Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Something New

I finished my Lace Ribbon Scarf and the sides roll in terribly, maybe because it is cotton. When I wear it, every once in a while I take it off and try to smooth it out, but the sides roll right back in when I put in on again. I love this pattern though and the color is so me.
I’ve started a new project but I’m not that optimistic about it. I always buy Rowan books and never make anything from them. So I decided to really make an effort and when I saw Quarry it just looked so simple and elegant. I was surprised to see that it was that it was not a cardigan but a pullover. However, it looked like great mindless knitting. It is just continuous ribbing, perfect for the car or lunchtime at work. There were mixed reviews on Ravelry, but I used some stash burgundy Chaco and decided to give it a try. The seaming might be tricky but I have already finished the back and one front.

Friday, May 09, 2008


Knitting here has slowed down considerably. I just can’t make a decision. I keep buying magazines and looking at web sites but nothing really appeals to me. Do I want a sleeveless summer shell or a cotton cardigan? Do I want to use some wool from my stash or will it be too warm to knit right now? So I am making another Lace Ribbon Scarf, this time in some cotton that I found in my yarn storage room. It is on a cone so it is probably from Silk City, but I don’t remember it at all. Cotton is so rough to knit with but I really like the color and, of course, the pattern rocks. Scarves and socks are perfect for when I can't decide on a project.

I finished Square Cake, a lovely small evening bag from Knitty, because I need it for a wedding. I used stash yarn and that felt good. In fact, I should try to use only yarn from my stash for the summer. I have so much. That means I cannot walk into a yarn store because I have absolutely no willpower and yarn is so yummy and impossible to resist. Anyway, I ordered some Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere last year for a baby sweater but I never used it. I combined it with some classy gold thread from Silk City Fibers. I think I got that for free at one of their giveaways with purchase. I am really pleased with the bag. I bought the lining in the garment center in NYC. I just walked into a fabric store near the Port Authority and asked for gold lining fabric and it was $2.00 a yard. What a bargain!