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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
There's nothing quite like the arrival of some stash enhancement to really test your resolve to keep plugging away at the Christmas knitting. Yesterday marked the arrival of my latest Knit Picks order. I got twelve balls of "Capretta", an 80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon fingering weight yarn, in the "admiral" colourway:
Which I will be using to make the (freakin' incredible) Lestrange Cloak, from The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine; a design I have deeply coveted ever since I saw it, but never thought I could afford to make because it uses a lot of yarn. However, thanks to a lovely sale, I was able to pick all that up for under $50 (before shipping and taxes, of course, but still).
I also took advantage of the sale to get thirteen balls of "Wool of the Andes", a worsted weight wool yarn which I will be using for my husband's Christmas gift next year - I'll be making him Durrow. You may remember that I already started making him that sweater out of the same yarn in a very vibrant purplish-blue as his intended Christmas present last year, but finally accepted that it was a colour he would never actually want to wear. Hence my purchase of this, which is the "blackberry" colourway, a very dark eggplanty kind of purple:
(I know it looks navy in this shot, but it really is purple. And as much as I wish it was more obviously purple, I have to admit that it is probably the only purple I could convince my husband to wear. He's anti-purple for his own wardrobe, for some reason.)
At any rate, all this is extremely tempting, as I'm sure you can imagine...but I must be strong. I calculated two days ago that I need to get 36 rounds done per day on my brother's scarf to get it done in time (and yes, I am factoring in the soaking, blocking and drying), and dammit, I'm going to do it no matter how seductively or often the new yarn calls out to me.
However, on the first day of this resolution, I blew past my 36-round minimum by about 11 rounds, and yesterday I blew past it by about 6 rounds, so I felt perfectly justified in casting on for my Lestrange Cloak last night:
I know, it's not much to look at, but it's going to get better! I've even worked on it a bit today because I'm at home sick and have been resting and knitting a lot - after blowing by my 36-round daily minimum by 5 rounds, I did some more work on the cloak. Tee hee.
The scarf, therefore, is coming along quite decently although it is an incredible slog:
At least now I'm over half done.
And now, off to steam my sinuses...
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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Christmas fear revisited
Shortly after my last post, I decided to reward myself for being so close to finishing all the Christmas knitting by indulging in some non-Christmas knitting. No big deal, I thought, I've only got the making up of DD2's shrug and my brother's scarf to finish, and it's mid-November! WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
This. This could go wrong.
That thar is the amazing Rose Hiver's Water for the elephants pattern, which, if you can believe it, is free. (Actually, a whole bunch of her designs are free, which is kind of crazy because they're gorgeous. And unfortunately, she doesn't have a website or any kind of email address listed that I can find, otherwise I'd shoot her some kind of 'tip jar' payment to thank her for this really lovely pattern.) I have been wanting to make it for ages so I finally took the opportunity. And as you can see, I've been spending a lot of time on it.
I also started making a pair of socks for DD1 (who has been growing out of many of her handknit socks lately; DD2, who inherits them, has been loving that, but DD1 not so much) from another pattern I've been hankering to knit for a while: Spider's Web. I haven't taken a picture of it yet, but I'm getting close to finishing the initial hexagon on the first sock.
Weeks went by in this way.
No big deal, I thought. After all, DD2's shrug is practically done:
And what's one scarf left to do when it isn't even December yet, right?
Did I mention that my brother's scarf was going to be double-thick, done stranded in the round with fingering weight yarn on 2.75mm needles?
Sadly, my eagerness to succumb to startitis didn't get that memo, either.
I finally started the scarf this weekend.
Twelve-ish inches in and I'm already tired of it.
We won't even talk about how paranoid I am that all that rumpledness isn't going to block out.
Just three weeks to go. Wish me luck.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Forth, and fear no Christmas
I blocked DD1's dance teacher's beret and wove in all the ends:
I finished DD1's Hedwig socks:
And I went to Michaels and picked up another ball of the purple I'll need to finish DD2's butterfly shrug. (The best part? They're having a yarn event this week and I got it for 50% off! Yay!)
You know what this means? I can finish the butterfly shrug and then I will have only one Christmas gift left to knit.
I'm feeling quite giddy about this. (Which probably means that I will start getting multiple, concurrent, imminent knitting deadlines from editors in the next few days to knock me off my high horse.)
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