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October 21, 2008

Cat Bullet

Finally!!

Well, last night, I officially gave up on waiting for “being at home in daylight”. Apparently, that just isn’t going to happen any time in the near future.

So, without further ado: The Taos Stole

Plain and Fancy yarn

Here is the yarn – very generous skeins, (I think) from a company called “Plain and Fancy”. It is listed as 100% wool, but no indication of what kind of wool. VERY soft and colorful, though. I have it on good authority that this is available at the Estes Park Wool Market.

The pattern is called the “Triple S Stole” and is available from… ummm…. I forget. I’ll look that up tonight and get back to you on that.

And, lest ye Ravelry fiends protest, I already checked, and it is not listed on Ravelry. I get the impression that it is fairly new (copyright 2008).

As I have mentioned, the stole is composed of squares that are knit individually and then joined into strips.

Here is one of the squares, completed and ready to be joined to the strip:

Square

Isn’t the lace pattern pretty?

There are four different colors of squares:

This is the one that I’m calling “blue”:

Blue Square

It is my favorite until I get to the one I’m calling “green”:

Green

Which is my favorite until I get to the one I’m calling “red”:

Red

Which is high in my esteem until I get to the one I’m calling “purple”:

Purple

The “purple” color is the one that I will use to knit the border.

So you can see my dilemma. They are all beautiful!!

I’ve completed the first strip:
(really dark picture, sorry)

Strip One - Done

and have knit five (of thirteen) squares on Strip # 2. I like how they look next to each other:

Strip 1 and 2 together

All in all, I am very pleased with this project. It is proceeding at a comfortable pace (each square is taking about 45 minutes) and looks like it is going to be a nice, warm, cuddly size (the completed strip # 1 is the width of a Queen sized bed, and there will be four strips in total).

Purrcy seems to approve:

Purrcy giving an opinion

editor’s note: I find yarn very difficult to photograph. I will admit that I am suprised at the color reproduction in most of the above photos, given that there was no daylight available. I think that (with the exception of the two “strip” photos which are very dark), these might be the photos with the BEST color reproduction that I have ever taken. Maybe it is the yarn, maybe it was just luck. Either way, I don’t think I’m going to let “lack of daylight” keep me from at least trying to take project photos in the future.

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May 20, 2008

Cat Bullet

Addicted to Alpaca

This is Sophie:

Sophie

This is yarn from Sophie:

Mystic Star Alpacas
Mystic Star Alpacas, 3 ply worsted weight, 100 % Arvada Alpaca

This is the beautiful shawl that I am making:

Meseta Alta Shawl

This has to be one of the more addictive projects that I have knit in a long time. When I get going on it, I continue to the point of physical pain (which isn’t really all that good, but is a measure of how much I love this stole).

Look at the beautiful lace panel (even unblocked, it is pretty):

lace detail

I have just started the fifth (of six) repeats, and have slowed down a little bit (row wise) because each even numbered row increases by two stitches. The rows are getting pretty long at this point, and, with a quick calcluation as I was walking in to work this morning, will be 128 stitches longer (give or take) by the time the stole is finished. The last step of the stole is to attach fringe around the edges. Can’t wait. For those of you who are interested in learning how to do lace, this would be an excellent first project. Great social knitting, and is moving fast because it is done with worsted weight yarn.

The pattern is called the Meseta Alta Shawl, and it is from the book Shear Spirit: Ten fiber farms, Twenty patterns and Miles of Yarn by Joan Tapper and photographed by Gale Zucker.

Now, frequent blog readers will know that I MIGHT have a thing for animals. And pictures of animals. Oh, and for yarn.

So this book was tailor made for me. I’ve almost worn out my copy already. Lots of ideas brewing in my head.

Sophie better get busy growing more wool…

I know where she lives.

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April 21, 2008

Cat Bullet

Whoops! / Knitting Bagapoloza

Well, I thought that I had set this post up as an “automatic post” but apparently, I just saved it as a draft.

No matter, I can just have my little say here up at the top and then the rest is all ready to go.

Had an… interesting… weekend. Was working on my term paper, but am failing to understand why, when I have almost half of a spiral notebook full of reading notes, I’m having a hard time finding something to write about. Apparently, my reading foci have not been along the lines of what the instructor wants in the term paper.

