In preparing to take my LSATs, I’ve done NO knitting, spinning, dyeing, or anything remotely fun creative.
All that is over, and I’m currently baking some super cute stitch markers that I hope to have on the site unless the girls beg to have them turned into charm bracelets (which happens more often than not.)
I have one whole glorious summer off. I may knit socks all summer, I don’t know.
*ding* said the toaster oven… stitch markers are done. If I don’t update soon, enjoy your summer!!!
I’ve been concentrating on getting a consistent feed while spindling, and I’ve gotten a lot better at it of late. I had some Targhee top roving in the Diva colorway, so I spindled a bit of that up.
I still want a spinning wheel though.
Last night, Evelyn (my 4 yr old) and I went to JoAnn Fabrics to pick up some size 8 DPNs and point protectors for the socks. Then I stopped by Lola’s house and bought some of her gorgeous alpaca yarn so that I can make a scarf for myself (the winters are brutal here).
Syd’s Boys’ yarn (listed on Lola’s site as “white alpaca”) is marshmallowy soft, and made of top-quality blanket fleece. It’s not listed on the site, but this is a worsted/aran weight yarn; I’d recommend US 7 needles. Oh my… it makes you just want to be naked in it. I love, love, love alpaca yarn. LOVE it. Now to find a pattern…
Five or so inches into my sock, I went into the kitchen to make lunch for the kids… I came back to find Miss Em walking just as fast as she can with my sock needles… without the sock. I found it under my desk, and she stretched open the cuff, so I had to frog it. *sigh*
In order to cheer myself up, I went to the Mercantile and picked up a skein of Noro Kureyon Sock, size 1 DPNs, and size 1 circs so I can master Magic Loop. Well, I originally went there to get size 8 DPNs, but they only had the 6 inch lengths and I need at least an 8 inch for the sleeves of Evie’s sweater. I’ll have to pick some up tomorrow at JoAnn or something, since that is the only other place to get a flipping knitting needle in these parts (without driving 2 hours).
Shalom is going well. I’m about 25% into the body portion of the sweater. I will have to pick up some buttons when I’m in Erie this coming weekend (and the DPNs might wait until then, come to think.) I think the Cultured Purl is open on the weekend… I’ll have to check.
That is all for now. I’m going to go work on my sock.
Well, I finished Drive-Thru up to the armpits, and will cast on for the sleeves just as soon as I procure another pair of size 8 bamboo dpns. I have no earthly clue where mine waltzed off to, but they’re not here. I could knit them flat, but my only size 8 straights are busy with the scarf (still) and I don’t care to knit them on the circs. There that is.
So, I cast on for Shalom. I *really* like the version that Hapichick on Ravelry did, so I’m going to attempt emulation, unless I change my mind. I’ll knit sleeves on it, definitely; I’m just not sure the leaf panel (which I love, btw) will show up nicely in the thick-thin Silky Flamme I have. I’m about 5 inches into the yoke, so it will be time to decide upon that rather soonish. Regardless, a cable would work.
I’ve also thought about the possibilities of said project… how I could tweak it about to make it something more intricate. I might have a bit of a play about that.
I really should be reading my criminal justice stuff tho. I just really want to knit.
I cast on for Drive-Thru today, since classes have started, I have a migraine, and I don’t feel as if I have the time to pay attention to squat anymore (yes, I’m whining. I do that occasionally.) Anyway, I love how it’s coming out. Miss Evie doesn’t like close-fitting ribbing, so instead of using 7 circs to do the ribbing, I just cast on the 8’s and it’ll end up being more decorative than functional. Also, next time, I’m not casting on with a backward loop. Right now, 2 inches into the sweater, it just doesn’t look as neat as I’d like. I still might frog it and start over… but likely it’ll end up working itself out. I really like the yarn I got for the project; Luna by Cascade Yarns. I’m not usually a fan of 100% cotton, but this is soft and doesn’t dry my hands out like cotton usually does.
I’ll post pics eventually.
Sooo… I decided to try my hand at making stitch markers since I have a rudimentary knowledge of jewelry making. I think I did pretty well, and after rubbing them on the scarf, have made them 99% snag-free. If I can conquer the snag factor (these three I made really didn’t snag at all) then I might just sell them on Etsy.
I took the pic with my Blackberry, so it’s a bit blurry… but the idea is there.