I went to the center of my knitting world last night to hang out with the other Bad-Ass Knitters.
I helped Kristine pick out some colors for her to knit a shop sample poncho out of the new Blue Sky Bulky Alpaca and Colinette Point Five.
I briefly thought about hitting her over the head and running with the yarn, but that would be Wrong.
SpongeBob StashHo would like to show you what I bought:
Jo Sharp DK tweed. Drool along with me.
Or rather, Blue Ice Pop (thanks Elisabeth!). From the heading, you have probably managed to figure out that I’m knitting Ice as a pullover, not a cardi. Tina left a comment yesterday saying she was knitting Ice as well. What’s yours, Tina? Pullover or cardi?
Here’s the progress on the back. It’s really purple, not blue — honest. And what a fast knit it is!
This, gentle readers, is the WendyKnits Office Knitting Environment. Book (Days Without Number by Robert Goddard) propped open with a stapler and tape dispenser so that I can read whilst I knit. I love to read and knit, and have been doing it for years. Oooh, I multi-task!
Claire left a comment about the Cotton Angora, that it sheds badly. It certainly is doing little or no shedding while I knit it, though I suspect it will shed a bit more during wear. This does not bother me — I don’t plan to wear this sweater under a blazer, as I’m making a long sleeve sweater.
This yarn is machine washable — perhaps running a garment made from it through the wash a time or two would cut down on the fuzziness? Just a thought.
I quite like working with it. It’s lovely and soft and knits up nicely. I don’t think I’d use it to knit something I consider a summer sweater — worsted weight cotton seems too heavy to me to be worn in summer. Ice will be an autumn/winter sweater for me.
I didn’t knit on the shrug at all yesterday — it’s fiddly and required attention to the pattern. Not the best WIP to bring along to work on while you are
showing off interacting with others at your LYS.
After I started the shrug, I remembered that I had purchased some Rowan Calmer to knit the Iris shrug (from Rowan 35). I bought it in the color coral. Now, I don’t really need a brick red shrug and a coral shrug, do I?
So I whipped up a pattern for a little top for my Calmer. I plan to do an all-over 2×2 rib (because I love Audrey) and have a boatneck and short sleeves. Mebbe I’ll start on it after I finish the shrug-in-progress.
Speaking of the shrug-in-progress, the pattern directs you to use a single 3/4″ button as a closure. I think instead I’ll do i-cord ties. Just because.
Southern Knitbloggers Webring
Kindly note the addition of a new button in my sidebar — for the Southern Knitbloggers Webring, started by Rachel. I’m a New Englander by birth but have lived in Virginia since junior high school, so I’m happy to proclaim myself a southern knitblogger. Y’all join up now, hear?
Don’t Answer This
Does it make me weird that I derive great pleasure from posing Spongebob with yarn? No, don’t answer that. I already know the answer.
But I felt so . . . so . . . happy when Emdash noticed yesterday that Spongebob was holding the yarn in his little hand.
Because I was out for the evening, I gave Lucy the night off. Instead, here is a rare action shot of me ‘n Lucy, taken by L-B a month ago. Lucy looks thrilled, doesn’t she?
I blurred my face because while it looked acceptable in the original photograph, it looked incredibly dorky when I scanned it. I think my scanner is possessed by an evil spirit.
After all, I look a bit strange in this photo as well.
The observant among you will note the row of little Spongebobs on top of the bookcase behind my head.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.