Sunday, February 27, 2005

van gogh a go-go

Jumping on the Knit Picks bandwagon...

Bought these skeins of
Knit Picks merino style. Beautiful, soft and knits up quickly -- qualities I look for in a yarn. The swatch, so far, is true to gauge at 5.5 stitches to an inch on U.S. #6. Not sure yet what the rows/inch will be.

Thinking about making "Peppermint Twist" from
Stitch 'n Bitch. The gauge is off and will require a little math. With the colors I want to use, I guess I'll have to call it something like "Irises a la Peppermint Twist," don't you think?

Sunday, February 20, 2005

in the bag

Look what my Secret Pal sent me! Isn't it great? The knitting bag has several handy pockets and a nifty shoulder strap. Thanks, Secret Pal!

Not much news on the knitting front. The seed stitch scarf is still in progress. It's going painfully slowly, though. It's 15" so far and I'm still knitting with the first ball! I really must stick to larger needles and thicker yarn.

PS: Frogged the guacamole project... you don't want to know.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

little seeds

I bought three balls of this yarn in L.A. this weekend. It's Lane Borgosesia Oceano. I love the way variegated yarn looks before it's knitted, but I'm not a fan of it when it's knitted in stockinette stitch. Too stripy. Which leads me to this....

Seed stitch scarf on size 5 (!) needles.
Don't you like how the colors blend?

Stitches West 2005

The feelers go out...

Is anyone going to this next weekend?

I haven't signed up for any of the classes. Was wondering if it's worth the trip to check out the market.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Hello Secret Pals!

Just wanted to post a quick howdy to my secret pals! Hello!

This is my first time as a secret pal participant.

I've already sent a package to the name I was given. Unfortunately, $50 doesn't go a long way. To spread it out, I'm going to have to forget about cashmere... unless you know of a good place for relatively cheap cashmere. Let me know!

EDIT: Found out I was mistaken on the dollar amount. $50 is the minimum, not the maximum. Hello, LYS!

Guacamole project is progressing slowly. This knitting without training wheels, or hands, or a pattern is both exciting and scary. I guess I am looking at it as more of a process thing, or an exercise... hopefully not one in futility!