Thursday, January 26, 2006

Winter blues????

PMS??? Just plain blah? I don't know - but I've been feeling out of sorts all week. I'm hoping it will pass soon.

But, what could be more cheering when you're feeling blue than NEW YARN??? First of all, my super prize arrived from Kathy!!!

Cool Prize!!Isn't it just wonderful. I already know the buttons will go on a sweater for Bestus Buddy's new baby - who will be arriving in March. (I'd better get those needles working!!!) I'm not sure what I want to do with the yarn yet, but I will find something very special for it!

Speaking of doing something very special, I've also been on the look-out for something wonderful to do with the DB SoHo yarn my secret pal sent me a while back. I thought maybe I could use it for legwarmers for the Cover Your Legs KAL I have yet to contribute to. I'm attempting to write my own pattern, which seemed to go pretty well. The yarn is a joy to work with, but not for this project.

legwarmers before the frog hitThere was a bit of weird pooling, which didn't bother me much, but I felt that the stitch definition got lost. Also, I didn't think I had enough yarn for both legwarmers, so this got frogged. I'm going to start again with some Wool-Ease from my stash.

Before you think I forgot, here is the picture of the yarn I bought last weekend!

NEW YARN!!! See how happy the new yarn made Mr. Snowman?? (I made him a few years back, when I did more sewing.) I can't wait to try out the sock yarns. As for the Cascade 220 - I can't wait to try that out either, but I'm having second thoughts about the Brioche hat and scarf. I took a look at the pattern, and it looks SO HARD!!!! We'll see - maybe after I try the Olympic socks.

I've been feeling like I'm working on a ton of different projects and not getting any of them done, so I think I'll concentrate on finishing some of them up now. The slippers are almost done - I made them more challenging by doing a provisional cast-on so I can practice my Kitchener grafting on the back seam instead of just sewing it up. I also am trying to learn Continental knitting - since this is mostly a garter stitch project it seemed a good way to make it challenging. The Thuja socks are coming along - I'm having fun with the pattern and loving the Trekking XXL yarn, so I find I just want to knit them and leave everything else in the knitting bag. But I also want to (finally) get Airy Scarf finished too. Heck, it's supposed to be a FOUR HOUR KNIT!!!! Did I mention I'm hosting a movie night get together we do every few months with a group of friends? I actually started it, two years ago, when I did a Godfather & Make Your Own Calzone night. Since then, it's been a tradition. Well, this month EVERYONE is free - so I'm doing dinner for eleven!!! It will be a blast, but will seriously cut in to my weekend knitting time!! So enough rambling for now . . . I'm off to do some knitting and plan my dinner.

12 comments:

JessaLu said...

Sounds like you're going to have a fun weekend! Your yarn looks great!

Good luck with Continental knitting - I've been trying for a year with no luck...I have 'tension issues'...which is wierd because generally I'm pretty tense...

Olga said...

Great yarn, Karen! I just came into some Trekking yarn recently (will tell more in my next post), and am looking forward to using it. Would like to make some knee highs, actually! Have fun with your friends, it sounds like a blast! We did something similar, where my friend made gazpacho and we watched Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown!

Sonya said...

Pretty, pretty yarn! I've tried continental knitting at times too. I like to be able to do both, but throwing feels a lot more natural to me. Your movie night sounds like a lot of fun.

Cathy said...

Great yarn and your movie and dinner night sounds like fun. I hope you have a wonderful time and fit in some knitting too :)

christine said...

Looks like some pretty good stash enhancement! I spy some Opal in there.
I know what you mean about only wanting to knit the sock with the Trekking XXL - it's got something in it. It's addictive! Can't wait to see the socks!

candsmom said...

I think some awesome new yarn and time with friends will definitely chase away any winter blues, blahs or PMS. ;-) (And if not, there's always chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate!) That DB SoHo is just gorgeous!! I've been really drawn to reds lately. And I love the Cascade you chose, too! The gray and green look so pretty together. Your movie night sounds so fun- I love the Godfather and make your own calzone theme!! I may have to steal that one. ;-) Holy cow, though, dinner for 11 is quite a lot! I know the Monica in you will get it all whipped out with time to spare. ;-) Me, I'd end up wasting most of my preparation time trying to stuff and hide all our unsightly mess into the closets!! (I saw you cringe just now...;-)) Hope you feel better soon- take care, Karen! :-)

Noeysmommy said...

Ooooh! So much yummy yarn! I haven't contributed to the Cover Your Ankles KAL yet either! Gotta get going on that! Although I haven't seen anyone out here wearing legwarmers!! Guess I'll be the first!

knitannie said...

I heard the other day that 23 January is officially the most depressing day of the year. So you are not alone on feeling blue lately. But finishing all of those WIP's should help right?
Keep smiling :-)

Lolly said...

Trekking has the same effect on me - I love it so much!

Grea new yarns :)

Kym said...

I love your Godfather/ Calzone night idea!! I might have to steal it the next time my friends come over :)

We try to do these double feature movie nights where titles of the movies somehow go together (the last one was ridiculous- it was Hudson Hawk the Slayer night. Two really BAD movies that my friends like to watch and mock).

Good luck finishing all of your projects!!

Ragan said...

I love that Opal yarn!

Peanut said...

I'm sure you'll find a use for that SoHo someday...sometimes it just takes awhile. Loved the idea for a laptop case that you had awhile back, btw. I think you'll like the Cascade...I got a lot of the from my SP6, and I really like it a lot.
Btw, at least you've started on your Airy Scarf...I have bought multiple yarns to use for it...but haven't cast on a single stitch...
;)

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