Monday, January 31, 2005

A wee project! Posted by Hello

Yes, I made a trip to the LYS on Saturday after soccer registration. The pattern is the Opera Scarf from Blue Sky Alpaca. I've been admiring it ever since I saw Susan's version. The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in the Watercolor colorway. The other skein is destined to become socks by combining it with some Baby Silk Alpaca from Elann to make the Old Shale Socks found over at Stitches of Violet. How decadant to have socks made from silk, alpaca, and Lorna's Laces and purple yet to boot. (Actually I think the color is called Eggplant.)

Clapotis took a breather over the weekend. There was some progress on the current pair of Fiber Trends Clogs, but mostly I worked on the Opera Scarf. I also picked up the pattern for the Market Square bag and some black Lopi light. I'm collecting yarn to make another felted bag and was considering the Market Square bag or something along the lines of the Oregon Tote from Knitkit and Judy Scanlon. Probably have to do both.

The other noteworthy news items is that the 10-year-old brought home the second report card of the year and again she has straight A's! Keep it up kid!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Stash enhancement!

Stash enhancement occurred today via the US Mail! The Magic stripes yarn and Size 13 double points arrived. Both will be used in projects that are currenly underway. Hopefully after Girl Scouts I can put some of it to use.

I'm looking over the Opera Scarf pattern found over at Blue Sky Alpaca for a little something for Mom. But I'll need some more yarn...

I'd also like to point out that Inter-library loan is your friend! It's a great way to check out knitting books. I ordered three books on Tuesday. Shawls and Scarves by Myrna Stahman, Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle, and Shawls and Scarves from Knitter's Magazine. I picked up Folk Shawls over lunch today. Looks like the after Girl Scouts and before sleeping time will have to be divided between knitting and reading about knitting.

By the way, be sure to support your local Girl Scout troop by purchasing cookies. This week is the end for pre-ordering. If you didn't get any ordered, just watch your local malls and WalMarts for cookies by local troops. I know they're expensive, but they are good and the troops put the money to good use for the girls.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Progress has been made! As promised, here's the photo of Clapotis. I really like the way the colors are working up and the dropped stitches really look like waves. I'm using Magic Stripes, in the Blue Regatta colorway. So far I've used one skein. I have three more skeins on the way. I think it will probably take one more plus some. The third skein is to make a pair of matching socks.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Sunset at Cape Point, Cape Hatteras, NC Posted by Hello

It's Tuesday and back to work

Winter break is over. We're back at it at work after a short hiatus. It was catchup time. Anyhow, I'll leave you with a photo of where I'd rather be.

The first day...

Yes, it's the first day for my blog. I've been knocking this idea around for quite awhile. I am hoping that it won't take too much time away from knitting. But, I really enjoy the knit-blog community conversation and I hope that by blogging I'll broaden my knitting horizons.

Currently, I'm completely wrapped up in Clapotis from the current issue of Knitty. I resisted, I pulled away, but she kept drawing me back in. And just when I think I'm out -- here I am knitting Clapotis. I'm using Lion Brand Magic Stripe in the Blue Regatta color way. Pretty good choice if I don't say so myself. Being that the name Clopitis refers to waves, the color choice is good. I'm hoping for more of a large scarf to pull over my shoulders on cold winter nights.

I've also been heavy into the Fiber Trends Clogs. The first pair was made with unspun White Buffalo in a teal color and a chunky weight multi color that came from Elann. (I just LOVE shopping there!) Anyhow, the first try was pretty rough. First I had a problem following directions -- If you'd know me, you'd understand -- then felting wasn't great. It seems that unspun yarn and spun yarn felt at different rates. Next pair up was with Nature Garn (again from Elann) and some very lovely Noro Kureyon (from Ebay -- I have 4 skeins). Again, the Noro and the Nature Garn felted at different rates. So, my daughter has a beautiful pair of slippers. Then I finally used all Nature Garn and made a great pair for me. Next up is a pair in Scarlet and Gray (for my Ohio State University fan DH). They are underway but Clapotis grabbed me.

I'll try for some photos tomorrow.