Saturday, April 30, 2005

Indecision bliss

Well, I pretty much finished a cardigan I had been working on. I got to the very end, where it calls for scallop-edge crochet detail. I didn't get very far before my wrist started acting up. For some reason, when I crochet, my wrist cracks and I end up getting carpal tunnel. So there's a UFO on my side table. Waahhh!!

As I sat there wondering what to do next, I saw a yummy looking throw in The Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits. Basically, it consists of knitting a single row of various yarns. At the beginning and end of each row, I've been knotting together the ends to secure and create fringe. This project sounded perfect, since I couldn't decide what yarn I wanted to work with.

I made a trip to my stash closet, and laid out all candidates. It appeared I had a lot of yarns in the green/brown category. I grouped together the "finalists" and started knitting! I've been picking a different yarn for each row, and deciding them as I go along. Here's what I have so far:

WIP - Design your own throw!
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If anyone's interested, here's the list of yarns used (so far):
*Classic Elite Waterspun in Olive
*Lambs Pride Worsted in Old Sage
*Bernat Cameo in Aqua Heather
*GGH Soft Kid in 67 Dark Brown
*Crystal Palace Merino Frappe in 20B New Sage
*GGH Relax in Olive
*Elsebeth Lavold Angora in 15 Bronzed Green
*Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed in 113 Russett
*Great Adirondack Softy in 113 Pheasant
*South West Trading Company Fur Real in Bear Cub
*K1C2 2nd Time Cotton in 772 Scottish Moor
*Gedifra Fashion Trend Stripe in 4668
*King Yarns Kiss in 504
*a few mystery yarns that I purchased back in Texas, one of which looks like Muench's Touch Me

More yarns will likely be added as I find other scraps in my stash!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Holy frijoles!

Boy, my (now not so Secret) pal, Lisa, really likes to go out with a bang! I'm still in shock over all the stuff she sent for my final package:

Last, but certainly not least!
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There was also a tin of tea, but it didn't make the picture because I put it away after showing it off to Mike ('here, take a whiff of this - doesn't it smell good?!'). It was spiced apple cider tea. Mmmmm....

Okay, so here's the funny thing about this package:
1). I've been itching to do one last felting project before it really warms up, and I've been wanting this exact pattern for the Oregon tote, but never got around to it. Problem solved!
2). I've been curious about Lion Brand's Landscapes yarn, especially how it will felt, after seeing the Felted Pullover pattern in the Winter 2004 issue of Interweave Knits. Problem solved!
3). I've been hearing a lot of chatter about the kettle-dyed, handpainted yarns from Uruguay. I was about to place an order, but I think I got distracted because it never happened. Problem solved!
4). I've somehow lost about half of my stitch markers. The pretty ones at my LYS sell for $18/pair. Problem solved!
5). What girl doesn't love an endless supply of tea, soaps, candles, and lippy stuff?
Yeah, that last one isn't really a "problem". I just had to make it known that all this stuff is really yummy, and really appreciated! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lisa. You're awesome!