Note to self: no matter HOW well you are doing in any class, it is a good idea to read the “Term Paper Requirements” handout BEFORE you start working on the paper.

Well, I’ll just have to deal with the hand that I dealt myself…

Now back to our regularly (un)scheduled post…

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So, what is a knitter to do when she spends four months without being able to buy yarn?

Apparently, the answer is to funnel those acquisitional-tendancies into purchasing knitting bags!

Yes, folks, that is correct. I’ve been hanging around with the Arvada Knitters too long.

    I’ve become a “Bag-Ho”.

One of the first bags that I got, but was unable to post about, was this great silk screened tote bag from Cafe Press (image from The Panopticon blog).

Dragon Tote Bag

The picture is of a dragon guarding her hoard of yarn – how appropriate!!! Look at the gleam in her eye…

I was unable to blog about this bag when I got it because I had also gotten one for my Sister in Law for her Birthday. What can I say? We like Dragons in our family… The bag is huge and really good quality. I must say that I am impressed with the Cafe Press and will probably be ordering from them again.

One of my most treasured acquisitions is my Offhand Designs “Zelda” bag (medium size).

Offhand Designs Zelda bag

Christie, Leanne and I drove down to Colorful Yarns in Littleton, specifically to look at these bags. OK, in all honesty, I drove, and Christie and Leanne graciously put up with me getting us lost at every possible turn. Seriously, it was embarassing! We met up with Nachaele and Margie down there, and ended up having a yummy lunch at the Olive Garden. Mmmmmmm… salad.

Anyway, this bag is incredibaly functional. It has a light colored interior, and a rigid frame that holds the mouth open while I am working. There are also little pockets around the inside that are just perfect for holding…. things. I love the fabric colors and so far, it has proved to be remarkably cat-hair resistant. Another of my favorite things about this bag is that it has little metal “feet” so I can set it down almost anywhere and not worry about it getting dirty.

At the knitting retreat, I purchased yet another bag (honestly – is there a 12 step program or something?). I absolutely fell in love with this bag, and I think it will become another well used favorite.

Belt Bag

It is made out of woven seat belt fabric on the outside, and has nice long “over the shoulder” length handles. The inside has pockets, a key lanyard (yay!) and is lined with a beautiful batik fabric.

Belt Bag Interior

I think that one of the benefits of this bag is that it is an “open” bag – there is no rigid closure at the top. While I was working on the baby blanket, I was kind of worried towards the end that the bulk of the blanket was going to strain the closures on my Offhand Designs bag. This bag will be great for more “bulky” projects.

Last (but not least), I purchased this great knitted-bag pattern. There is a knitted up version at Knit Knack, and I am absolutely in love with it. So, I went ahead and got the pattern. I’ll make it…. someday.

Aran bag Pattern

The picture is not the best, but the bag is made out of a long strip of cabled knit fabric, which is folded and sewn and then has a strap attached. Gerri lined hers with fabric, and it really looks great! Can’t wait to start on this one…

So, there you have it. My new addiction. Hopefully, it will be under control now, but there is no telling what the future will hold. I’ve got some ideas bubbling in my brain that involve my fabric stash and my sewing machine….

But they will have to wait until after finals.

Everybody have a great day!!

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April 18, 2008

Cat Bullet

Sock Yarn Acquisitions

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Yarn Acquisitions — Cat @ 5:00 am

Are you tired of looking at yarn pictures yet?

Here are some of the sock yarns that I have acquired since the beginning of April.

This was my prize for completing the “Knit from your Stash” contest.

Koigu prize

It is a lovely little Koigu, solid gold with subtle shadings. As you would expect with Koigu, it is OH so soft.

It came with a wonderful knitted gauntlet pattern (fingerless gloves), which, for the life of me, I found too difficult to photograph. I’ll just have to settle for showing you the final project. Um, once it is finished.

How about this one?

Fortissima Sock Yarn

On April 1st, Christie was knitting on this sock. Apparently, she wasn’t very happy with the yarn because when I asked her where she got it (and did they have any more of it), she ripped her needles out of the sock and handed the whole thing to me. I really love it – kind of a “hiking sock” wool texture and kind of a “Kitchen sink” array of colors. I am vastly entertained by self striping sock yarns and am looking foward to contiuing Christie’s work.

Good things come to those who wait:
As it so happened, there was a Red Rocks Fiber works delivery to Knit Knack on April 1st. Poor Gerri – we were snatching it off of the table faster than she could check the inventory and put price tags on things.

