Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Curvalicious Progress

I've been happily knitting on my cardigan. It is knit intarsia-style, in the round completing the bodice as a whole, so I'm quite pleased to announce that I have 3 1/2 inches done!! I'm almost ready to begin the waist shaping, which adds interest to the knitting, making it a bit more challenging.

For tonight, I'll leave you with a funny picture of one of my cats, Thor. (So named, by my Sci-Fi loving husband after the little gray alien in Stargate SG-1.)

Yes, that's a cat in a washing machine! This crazy cat crawled in here when the washer was half full of dirty clothes. Imagine the surprise when my husband went to finish filling it!

Monday, January 29, 2007

A Day of Yarn Shopping

On Saturday my friend and I, along with her 6 year old daughter, took the day to go yarn store hopping. We visited a store in Tacoma, Fibers Etc. Wow, the owner had a ton of different yarns and was great help when asked about her stock. Unfortunately, we really didn't know what we wanted, so we left without any purchases, but the store sure was an adventure to shop in!

On our way back north (toward home) we stopped at Ikea for lunch, and then continued on to Main Street Yarns in Mill Creek. We liked this store, and wandered around for almost an hour, but still didn't find "just the right thing." I'm really not sure what we were looking for, but whatever it was sure didn't bite.

We finally ended up at Pacific Fabrics. Although their selection was much smaller than Fibers Etc., we each made a purchase. I decided to start knitting a spring sweater for my self from Big Girl Knits, Curvalicious Cardigan. I decided on these colors:

I found and loved the pink, Cascade 220. I tried looking for an espresso color that would work, but couldn't find anything I really liked, even with help! However, our time had slipped away. So, on Sunday, I went to the Village Yarn and Tea. They had Berroco's Ultra Alpaca in a dark brown. I loved it! I was so excited for a new project that I went home and finished the first inch before I went to bed, last night. I'm really loving the contrast in the colors and am excited to see it continue to take form.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Finally posting...

These past 2 months have been very busy, so I've not had time to post. There has been much knitting going on, as I knitted at least one item for each family member. I knit several pairs of gloves, socks and many scarves. As I love intricate details, most of the scarves had cables on them. I also knit Christmas stockings for my husband and I. This is something I've been wanting to do for the longest time, but simply haven't taken the time to do it until now. What finally made me choose a pattern was the opportunity to knit them with my online friends. Laura hosted the Mistletoes KAL, so I did get busy and work on these. However, they were barely finished in time for Christmas!

These were knit from the book Christmas Stockings: 18 Holiday Treasures to Knit. These are the "Hugs and Kisses Aran Stocking." I just loved it when I saw Firefly's completed stocking and decided that I, too, would knit this pattern.

Since Christmas, I've started many projects and will try to post some later on what I'm currently working on.