Tuesday, November 28, 2006


I knit very little over Thanksgiving. A few rows on the actual day, I think.

But did a lot of talking about knitting and knitting-related things.

Dave's mom offered to knit us another afghan. Cool! She said that she does them now on US 17 and needs 10 balls of Lion Brand.
So yesterday I inspected some colors in person, and finally seleted Barley.

Yesterday JoAnn had free shipping, so I had all the yarn shipped directly to her! Thanks JoAnn!
This picture doesn't show it off well. It matches our furniture and leans more in a direction that I'd like to go colorwise (instead of the always orange direction).

Then my father visited and I told him I knitted the sweater I was wearing (baby alpaca, drops design). He did not reply. I said, "Did you hear me?" He said, "Something about your sweater." I said, "Yes, I knit it." He just sort of nodded, like, uh huh.

So the next day, I asked him if he could create sweater closures out of leftover wood (he's a woodcarver). So I brought down a bunch of sweaters that I had made to illustrate my point. I said, I MADE these. He says, "Yes, I can tell."

And people wonder why one day was all I could stand with the man.

Then he asked me to knit him a scarf. Trying to help him pick a color other than beige or brown to go with his beige coat was quite a struggle. We finally settled on these two colors:

The scarf will be knitted horizontally (CO a gazillion stitches) in stripes. Luckily he doesn't want it to be too long. So I purchased some Knitpicks Options Needles with a 47" cord. While I was shopping, I thought maybe Dave's mom would like some needles as well. So I called her to check. She told me that she's been knitting afghans on 29" circulars!!!!!!!!!!!! So I bought her some US 17 with a 40" cord.

Also, while perusing my favorite blogs, I came across the Urban Aran projects. Damn you knitting project pushers. I could not resist. So I purchased the pattern from JoAnn (free shipping yesterday, you know). Now I need to purchase the yarn. Although I have heard that the Elann Peruvian Highland Chunky is very sheddy, it really is an unbeatable price for this project.

While I was deciding on whether or not to buy this color:

I got an email from Elann that they were selling Boho:

A yarn needed for a pattern that I've had my eye on for a long time.

But really, it's getting a little out of control. And while the skirt would be fun to make, I question how much I would actually wear it. *sigh*

I am trying to save knitting (finishing) the chevron scarf for knitting at LPK. So I was working on my cashmere sock last night. I stop the pattern at 1.5" before the end. I'm almost there. This is sock #1.

Today I will return yarn to the stores I brought the Lion Brand colors home to show Dave and buy the elann yarn, that will probably arrive before the pattern does. Which while frustrating, will probably allow me to do a swatch, then again, maybe not. ;-)

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