Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have just a few minutes before the mad rush begins. DH is still in bed but when he gets up we will begin warming up and cooking everything we stayed up late last night getting ready. The in-laws will be here at Noon. (Actually they will show up at 11 and if I hadn't protested, would probably be here now as I type in my nightgown.)

Once we feed in-law group one we are off to in-law group two's house for dinner. I still have a few things I need to clean up around here but I just wanted to wish everything a very Happy Thanksgiving. And to my Canadian friends, where should we send the leftover turkey?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Knitting podcasts

Not much knitting has gotten done lately. I am still workng on the Purl scarf, but that's about it. Instead I have been catching up on some knitting podcasts. I listened to the first few episodes of It's a Purl, Man but then quit but I've gone back and am catching up on the episodes. I've also been listening to some new podcasts, Sleepy Eye Knits, Sticks & String, purl diving, and The Knitting Cook.

I must say that I am really enjoying Sticks & String. David hosts a great podcast and I love that Australian accent.

I must confess that I am a little starstruck. Stephanie aka The Yarn Harlot left a comment on my last post. I love all of her books and blog. I hope that someday I will be able to meet her in person, I hear she's a great speaker.

Another reason my knitting is lax is that I (finally!) got to plan a vacation/belated honeymoon. My husband and I were married a little over two years ago but he was in school and then got a new job so we never got to go on a honeymoon. In January we are headed to Disney World for 3 nights. I am very excited!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

How Fetching!

I jumped on the bandwagon and knit up a pair of Fetching fingerless gloves.

Yarn: Cashsoft DK in a choclately brown
Needles: 7 Bamboo DPNs
This were a quick and fun knit. I really liked the yarn. I had some issues picking up stitches for the thumb holes but other than that, I really like these.

I also knit up a quick little hat in Plush. It's really soft and a really quick knit on a 10.5 16" circular needle. I just cast on 64 stitches and knit for 5" and then decreased every other round on the 8 stitch. (This is kind of stolen from the Yarn Harlot's generic hat in The Knitting Rules.)

Tonight I started on the Purl scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. I keep checking this book out of the library, I just need to break down and buy it already. The yarn is really more teal than the picture shows. It is a combination of Malabrigo and Fusion knit on size 15 needles. I think it will be a quick knit that I will work on here and there.

I've also made a little progress on Branching Out. I think I'm up to 6 pattern repeats. It doesn't get worked on very often since I have to concentrate on it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Yarn Crack

I had made myself a little secret promise that if I finished my Dublin Bay socks for Socktoberfest, I would treat myself to some Koigu. One of the LYS in town had a mini fiber festival today so I headed down for a little bit. I got to see spinning for the first time. There were four ladies spinning on various wheels. It was interesting to watch. For months now I've been hearing and reading about spinning on blogs and podcasts. It was nice to actually see it for real. Now I would like to see someone use a drop spindle.

On to the yarn pron. I bought my first crack Koigu today. I have drooled over this yarn for months and now I finally have some!

I bought two skeins in color P609 84. It is a lovely bluish purply pinky colorway. And so soft!!! Yummy Yummy! I have no idea what I am going to make with it but I know I will wait until I find an absolutely perfect project. Until then, the yarn will be petted.

I also received my Winter IK on Friday. Although the pictures are lovely, I really didn't see any projects that I will knit up. They all seem to be on the smaller side and as I am not a small woman, they don't appeal to me too much.