I’ve been pretty good lately about not buying yarn – its not that I don’t like buying yarn (obviously I really do enjoy that!), it’s just that I think I need to start using some of the great yarn I have in my stash. But I just could resist a couple of skeins….
Isn’t that nice? Its Madelinetosh tosh sock (colorway is Tart). I bought it at Angelfire on Halloween because I just had to go see it and of course, once I saw it, I had to buy a skein. I love this colorway – this picture is a little lighter than it really is – its a nice dark red, and I think it will make a really pretty small shawl. I’m thinking of making the Multnomah shawl with it (I heard about this shawl on the the Manic Purl podcast (Ravelry group)- which I really enjoy). Very pretty yarn though, and I’m glad I got it.
I got this at the same time I got the tosh sock – this is Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball. I love this yarn – I made a pair of socks for someone for Christmas with some of this, and really liked how it knit up. Great colors, and the yarn is so soft and wooly. I had to get another ball so I could make myself a pair!
So the next two things I didn’t buy – but received as a birthday gift from Chris (I’m so bad about blogging lately – I got these last month, and they’ve been sitting patiently waiting for their turn in the spotlight). First up is some very pretty yarn from A Touch of Twist. This is a silk/merino blend, and very very pretty.
I think Chris got this at Rhinebeck – I know I’ve bought yarn from this seller at Maryland, so I think she probably was at Rhinebeck too. I have 600 yards – enough for a lacy cowl or small shawl. Very pretty – such a subtle color and I know I’ll enjoy working with it.
Chris also gave me some roving – so pretty! This is from The Thylacine – its 100% British oatmeal BFL (I know no idea what the oatmeal means). Its so nice, and I love the colors. I haven’t spun in so long, but this is going on the top of the fiber basket, and I hope to get to it over the holidays when I’m off work. Thanks, Chris – what great presents!
I had last Wednesday off (Veteran’s Day), and spent a really nice day. I was the only one off, and I had lots of time to do just what I wanted to do. I ran to the yarn store for yarn for a holiday gift (as a side note – all of this holiday knitting is really bad for blogging since I can’t put anything up for family members that read this blog – sigh. But you can always see what I’m working on on Ravelry – assuming I get all of the projects up!). After the yarn store, I met Larry for lunch, and then had a nice relaxing afternoon to myself for napping and knitting. I must say – having a day off in the middle of the week is sort of nice every once in a while!
Larry and I went to Maryland yesterday to visit Andrew – it was a long day, but we had a very good time. We went to the UMD football game (they lost), and then went out to dinner at PF Changs – which was located in a mall in Rockville. We went through Lord & Taylor on the way back out, and I got a great down coat for an amazing price. I can’t wait for it to get cold here so I can wear it! It was great to see Andrew, and spend some time with him – I miss him – its so hard when kids are far away.
I’ve been feverishly knitting away on my holiday projects, and have just about three done – then I’ll have three to go. I think I’m in pretty good shape, and don’t expect any last minute pressure/craziness to finish – I made sure all the projets are small and quick! And I’ve been very good about not starting anything else. Except today I saw that the winter 2009 Twist was up – there are some amazing patterns that I immediately put into my Ravelry queue. But this pattern – Cambridge Cables – made me start pricing out Madelinetosh Tosh Merino. I was so close to buying – but then I closed all the browser windows. Stupid holiday knitting. But isn’t that pretty? I’ve been losing weight, and though that perhaps I’ll buy the pattern and yarn as a reward for myself once I hit my next milestone. I think that will be a good motivator – and it will delay this long enough for me to finish what I need to finish!
OK, back to the holiday knitting grind…have a good week!