Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Busy New Year

Yeesh. I figured I'd be on the ball after I got back from vacation, but I've had a hard time catching up at work with emails, blog, downloading pictures, etc. All that and getting actual work done is a hard act to juggle! So now I'm finally getting around to my first post of the year. To recap:

I finished my gray Lopi sweater on December 24th, the day before I left for Seattle/Victoria. I didn't have time to block it as I wanted to wear it while in Canada, so I dealt with the lumps and bumps. I also started a pair of sort-of-matching mittens to go with it that same night. These should work up quickly when I get back to them. While I was in Victoria, BC, I finished my cashmere neck gaiter, and even worked up at the correct gauge it's still a little too slouchy for my taste. Therefore I'm going to rework it minus about 20 stitches or so in the round. I can't do that until I finish the project I started on my return voyage: the Turkish patterned hat. Why? They both use the 16" size 4 circulars and I only have one set. For the hat I used the Maratona (100% merino) I bought from Bev ages ago. I have 4 skeins, 2 each in brown and 2 in a pale yellow color, that make for a good contrast. I'm sure I can get one hat from 2 skeins, so I'll have enough left over to make a second hat in the same colors, but using a different pattern. I'm sure that one of them will end up in a future JCT auction. I love hats, but this is getting ridiculous.

While I was in Victoria, I found a wool shop, Beehive Wool, recommended to me by a fellow Couchsurfer. I don't know if it was a good thing or a bad thing that the shop was only about a block from my hostel! Luckily I didn't buy too much, as there wasn't a lot of leftover room in my bag to be packing home much more than I originally brought. I wound up with 4 skeins of a lovely dark red, DK weight, merino yarn to be worked up into a scarf. I realize that all the beginner stuff I knitted was made with somewhat itchy yarn. And being the yarn snob I am now, I need to rework my accessories so that they're comfortable. Even some of the Manos is slated for reworking rather than giving away -- it's too nice for that!

On to lunch and a bit of progress on that Turkish hat...


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