Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Something for the Knitting Bag!

The Wallaby is under way. After all those socks, that yarn feels so soft and chunky! Auden promises it is soft enough for her. We shall see. I think I'll like knitting it, anyway. No seams. Lots of pink.

Off to my college reunion tomorrow, I think I'm only taking the socks for the car. Not ready to sit around knitting *at* reunion events yet.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

More stash

This is probably when I need to know how to tone pictures. This is such a hard-to-describe color. It is definitely more purply in person.

I feel like I should make something with this yarn! But is it better to find a project I love, and not worry if it fits the yarn I have? At least for a first project for me?

In the meantime, I think I'll cast on the Wallaby.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Project Musings

Auden wants a pink hooded sweater. (Actually she wants gold or silver, but she'll settle for pink.) I'm thinking of resurrecting the Wonderful Wallaby idea with the Debbie Bliss Merino. If Auden approves. Of course then I'm worried that I'll make the whole thing and it will be too "fratchy" again like the ill-fated poncho of last year. I guess that's what smaller cousins are for.

I want to make something for me!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Bag Redux

This is the bag I ended up with. The Vera bag, narrower, actually slightly taller, no zipper. After much agonizing, I decided the pros of this one (I will use it often, NOW) outweighed the hypothetical pros of the other one (will be good when I do a big project) and even the non-hypothetical pros of the other one (would have zip closed for airplane trips.)

I am feeling good about this one, and I am done deciding! And if it looks worse to you, keep in mind these pictures are no longer taken by a professional.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I'm sure I don't know where THAT came from ...

A little more stash ... I couldn't resist the price. I actually like this color; I once had a sweater much like it. But I didn't get enough to make something for me, I don't think.
Herrschner's sent me 10 balls from one dye lot and two from another. Kind of annoying. I wonder if that's typical for them.

Anyway, for the record:

Debbie Bliss Merino Aran
100 percent Merino
Color: Violet
18 sts/10 cm (US 8)
1020 yards (12 50 g skeins)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Testing My Mother's Day Present (or: Why My Blog Will Look Less Pretty from Now On)

So not only did my husband get me a Beautiful Knitting Bag for my birthday, he got me a digital camera for Mother's Day, which happened to be the very next day. So now I can post whenever I want! And the pictures will no longer be beautifully lit and professionally composed. He wants me to tone them, but that seems like a lot of work. (Is it?) I'll have to see how bad they look.

It's the tiniest camera ever. It freaks me out. I wasn't quite ready for the digital age, but I did want to post on my blog. He is the Best Husband Ever.

This sock is for him. Regia wool, again, same basic pattern. I changed it to a 5-3 rib, which I like. I don't really like the smaller rib cuff. Next sock will be different. (Well, not the very next one, that should be the same. But the one after that.)

And I need to figure out my summer projects! I want to do something in Fair Isle, so I don't forget how -- I think the Mushroom Hat from Homespun, Handknit. And then something big, to put in my big knitting bag and carry around with me. Something for me maybe? Or not.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

What I Got for My Birthday

It's very very beautiful. I love it! It's far more beautiful than anything I would have gotten for myself. It's a Vera Bradley "Miller" bag, from my loving husband. My only concern: is it too big? You can't really tell in this picture, but when I am holding it, it is really quite big. 24" across, to be specific.

I looked at some other Vera Bradley bags in the store today (my loving husband took the children to the circus! without me! Happy Mother's Day!!!) and there is a tote that I like a lot, but has a toggle instead of a zipper, and then the diaper bag (or Baby Bag) which has a zipper and is just about the right amount smaller.

Decisions, decisions.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Two Socks Are Better Than One

Yay! A pair of socks. They're so comfortable! I don't know why that surprises me so much. I love them. Now I need to start a new project before my parents get here (Wednesday) and I can't get to the yarn stash (in the guestroom.)

Oh and ...