(She is really nice to put up with us so often…)

I quickly pounced on these two:

RRFW
Color called “In the Navy”

RRFW No Repeat
Color called “No Repeat” (which I think may mean that it can’t be duplicated). It is absolutely stunning!!

What better way to celebrate the end of a Yarn Diet than to dive into a huge pile of Red Rocks Fiber Works?
As I have mentioned previously, I find Red Rocks Fiber Works to be terribly addictive. My “Sweet Pea” and “Weeeeeeeeeee’re off to see the Wizard” socks are made from this yarn, and I have one other skein in my stash closet. I can’t recommend this yarn enough. It even goes into the washing machine (machine wash cold, gentle; dry flat).

Also made from RRFW is my Chevron Scarf.

Remember the story how I was so sad that I couldn’t make it to the yarn store on the last day of November? I think I had a work meeting run really late or something. Anyway, I was so sad that I couldn’t make it to get the single skein of “Artichoke” that I knew would be just perfect to make a Cheron scarf with a lonely skein that I had in my stash (color called “Sheer Luck”).

As the months went by, I visited the lonely little artichoke on occasion. Pulled it out of the bin and pet it for a while, and then (cleverly) buried it back at the bottom of the bin.

I might not have been able to buy it, but gosh darn it, I was going to make it hard for anyone else to find. :-)

Well, when April 1st came around, it was one of the first things I pounced on. While I was up at the retreat, I cast on the Chevron scarf:

Chevron Scarf Yarns
The one on the left was the skein that I had (Sheer Luck) and the one on the right was the one that I bought (Artichoke).

I think they are knitting up into a beautiful scarf:

Chevron Scarf Start

They blend well together, and make an interesting texture. I’ve not proceeded very far on this project, because I think it is too wide. My fault, actually, as I deliberately tried it with bigger needles than the project called for, just to see what would happen. This is cast on with size six needles, and I think I am going to drop to a size four (the pattern calls for a five). We will see what happens… Currently it is over six inches wide, and I would like it to be around 4.5 to 5.

This is more of an “accessory” scarf, rather than a “keep warm” scarf, so I’d prefer it to be longer and narrower.

Either way, I think it is going to be my “bus” and “social” knitting project, as soon as the aforementioned Wizard sock is done.

It has a lovely home to live in when I am not working on it. I found this bag up at Serindipity, and it will be a great “traveling project” bag.

Tutela Project Bag

Isn’t it pretty??

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April 17, 2008

Cat Bullet

An acutal LIVE post

Cinderella Fountain

We interrupt the schedule of pre-written posts for an actual LIVE post.

Well, LIVE in the sense that I am writing it just before posting it. Not LIVE in the sense that I’m lurking on the blog all day reading comments and wanting to update it at the drop of a hat…

(oh wait… that is what I normally do).

Anyway, I’m so pleased that everyone has been enjoying the pictures of my yarny-goodness.

Yes, there is quite a bit. My “Yarn Acquisition” yearnings have mostly quieted down.

Kind of like when you are totally craving brownies and then you go to Costco and buy a pack of them and eat three quarters of it in the first sitting and then you never want to see a brownie again….

Oh wait…

Last night, I took my second Environmental Chemistry Exam. It went well, I suppose and I am confident that I will be close to the top (again? still?). I think my mental state is a little healthier now than when I was an undergraduate. Back then, I wouldn’t have slept all night and would be heartbroken today because I wasn’t absolutely certain about my answer to question 27a (which was only worth half of a point).

Shades of Hermione, anyone?

Now my attitude is more like ‘Don’t have a clue what to put down for question six? No biggie. Life will somehow go on.’

As a reward for getting through the exam, I allowed myself to knit on the Wizard sock after I got home. It is making great progress and I am only about two inches away from doing the second toe. It has really gone fast (it is amazing how well sock knitting meshes with listening to Rockies Baseball Games). Sadly, however, I have to focus on getting my term paper done (due April 23). Then, and only then, will I be allowed to dive head first into my new yarn and cast on for one of my sweaters.

Anyway, I thought that I might take a few minutes to answer some of the questions that are popping up in comments…

Thanks to Anita Craig for pointing out that the Badia Lace vest is a Berroco free pattern. Click here to link directly to the pattern. This is the vest that I am planning to make using my wonderful eggplant Debbie Bliss Rialto.

