It’s Out!

Vogue Trellis Lace Stole

The new Knitters hit the stands and here it is: Yup, my stole in the Elann ad. I’m a little excited :).
The Secret Knitting is done – it’ll be winging it’s way to the recipient tomorrow – so will be able to show you some pictures soon. I am really happy with the project overall and found some fabulous buttons at a new (to me) shop here in Ottawa. Sewers be warned: this place has some amazing fabric and designer buttons.
I am going to finish off my Yarn Pirate Mad-tini’s this week, I was really enjoying the other project and spent every free minute working on it, but now everything else is shouting to be done.
My Loopy Ewe Sock Club arrived this week, with a skein of Wollmeise – don’t hate me ’cause it’s beautiful – I’ll add the picture later :).

Happy Long Weekend – One More Day To Knit :)!

Interweave Crochet Weekend Jacket And speaking of weekends – the Weekend Jacket is sailing along. Just started the sleeves yesterday and hoping to have all my pieces done by the end of the weekend.

I pulled another KB Design sock out of the naughty basket (they weren’t exactly naughty – I was just overwhelmed with the WIP’s in my house). Japanese Lanterns was written specifically for some awesome Merlin The Cat handspun that came with one of my Monkey Bags – finished sock one Friday and sock two is underway. I thought I’d be clever and write real notes instead of cryptic Med / Dent shorthand, so this may actually be up in the shop soon :).

Jewel Box Scarf – my crochet scarf in dkKnits merino / tencel is about 3/4’s done – need to go to Michael’s and find the perfect crystal drops to finish up. It’s harder to crochet on the bus than knit – must need more practise.

I ordered some gorgeous Lara and Super Kydd from Elann last week – Lara for a short-sleeve Sirdar cardi and the mohair lace for Interweave’s Pineapple Ice Cardigan.

My April Booty Club arrived last week and my first installment of the dkKnits sock club. Check out Sweet Lime and – wait for it – Cliff Huxtable Sweaters :)! The last two months have been real winners for all my sock clubs – not a bad colour in the lot.

Made a new recipe for chicken curry last night – thanks Pam 🙂 – and my family loves me, I really liked me when I had some of the leftovers for breakfast this AM. And just to stay with that theme, DD and I went and signed up for yoga classes, just for the month of June to start. I’m still a big chicken with my back – stupid SUV drivers – but I’m feeling pretty keen right now….

KB Designs Jewel Box Scarf KB Designs Japanese Lanterns

A Few Things On The Go

So, with the stole out of the way, I’ve been able to work on a few other things. I’ve got half a pair of my newest design finished – I know it’s really hard to see in the photo – but this has a very pretty Indian design worked into it – inspired by a gorgeous dupatta that I own. The Posh Yarns “Lei” – a silk / bamboo / wool, is really nice to work with, lots of body and sheen.

I’m in the home stretch with my Cozy V-Neck (from Stephanie Japel’s “Fitted Knits”), it’s worked up very pretty in Elann’s Uros Aran.

The Strawberry Cheesecake scarf is back on the bus for my commute project, but managing the two different skeins is kind of a pain – specially when the bus is packed!

Duets-Not Just For Socks!Alpaca Wool Uros Aran

I am over the moon to have found out that I made it into Round Three of Scout’s Swag Club – third times a charm :)! And also, into the Hello Kitty kit from Wool Girl – yay!

So, I still have not heard from HipKnits about my cashmere order. I really don’t know what to think about a Seller who thinks that it’s allright to completely ignore a customer. Rather like adding insult to injury don’t you think? And that would be $120.00 dollars of injury. I’m wondering too, what shop can afford to just blow someone off like that? Or perhaps I’m too “small potatoes” sale-wise to matter? I guess I’ve got used to the fabulous customer service at places like Wool Girl, Scout, The Loopy Ewe, Posh Yarns, Elann…. Of course, when I order something from them – they actually SEND it! I did make a formal complaint to Paypal, and received an acknowledgment, but I’m still more upset that, after being as patient and polite as I have been, that there has been zero communication from HipKnits – it’s shabby and rude. I guess at the moment, the only satisfaction I have is to know that there are other places to spend my hard earned yarn dollars, places where my business is valued.

Speaking of places you should buy yarn – I have been holding out on the Yarn Pr0n, so here are some of my goodies from the last few months:

From The Loopy Ewe Wool Girl Sock Yarns Scout's Swag

Halfway There…

… and counting (every painful, tiny stitch)! So, here is the never-ending Vogue Trellis Stole (of Doom). This is why I don’t usually post progress pictures of these kind of projects – doesn’t look much different does it? BUT, it’s half done, and these panels actually stretch out to (guessing) 75cm or so. I love the pattern (very easy) and the yarn is wonderful to work with (Elann baby lace merino), but it seems like I can knit like a maniac on this and still have not much to show *Sigh*.

And, as I can’t knit lace on the bus, here is my commute project progress so far on “Charade”.

I’m using a really nice bamboo blend sock yarn from Sereknity, and my KnitPicks Harmony dpns for the first time. I really like these, smooth and light, and just the right amount of “grip” for what can sometimes be a slippery yarn.