Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Knitting Updates!

I had a wonderful Christmas.

My day was family filled. First we went to the Bang festivities and then in the afternoon, the Ooka party. My nephew Connor got a Nintendo Wii and that was used all day long! For awhile the adults had taken over...imagine bowling in your own living room!

I haven't written much on knitting content lately. I haven't completed any projects, but I have worked on a number of things. Don't they say variety is the spice of life?

I have also accumulated some knitting related stuff! For loved ones of knitters, if you ever wonder what to get that special knitter in your life, see this post by the Yarn Harlot. She has some really good shopping tips! This not only applies to Christmas, but to Valentines(hint Greg!), birthday's, anniversaries, etc.!

Onto the fun stuff:

Here is a photo of Tabi sock 1 of Sandi Rosner's book Not Just More Socks. These are the socks on the cover of the book. I really love these. They are very comfortable. I'm beginning to think I may make this type of toe for all my socks. I love flip flops(I wear them a lot at home) and they are dual purpose. I can wear them with flip flops and I can wear them in shoes.

The tabi sock was done in a yarn called Twilight Bay by my friend Terry. Her Etsy shop is here.

About a week ago I started the Cap Shawl from Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby. This is a beautiful book. When it was sold out at my local yarn shop, I ordered it on-line. I would normally buy it locally or from Karen at Two Swans Yarns. When Karen brought it to Ferals I had already purchased it(I felt kind of bad but I didn't know she had stocked it).

Anyway, here is the beginning of the shawl. I am knitting it out of Misti Alpaca Lace. The pattern is really easy to memorize right now so I've been taking it with me in my purse so when I have some waiting time, out it comes. I even take it to Sonic's games! I really do!

Alice Starmore's Abalone. Finally at the neck decreases. I know the photos look pretty much the same to you as the ones I have posted before but I feel good about getting to the neck. YES!

(I know...the steeks should be opposite yarn each row - fair isle knitters will understand what I mean but you know...Oh well).

I joined Sundara's Petal's Collection sock club a couple months ago. I got my first installment on Saturday. She is an artist extraordinaire. You can read about the details of her inspiration for what yarn and pattern she creates. She is undecided about whether she will continue this club in 2007. I really, really, really hope she does. I'm going to beg her to continue!

Check out how she packages her creations. I feel like its a spa type setting/environment for her yarn and pattern!

Elise, evil temptress, got me ordering some sock yarn from Sunshine Yarns. The colors are wonderful. This grouping was inspired by the dragons in the 4th Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire. I love HP and I was laughing when the Yarn Harlot started referring to non-knitters as muggles. From left to right are: The Swedish Short Snout, the Welsh Green Dragon, the Hungarian Horntail and the Chinese Fireball. Each skein has 450 yards.

I have my whole family coming over for dinner tonight - that is 5 sisters, two husbands, and 6 nieces and nephews. I want to post this so I better get moving.

One last thing. I have a number of Martha's knitting bags. Martha is Martha Sacco of Green Mountain Knitting Bags. I love her knitting bags for a few reasons. I have done a fair amount of sewing in my lifetime. I am hesitant about buying handmade, sewn items from people I don't know. I'm very particular and want the items to be made well, with precision. Martha's handi-work is awesome. She hand sews that bag to the wood handles and like I said...she is very meticulous.

I love her bags because they are modern, yet traditional. I love the feeling of the wood handles. I also love supporting artisans. I don't know how I found her but she is reliable and very honest. This is my latest Oversize Carpet Bag made in an Italian Upholstery fabric. I love it. This was a Christmas gift. She only lists on Thursday nights, 8:30 eastern. It is a mad rush to get one of her bags. They sell out quickly and someone can take it from your cart until you pay. So you must be decisive and very quick.

This photo was taken from our master bathroom. I had to show my lovely bag with the best view in the house because this bag only deserves the very best! ;)

Isn't she lovely? Abalone is in her right now. It fits the sweater, yarn and pattern with room to spare. I love it.

Gotta run - family should be showing up in about 45 minutes and I have quite a few things yet to do. Eeee Yikes! Oh well. No stress! I'm on vacation!

Happy Knitting!


Sean Carter said...

Hey these look great...and they'll also make good gift items for Valentine's Day too...and that'll be surely an unique gift for Valentine's Day....well i've also included a couple of posts on Valentine's Day over at my blog so visit it sometime and do share your thoughts as well!!!

Elise said...

Evil woman ha?! Looks like you made out ok with Dani and the colors are simply divine! Can't wait to see the HP wearables that you will make! Isn't that Sundara package to die for? If I remember correctly, I think you were the one to induce me to join in, so I guess that turnabout is fair play!!!

Rebecca said...

I must see your carpet bag close up ~ wow! Abalone is looking quite fine,& love the socks. Absolutely fun entry!