Friday, March 27, 2009
It was on sale!
I got 17 balls of dark red, 18 balls of brown, 2 white, 2 grey and 3 blue. They are very soft and very shiny. I put them in ziplocks and stored them under the bed. Next to the suitcase full of yarn. Hmm. (Hey, Kelly; you know that big bag I got when I was shopping with you this morning? I went back this evening and got another one Ü)
Of course, I have plans for all this yarn. Vague future plans. lol. I really must spend more time knitting on Friday night (when I go out sin niños) and less time stash-enhancing.
I am a few more inches into the Vivian's sleeve. I've done about 40 rows of it so far. Looks nice. Lots of moss stitch, which I love, though it's a pain to knit. I'm now doing the cables without a cable needle, thanks to the encouragement of Heidi, who's also doing a Vivian. It's going well, actually. No more cable needle behind my ear. hehe.
Real work again tomorrow. Nice to earn some mortgage money, but I'd better not stay up too late.
Tara sent me this. It's a nomination for a charming blog or something nice like that. I didn't feel obligated to pass it on. I might keep it a bit to help me feel less guilty for spending all my money Ü
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So I whipped up this hat out of the choc mint dye job. Only used a third of it.
Then I capped the ends of the long circular, even though I've only got about 15 rows to go until I'm supposed to stop for a while, and cast on a sleeve. Hehe. Nice and simple pattern with a 46-stitch row.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I started thinking that Imitation Chocolate is a nice chocolate brown color, and probably has a high percentage of food dye in it. I tested a teensy bit, and it came out Cadbury Brown! So I hung my second long skein up (from the spice cupboard with pipe cleaners Ü) and chocolated the yarn. Did It Smell Good!
I don't think I'll ever get a ball winder. I love doing it by hand. But I'll have to find a skein bobby thing one day. What are they called? I wonder if they sell that stuff at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Festival? I think we're all going this year. I planned to take the train, but Nathan seems keen to come, too. He's interested in building me a wheel (!) and wants to check them out. Alas, they seem to be in short supply in our little country town.
Well, it's 2:20am, and I am (insanely) not too tired. I love being up late because it's quiet from about 9pm. (Depending on Jasmine). But Byron will be awake in four-and-a-half hours, and I need to be able to drive to the library. He and his BF Zara are going to Toddler Storytime. How cute!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Our kind PM, who thinks the economic crisis would be helped by us all spending money, gave us yet more spending money this last week. Now, we do have a mortgage, but felt obligated to do our Patriotic Duty... and spend some money.
What did I buy two seconds after the free money went into the bank?
One set of Knitpicks Harmony Interchangeable Circulars from Knitting Inspirations, along with some spare tips and cables.
800g of yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills. I got one (200g) ball of DK 100% Alpaca in "Natural Cream", a ball of Camille in "Freesia" (DK wool with 10% mohair and 5% cashmere) and 2 balls of (bulky weight) Rustic in "Aran". All that yarn is White. It's for dyeing!
One copy of "Whimsical Little Knits". I already have all the patterns (thanks to the online versions) but Ysolda's also shipping me a hardcopy. I can't wait. The pictures are so cute... I think I'll make everything. I already have plans for the Ishbel lace scarf in reds.
Come on postie!
Thursday, March 12, 2009