Kirsti Knits

Time - such a precious Gift is it; To work, to read, and Yes, to knit. - Minnie Gertz

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Catching up

So I finally think I'm caught up with all the blog entries, knittyboard posts and everything else I missed while in Colorado. And here's a bit more updating from me.

Firstly, the amazing Roxy, who was responsible for my first ever RAK, had a mini contest on her blog, and I happened to be one of the lucky winners. So in yesterday's mail was this:

The yarn is actually a lot brighter pink/fuscia colour and catches your eye a mile off. And ... *drool*.. it is indeed Rowan Kid Silk Haze. I can absolutely understand why certain folk refer to it as "Crack Silk Haze". It's just yummy. Also enclosed were some gorgeous stitch markers, which I can always find a use for. So thank you hugely, Roxy. I'll have to consider a contest of sorts here and share the joy. Hmmm..

Next piece of news: progress reports. Most of my knitting time recently has been spent on two scarf projects:

On the left is the aggressive beginners scarf, now well into the second skein of baby alpaca, and also now one of my "mindless" knits - it's what I took with me today while I was invigilating the 3 hour final exam for the class I've just finished teaching. The second is the Lorna's Laces Angel angora yarn that I bought at Threadbear. At first I wasn't sure about the diamond patterning the yarn is doing, but now I think I rather like it. My next concern is that it'll be too short: what you see there, the 11 inches, is one skein. I bought four, as that's what the sample in the shop had. After a frantic email exchange with Rob, he managed to find one more skein in the same colour (701, Purple Club) and dyelot (9106), which should help a little, though I was hoping to get two more. I like my scarves long, and I think this one I may just keep for myself.

Then, tonight, I stopped by Gifted to buy another set of 10 1/2 double pointed needles to finish Top Secret Project 4 (the only one remaining) as I somehow have lost all but one of the set I used to possess. And of course, I couldn't just walk out with only needles, oh no. Here's the loot:

Oops. The Interweave Knit magazines are back issues and were 75% off, so that's allowed, right? It was a bargain. The problem came when I spotted this on the counter:

It's hand dyed sock yarn from Fleece Artist. The colours are slightly more muted than this photo shows, but it's a gorgeous blend of greens and purples and blues. And then the sock pattern in the top left hand corner caught my eye. It's from Cabin Feber and I've had good experiences with their patterns recently, and it has cables, which is my current obsession, and it's a sock. But of course, I didn't want to use my lovely Fleece Artist yarn on a first attempt,so I had to get some other sock yarn to practice on. Which is lilac and stretchy and fun. And of course, needles in a teeny tiny size (2s actually). They didn't have any wooden needles in that size, which is a shame, coz I much prefer working with bamboo, but at least the plastic is cheap.

And finally ... I was tagged to do this meme by both Suz and Michelle, so here goes:

n. pl. id· i·o·syn·cra·sies
-A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.

Write down five of your own personal idiosyncracies.

  1. I'm a real grammar pedant. Things like "its" vs 'it's", and "fewer" vs "less" really annoy me. Eats Shoots and Leaves was written for me, I'm sure of it.
  2. I can't stand eggs, unless they're really well "disguised". Scrambled or an omelette with lots of other stuff is about the only way I'll tolerate them. Soft, hardboiled, fried or poached? No thanks.
  3. I equally dislike the taste of milk. I think it comes from too much being forced to drink those little bottles of warm-because-it-had-been-sitting-out-all-morning milk at school break time.
  4. I want more than anything else to be able to raise one eyebrow, but I can't. It doesn't stop me spending lots of time in front of the mirror practicing though.
  5. I have one birthmark on my forehead and one on the sole of each foot.

I'll pass this one on to my sister and Dixie.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

I LOVE the way the Lorna's laces is knitting up - love, love, love it!!! It looks almost argyle - but in a funky way. I'm not a scarf knitter - but I am jealous of that one!!!

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

THat yarn you won is beautiful! How cool! You have such, you continue to amaze me! Glad you are home safe!

Love and Hugs,

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Mrs.Curvy said...

Kirsti I'm glad your back! Tell Terry I said hello! The Rowan Kid Haze yarn is my kind of yarn! Yummy yummy! Your scarfs are one of a kind, their both beautiful scarfs. I admire the knitting you do!

At 2:41 PM, Blogger GaiaGal said...

:Hangs head in shame:...i'm such a knitting slacker compared to you!! Arrrrrgh!!!

I love the way the diamond pattern is showing up in that scarf, that is very cool!!!


At 6:20 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

As ever your projects look great! I really need to finish what I have on the needles and get going on new stuff.

At 7:04 PM, Anonymous Janice said...

I can raise one eyebrow ;) just had to make you jealous...

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

That diamond pattern is happening all by itself? That's amazing and so very cool! (It's also kind of freaky, but that might just be me.) I just got my best friend into knitting (again) and now she's addicted to socks and calls me an evil pusher. LOL Now I see you are going to tackle socks also! You're going to do great just like Michelle and I'm going to be very proud. :-) Love the Kid Silk Haze color, that's what I'm making my Charlotte's Easy Shawl out of, but I'm not as ga-ga as some about it. It's like knitting with fuzzy sewing yarn. I am looking forward to watching these socks develope!

At 8:16 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Umm, that's suposed to be "fuzzy sewing THREAD", not yarn. Geesh!

At 12:39 AM, Blogger for_the_lonely said...

Your knitting talents NEVER cease to amaze me! The yarn that you have is just such a rich and lovely color...I would be honored to have something that you made!

Hugs to you,

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Both of your scarves are just lovely! I really thought the Lorna's Laces one was argyle when I first saw it and wouldn't have know the difference if you hadn't said anything. And what a haul you made at the LYS! That sock yarn is to die for. I can't wait to see pics of the socks you make.


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