Archive for February, 2008

Yarn Sale!

My beloved LYS, Yes Yarn, had a yarn sale (40% off) this weekend so I indulged in some guilt free shopping. Yay! As you can see, there’s quite a bit of cream, lavender, and violet Encore in the pile. That should be enough to finish up the LTK ‘ghan. There’s a ball of black Encore too. The Man-child has asked me to knit a hat from the Hat Attack pattern for him in his favorite fashion color and he choose Encore since it’ll put up with being tossed into the washer. The two skeins of rosy mauve are a blanket for Ella in the planning stages. At the top of the photo are some lovely sock yarns. I intend to become proficient at sock knitting this year so I had to prepare my stash didn’t I? I’m now in possession of enough yarn for at least half a dozen pairs of socks. Yes, most of them are purple or include purple in their colorways. Why do you ask? ~g~
Three of these balls of yarn aren’t actually mine. At the center of the yarn orgy, right next to the purple Trekking, you can see two balls of red 127 Print. The Man-child intends to knit himself a scarf from those lovely balls of yarn. His third ball (doesn’t quite sound right does it?) is the textured, variegated grey Blissful on the right hand side just above the cream Encore. He says it’s to be an “elephant or something”. When he says something it really could be something. He’s created some interesting things with yarn & hook lately.

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Here’s another LTK mosaic square. If you’ve seen the photo in the book or knitted the square yourself you may notice that there’s something not quite right with this square. that’s because I’m a left-handed mirror knitter. See those little stair steps? The photo in the book shows those stair steps going up towards the left. Mirror knitting affects cables in a similar fashion, but cables are easy to compensate for–just do a cable back anytime the pattern says cable front and vice versa. With pieces like this square it’s no big deal to settle for a “mirrored” piece. I’m not sure what effect it would have on a garment like a sweater. Could cause ghastly decreases. Probably good cause for serious swatching, perhaps even going so far as to re-write the stitch pattern.

The fabric of this square is highly textured. The center stitch of each of the chained squares almost disappears and the outlining chains of squares stand out not only to the eye, but to the touch as well. One of the best things about the process of knitting this square was the sudden realization that once I’d knit the first few stitches of any row in the pattern I didn’t need to refer back to the pattern to continue. I could read my knitting well enough to continue knitting in pattern. I’m relying more on my knitting than the pattern now. A very good thing since the patterns are becoming progressively more complex. Ms. Walker is a brilliant teacher.

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Here’s Ella Joy the newest addition to our family. She’s nine weeks old today. Her mom is a Shih Tzu. Dad? The handsome terrier who lives next door to Mom. She came to us through a dear friend, M. Someone was looking for a home for a pup so M. passed on the information to me. I’m so glad. Thank you M. Ella’s such a joy. Thus her second name is Joy. Her first name is Ella since she’s such an elfin little creature.

It was such fun to introduce her to all her yarny Aunties (and Uncles) Wednesday. Ella came home ready to have dinner and drop into an exhausted sleep in my lap. She was so wiped out that she hardly noticed the yarn over her head as I crocheted a scarf for the class I’ll be teaching at Yes Yarn later this month.

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