I love the cables and bobbles.
I am going to be wearing it this winter.
Monica: I had some yarn leftover from the previous shawl project but I didn’t weigh it to see how much yardage I had left so I decided to just go ahead and knit another shawl and see how big it would be. The yarn is heavier weight than what the pattern used and I used larger needles. I followed the pattern instructions to knit stockinette until I had 193 stitches before I started the feather and fan section but I only knit 2 rows of the lace part before I ran out of yarn. I decided I wanted more lace.
I ripped back to 141 stitches and instead of knitting 3 repeats in the pattern I knit 2. I also wasn’t able to knit as many iterations of the chart before I ran out of yarn. But I think it turned out okay.
It was big enough to wrap around Buddy while he roasted in the sun.
Monica: That pretty face has been taking up a bit of my time. Zoey is an escape artist so we have instituted a 2-leash system — one on her harness and one on her collar. We are working on some obedience training now.
I managed to finish a sweater.
Pattern: Raiun by Kirsten Johnstone
Yarn: Fleur de Fiber Aries Oceanus in Potlucky
I really love this sweater. It’s fingering weight so perfect for air-conditioned indoors. The pattern was not boring at all even though it was a lot of knitting. I am seriously thinking about knitting another one. The wonderful yarn was dyed by Angela and I got it at Windy Knitty a few months ago when she was having a trunk show at the store. I have this obsession with fingering weight sweaters that has caused me to amass sweater quantities of yarn. I think this may be the first one I’ve actually finished. I am working on a worsted-weight sweater now but I might put it aside for another fingering weight one. We’ll see.
So I went with friend Celeste to Yarn Con but never posted about it because I have uploading issues. Whenever I am uploading picture files the gamers in my home get angry. So let’s see how many pictures I can upload before someone asks me why I am making their life miserable…
Okay so no pictures are being successfully uploaded tonight…poop!
So we arrived at Yarn Con not knowing that there was a giveaway to the first 50 people. Since we were among those lucky knitters I started my adventure with a Yarn Con cloth bag of goodies: Yarn Con tsotchkes, small plastic zippered coin purse, small spiral notepad, Yarn Con button, pen, and tape measure. The Fall/Winter issue of By Hand magazine, In a While, Crocodile sweater pattern, Tribune Scarflette pattern, and a skein of Juniper Moon Farm Marlowe yarn.
I didn’t buy tons…just the California Dreamin’ shawl pattern and some Grinning Gargoyle Mink Lace yarn to knit it up in. I also bought some Grinning Gargoyle Daphne in a periwinkle shade called Twinkle. And lastly I finally bought yarn worthy of knitting the Color Affection shawl…I bought a Color Trio of Sophie’s Toes MCN in a blue grey, burgundy and purple-blue.
As far we knitting goes I have completed a few projects. Here is my Pay It Forward Lacey Shawl, an owl hat, and a Norwegian cap for some recently arrived babies. I had actually had the owl hat all knit up quite a while back but I never bothered to sew on the eyes and beak since it was fine detail work. It’s super cute though and was worthy of being completed.
Sorry about all the links but sometimes that’s how it goes…at least I posted….and that is the important thing here.
Happy knitting all and Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Pattern: Starry Night Shawl by Michelle Miller
Yarn: Tilli Tomas Disco Lights in Coral Sap
Monica: I needed another knitting project for the commute and because I finished a scarf that was time-consuming I wanted a quick yet challenging project. Michelle’s shawl patterns usually fit the bill for me. And with beautiful yarn you cannot go wrong.
The yarn has sequins in it which adds a really pretty touch to the shawl but they are difficult to photograph in sunlight. My family members are not usually prone to exclaim over any kind of bling/shininess (is that even a word?) but they were all attracted to the sequins when they saw me knitting the shawl. They would pick up the project and stare at it and say ooh and put it down.
Monica: Today we visited one of our favorite places in Las Vegas — Red Rock Canyon National Park. We had a nice hike and we enjoyed the fresh air outside. It was warm – in the mid-80′s but I won’t complain because when I left Chicago on Thursday it was only in the 40′s. Here are some pictures from today.
Monica: That is what I got in NY a few weeks ago. The brown skein is camel yarn and the pink yarn is a cashmere blend. Both are lace weight and I don’t know what I’ll make with them yet but I’m sure I’ll find something.
Sometimes (who am I kidding – most times) I do not have any willpower and purchase something that I have to have. I saw Wollmeise Lace yarn for sale at The Loopy Ewe and jumped to get a skein. So there it is–isn’t it pretty?
And finally remember when I went to Windy Knitty to see Angela? This is what I bought:
My friends don’t have time for her any more and instead of taking her to a shelter I offered to take her. She’s very sweet and we have lots of fun together.
Monica: My original plan was to go to Purl again since we were going to be in the Soho area. But when we got to Broome Street I couldn’t remember what the store building looked like. Plus I had an entourage of 8 people with me and I know that we would never fit in the store. And even though the ones not interested in shopping for yarn and fabric could wait outside – they don’t and I didn’t want to be rude telling everyone to wait outside. So since I’d been to Purl many times already I didn’t mind missing it this time.
However we decided to go the United Nations plaza on Saturday. And getting off at the closest subway stop would conveniently have us walk by School Products Yarns.
While I was paying for my yarn the owner mentioned that Habu was 4 floors above them in the same building. And I nonchalantly said, “Oh, since we’re in the same building I might as well stop up there.” (Yes I did purchase some yarn but I haven’t had time to take their picture yet.)
There were baskets and shelves full of yarn.
I’ve been able to get their yarn so I wasn’t salivating over it as much as the fabric. But the fabric was very much out of my price range so I just fondled the bolts and left without making any purchases.
Oh and the UN was closed to visitors on Saturday so it ended up being a quick trip for us.
Monica: My sisters and I met in New York to have a quick visit with my mom’s siblings. This was my niece and nephew’s second time in NY so we checked out a few places that they had not seen before. My nephew wanted to try a reuben from a deli so we chose Katz’s Deli.
I did not go inside so I have no pictures of the place. I did taste the corned beef and it was good but I’ve had better. We had yummy dim sum at a restaurant in Brooklyn’s Chinatown.
We went to the New York Public Library.
It’s such a pretty building and has wonderful ambiance that I would visit everyday if I lived there. Here’s a view from the Apple store at Grand Central Station:
The store is HUGE! It was spread out over the entire half of the upper floor. Like every Apple store I’ve visited it was packed full of shoppers.
My niece is 14 years old and one of her favorite activities is shopping. She can’t help it – it’s genetic. That gene is very prominent in her mom and her aunt. One of her favorite stores is Forever 21. She was soooo excited to be going to NYC because apparently there is a huge store in Times Square.
Times Square is a good place to go if you feel like you need to see people. Lots and lots of people.
I dragged my family to a few yarn shops. I will save that post for later.