More Yarn, More Projects

I went to the store today to buy more yarn. Supposedly, it was to get additional yarn to finish the knitted squares for the blanket — the project that was supposed to get me back into knitting, but my mom got all enthusiastic about it, so now she’s doing it!

I wasn’t thrilled with the color choices in the same weight, but I found a nice green that will go well with the textured blue and the two shades of rose. I’d like to find one more color, and have it a five-color, but I won’t rush it.

I also picked up a lovely shimmery pale blue. I’m going to sketch a simple, long-sleeved V-neck sweater that I’d like in it, and that can be my mom’s next project!

I’d hoped to find a nice blue and white cotton I’d seen a few weeks ago –but of course it sold through. CROCHET WORLD had an interesting dress pattern I wanted to try. I’ll keep my eyes open and see if I can come across it.

I fell in love with a teal suede yarn — I’d love to do a simple crocheted jacket and skirt. The store didn’t have enough, so I might have to order the quantity online.

What’s your favorite online yarn store? I looked at several and haven’t yet made a decision. My friends who knit for Broadway and film swear by a company here in New York called School Products. Of course, they’re not carrying the teal suede right now — although I may order some cashmere from them!

As for my own work, I’m still crocheting away on the yellow cotton blanket. It’s nearly halfway done now, nice, even stitches.

I’m going to stick to crochet for the moment. Crochet relaxes me, while knitting still stresses me out. And with the additional stresses I have in my life right now, I want to use the crochet time as relaxation time.

I’ll go back to knitting when I have more breathing room in other areas of my life.

What are your summer projects?


Naughty Knitter! ;)

No, this isn’t an X-rated post!  But I bet it drew a few of those types of hits!  😉

Thanks for all your kind comments.  Color-Strung — I tried to comment on your blog, but couldn’t.  A fiber artist friend of mine (who I’m sure I’ll interview on this site) is very committed to the philosophy of knitting in community.

This morning, I drove to Port Chester (not too far) to Michael’s, to take a look at supplies.

I found a beautiful yellow cotton yarn — and bought 1600 grams of it!  I want to make a summer blanket — my winter blankets are now too heavy, and it would be lovely to have a hand-crocheted cotton blanket for the summer, in a lovely, summery yellow.

And, of course, since I want to learn how to do a cable stitch, I bought the set of cable needles.  I know I had some somewhere, but they could be, well, anywhere, especially since I didn’t know what they were when someone gave them to me.

I passed on the purchase of bamboo knitting needles right now — I’m happy with my No. 6 metal needles for the garter stitch scarf.  I’ll buy the bamboo needles when I need them.

Although I was sorely tempted . . .

I bought a red size H crochet hook for the cotton yarn (since I don’t know where I packed any of my hooks — they MIGHT even be in storage, although I distinctly remember crocheting a beautiful shawl to go with a custom-made evening dress a few years ago.  I’ve worn the shawl often . . .but damned if I can find the hook!

And some ribbon yarn was on sale, so I bought two balls of that, enough for a small scarf.  I’m probably not advanced enough to deal with it, but it was pretty and on sale, and goes into the stash.

After all, the stash is very important . . .

And I bought yet another round hatbox to keep it all in — so that none of these supplies disappear into the black hole that is the apartment!

I spent more than I planned, but less than I could have, so it all worked out.

I’m going to keep working on the knitting practice, and also work on the crocheted blanket.  Because I’d really like to get it done THIS summer, rather than next!

Anita, yes, I will post photos of projects as I take them.  Never fear!

And thanks to all my visitors for your support and encouragement.  It means a lot.

The Endless Re-cast

I re-read the Mary Frances book. For some reason, it made more sense when I was younger!

I re-learned how to cast today. For some reason, I find it difficult. Part of it is because I knit “continental” — since my mom taught me and she learned how to knit as a child in Europe. So what’s in the book and how it’s shown to me are two very different things.

After about a half a dozen times, I finally got it. My fingers don’t always keep the tension the way they should (of the yarn — the fingers are plenty tense). But I can do it.

I did a few sample blocks to remind myself about the knitting, the purling, the garter stitch, the stockinette. So that’s all sorted. I used to love the purl stitch, but, for some reason, I found it more difficult to get the rhythm for that one back.

I’m not happy with the needles I borrowed. I don’t know where I packed my own. The larger needles, especially, didn’t feel right — I think I was trying to use too large a needle for too thin a yarn. So I unravelled it for the twelfth or thirteenth time and I will try, when I’m refreshed, again with the right size needles. When I did my initial samples with a 6 needle, it worked. But using a 9 or a 10 with the same yarn was torture.

I think I want to invest in bamboo needles, or at least wood. I like the feel better.

That’s all for tonight. Tired, and the respiratory infection is worse.

Elsa and Violet loved the knitting time — it meant they could play with the yarn. Unfortunately, Elsa also climbed up on top of me and tried to chew on the metal needles — something I strongly discouraged.

More anon — when I recover . . .