Mom asked me to “define a shrug”. Hmmmm. Well, a shrug is like a shawl, but it has sleeves. Easier to wear, you aren’t always fighting to keep it on your shoulders. I assume, though I am not certain, that it is called a “shrug” because it usually fits on and around your shoulders, without much coverage on the front and sides. Anyone else care to weigh in on this discussion?

Kari-Beri asked: Where can she get Red Rocks Fiber Works “Liar’s Lodge” color. Ummm, well? Anyone? I know that Judy had some at the retreat, and I had (at one time) heard that the Lodge was going to be selling it, but I’m not really sure. For this, and any other Red Rocks Fiber Works questions, I’d click here to get to Mary-Kay’s blog and contact her that way. She sells her wonderfully addictive substances in many of the local yarn stores; I suspect, however, that the Liar’s Lodge colorway is going to be somehow tied to Buena Vista. Does anyone know if Serendipity carries it? ‘Cause, you know, it would be nice to have another addict convert to Red Rocks Fiber Works yarn. It would make our RRFWAnonymous meetings all the more popular.

Mom also asked: How do you know how much yarn to buy? Well, that is tricky, and is one of the reasons that I like buying sock yarn so much. You eventually get a “feel” as to whether a sock yarn is a “one ball” or “two ball” project – For example, the Jitterbug yarns are a heavier weight, but there is a lot of yardage. So, I am confident that I will be able to get two socks out of one ball of yarn. I have a lot of experience with the Red Rocks Fiber Works yarn, and know that she is currently putting the yarn up in “two sock” hanks. The Panda Silk sock yarn is a much lighter weight and smaller skeins, so I got two balls. If I am in any doubt, I ask the yarn store owner/workers. Or anyone who is wandering by who happens to look like they might have touched a knitting needle at some point in their life…

As far as buying yarns for bigger projects like sweaters? Well, that is a little more tricky. Even if you use the exact yarn that your pattern calls for and get the exact gauge they define, you can still run out of yarn. Certain designers (*cough*DebbieBliss*cough*) are notoriously “skimpy” with their yarn requirements.

When you are foolhardy enough to use a different yarn than the pattern calls for, you really have to do your research and also plan ahead. I check the gauge of the pattern yarn and compare it with the gauge of the yarn I want to use. I try to decide if I can “fudge” it by fiddling with needle sizes, but there is a limit to how much you can do (for example, I wouldn’t try to knit a bulky weight sweater out of sock yarn… no matter how much you change the needles, you simply won’t get the required gauge.)

If I feel that I can make the adjustments, I calculate how many balls of the desired yarn that I need (by length), and then generally add one or two extra (depending on their size and just in case…). For example, I have 10 balls of the eggplant Rialto; the gauge of the Rialto is very similar to the one the pattern calls for, but the yardage is slightly longer (I think). So, by my calculations, I should use about 8 balls, which gives me a comfortable margin (two extra balls). Time will tell…

Ah well, I’d best be getting back to the real world. I’d love to hear what other knitters have to say on how they pick yarn for projects. It is an interesting subject…

More automatic posts are already lurking, waiting for you. I’ll hopefully be putting at least one more together this weekend (don’t worry, the pictures are already uploaded), and then things should be calmed down enough so that I can go back to my usual ramblings.

Y’all are good sports to put up with them. :-)

Everyone have a great day!!

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April 16, 2008

Cat Bullet

Knitting Retreat Acquisitions

Filed under: Yarn Acquisitions — Cat @ 5:00 am

As you may have heard from other blogs, there was a knitting retreat the Weekend of April 4th.

Although I wasn’t able to go up on Thursday, The Mountain Purl and I headed up after work on Friday.

As you might imagine, there were a few items acquired over the course of the weekend.

Mary-Kay, the colorful genius behind Red Rocks Fiber works has produced a color named for the Lodge that we stay at…

I give you: Red Rocks Fiber Works “Liar’s Lodge” colorway:
Red Rocks Fiber Works

Given my addiction to that yarn (what DOES she put into it?), I absolutely had to acquire a skein.

The first night we were up there, there was a Knitting-related gift exchange. I got this wonderful Knitting Journal from blogless Cheryl, along with some yummy “Knit Girl” mints.

