Thursday, September 24, 2009

Multi-tasking is the name of my game.

Yarn of the Month knit up to 4" squares ...
washed and blocked [a quick blocking that is.].

Dream Big by SWTC Dream Big SWTC
2 sts/inch on US 15s
100% Superwash Wool
132 yards Color: 623

Karaoke by SWTC Karaoke by SWTC
4.5 sts/inch on US 7s
50% Soysilk, 50% Wool
110 yards Color: 314
*Love the way the color changes and the way the yarn knit up.

Therapi by SWTC Therapi hby SWTC
5 sts/inch on US 7s
50% Wool, 30% Bowlder (Jadeite) Fiber, 20% Silk
110 yards Color: 530

Alpaca Cotton by Rowan Alpaca Cotton by Rowan
4 sts/inch on US 8s
72% Alpaca, 28% Cotton
148 yards Color: 00403

*If you're allergic to mohair, this one is a great substitute. Produces the halo of mohair, but isn't. Still should be warm with the alpaca. I think this was my favorite in this month's selection. Created a beautiful drape after washing and blocking too.

Interesting yarn but I'm not rushing out to buy any yet. I've got a lot on my plate already. But who am I kidding? I cast on and crocheted up this scarf below in 2 days just after buying the yarn at my LYS Seed Stitch Fine Yarn ...

Double Bubble Scarf from Crochet in Color ...
using Spud & Chloe Sweater. [Gosh I LOVE this yarn] [Did I tell you that already?]

Double Bobble Scarf

Double Bobble Scarf Do I have enough scarves?

Apparently not ...

Splashy Flowers Scarf

And it's another crocheted piece. Just a temporary break from knitting?

But I do need to finish knitting this ...

Cable Vest

Have you had enough already? I'm a Stitching what??!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What am I doing this very moment?

Why that could be anybody's guess ...




And you noticed I've already gotten the yarn, right?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wish I could knit in my sleep ...

Or at least get the housework done while I'm sleeping.
Is that too much to ask? Well doing my housework in my sleep might be too much.

Got one room done so far ...



Even then it isn't complete. Just a matter of saving money up for a real dinning room set. And that's going to take some time. Then there's the kitchen ... oh how I cringe to think of how I really need to do something about the kitchen. Well if I clean it maybe I can at least dream about gutting the whole thing out and updating the kitchen some day. Some day!

In the meantime, I'm putting my spare time into knitting a Vest ...


And I can't complain about being at least half done can I?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Yarn of the Month is in ...

The Yarn of the Month Club was a gift from my former colleagues at M.I.T.'s Math Department.

Every month for one year.

And this month I've received the 2nd month of an interesting sample mix of one of my favorite things ...

Yarn of the Month Club


[and a new pattern too]

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

A slight disconnect ...

I was gone for awhile because my laptop battery died. It died because it couldn't get a charge from the AC converter and I hadn't noticed until everything died. Another unexpected expense. *Sigh* But at least I didn't have to get a new computer right? So I'm looking on the bright side. And that's it for my hard luck story this time.

Do you know about Designs by Romi? Well if you don't ... she makes beautiful [and I mean really beautiful] shawl pins. Well there's a sale going on over there this week. Check it out! I have 3 of her pins myself. One is a swan for the Swan Lake Shawl a did a couple [few?] years ago.

I've been knitting and crocheting a little lately. But there's dust being kicked up lately also. That's right, I'm diving into the housework too. Right down to moving furniture, rugs and washing those curtains. A whole year & a half have gone by since I did any of this [before Bill's fall] and for goodness sakes ... housework doesn't do it self does it? I'm lucky I kept up on the laundry, meals and dishes. And now it's time ... or rather I have time ... to get this house in order. Once I got the Bella Mittens done and swooned over them. Oohed & aahed over them; and I really had too. I love these mittens so much; I'm even ready for snow now. My friends were even transformed into lovely exotica beings when they tried them on. I'm going to have to keep an eye on these mitts I think. Dare they go on display at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn?



I have a lot of work to do and I'm sitting and working on something every time I take a break. But as soon as I'm done with the Fall clean up, I'm promising myself that I'll put out at least 2 ... at least two ... WIP's that have been learking with the MIA's and get them finished. Call it part of my Fall Clean Up.

I'm going to get reconnected in more ways than one.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I think I'm in Love with ...


A Mitten!



Only one little change; I put a crab stitch crochet border around the cuff. Pulls it in and neatens it up nicely.



Oh my, I just can't get enough of Bella!!