Thursday, June 29, 2006

Join the Washrag Revolution

Yes, I am making washrags, or dishcloths, or warshrags...whichever term you prefer!! I can't help it, I love these little guys!!! I will have to snap a picture of the ones I have made so far......Who knew cheapy cotton yarn from AC Moore would cause such joy!!! And joy for a "yarn snob" too!! I am whipping them up like crazy here and there is no sign of stopping.

The people I have taught knit in the past know that I always told them to practice stitches and patterns while making dishcloths. At the end, you mastered a new skill and have something to show for it.......a good idea, right??? But, now they are back in fashion thanks to Mason Dixon Knitting! And I LOVE the patterns in the book and am so glad they brought them back into fashion!!!

And for all you flybabies out there.....they are very handy for shining your sink!! And if you have no idea what I meant with that sentence, go to this site.....FlyLady!! The site will explain everything!

I just might have to go to AC Moore today for more......who knows how many I can whip up this weekend.....and for those of you on my Christmas list...these just might end up under your tree this winter!!!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I'm still here.....

Ok, I'm back....with a new project!! Yes, I actually put down the Irish Hiking Scarf long enough to pick up the Cabled Neck Cowl (called Cherry Garcia) from Hello Yarn. Mine is knitted in the Black Purl colorway from Lorna's Laces (of course!) Chunky Swirl! I really like how it came out, however, it looks much better on. But it's about 90 today and I really don't want to wear it....yet!

I also got another wonderful package in the mail from LittleKnits!! Oh yes, more Lorna's Laces......and you know how much I love it. I am beginning to hoarde it!! So, here's the picture of the recent acquistions!!! The red skein in the back is really the Bittersweet colorway which is reds, oranges and purples and so very pretty in person!

And I promise this week I am going to spruce up my rather generic looking blog into something spiffy and fun!! I just need to sit down and rework this template a bit!! And I also need to figure out how to line up the links to the right. You all probably don't notice it, but it is driving me bananas!!!! Off to knit a bit before supper.......

Friday, June 23, 2006

Spinning My Wheels.

Ok, I've been totally ignoring this blog this week. I am still here, and I have not suffocated under a huge stash of yarn!!! I guess I really don't have much to show for knitting this week. Basically, I feel like I am spinning my wheels here (hee hee spinning wheels = yarn!) But seriously, I feel the Lorna's Laces Irish Hiking Scarf is doomed...... this will be my second one and the first one came out so nice...I will get pictures....but this one, I don't know. I swear I have spent more time ripping the darned thing out than knitting it. By NOW I should be able to work the pattern in my sleep.....And I want it FINISHED!!!! My friends advice was start something new, and I did, BUT I don't like the looks well, dingy. And I don't fair well with the "thick and thin" spun yarn.....So..... I'm just sitting here, spinning my wheels.......

We are due for a rainy weekend, so hopefully I will get lots of knitting done and will be able to show you more next week....

Keep on knitting.......

Monday, June 19, 2006

I have a new love.....

Well, it's Monday and that means a whole week of glorious yarns delievered by the US Postal Service....actually I am only waiting for one other package so far.... :) Today I got a package from Knit Pixie. First of all, these people have a great site and great yarns. Their emails and service were great and they're local people, so I have to support them, right??? And I shall because this will be the first order of many to come.

I have a new love. Remember last week when I fell in love with Lorna's Laces. Well, now it is Blue Sky Organic Cotton. I simply cannot get enough. In the words of my dear Secret Pal from One Skein, "You just want to eat it!!". And she is so right. I have tons of other cottons (I really should take a pciture of the stash, huh???I don't know if a wide angle lens is large enough") but this one takes the cake. Soft and just "plush".......sigh........I love it. I am a fickle yarn hoarder though. I find one I like, search and buy and hoarde and then move on!! I was like that with "Dune" by Trendsetters...which that will always be my favorite novelty yarn....and countless others. Unfortunately I don't have a taste for hoarding the inexpensive stuff, acrylic, NO WAY!! Although I do have some Sugar and Cream cotton, I do dig that too!!! But for the most part, I can easily walk out of a Michael's or Jo Ann Fabric with no yarn.......

I think I must simply try the BS Organic Cotton tonight.....and no, I have not finished the never- ending Lorna's Laces scarf yet....but the cotton is calling!!!

Friday, June 16, 2006

New Yarn!!!

What a better way to start the weekend but with a bunch of new yarns!! Here is my recent yarn order from Little Knits and one from ebay!!

They are Lorna's Laces Shephered's Worsted in Desert Flower, Black Purl, Irving Park. Lorna's Laces Swirl Chunky in Black Purl (for the cabled cowl neck gaiter from Hello Yarn) and a LARGE skein of Fleece Artist's Kid Aran in Origin.

