Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Hello, I'm now an Oregonian

Yes, it's been a long time since I've blogged, but let's see... I found out we were moving and 4 days later we had all our belongings in a POD. The following day we drove to Oregon. And now, three weeks later, we are under contract to buy a house. I'd say that excuses me from slacking on the blogging.

I haven't, however, stopped knitting through all of this. I of course brought all of my needles and various accessories (ball winder, stitch markers, etc.), but all I needed was some yarn. Not hard to find here in Oregon.

I purchased some stuff from Elann and had it shipped to my in-laws' house (where we're temporarily shacking up). One project I've been working on is Ene's Scarf in Peruvian Collection Baby Silk in the color Raspberry. Aside from a few pattern repeat blunders, it has been relatively easy to follow. This is the thinnest yarn I've ever worked with, but at least it's done on size 6 needles since it's lace. That's about as small as I'll go - I just prefer to work with larger needles.

Ene's Scarf from Scarf Style in baby alpaca/silk blend
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The other project I have for those mindless-knitting-while-watching-TV times, is a 3x3 rib scarflet in Lorna's Laces Angel. I actually started knitting it (I made up the pattern), and decided that I could make it a little wider and longer. So, I ripped out the first half and I'm going to start over. Here are the two balls ready for a second go. This yarn is so incredibly luscious. I highly recommend it if you're willing to splurge a bit (it cost about $10 for a 25g hank, 50 yards).

Lorna's Laces Angel in Sand Ridge colorway
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And finally, my in-laws just got back from a 2-week trip to Italy and lookee what I got! Real Italian yarn, spun right there in Florence. I just love the interesting yarn construction of the burgundy yarn - doesn't it look like it's crocheted in chain stitch? Fabulous!

Euro yarn!
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Very cool, very interesting yarn
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