Friday, March 31, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
I've made good progress on my ribbed tank except that, I've now that I've tried it on, I need to reknit the cups. Even my insubstantial boobs need a bit more coverage than I've got at the moment. So, more progress on that soon.
On other progress, I've joined the Sexy Knitters Club and will be joining in on the knitalong. I've got stash yarn for both patterns in knitalong Orangina and Somewhat Cowl and I just need to decide which one to do. Or both, which is another option. If I get a moment, I'll swatch and decide!!!
I almost forgot, I've also been to the Stich and craft show at Olympia. I have to say, this show is nothing compared to Ally Pally. However, that doesn't mean I didn't buy anything. (I'll have to show it another time as I've promised hubby I'm not buying any more yarn. Like really!!) Must go, my half an hour is alomost up!!
Thursday, March 16, 2006
I thought I'd keep busy to keep my mind off things. So here's what I made in a few hours. A little halter top for Keira. It's knitted in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in a gorgeous baby pink shade called Pink-a-boo. Hmm the photo is not doing it justice. I'll get Keira to pose in it when I get back. Anyway, the pattern is from Barefoot Knits, a gorgeous book for kiddy knits using Cotton Fleece. I'm going to make a pair of matching shorts. But I must go back to the yarn store in Denver to purchase more Cotton Fleece. The yarn is lovely to knit with, but it has a tendency to get a bit splitty if you frog and reknit. The colour palette is extensive and the cost is very reasonable.
Next up, I managed to find another yarn store in Minturn, near Vail. It's called The Yarn Studio and it's owned by Kathy, the most friendly owner with the cutest dogs. It's a treasure trove of books,patterns and yarn!! I was very well restraint and only bought a few magazines (old Interweave knits and Vogue Knitting) and then I found the pattern for Charlotte's Web. I knew I wanted to make that. So before I knew it, there I was choosing all the different Koigu on display. This is what I chose, but I'm not sure if this is my final decision. Let's wait and see.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
So, I thought I'd start something else instead. I have decided to make Polly's Kiri. It's such a gorgeous shawl. The yarn in Kaalund yarns expression in Waterlilly (just think Monet - beautiful colours- sorry, the colours aren't great on the photo). I bought the yarn at the Knitting and Stitching show last October. After a few false starts, I have managed to get into the groove of the knitting. Knitting laceweight yarn is definitely a skill.
Finally, I started making a little tank top for me with Laines Du Nord Bikini in white which I purchased from Loop (on sale) few weeks back. The yarn is 100% Tactel and is very stretchy. I'm kinda making up the pattern as I go along, so we'll have to see how it turns out. The body is knitted in a 1x1 rib and that's it. I haven't quite decided on the rest yet! Hmm
We leave Denver today to drive to Vail. I'm not sure what the Internet access will be like, but I hope to be back soon.
Friday, March 10, 2006
I've actually made more progress than the picture because I woke up at 3.30am and couldn't get back to sleep again. After an hour of tossing and turning, I got up and decided to carry on knitting. I never liked jetlag but I don't mind it now, if I can get a few hours of knitting!
I love visiting new places and discovering what's on offer. Like most Brits who visit America, we were quite focused on shopping. I was a bit worried about dragging hubby along to yarn stores because I know he'll complain about the amount of yarn I'll buy and the cost of it. He's already complained about the stash! That's the stash that he knows about, little does he know there are other secret stashes around the house. So secret in fact, that I've don't remember what I've done with a big bag of yarn. Well that's another story.
Anyway, I needn't have worried. I was a very good wife and spent 2 hours in a ski shop while he tried on thousands of pairs of ski boots and spent a small fortune on boots and skis. I thought I'd better take the opportunity to drag him around a few yarn stores, he can't complain. I found Ewenique Yarns and Coppelia's Needlepoint, both in central Denver. Both were run by very friendly and helpful ladies. Here is what I came away with. 2 skeins of Cascade 220 in a lovely chocolatey brown, 2 skeins of Koigu in bluey shades, 2 skeins of Jaggerspun laceweight silk and wool in pale pink (gorgeous) and 5 skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (wish I bought more!)The books and magazine which I will show more of soon! There are some gorgeous patterns!! On to more stores tomorrow..
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
I'm also leaving the kids with grandparents for the week. hurray!! I'm hoping they won't be too sad!
Must go, find yarn, patterns etc......
Ps - if you know any good yarn stores in Denver or Vail,let me know!!!