Guess I will be doing some knitting this weekend, huh??? :) Actually I have a big graduation party to go you think it is rude to knit at a party??? Probably, although no one will probably notice!!! There will be so much eating and drinking and dancing.......

And while I was waiting (and not too patiently I might add) for FedEx to arrive with a package, I ordered MORE from Knit Pixie!! Ironically, they are only located a few towns over!! So, I wanted to support those local gals!! It's a great site and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their slogan, "Rockin' Your Stash!!"And who doesn't need more yarn, right?? But shhhhhh....don't tell my husband, he has no idea about the cost of good quality yarn! He says they are all the same and *ahem*, I think not!

Until next week.....

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Show and Tell

OK, today's "Show and Tell" is my new Irish Hiking Scarf!!! Oh, I just love the Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Worsted!!! I am definitley itching to make myself a sweater with it now!! I know it is yet another scarf.....and I do make more than scarves, BUT I am hooked on this pattern!! Sorry you can't see the cabels up close...they are simply awesome int he handpainted yarns!!

And I am anxiously awaiting TWO packages of Lorna's form ebay (yah ebay!!) and one from Little Knits!!! I can't wait!!! I will snap a picture when it gets here, hopefully today (fingers crossed)!!!!

Until then......Happy Knitting!!!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Thank You Secret Pal!!!

My package arrived from my One Skein Secret Pal on Saturday!!! And here is what I got!!! A skein of bamboo yarn that I have been dying to try and a lace pattern!!! A key lime cheese ball mix and a fiesta dip (which is so yummy) and a Godiva chocolate bar (which is not pictured because I ate it right away!! :) ) and a nice note!!! Thank you so much!!! I will be posting what I make with the yarn!!!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I LOVE Lorna's Laces!!

Well, I'm not knitting here is sunny Nantucket...if fact, I'm still home. Nantucket got cancelled due to bad bad in fact, that the ferry was cancelled and we couldn't get there if we tried!! So, To drown my "no vacation" sorrows, I treated myself to some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted...and I am in LOVE!!! Wow, how had I missed this yarn?? I don't know, I guess none of the shops around me had it until recently. Well, I am so much in love, that I bought more online, and even more on ebay!! Thanks to my "nameless" Secret Pal from the One Skein Club who hooked me up with some online bargains!!! :) So, I am making yet another Irish Hiking Scarf and this baby is mine, all mine!!! Now as I knit, I am thinking of which colorways I would like in a sweater, socks, hats....oh I could go on and on!!! Hopefully I will get all my online shopping spree goods soon and will post a picture!!

No new project update pictures today as it is still grey and nasty out....and will be until Sunday!!! But I will get some nice pictures to share soon!!

So, I'm going to sign off and work some more on the Lorna's Laces scarf.......Oh I can't wait for it to be finished and we have weather cool enough so I can wear it!! And naturally it is going to need matching earrings and maybe a bracelet!!! Oh so much to do!!!

Knit on friends......

Saturday, June 03, 2006

In still here.....

Like I said, I'm not going to update every day!!! I am resisting the urge to update daily...but not a whole lot of knitting goes on every day!!If you want to see what I am doing..check out the West End Designs Journal for the daily scoop...

I have been knitting like a mad woman on the Irish Hiking scarf!!! It looks beautiful and the pattern is so addictive, I have been completely ignoring my other projects in the basket!!! I am definitely making more of these for Christmas gifts!!! I will be in Nantucket for a bit next week, and plan on working on another while I am there!!

Project Update: I have decided to scrap the travel neck pillow......and make my secret pal another lovely goodie! And when it clears up (fingers crossed) and stops raining, I can take a picture of the unfinished puppy sweater I found!! See?? I KNEW I had a hidden UFO!!!! I started it in March, and as the weather got warmer and she didn't need a sweater.....the project was abandoned. All I have left is the neck portion too!!! I WILL finish it!!!

Here is a picture of the sweater I finished. This is the PERFECT dog sweater because it is so easy to put on and take off!!! Unlike some that you need to be a rodeo cowboy to get the dog in the sweater, this one has two buttons, that's it!!! The ONLY problem with this sweater is the fact that she loves it so much, she won't let me take it off her!! :)

So, I guess you might want the "stats" on this too......The pattern is from "PuppyKnits" by Jill Eaton and the yarn was Mission Falls (LOVE this yarn) 1824 wool in pistachio and mallow. Honestly, I just grabbed two colors from my stash...and I LOVE how they look together!!!

Until the nest update....keep on knitting!!!