Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Look What Came in the Mail!

Normally I don't get the mail. Not because I don't want to. I just usually get home last. Well, Monday, I was home first so I walked out to the curb to grab the mail, expecting the usual bills and useless flyers and catalogs for things I really don't need. GUESS WHAT? I got a package.

A very special package from my friends at Jimmy Bean's. I could not believe it. I placed my order Saturday and by Monday I had said package in my hands. Very impressed with both the USPS as well as my friends at JB's. Not only was it fast, it was free because of the amount I spent. Now I can justify spending more (thinking hub will not be in agreement).

I wanted to share what was inside said package, my beautiful new yarn Mia by Debbie Bliss. I will be using it to make the Prow Pullover. Nothing like a little inspiration to get the Beach House Pullover finished a little more quickly.

I also got these little beauties from Jamberry. I will be able to look at my fancy nails while I knit with my fancy yarn.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What Was I Thinking??

I was flipping thru my Summer 2014 Interweave Knits and I came across my next project (Squeal!!!) I am in love, love, love with the Prow Pullover by Angela Hahn. Frankly, I am a little a lot confused at the title of this sweater. According to my friends at Wikipedia, the prow is the part of a boat that cuts thru the water. Hmmm....well, I will probably just give it my own name in my Ravelry file. After doing a bunch of searching, I could not get my hands on the yarn that the pattern was made in, Skacel Schulana in merino and cotton. I did, however, find a yarn I liked on Jimmy Bean's, so now I wait for it to arrive.

In the meantime, I figured it might make sense to get some closure....on some unfinished projects. So, I dug thru my UFO box and lo and behold, I discovered the Beach House Pullover. All that is left to do is the sleeves and collar and then assembly. After about 15 minutes of trying to figure out where I left off on sleeve #1 (and I admit, a bit of tinking), I got back in the cable rhythm.

As I was knitting, I was reflecting on the sweater and wondering to myself, why did I stop working on this sweater, so close to completion? Granted, this is definitely not a travel sweater, but I didn't think that would be enough to make me stop on a project. I continued on my merry way, knitting in the round (because I hate to sew) when all of a sudden, one of my double pointed needles slipped thru the couch cushions and onto the floor with a clank. Ahhhh, now I remember why I stopped. I absolutely hate those aluminum dps. With a Passion. Capital P. I scampered off the couch and crouched down to get the offending needle out from amidst the dust bunnies. George was disgruntled that I woke him up. I guess the next time I am at the store, I better pick up some bamboo dps.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Little Flashy

I am a little, ok a lot behind on posts showing my work. I was pulling some things out of my closet to get some more space and I realized I never showed pictures of this little beauty.
It was a quick knit and easy, although you have to pay some attention. Once you get the rhythm you can crank these out, though. It is a fun scarf. I could see someone using this as a trim on the edge of a cardigan, how cool would that be? I made mine extra long so I could loop it, it is a good 70" and will likely stretch as I continue to wear it. Alas, since it is the middle of summer, it will be sitting and waiting for me until fall. But what fun to look forward to.