Friday, April 22, 2011

Caught Up At Last!

Knit from the yarn I drew for April -

I'm going to do something a little different for MadMay - the madelinetosh group on ravelry is having Madelinetosh May. There are bunches of knit-alongs that will be going on so I am only going to knit with madelinetosh yarn next month! That means I will be 'drawing' May's yarn from my tosh stash only. And I'm going to draw a few days early so I can swatch and be ready to go on May 1. I hope to finish at least 1 sweater and 1 shawl.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Back on Track

YOTM project for February - I had the daunting task of winding this gorgeous skein up:
and turning it into this -

For March, I knit this in 3 days (in April!) -

and now I am working on April's project -

Also recently completed -

A hacky sack for Will -

and another test knit for Romi - her Sakaki shawl, most of the proceeds of which are going to help Japan/Doctors Without Borders -

I'm so glad the chiropractor was able to help me with the shoulder pain I was having - I'm basically pain free in my shoulder now! :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

(Yarn) Dieting is Hard...

FOs first: Asterope - test knit #6 for Romi, and possibly my favorite of the bunch so far. Looks complicated, but I had less trouble than I had with the garter stitch shawls. I don't know what it is, but I have issues with garter stitch. Just ask the ladies I knit with. This is the reknit of Stacked in the yarn Knit Picks sent me -modeled by Mr. Jefferson. Good color for him I think.
Now the part where I fell off the yarn-diet wagon.

2 skeins of Creme Brulee because I loved knitting with it doubled when I made This color is 'Cinnamon Dust.'

Lace-weight cashmere - 'Temptress'.
Very aptly named. I had no intention of buying anything from Yarn Chef's latest update since I'd bought the Creme Brulee above in February and had her hold it until she shipped me a special order. Meet Plum Pudding -

A whole dye-lot of Mulligatawny. One of my favorite bases. Which is being discontinued. :(

So Katy (the Yarn Chef) is dyeing up batches for me every month in different colors based on a (long) list of requests. That means I'll have to knit up 2200 yards every month just to stay in the green IF I don't buy any other yarn. But I'll be happy when she runs out and I have a nice bin full of Mulligatawny.

I lucked out in the first quarter and had a couple of unexpected yarn sales push me (barely) into the green just before it ended. I'm starting quarter 2 in a very deep hole. But it's nice in here with all this lovely yarn :)