Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Consultation with a Harlot

Last night I had a dream. A very vivid dream. I was on a yarn crawl with a group of people I don't know. Apparently I knew them in my dream, but now that I'm awake, they're strangers to me. So we visit a couple of yarn stores. I remember browsing the shelves and petting the yarn. There was lots of laughter and 'oohing' and 'awing', as there always is on a yarn crawl. I don't think I bought anything though, which is not typical of a yarn crawl. Not for me anyway.

Then we went to an event. I can only surmise that it was a knitting event. Most likely, we were going to hear the Yarn Harlot speak, because I found myself backstage with her while she was getting ready to go on. She was wearing a black strapless cocktail dress that had a full skirt, pretty low heels with pointy tips and a deep red lace stole that she knit herself, of course. I could not tell what the pattern was, or the yarn she used for that matter. It was very pretty though. You'll have to take my word for it. Her hair was very fancy in a simple, yet elegant up-do. Now, if you know anything about the Yarn Harlot, you know this is not a look that she would sport. Still, she looked very pretty. Almost ballerina-esque.

I was telling her about my latest dilemma. She told me to talk fast as she sprayed hairspray on her 'do' and inspected herself in the mirror. I have decided that my next sweater project will be Linden from Twist Collective. I was very excited because I already have yarn in my stash that I've been looking for a pattern for. It's Ella Rae Classic in a slate blue/charcoal grey color. Perfect. Or so I thought. I knit my swatch with US size 8 needles. Not even close to gauge. So I tried size 9. Not close enough. I refuse to go up in size because I won't like the fabric. Even the swatch where I used size 9 was too loose for my liking. Hmm. I told her I was thinking of doubling the yarn and swatching with size 7's or 8's to see if I could get gauge. The problem with that is that I would then need to acquire 3 more skeins of yarn in order to have enough. She laughed. Not at me, more like with me, if I were laughing. More like a, 'I've been in your shoes before my friend, learn from my mistakes' kind of laugh. Then she told me to choose a different yarn. Sigh.

Then I woke up, frustrated because I really want to use this yarn in my stash. I think I'll knit another swatch doubling it, just to see if I could get gauge. I also have some Cascade Pastaza in a yummy chocolate brown in my stash. I think I have enough, so I'll swatch with that too.

In the meantime, I'll finish up my Shetland Triangle shawl. I'm on the 10th pattern repeat for the body. I think I'm going to do 11 before starting the border. Milo was assisting me with the photos. Really, he just loves yarn as much as we do.

I also cast on a holiday gift. The Shifting Sands scarf designed by Grumperina. I needed something to knit in a social setting. I attempted the Shetland in public and wound up exactly back where I started that day. This will be for one of my brother-in-laws. I'm using Manos del Uruguay in color 27.

New projects on the needles, old projects that need to be sewed up, it's getting busy around here. But the best kind of busy! What's new on your needles?

Friday, August 15, 2008


Where did the time go?!

Many things have happened since I last posted. Most notably, I gave notice at work and will be joining the ranks of the unemployed for awhile. This was a difficult decision because I enjoy many aspects of my job. The main reason for this decision is to spend more time with Jeff. He's only home on weekends and since I work in retail, it doesn't allow for us to spend much time together.

Another reason is that we are in the process of adopting a baby from China! This involves a lot of paperwork and organization, which I want to be able to focus on more intently. It will be a couple of years before we get our baby girl, but I'm excited nonetheless.

Speaking of baby girls. My sister had hers July 23rd. Meet my new niece, Ciena Renee.

Isn't she sweet?! I finished her Tulip Baby Cardigan, finally. I couldn't have done it without Madge. Not as quickly anyway. This is the second Tulip kit I've made and I've run out of the border color both times. Aack! The first time I was able to steal from one of the other kits, because I have plenty left over from all of the other colors, but not enough of the border. This time I didn't have that particular color in the other kits. I was telling Madge about my dilemma and that I would have to order a skein of that color. She told me she thought she had that color at home and she wasn't going to use it. Score! Thanks Madge! You saved the day.

Project: Dream in Color Tulip Baby Cardigan #2
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy
Needles: KnitPicks Options US Sizes 7 & 9
Start: End of June 2008
Finish: August 10, 2008

I still love this yarn and plan on making an adult size sweater out of it some day.

I cast on for the Shetland Triangle Shawl. I'll take pictures when I get further along.

I started a food blog called Bun in the Oven. I've been thinking about it for awhile but didn't think I had time for it. Now that I do, I can share my other obsession with the world.

I'll leave you with this photo. As you can imagine, kittens get into everything.

Cooper was sitting with me on the couch and started playing with the tissue box. Well, he put his head into it and couldn't get it out. He kept backing up trying to get it out and he backed himself off of the couch and into the corner. I was laughing hysterically and had to get the camera before I could free him from his situation. I laughed until I his expense. Poor guy. That was a moment I wished that I had a video camera. Priceless.