Knitting Journal

I’ve never seen anything like this before, but I can see that it will be very useful. There is a place to record what yarns, needles, patterns, etc. you use for each project, some knitting patterns, knitting hints, etc. Thanks Cheryl!!

There is a yarn store up in Buena Vista named Serindipity. It is very nice, and to thank us for coming up, the owner gave us each a $20 gift card!!! How nice was that??? (Of course, most of us spent considerably more than that, so I guess it works out for all of us).

Bulky Hat yarn

I fell in love with this bulky yarn (on the left) and carried it around the store for some time, not being able to decide what to do with it!! Janine (who is also blogless) suggested that I make a very cool hat from the book (shown). When I opened the book and looked at the pattern, I decided that it was very neat. When it turned out that the bulky yarn I had fallen in love with was the exact one the pattern called for, I was a gone-er. Had to get it. I didn’t actually take a photo of the pattern, but it is kind of a square-ish hat, with the sides made of the colored yarn and the top and brim made out of the solid color. Very warm, I am anticipating, and I can’t wait to make it. It will probably be a quick “weekend” type of project.

On the way home, we stopped at a newly opened yarn store in Connifer. They were having a “Buy one get one half off” sale on their sock yarns. What better temptation, right??

Jitterbug sock yarn,
This is Jitterbug sock yarn, from Wales (how could I resist?). For some reason, I am calling it the “Rose” color. It is not a color that I would typically buy, but I really love it.

Jitterbug
More Jitterbug (what a great name for a sock yarn). I’m calling this one “Electric Navy Blue”. This is one of my favorites, but sadly was difficult to photograph.

I was also tempted by this Panda Silk sock yarn:

Panda Silk Sock yarn
Variegated greens; 52% bamboo, 43% superwash merino wool, 5 % combed silk

Blame my “knitting peeps” on this one – many of them had stopped at the new store on the way up to the retreat and had some of this with them. It is very smooth and silky, and should be interesting to knit with.

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April 14, 2008

Cat Bullet

Lace Weight Lovelies and Other Gifts

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life,Yarn Acquisitions — Cat @ 5:26 am

Yarn friends are GOOD friends.

Just to prove this statement, look at what some of my friends have gifted me with!

Nachaele gave me this wonderful ShiBui sock yarn. Just look at those lovely shades of blue!

ShiBui Sock Yarn

I wish you could feel how soft this yarn is…

She also gave me this little knitting mascot (she said that the Hedgehog needed to have a friend…)

Sheepy

Sheepy pretty much lives in my knitting bag. Partially because he loves the attention he gets at knitting get-togethers, but mostly because the couple of times I left him at home, he became a cat toy. He had to have a bit of a sponge bath (to remove the cat spit) and a little bit of a wool trim (to remove some ragged spots).

I think he has forgiven me, now, but he has elected to remain in protective custody for the duration.

I don’t blame him – wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to live in a huge bag full of knitting projects???

Purple Princess Leanne gave me some laceweight for my birthday.

Lorna's Laces Blue

The colors of this yarn remind me of the ocean water and the huge Parrot fish that used to swim around in Bermuda. What a great memory.

Isn’t it pretty??? I am torn what to do with this. On the label is a beautiful shawl pattern. However, when we went to the Knitting Retreat last weekend, a few folks got a kit that had a really nice shrug pattern. The kit also had one skein of this type of yarn and another skein of a wool crepe yarn. Coincidentally, my stash includes a skein of that type of yarn, so I am sort of leaning towards making the shrug. However, the final decision will probably have to wait until I manage to dig the crepe out of of the Stash Closet (kind of a scary proposition).

Not to be outdone, she also gave me the following to thank me for driving home from the Knitting Retreat…

Brown and Gold Lorna's Laces

I don’t know if I want to knit with this or EAT it. Isn’t it pretty??? The colors are very rich and are ALMOST captured by the camera here. There is a beautiful fiber trends pattern for a shawl/poncho that I can’t wait to dive in to. Lots of knitting (especially with lace weight), but the final project will be worth it in the end.

One last gift. This was sent by an old friend of mine from High School. He says he saw this and thought of me, so he sent it for my birthday.

Pewter Cat

It is very special.

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April 12, 2008

Cat Bullet

Yarny Goodness

Filed under: Yarn Acquisitions — Cat @ 2:05 pm

Don’t touch that dial!!

