I went to a new yarn store today, and unlike every other yarn store I’d been in before today, they had Lorna’s Laces. To be more specific, they had every variety of Lorna’s Laces yarn I’ve ever heard of, including custom dyed batches. I managed to restrain myself to two skeins. Each one cost as much as all the other yarns and book put together, but I regret nothing.
I may not even make anything with it. I could just spend the rest of my life fondling it and rubbing my face in it and die happy.
Today I am blocking baby sweater pieces in preparation for sewing them together.
Last Friday I blocked the green shawl to give to my mom on Sunday. I forgot to take a picture, though.
It’s that time of year when my hands start to sweat a lot, so I will probably be looking to start a new lace project soon. I find lace weight yarn easier to work with in the heat.
Of course I also have all the sewing, so there’s that too.
I may have a bag/pouch addiction… but this is just the right size to hold my music stand and two recorders, and I’ve been saving this fabric for just the right project. The inside is lined with canvas for durability, and I’m going to make a shoulder strap out of Lucet cord.
Yep…I’ve thought all of these things at one time. What about you?
Yeah, this is pretty much my bedroom, minus the cat.
Today I am doing a gauge swatch for a baby sweater. My sister is due with her first child next month. I gave her a book of patterns at her baby shower and she picked out two patterns she liked, so I am planning to do the first in a six month size and the second in a 12 month size.
This is my first time working with Cascade 220 Superwash. It’s very soft, which is good because I was a bit concerned about making baby things out of wool, but it’s what the pattern calls for.
I made a thing! Lined cotton tote bag with fold-over flap top. Going to use this for carrying around SCA music stuff.
Pretty proud of myself for figuring out something cool to do with a remnant that I initially dismissed as too small for a garment.
I actually had two goofs yesterday.
The wool hat I had knitted felted into a flat circle, and no amount of blocking could make it into a hat again.
After that I gave up and wound yarn for a different sock project. I managed not to injure myself, ruin the yarn, or break any furniture in the process, but it was a near thing.
Not the start I was hoping for.
Finally finished the sock cuff I’ve been working on and off for the past 10 months.
It’s too small. My gauge measurement failed me. *sigh*
Non-Evil Acrylic Needles
Speaking of knitting needles, a few months ago I ordered the sampler set of interchangeable needle tips from Knitpicks. I already knew and loved the nickel and Harmony wood needles, but had avoided using the Zephyr acrylic tips because every other acrylic needle I’d ever used was sticky, bendy, or both. But I’m using the Zephyrs tonight and am pleasantly surprised that they in fact do not suck. Since they’re the cheapest of the three options by a significant margin (at least 33%), this is worth noting.
I’d already noticed that there’s also a significant variance in the quality of various bamboo needles, even from the same manufacturer. Clover has a “Takumi Velvet” line that is much nicer than the cheaper bamboo needles they sell at the big box stores. So I guess the lesson here is if you don’t like needles made out of a certain material, try a higher quality version before deciding to completely write it off.