Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Promised Yarn

I got a little yarn in the mail while I was on vacation. Do you know how much fun it is to come home to a bunch of packages to open?

Just a little warning . . . there are some sock club spoilers included in this post.

The first is from a Ravelry trade . . . Daisy WD

Next is The Loopy Ewe July sock club kit . . .

Two skeins of Alchemy yarn in Autumn Ecstasy colorway, 2 patterns - Autumnal Neck Cozy by Wendy D. Johnson and Karya by Monica Jines, scissors, a tape measure and some sticky tabs.
I've never tried this yarn before, but I am looking forward to knitting with it.

Next is Yarntini Melon Baller variegated . . .

I've also joined Vesper Sock Yarn Club for the Summer. The first skein is Citrus mini-striping...

Some lovely Numma Numma Doppio in this is only a test (turquoise). . . These yarns are going to become very valuable as NN will not be dyeing for the next year due to a temporary move. I am going to miss her yarns. Good thing I have lots to tide me over.

Next up are Wollmeise grab bags -

Kurbis & Sanguinello . . .

Feldmauschen & Regenbogen . . .

Ebenholz & Dani (one of my faves) . . .

And Jultomte and Versuchskaninchen (beautiful) . . .
That's all for now. I'm off to TD's - she's having TMJ surgery in a couple of days, and I have to play nurse for awhile. You know what that means - dr. appts, hospital waiting rooms - lots of knitting time.

Monday, July 26, 2010

There Has Been Knitting

I will start with my newest project. I started this yesterday afternoon, and I am so addicted to it. It is a baby blanket pattern, Creamy Waves from the book "200 Stitch Patterns for Baby Blankets". The yarn is Yarntini - Rainbow Cocktail in merino sock. There are 7 mini-skeins of yarn. The colors are unbelievable. I am holding the yarn double on a size 9 needle. I love working on it.

I am changing colors after 6 rows. I have about 7 inches done so far.

My current sock project is made from Dream in Color Smooshy in Good Luck Jade colorway. The pattern is Not So Cable Socks by Sockbug on 2.25 mm needles. I love this yarn. I decided to not continue the pattern on the foot and to just rib the foot. This yarn is fabulous to knit with.

My "car" project is a plain stockinette sock in handspun yarn - Country- in organic merino wool. I got this on Etsy from DebbieB. Turns out that she is a local girl from Louisiana, who lives only an hour from me and has a sister who lives in my town. Small world. Her yarn is great to work with. The subtle color changes keep me interested.

Now on to my Finished Objects . . .

I finished this while at the beach on vacation. It is Fiona's Top from Rasmilla knits4kids. It is for my 5 year old great-niece. I actually knitted the size 2 because of the chest size, and added to the length. The yarn is Wollmeise 100% superwash in Tutu and My Old Blue Jeans colors. I love the way this turned out. I do still have to find buttons and sew them on.

I also started and finished a baby blanket while on vacation. The yarn in Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga in Holly Blue Butterfly knitted on size 9 needles (held double). The pattern is Cradle Me by Anne Hanson - knitspot. Blocked size is 30" x 30". I was making it for my nephew's baby who is due in October, but a friend and employee's daughter had a baby a few days ago, and I decided to give it to them. I have time to make another.

Finished these before leaving for vacation, but did not have a chance to photo and blog about them. They are Socks That Rock - Calico colorway - lightweight, knit on 2.25 mm needles. The pattern is from the May 2010 kit "Swing Set".
That's all for now. I have lots of yarn to photograph and blog about. Stay tuned.

Dear Blog

Dear Blog,

I know I have been gone a long, long time, and that I have totally neglected you. I am so sorry. The issue is uploading pictures. You see, I cannot find an uncomplicated way to put a picture on you with this new Mac computer. It is just way too much trouble. And you know I hate to blog without pictures.

I promise to do better. I think I have a plan. I am going to buy a small little camera card thingy just for you, and use it for only my knitting. Hopefully, that will make it easier.

Oh, and I've been busy and on vacation too. But I have been knitting, so I do have lots to show.

Be back later.