March 31, 2012

Staring me in the face

I have to confess - knitting is pretty much always on my mind. It's like an addiction and I sometimes wonder if I should seek help. And now that I'm starting to write patterns, new ideas for new patterns pop into my head at the most random times. Like, when I'm at church and this woman in front of me is wearing a sweater with a really intersting lace pattern and I start thinking about how I can make that pattern into a scarf or a hat or maybe even some cool fingerless gloves. I'm sure God is staring down at me thinking, Seriously?

Most of the time ideas pop into my head when I'm driving to and from work. I have a long drive, so there is plenty of time for thinking. About yarn. About knitting. About writing patterns. At least it makes the drive go fast. Sometimes I wonder how I even make it to work!

I had some leftover teal and pink cotton yarn from the the Little Star Sweater I made a while back and was trying to figure out what to do with it. I set the yarn down on my needle case, and went to do something else. Later on, I noticed the yarn just sitting there, and I was suddenly inspired by the color combos of the yarn and the pattern on my needle case. The idea was staring me in the face. Pink, teal, lime green, white, and brown. So cute.

That's when the idea for a new pattern came into my head and I had to go buy more yarn. I had to. That's how you destash. You buy more yarn. Makes perfect sense, right?

And how perfect that Knitpicks had the exact colors I needed?

So my idea is a little dress for Audrey. And when it's finished, I will post pics. Someday. I'm not making any promises as to how soon this will be finished, but someday.

March 25, 2012

A little hiatus

Whoa, it's been a while since I last posted. I had a little computer issue - my old laptop was quite old and I literally ran out of room to save all my photos, and it was so bad that I actually stopped taking pictures. So sad. I really miss my camera. However, I finally gave in and splurged on a nice, new, fancy laptop. And now I can finally start taking pictures again.

My knitting, of course, continued as usual and I have some finished objects to post.

Robin Hood Sweater, by Zoe Mellor

I used Lion Brand Wool Ease in Dark Rose Heather. Audrey picked out the buttons herself. I thought I made this longer than the pattern suggested, because the largest size was for a 3-4 yr old, but it still looks like it won't fit her very much longer. At least I have a niece who will get a pretty nice hand-me-down.
And, I know I made a promise not to buy any more yarn this year, but that is pretty much impossible. When Audrey and I were at the fabric store looking for buttons, I happened to find some great yarn on the clearance table. And so I made this:

The yarn is Cascade Venezia, a bulky weight yarn that is 70% Merino, 30% Silk. I've already written up the pattern, but I can't publish it. The problem? I discovered that this yarn is now discontinued, hence the clearnace table. And since it's really not a good idea to publish a pattern with discontinued yarn, I'm on a mission to find a substitute. And so guess what that means? I ordered more yarn. I'm such a failure.

Anyway, I'm going to try this with Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, which is a single-ply yarn, so we'll see how it turns out. Stay tuned! (And if anyone has suggestions for a Bulky yarn I should try, leave a comment!)

And for anyone who wants to try this with the Venezia, I discovered that WEBS still has some of this yarn on clearance, and for a much better price than I paid at my local store. So of course, I bought some more. Yup. But I have a good excuse. One of my coworkers saw my scarf and asked me to make one for her, so I did. I mean, who would turn down an opportunity to buy more yarn?