Thursday, November 20, 2008

Closing In

Last weekend I was at the beach and from our condo you could see the turtles sunning across the lake/pond. There numbers continued to increase as the day went on. They were there for hours and then all of a sudden they dove into the water.

One of our lys's, the Hook 'N Needle, has Noro Silver Thaw, Iro and Kochoran on sale for 50% off. I didn't think much about it until I went to the Knitting Fever website and couldn't find the Silver Thaw listed. Mom went by the store today and picked up enough for two sweaters.

Noro Kochoran

Noro Iro

She pays more attention to the stash than I realized and saw that in one color of Silver Thaw I have only two skeins. She's going back tomorrow to pick up 5 more so that I'll have enough for a sweater.

I've been practicing project monogamy and it is working great. I've finished all of the pieces for the Belted Wrap Jacket with the exception of the belt. I completed the sleeves at the beach last weekend and wrapped up the collar yesterday.

There's lots of blocking to be done and I'm going to have to break down and buy some wool wash to get that task accomplished. None of the yarn shops in this area carry wool wash. I find that amazing given the amount of yarn they sell and the number of knitters in the area. If it gets here in time I plan to finish this sweater during the Thanksgiving break.

For my next project I'm going to knit the Mr. Greenjeans from Knitty in Noro Silver Thaw, color 12. Mom, like Kathy, thought this would be a good color. I wear jeans a lot of the time and this will work perfectly with my current wardrobe. While I was selecting colors for this sweater, I found two 15 skein bags of Kureyon that I'd completely forgotten about. They are similar colorways and one seems to be a more toned down version of the other. My next couple of sweaters will probably come from the Noro stash. It's a good way to add color to your wardrobe, so don't be surprised if this becomes a Noro Knit blog for a while.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Schlumbergera Truncata

When my father died in December 2004 we received several potted plants as is usual in the case of a death in the family. One was a cactus that was in full bloom combined with other plants in an arrangement. This cactus has continued to grow but has never bloomed. The owner of one of our lys told my mom to set it outside in the cool and all of a sudden buds began to appear. It is back in the house and its' beauty is astounding. It has bloomed just in time for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Smooth Sailing

Last November I started on this sweater...

the Belted Wrap Jacket from Interweave Knits Winter '05.

For reasons that I can no longer remember this sweater went into hibernation. I picked it back up after finishing the February Sweater and have been steadily working on it for the past few weeks. Even though I don't knit on it every day I've managed to make good progress.

I casted on the last sleeve yesterday and though it's a year late I'll have this completed before Christmas which brings up another dilemma.

I'm struggling to decide on what the next sweater will be. Mom has given orders that next project must be for me and socks are excluded. I don't know what the problem is but I get bogged down in color choices and pattern details. Do I knit a cardian versus a jacket? Patterned yarn or plain? Textured, lace or smooth? I've got oodles of yarn choices which further complicates the problem. In the end, I may end up dumping slips of paper in a bowl and pulling out one.

I'm trying to narrow my yarn choices and at the moment I'm considering the following:

1. Silver Thaw
2 & 3. Noro Silk Garden Reds or Purples
4 & 5. Plymouth Galway Sage or Plum
6. Debbie Bliss Merino Aran Mauve or Olive

This is where the tendency to purchase yarn in sweater quantities makes for an obscene number of choices. How in the world do you narrow it down? I still have others under consideration but these are top choices for the moment.

At the recent halloween sale at the lys I purchased most of Elsebeth Lavold's books, so the alpaca that's in the stash is also fair game. One sweater that I like in particular is Zarah. It is knitted using EL's Angora which the lys has on sale. I'm considering subbing some of the Indicieta Alpaca that's already in the stash therefore another choice for the list. Either way I go I'll have made a decision by the weekend so that I can have another project to take to the beach.

If you have any suggestions for cardigans I'd be happy to here them. I've added several to the Ravelry queue which didn't facilitate this process. The more choices you have the harder the decision making becomes.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


I'm sitting on pins and needles watching the results come in. I've been politically jaded for a while and the kind of excitement I'm experiencing at this moment is indescribable. The country is alive and vibrating with a renewed energy. We're all ready for ...

Change we can believe in!!!