Sunday

Wow! Middle of April already. Where does the time go? Seems just yesterday, I had made a commitment to resurrect this blog and my long-neglected shops and projects.

I can become a little too enthusiastic at times though and am suffering a dreadful dose of “Startitis”.

I’ve been dreaming of projects and waking in a tizzy to grab a hook or needles and some yarn. My home looks like an explosion in the Noro factory (colourful, messy and with lots of bits stuck in it, lol!).

I MUST finish something or my poor brain will spazz. There are times that I’m grateful to have ADD, other times I swear someone could find me in the textbook.

As all my projects are larger, I’m going to try to focus on just one part of one. The scarves really should have been done by now, along with the photos. My inner teenager has conspired against me on this last part of it though, the dreaded seventh scarf. Today I will finish.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single

Colour change. Hand dyed skeins have much more personality than commercial.

I know now that I will run out of yarn for  Chameleon, so setting that aside until I can get my hands on more of the contrast / border colour. No hardship to go and browse at Jimmy Beans! When starting the Blackwood Shawl, I knew that I would either run out or need to make adjustments. I calculated a mod but the more I looked at the scale and what the finished size will be, I really wanted to make it to pattern. Fortunately for me The Yarn Company had a couple skeins of this very limited colourway left. Their customer service was great and being in NY, it won’t take long to get here. Yay Roxanne! Zen Yarn Garden from right here in Ontario (where I am today) has grown so much.

Now must be off. This turned into the longest post ever, when meant to be more of a disclosure for incentive! There are many chores to be done before any knitting. The Beau should be here soon and I’m certain he won’t want to see what a crazy yarn lady I can be when he’s away!

Yarn Pr0n photo, before I have to hide this away with the rest of the stash. My Wollmeise score from Loopy’s last update:

Wollmeise Pure

Petit Poison Dark

Petit Poison Dark

Slightly better representation of colour. Deepest, darkest, Merlot with almost no variegation.

Worsted For Wear

Thank goodness all these projects that are currently on my plate are worsted weight! Right at the moment it feels like no progress at all but things are being whittled down.

SPNF#9 is finished:

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy #9 - Finished

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy #9 – Finished

And SPNF#10 is on the hook and progressing well:

Scarves Plain 'N Fancy #10 - WIP

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy #10 – WIP

I like this stitch pattern but was looking for something that would have a stronger horizontal “feel” as a compliment to the very vertical look of the knitted version in this same shade. I’m looking at it and it is much bigger now and contemplating unravelling and going with a different stitch.

Poor ‘ole SPNF #7 is still plodding along. Its not that I don’t like it or care to work on it, just seems that anything worked in a twisted stitch doesn’t move along as quickly as other stitches do. The rows lack the typical stitch height, to me anyway.

I was able to pick up DS’ afghan and sort out the pattern stitch (the book is still packed and stacked under a myriad of boxes) without trouble and although it is already rather large and ungainly to work, what with it’s current size and the seven skeins for the colourwork, I’m enjoying it and pick it up almost as often as these last couple of scarves.

I call this “Circuit Knitting”.

Its kind of like circuit training but far less sweaty and really helps to keep my fingers shapely!

My Jimmy Beans order, several skeins of Crystal Palace “Mini Mochi” to make this gorgeous Chameleon Baby Blanket, made a circuitous trip in getting to me but I picked it up at the P.P. yesterday and am anxious to  start. This yarn shop has THE best customer service.

Mini Mochi colours for the Chameleon Baby Blanket

Mini Mochi colours for the Chameleon Baby Blanket

I’ve a busy week ahead, hope to have an FO or two to show off when I’m back here.

Cheers!

Pretty In Pink

I can’t believe how productive I can be when I stay focused. Number eight is flying off the hook a little faster than number seven. In fairness, I’ve only been working on seven during breaks at work… Breaks being the operative word.

They are already further along than these pictures and I’ve got the patterns picked for the last two scarves. Hoping to be starting those by the weekend. Poor Concetta… I was flying along on that but when I was about to start the sleeves, I realized I had no bamboo dpns in the correct size. I. Know. This is very difficult to believe considering how many sizes and types of needles I have but ’tis true. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of a parcel from Jimmy Beans to rectify that situation and to see the Manos del Uruguay “Serena”alpaca cotton blend that fell into my basket on the way to checkout.

SPNF #7 WIPSPNF #8 WIP

SPNF #6 Finished

 

ETA: Totally forgot to post the finished photo of SPNF #6!