So another couple of months have passed without a blog entry. I have been knitting, and have actually finished a couple of things.
The biggest news of the past couple of months is that Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot herself, visited our local yarn shop (Yarns Etc) this month. What a great weekend! It started out with a talk on Friday night – laughed so much my sides hurt! It was really great. And wonderful validation for all of us knitters!! Then, I was lucky enough to take a sock knitting class with her the following day. Three more hours of great fun – laughter and lots of great sock knitting. I think I’m going to be a devotee of her sock “recipe” from now on. It just makes sense! I got a picture with her as well, after she signed my copy of “Knitting Rules”! A real highlight – bigger than the TKGA conference (and that was great too!). So here we are! BFFs for sure!!
I have finished Nick’s flag blanket – all but the stars. I’m going to do 15 stars. I don’t really understand the crochet directions, so I need to figure out how to knit them. He’s happy to have the blanket, but I have to admit – crochet is not my favorite. The edges are SOOO uneven. In the picture below I tried to photographic it strategically to hide the unevenness! As you can see, the cat really loves and has already put his stamp of approval on the blanket!
I had wanted to make him a giant granny square blanket. I know I could handle that!! (And I have one in my queue!).
I just finished a pair of cozy socks for him. This pattern is a combination of a couple of patterns. I used Lorna’s Laces Shepherd’s Worsted in the “Legen . . . wait for it . . dary” colorway. Nick loves “How I Met Your Mother” so I knew this would be perfect for him! I’m going to make a second pair for my husband. He tried on Nick’s and can’t wait for his own pair of cozy socks!!
I’ve made some progress on the scarf for my Dad – the final piece Christmas knitting. It’s a very easy pattern, but not one easily memorized and you really to (or at least I really need to) pay attention. So it did not make good “social knitting” during the holidays! Especially after a drink or two! I hope to have it done within the next week to send it up to him.
I’ve been following the Knitmore Girls podcast (among a few others) and joined in the Behm-Along. I made a Brickless by Martina Behm using Lorna’s Laces (I think DK weight) in “Christmas at Downton” that I’ve had in my stash for awhile. I loved every minute of knitting it. Great pattern. I’m giving it to my step Mom and have cast on one for myself! I’ve been wearing my Hitchhiker that I made for Camp Loopy quite a bit!
In other knit news, I made myself a pair of Christmas socks using Knit Picks Felici in “Jingle”. Self striping sock yarn rocks!! I ordered several other colors since I’m on a real sock kick now!! I also made up a quick hat for my brother-in-law in Quince & Co Lark. I’ve got a lot left!! More hats perhaps?!
Finally, for now, I was so excited to score a couple of balls of Lollipop yarn the last time they updated the shop on Etsy. I’m totally hooked on Etsy now!! Can’t wait to cast on some socks with these:
Finally, for Yarn Along – I am about to start reading “For Whom the Bell Tolls” with my sisters and Dad. We all read East of Eden – now onto the next classic!!
So much more to write about, but for now, I’ll say so long and Happy Knitting!!