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Thursday, January 3, 2008
In all the Christmas and New Years rush, I forgot to show off my birthday yarn.
Two of my local knitterly friends got me yarn for my birthday. I feel loved!
Leah presented me with this on her birthday (the 22nd) as a late birthday present...LOL. She said when she saw the yarn she immediately thought of me. Gee I wonder why?
Leah sees a lovely red sweater for Lorelei.
The on the night of Anne's Christmas party on the 29th, I was presented with this enormous hat box.
So much yarny goodness--I don't know where to start!!
Yesterday, I took the kids out to the post office to mail packages--my reward was a trip to Hobby Lobby. I mainly wanted some ribbon for a cardiganette and while I wandered past the yarn section some beautiful purple yarn jumped into my hands. It'll be perfect for yet another Lorelei Hat (can you tell I am drowning my sorrow for Lorelei's shorn hair in yarn).
The purple ribbon will look so cute with a Rose of Sharon hat I will knit for Lorelei.
I decided to further torture my children and dragged them to Hancock Fabrics for a button for the Celtic Tote. I happened upon the yarn section (looking for size 9 dpns--couldn't find any) and what did the kids see. Dozens of bolts of fleece--50% off fleece.
Mic zeroed on a tiger print.
Lorelei went for the hippo pattern.
It was on sale!!! Now I am in the process of cutting and knotting fringe. It tedious, but Micci is SO excited to have a tiger print blanket.
I also started socks for my niece, I promised her special pink heart birthday socks.
So I am still knitting on the Adamas. I got zero knitting time before, during and after Christmas. Poot! But I am on the last patterned row. I am so close I can TASTE it.
Christmas Eve I also got my dressing wires, so I can start blocking with ease. If I manage to finish it today, I'll block it tomorrow morning, so it'll be dry before bed time.
I shouldn't use if because it WILL be done today. (Even though laundry is calling my name...poot)
Now that I am almost done, I am mentally rubbing my hands together in antipation of the next project. The Swallowtail Shawl! everyone says it can be finished in two weeks. Let's see. And perhaps even finishing up a Lorelei Hat while I am at it.
I also (finally) took pictures of my bracelets that I had made for the craft fair. I had hoped to get them online by Cyber Monday, but it's been so cold-I couldn't go outside to get the natural light for the pics. I need to retake some, but I think by the weekend I'l be able to offer those for sale in the shop.
Here's Lorelei's Lamp Hat. I decided to add eyelets to weave a ribbon through. I bought pink and lavender ribbon ust for this hat. It'll loo so cute once it's finished. I am putting it on the back burner till I finish the Adamas...but now that I am on the main bidy of the hat it should go fast.
I really can't wait till I finish my Christmas Knitting (the Adamas, the Swallowtail, and two pairs of toddler socks), because I have some patterns to write and some patterns to re-kit. I bought some yarn today from Knit Picks -- to appease the Knitting Bunnies and for Christmas knitting.
I hate counting. It makes no sense since most of my hobbies depend on counting: counting cross-stitch and knitting. Today I cast on for a hat for Lorelei (her third year will be known as the Year Lorelei HAD to Wear Hats)--456 stitches!!! ACK it took me freaking hours to cast on. (No she isn't a giant but the hat has a ruffled brim). I counted so many times just to make sure I got it right. I used a circular needle to hold all the stitches and it still wasn't long enough, so counting was a ::insert favourite profanity here:: with all the stitches crammed in together. It's faster for me to cast on using long tail but naturally I need a very long tail. I had to cast on twice because the first time I hadn't used a long enough tail (next time I over estimated and have a ton of yarn left over as a tail). I had to count and count just to make sure I had enough--and argh--it drove me nuts.
I am still not totally sure about my math--I hope I don't end up with a hat fit for a NBA Star.
And I call my self a designer? Yeah, I know.
Michael's is in the midst of a yarn sale--so I bought some Paton's SWS 70% Wool, 30% Soy, to see if it woulf be a good yarn substitute for the Samara Scarf (not that you can't use any yarn--Rowan Tapestry is just PERFECT.) Jamey actually let me buy two color ways because I couldn't decide: Natural Violet and Natural Crimson. Both are fantastic colors.
Lorelei also picked out some yarn for a hat. A lovely beige, pink and teal Bernat Satin Sport.--it's called Meadow.
Yeah I need some pictures...I'll see about adding some tomorrow. We came home too late to take pictures.