Monday, April 26, 2010

My Beautiful Kunterbunt

I received this in the mail today . . .

A Most Beautiful Kunterbunt (mixed colors) Bag of Wollmeise from 4/17 update.

My Old Blue Jeans (my favorite Wollmeise blue, not a we're different skein), Raku Regenbogen (also not a we're different skein), Ruby Thursday (my favorite Wollmeise red), Versuchskaninchen (which means guinea pig, but I think it may be the new color, Schwammerl), and Jeton.

The top picture was taken in full sunlight, the second was taken in the shade.

I'm not really sure if this is Schwammerl, because the ones I have seen online are more greenish. Whatever it is, it's gorgeous.

Edited to add: This is definitely a Spice Schwammerl.

Raku - Regenbogen . . . one of the most sought after colorways. I now have a "real" skein, a WD skein, and a Versuch that looks like RR.

Aren't these 3 colorways beautiful together?

And these 2 complement each other as well. Very, very happy with this bag. And I received it in record time. I was afraid I wouldn't see it for awhile because of all of the flight delays, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it in today's mail.
Hope everyone has a wonderful week. This sure starts mine off on the right foot.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Starts and Finishes

I started some things this week, and I finished a couple of things this week. I started these socks in Mama Llama Original 3-ply Autism colorway on 2.25 mm needles. The pattern is Woven Stitch from Sensational Knitted Socks.

And who doesn't love Lorna's Laces? This is Grumperina color on 2.25 mm needles. Pattern is Staccato Socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn.

I finished the March STR sock club kit. It was a fun knit. They're a little big for me, plus I'm not crazy about sportweight socks, so these will go in the gift pile.

Next, I finished the Zauberball socks. I love, love, loved this yarn. It was a blast to knit with, anticipating the color changes. I will definitely knit with this yarn again. These are for me.

And, of course, I got some yarn in the mail this week. This is Sanguine Gryphon, 4 skeins of Cotton Stainer (a blanket's worth), and a skein of Karner's Blue. Can you say "cashmere"?

And . . . . . Wollmeise Im Jahr der Ratte (in the year of the rat) x2, en klein wenig verrucht (a little bit wicked), Kuken (chick) and Mohrchen (little carrot).

I am also still working on my Yarntini baby blanket. It is about 25-26" long. I think I'm going to make it about 32" long and then do a single crochet edging around it. My goal is to have it finished by the end of April. Baby is not due until June, but they are out-of-town, so it may need to be shipped. We'll see.
Have a good week.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Long time no blog, I know. Last week was Spring Break, which was spent at the beach. Lots of sun and some knitting. Below are some things I've been working on.

The Heirloom Baby Blanket in Yarntini sportweight in Designated Driver colorway on size 6 needles. I just finished the second skein of yarn, and it is measuring about 18.5 inches long. I'm going to have plenty of yarn (I have 4 skeins total). I wish I had made it a little wider - it measures about 28 inches across, but maybe it will block out a couple more inches. I'll probably knit about 12 inches more, then do a single crochet around the edge.

Second, the Crazy Zauberball sock in plain stockinette on 2.25 mm needles. I love the way this knits up. It is so fun!! And addictive. I definitely see more of this yarn in my future.

Next, the March Socks That Rock kit. I've actually done the heel flap since this picture was taken. It's mediumweight knitted on 2.5 mm needles.

And a little yarn p*rn . . . Numma Numma Doppio in Sage Basil (x2), Spiced Apple and Chocolate Teal, purchased from The Loopy Ewe.

Another Zauberball Starke 6 which is the sportweight version of Crazy Zauberball from what I can tell.

And, lastly, Yarntini's March installment . . . Buzzed.
Have a great week.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

No More Titles . . . Sometimes

The reason for the title is that I have a really hard time thinking up catchy titles. So I've decided that I'm not always going to use a title . . . only sometimes.

I thought I'd share a picture of my favorite knitting spot. I'm not really sure who snapped this picture, but this is where I can usually be found.

I wanted to show the progress I've made on my Yarntini baby blanket. This is such a fun knit, with the pattern changing every 6-8 rows. I already have 11" made on it. I'll definitely be using this pattern again.
I started my March Socks That Rock kit. Then I started it again. It is mediumweight yarn, and the pattern calls for a 2.5mm needle. I casted on 56 stitches, as per instructions for the smallest size, and did the first 6 rounds of garter stitch, and it was waaaaay big. So I ripped, pulled out a 3.0 mm needle, which is what I usually use for STR mediumweight yarn, and casted on 48 stitches, which is what I usually . . . you get the picture, and I'm gonna have to fudge the pattern as I go along, because there are no instructions for a 48-stitch cast-on. We'll see how this goes.

And I told you there'd be a Wollmeise-fest one day this week. Below are some of the purchases and trades that I've made over the past few weeks.
Small Gemischt bag - Rhabarber and Brombeere

Small Think Pink - Miss May and Magnolie medium

Got these in trades - 3 Old Blue Jeans and Dani

Lace-garn in Ruby Thursday

Lace-garn in Taube

An order from The Loopy Ewe - Turkise Markise, Johannisbeer & Brennessel, Magnolie dark, Tambopata and, yep, another Old Blue Jeans. (I love blue.)

A Versuch (maybe Tolkschire (sp?) and Amethyst dark

Lilac grab bag - 2 Versuch's

A trade - Maus Jung
And lest anyone think I am a total Wollmeise glutton, I have been selling and trading lots also. Maybe not quite as much as is coming in, but some is going out too.

Have a great weekend.