Yes, indeed, we actually have achieved YARN PICTURES!!

(Anyone using Dial-up might want to go have a cup of coffee while this page loads…)

Today, I will focus on Project Yarns (yarns purchased/gifted for sweater type projects)

(In no particular order)

Wool Bamboo

Wool Bamboo Yarn
Isn’t it pretty?

50 % wool, 50 % bamboo, 50 g balls (14 purchased)

Projected use: Modern Lace Henley (from Winter 2007 Knitty).

I can’t wait to start this project. It took me weeks to decide what the “perfect” shade of red would be for me. I will be wearing this over a white tank top (since it is an open weave lacy-type sweater). This project will be started after my exam and term paper are done.

Manos Del Uruguay

Manos del Uruguay wool yarn

100 % wool, kettle dyed. color # 13, 100 g skeins (8 purchased)

I’ve wanted this yarn since the store Knit Knack opened. I never bought it because I could never figure out what to do with it!!

I spent some time researching, and finally decided to make a vest something like this:

Manos Vest

I say “something” like this, because the gauge of the two yarns are completely different. But Gerri down at the store helped me design a similar vest with this yarn.

The vest is from this book:
Yarn Play

I’m pretty sure that I have extra yarn. I’m hoping that I do, because I would also love to have a winter hat made out of this yarn.

(I really really really love this yarn…)


Cotton Linen Tank Top

Cotton Linen yarn

Color reproduction – fairly bad in this picture. The yarn is actually a very pretty olive/kahki color.
50 g balls (8 purchased); 50% cotton,30 % rayon, 20% linen.

I am planning to make this tank top out of the yarn.

Cotton Linen tank top

I bought extra yarn to make it longer (since the cropped look is NOT what I usualy look for). Good thing the yarn was on sale, eh?

Debbie Bliss Rialto yarn

Rialto Yarn

50 g balls, 100% superwash Merino wool, 10 balls.

This lovely yarn was a gift from my Brother and Sister in Law for my birthday. It took me a while to find the “perfect” pattern for this.

Finally, I stumbled across the following (sorry for the REALLY BAD PICTURE!)

Rialto Vest Pattern

The moment I saw it, I just knew it would be perfect for my Rialto. I’ll be honest, I can’t remember where I downloaded this pattern from. Good thing I saved it to my computer. The name of the pattern is the “Badia Lace Vest” and it has a beautiful cable/lace pattern down the front and the back. It will be perfect for my wonderful Rialto yarn.

Thanks, David, Ginger, Daniel and Michael!!

So, obviously, I have my work cut out for me. Lots to do, and all projects that I am very excited about. I can’t wait to get started!!

Future posts:

    Sock Yarns
    Lace Weight Lovelies and other Gifts
    Yarns and goodies from last weekend’s Knitting Retreat
    Knitting Bags

Stay Tuned!!!!!

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January 2, 2008

Cat Bullet

Knitting books!!

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Yarn Acquisitions — Cat @ 5:00 am

I was blessed with Knitting Books this Christmas. I am so pleased.

Stitchonary, books one and two

From my Brother’s family, I received the first two Stitchionary books (Knit and Purl and Cables). These are books full of different knitting stitches and how to knit them, along with beautiful color examples of how they look worked up. These will be very handy when I decide to start designing some knitwear… In the meantime, I just page through them and try not to drool too much.

Bad Things Book

Also received was When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters. Very funny book full of useful information how to fix problems in knitting. I learned a lot as I paged through, and can’t wait to settle in for a more detailed examination. It may serve as the basis of my “Knit Fix” class that I am planning to teach at Knit Knack.

From Mom and Dad I received two knitting books – both of which are chock full of “OH, I’ve GOT to knit THOSE” patterns…

No Sheep for You

No Sheep for You (by the editor of Knitty)

All about knitting with non-wool fibers. It is full of information and has lovely patterns. I am particularly tempted by Morrigan, because I am insane and all of those itty bitty cables look like fun.

Favorite Socks from Interweave Press
Favorite Socks (from Interweave Press)

What can I say…. I want to make almost all of these.

Convenient, because the books came with this…

Sock Yarn
Aracaunia sock yarn, in the most delicious blue/cranberry/teal variegation.

So if you will forgive me, I will end this post so I can go off and read my books. Again…

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