Saturday, October 22, 2005

Future Red Shawl

Today I bought some more red yarn for my future red shawl. I got one skein of each of the following:

Wool Gatherings Falkland Island Fine Wool (#F14 11-4-11)
Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed #127 (bought earlier in the week)
Noro Kureyon #124 & 115

Here’s some of the yarn I already had.

Araucania Nature Wool Chunky #101
Di.Ve Teseo #32012

And the yarn that started it all
Manos del Uruguay #115
Debbie Bliss Soho # 37510

Right now I have about 865 yards of red yarn. I still want to get a skein of Noro Silk Garden in the reds colorway. There’s also another self striping yarn that I want to get if it’s still available. I can’t remember the name but I know where I saw it. I’ll check it out this week.

The shawl that I want to make is a feather and fan style. Somewhere I have a link to the pattern. When I find it, I'll post it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sheba & the Pinwheel

Sheba lets me know what she thinks of my new project.


Same project, different color.

Monday, October 17, 2005


That’s how many stitches I cast off last night. Ten groups of 43 stitches. Not any easy task at 10 o’clock at night. I felt like I was going cross eyed. It’s 30 inches wide before blocking.

It really needs to be blocked so that the eyelet row can be seen and it won’t roll up on the edges. I’m thinking that the next one might have a seed stitch border. That would keep it from rolling up on the edge. Or if I do the eyelet row again, I will do couple of rows in the solid color first.

So many choices.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Still Waiting

I’m still waiting on the green yarn to dye. I’ve been thwarted in my plan to dry it more quickly; it hasn’t been that cold this weekend. The heat hasn’t been on much. As much as I may want to, I’m not going to turn the heat up in an attempt to dry my yarn.

In the meantime I’ve gone back to working on the purple and pink pinwheel blanket.

Last night I tried knitting gauge swatches with my new yarn from Mystical Creations. I noticed really quickly that the darker dyes were coming off on my hands and the needles. And, since my fingers were dirty the lighter color of dyes started to get muddy. I want to make mom a Clapotis and I’m not going to use that will dye her sken. I thought about soaking the yarn in vinegar water but decided to email Mystical Creations instead. Hopefully I’ll hear back from them. I’m certainly not going to order any more yarn from them until I do.

It’s been a good day. I’ve knit, worked in the yard, started tiling the master bath and updated my blog. Nice.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Pinwheel Progress

I’m almost finished with the second skein of blue and green yarn. Technically, it’s the third skein but only the second complete skein. Does that make sense? Does it really matter? :) You can't really tell but the blanket is getting bigger. You can tell if you can see how crowded my 40" needles are.

I dyed some green yarn this morning, now I’m waiting for it to dry. I even put it in front of the heater in hopes that it’ll dry quicker. I also dyed some plain purple for the trim of the purple and pink blanket. Hurry up and dry!

Actually, it’s okay if it takes awhile to dry. I got this in the mail today…

It’s a pound (1000 yds) of silk/merino yarn from Mystical Creations Yarns. I’m going to make mom a Clapotis out of it for her birthday. It's more pink then I was expecting but I still like it. The only problem is that I’m not sure my ball winder can wind that much yarn. I may have to go to Mabel’s and use their winder. Regardless I’m going to knit a swatch tonight and check out my gauge.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Pinwheel 2

I started a second pinwheel blanket. I couldn't wait for my newly dyed yarn to dry.

The green and blue yarn is almost dry and I'll be switching back to the other blanket soon.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Pinwheel Practice

I decided to use the left over yarn from my chemo caps to make a practice pinwheel blanket. Originally I was going to start with the green and blue yarn and then switch to the pink and purple. However, I like the green and blue too much.

I’m going to try and dye some more yarn to match this. The only problem is I don’t have anymore blue. I’ll have to go to the store tomorrow and get more. And while I’m there I’ll get more cherry and grape.

In the meantime, I’ll just have to work on my lace capelet. That is, if I get finished with the work I brought home with me tonight. It's been a killer week and it's only Tuesday.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Chemo Caps


That’s two skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes dyed with Kool-aid. I dyed this yarn awhile back and wasn’t sure what to do with it.


Two chemo caps ready to be sent to Knit Picks for distribution. I'm going to make a practice pinwheel blanket with the left over yarn.

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