New Stuff

While my boy was visiting we went to the yarn store…

I got myself this lovely lace, which of course got cast on into a shawl.

He got me this, which I knit into a cushion in less than 24 hours. Its small, but I keep it on my desk to lean on.

Yarn Haul

I got a big ol’ haul in from Knitpicks yesterday. I figured I’d get enough sock yarn to keep me knitting for the semester, along with a few things I’ve been needing.

Stroll in Cartoon

Lullaby

Kindling

Tree House

Gypsy

Imagination in Emerald Forest

Chroma Worsted in Roller Skate

And Chroma Fingering in Midwinter

I also got a 60″ cable for my options, a sweater stone and a chart keeper.

Lots of projects

Knitting is the thing I turn to when all else goes to heck. It takes the edges off of life, although sometimes things remain pretty pointy. Lately I’ve been under a lot of stress, and this week has been one of those weeks. You know the one where you manage to have a major exam, lose a hard drive, pms, headaches, sleeping too late and an arthritis flare up, all at once. Everybody has one of those weeks every once in a while.

On the bright side, stress seems to make me a productive knitter, if one who casts on too many projects.

I finished a sockhead hat which needs to go in the mail to a little girl with cancer (she wouldn’t like being called little, but 16 is little to me.) I couldn’t get a better picture of this, its more purpley and pretty and in focus, and really is flattering.

Sockhead Hat: US 3 needles (what I had free at the time) so I went down to 100 stitches and only needed a 50 gram ball. The yarn is Serinity sock weight in lavender topaz and  is a merino/bamboo/nylon blend so its silky and cool to the touch.

I cast on a cool color work cushion.

I figure it doesn’t matter if my gauge goes off, worst case scenario I have to line it so the stuffing doesn’t show. Also, skull cushion in elegant grey and red, seriously sexy.

Next up, is the result of a little falling down with my credit card at the LYS. Moochi Plus, 4 balls. Now being knit into a seriously snuggly vest.

just look at this soft singleness. I need to learn how to spin a soft single, now.

the front of the vest. I’m doing the ribbing at collar and armholes before I finish the body so I can maximise my yarn and make it as long as I can.

I love the stripes. I know horizontally striped fuzzy worsted weight vests wouldn’t work on everyone, but there have to be benefits for being flat chested.

I also have a spinning FO, but that should be another post.

Copper Hills

I have started a big spinning project. I’ve got 8oz of Copper Hills BFL roving from Greenwood fiber works.  This is fantastic stuff. The color is amazing and it feels lovely. I will be ordering from this seller again. The fiber came wrapped like a present and it even had some milk fiber sample with it.

Totally worth the very reasonable price.

I am spinning it into a fine 2 ply, hopefully it will be either a fine fingering or a laceweight yarn when its done.

I am so happy with how this is turning out. I want the final yarn to make a shawl, something that will hopefully show off the natural striping in the yarn and the lovely colors.

On the non-crafting front I got something which I can carry to class a lot easier than my desktop so now this little cutie is mine. Not very powerful but light, portable and does what I need.