.

And I have some yarn photos, because… well, I like taking photos of my yarn.

Karabella Zodiac for Short and Sweet.  I decided to go with the recommended yarn and save the Bernat soy for something knitted.  And yes, that is the color from the book, because I realized I would not be happy with anything else!

Berroco Naturlin, this is a brand new yarn!  It’s a blend of linen and rayon.  It has a lovely drape, and maintains the nice linen feel without feeling like twine.  I want to use this to make the tuxedo tank from last summer’s IK, or failing that a nice table runner.   I’m really curious to swatch with this and see how it works up.  I haven’t worked with much linen, but I think I could handle this amount.  The color (Cinnamon) is so wonderful!

O-wool Balance, 50% wool and 50% cotton in Lapis.  I bought this with no real purpose a while ago, but after seeing the Spring IK preview (and becoming obsessed with the flutter sleeved cardigan) I think this would be a great sub for the Classic Elite Classic silk called for in the pattern.   I made Ms. Marigold from classic silk, and it has a similar nubby appearance.  And check out the two perfect buttons!

We went to four(!) open houses today.  We are still considering the condo I mentioned this week, but I do worry about having my piano in a condo – I have had trouble with neighbors before, but I am going to be teaching from my home, which has much higher potential to be irritating to others.  Grand pianos… not really quiet.  Every.  So we’ve decided to keep that one in mind, but look for single family homes.  We saw some really lovely homes today, but nothing exactly what we want.  I am hopeful it is out there, because we are getting closer!

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16 Responses to “Still life of robot with doily”

  1. thekidneybean January 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    The robot pic is really cute!

  2. Christabel January 28, 2008 at 12:02 am #

    Love that shot! Robot is awesome.

  3. emmms January 28, 2008 at 5:41 am #

    Right, while you had me from the robot, those buttons are gorgeous! Please, please tell me where you got them!

  4. silencepainter January 28, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    I love those buttons!

    You’ll find your house, I’m sure of it. :)

  5. mick January 28, 2008 at 9:56 am #

    Good luck at the vet! I’m the same way; when Patches looks at me funny, I take her. I don’t take any chances with my best furry friend!

  6. Julie January 28, 2008 at 10:37 am #

    Those are some very perfect buttons! Thanks for such lovely yarn eye candy on a Monday morning.

  7. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) January 28, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    The robot made me chuckle (and that’s quite an accomplishment pre-coffee).

    The yarns are all beautiful. I’m intrigued by that O-wool. I’d love to know how it compares to Cotton Fleece. It looks like a thicker yarn–worsted weight? I love the tweedy look–and those buttons!

  8. Sara January 28, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    Not to be a paranoid gal, but if your male kitty stops urinating that can be very bad. I work at a vet hospital and so I am a little bit of a cat hypochondriac when it comes to potental blockages. This link looks like it has a good break down of what I worry about most! http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_feline_lower_urinary_tract_dis.html

  9. robin January 28, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    Can’t wait to see your Lush & Lacy cardigan – this one is on my list as well!

  10. Elizabeth Boyle January 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    Love those buttons! How perfect. And don’t fret the house hunting. I kid you not, I think we looked at 100+ houses when we were looking 14 years ago–same sort of market where there were lots of houses to choose from, so we really took our time and found “our” house. You’ll know when you walk in. And hugs on the kitty. If he’s hissing and not going, get him to the vet. He’ll thank you, when he stops being cranky.

  11. christie January 28, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    Love the Mr. Robot. And all that yarn…the colors are so beautiful! You couldn’t have found more perfect buttons for the blue yarn.

    And here’s to hoping the cat is just crabby and nothing’s wrong. :)

  12. Courtney January 28, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    I hope you’re kitty’s okay! Keep us updated.

    Oh, and that sweater you’re working on looks like it’s going to be gorgeous. I love the lake color. :)

  13. jen jen January 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    oh gosh…you had me at robot!!

    i love all things robot…and i’m quickly learning to love all things knitting…!

  14. Kirsten January 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm #

    Great yarn and great knits! And sorry to hear about the kitty…I have an adult male cat who was exhibiting similar behavior and we thought it was a UTI also, but it was actually crystals in his urine (this seems to be a common problem for adult male cats). A round of prednisone cleared everything up, although we do have to monitor him because crystals unfortunately tend to be a recurring problem. But they can be prevented with diet and increased water consumption (we bought him one of those fancy water fountain dishes to encourage him to drink more) and of course he gets lots of pampering from us :)

    Best of luck with the house search too!

  15. Moggle January 28, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    Gorgeous buttons!

  16. Vanessa January 29, 2008 at 12:47 am #

    Just had a quick look at the progress of your Lush and Lacey cardigan on ravelry. I really really really like that colour!!

    Hope Leon the cat will be ok.

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