I woke up at 4:30 today – had so much work to do, and wanted to get things done. Because I was doing summer hours today – and I had plans! The Wooly Lamb had sent me a coupon (20% off!), and since I didn’t get yarn for the Chinese Lace pullover when I was in Philadelphia, I thought I’d go and see what I could find. I met Chris, and started by stopping for lunch at Cracker Barrel (how can you not love that place?).
I think it was a succesful mini yarn crawl….
Although I really intended to do the next Chevron Scarf from my stash…I just couldn’t resist this Claudia Handpaint
and I found the perfect yarn for the Chinese Lace pullover…this is actually a blue/teal/navy type color…but so beautiful. I’ve never used Silky Wool before, but I am really looking forward to using it. I am trying to use Chris’ method of project management – no more than one of each type at a time (so one sweater, one shawl, one socks, etc). Since I have 3 sweaters, two socks, one shawl and one scarf…I don’t think I’m there yet!
After that, we went back to Chris’ house where I got to see her beautiful new fiber room….and I did something new….
How cool is this? Chris showed me how to crochet – and I have to say she really is a good teacher . She only made fun of me once or twice! It’s a bit uneven, and it doesn’t feel comfortable at all (how weird is it to do this on one needle?), and I keep on trying to cast on when I turn the rows…but I’m crocheting. And you know, I like it. Its sort of fun. I can’t imagine how some of the other things are done, but I have single and double crochet down (sort of)…I may just get wild this weekend, and try some other stitches from the book I bought. There is a pattern for a very pretty shawl that I’d like to try – but I think its a bit much for me. I’m sort of amazed at all the crochet sites online – I don’t know, I guess I am so focused on knitting I never really thought about what was out there for crochet – but there are amazing patterns, CAL’s, groups, blogs. How exciting! So thanks to Chris for helping me with a new obsession!
I’m still working on the Lutea shell – I was hoping to get Chris’ help on it since I just can’t get the shoulders right, but I was totally distracted by the crochet thing. I’ll try to work on it tomorrow morning – I don’t know what I”m doing wrong but I just can’t get the pattern right. I hate frogging things over and over – so hopefully tomorrow things will go better. Or maybe I should frog it – and crochet something with the yarn!
Have a great Saturday!