Saturday, May 13, 2006

I love spring knits

I love the knits for spring/summer; all the tanks and short-sleeved tops with lacey details and soft, flowy styles. Yes, I love them - but do I look good in them? Not really. I'm better off in a thick wool pullover, where no one will notice the (ahem) rolls.

Still, I can't help but want to make the Eyelet Chemise in the latest Interweave Knits magazine. Though, not in the called-for Euroflax linen. Can't stand to work with the stuff. Definitely something softer.


And have it reiterated lately how much I love having a yarn store less than a mile from my house? I trotted over to the Knitting Bee the other day to see what new goodies they had, and I picked up a couple of fun items. The aforementioned Interweave Knits magazine being one, and also 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora on sale for $2.99, along with a nifty new Mini Kacha counter.


Not sure what to make with the Cotton Angora, but for now, it's a great addition to my yarn shelf. And the little Kacha has been handy during my progress on the Wicker sweater. I still love my full-size Kacha, but I couldn't resist the little green guy.

And here's how the front of Wicker is going. You can see how I substituted the eyelet holes for cables.


I gotta give a shout out to my Secret Pal. Hiya! I just got an email from her (I assume it's a her, because the email handle is "knitmom" - not trying to be sexist here). I'm still waiting to hear who I get to be a secret pal to, and I'm just dying to know! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Here comes the bride...

Not referring to myself, of course (been there, done that!). While shopping for my Ma for Mother's Day, I spotted this dress and had to get it for Trent and Ann's upcoming wedding.


It actually ties in the back, but I kinda like the way it looks tied in front. Anyhow, I ordered some yarn to make a few accessories. I just love any excuse to buy new yarn and make fun little projects!

Although the wedding will be in California at the end of June, it might be a little chilly later on in the evening, so I figure a light wrap or shawl would be a good idea. After perusing the million or so wraps/shawls out there, I really liked the blue version of Tie One On from knitty.

I had worked with Rowan KidSilk Haze before, and although I LOVE the yarn and the stuff made from it, it does require patience and a gentle hand (which I'm not in the mood for right now). I decided to use Alpaca Cloud in Sunlight from Knit Picks instead. Why? Because it's slightly less delicate, and costs next to nothing.

Of course, I'll also need a little bag to carry my essentials. I chose to make the square crochet bag from Leigh Radford's One Skein. I just placed the order for the yarn, Louet Sales MerLin Camelot in Sunflower. It was hard to find online, so I pretty much figured it would be impossible to find in stores.

Now I must wait for all the goodies to show up! Posted by Picasa