Monday, February 19, 2007

1 Step Forward and 2 Steps Back

I've been much too busy buying yarns and books and fiber and tools to remember I hadn't posted this yet. I went to Stitches West last weekend and promptly caught a cold so I haven't any pics of the immense haul from that trip to show. Next time.

And really, all I've accomplished in the almost last month is stash enhancement. Not just at Stitches. I've started a couple of additional projects and have ripped the Here There Be Dragons socks back and ordered yet more sock yarn in an attempt to find a good match up between color and pattern. The first yarn I had chosen was much too wild a yarn for the stitch pattern to show up. I might try Grumperina's Jaywalker socks in that yarn to see if it might work better. I've gotten the two mail order options and also picked up two other possibilities at Stitches for the HTBD sox. I love that sock pattern, so making four pairs seems perfectly reasonable to me at the moment. I love the stitch pattern, although I did decide that alternating left and right leaning Make Ones looked cleaner (in my knitting anyway), than just using the left leaning one which seems to be the instruction.

It also took me almost an hour to figure out the Twisted German Cast-On and I'd never have managed it without that link. Thanks so much Sandeleh! I love that cast on. I dunno if this is infatuation or the real thing but I'm all about the twisted right now. It's pretty, and stretchy and man does it look cool and complicated while you do it. I love it when knitting looks harder than it is.

I also still haven't managed to start spinning up the yarn for the poncho so that's gonna end up for next winter for sure.

And while I now have the tapestry loom I need for a small weaving project I'm still working out exactly how to accomplish what I envision. I need to find some sort of pixilating tool or something I think.

Stitches West report next time, this is already too long and I haven't even gotten to the FO yet.

I did manage at last to send off SIL's extremely late birthday package so can now post a pic of her scarf. Modelled by our latest addition to the family, the scarf is Stitch Diva Studios' Curlicue Ruffle Scarf done in Kidsilk Haze, Collinette Zanziba and Rowan err-um-something glittery.

And the colors in that pic (on my monitor anyway) are accurate for the dog (except for the Goa'uld eyes) and the rug but a bit bright for the actual scarf I think. I'll try to do better next time.

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