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Yarny goodness, possibly made of cocker spaniels. April 7, 2010

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I went to a little event for work – with some people you may have heard of – and on the way back I decided to cruise by

ReBelle to fondle some Springy non-wool yarns.  You will not be surprised to hear that I bought some. See?

What’s that? You actually want to see what’s inside the bag?

Here’s a peek:

It’s the yarn of the month at ReBelle, Eden Madil, in color 623. I bought five skeins (all they had in that colorway…that’s right, it’s mine all mine! Get your own!). I’ve used this yarn before. It’s very soft, and has beautiful stitch definition, and wet-blocks wonderfully. It’s slippery as heck, so I’m going to have to wind it into cakes on the ballwinder so it won’t fall apart while being knitted, but that means that it should be able to show off drop stitches very nicely.  The plan is to make a Clapotis (yes I’m officially the last knitter on the planet to make this pattern) to wear to a couple of weddings coming up this Summer. (You know how it goes – the church is always cold, then you get hot at the reception, then cold again leaving at night, and someone’s Great Aunt Mabel always says uncovered arms are inappropriate in church, even though you weren’t aware that your friends’ extended family members were apparently from 1895 and members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union…).

Now the real question is – what’s with the two dogs on the label? If you were a non-English speaking person, wouldn’t you assume that this yarn was made of dog?

 

Olympic Goal, Achieved March 1, 2010

It was touch and go for a while. I was knitting through an injury, as I had a wisdom tooth extracted last week. Doped up on Lortab for 24 hours, I lost valuable knitting time as I slept the day away. However, I was able to pull it together in the last days of the competition, and sprint to the finish during a visit to Rebelle yesterday. The sweater, though in dire need of blocking, is done. Here’s a look:

And, because binding off this sweater at Stitch ‘n’  Bitch meant I was sitting in a yarn store with empty needles, I made a wee purchase:

Yup, that’s Malabrigo Silky Merino. There is nothing more sinfully soft than this yarn. Except maybe puppy ears. But you can’t knit with puppy ears. I think this yarn wants to become a soft, lacy spring scarf, perfect for urging Winter to take a hike, already.

 

Gift Fail December 16, 2008

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I am an example of Gift-Giving FAIL. The men’s socks I’ve been working on are for my boyfriend’s birthday (Dec. 30). I asked him to try them on, not specifying who they were for. Then I became concerned that he realized they were for him, and figured “if the jig is up I might as well ask him specifically if the pattern is to his liking.” Apparently he hadn’t deduced that they were for him, but thought I was just having him try them on as a model, since he has a foot the same size as my dad and brother. Woops. So they aren’t a surprise anymore, but I suppose that’s ok. I have one other small, non-crafty gift for him as well. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas I don’t want to just lump it in with his Christmas gifts, but the lines do blur. So I may move one other of his Xmas gifts over into the Birthday allotment. Seriously, I am very bad at surprising people. I need to just learn to keep my mouth shut.