Monday, March 29, 2010

Down the rabbit hole....

First Tina and now Alison (both of Knit Picks) have lead me into temptation.   Have you seen Alison's post re: Citron?   Go take a look (here).   I will wait........ Do you see what I mean?   Citron, as it appeared in Knitty, is lovely, but, after seeing Alison's pink one, it really called to me.   Initially, I picked a similar pink lace wt out of my stash, but before I even finished winding it, I had changed my mind.   A citrus shaped shawl.   I live in FL.   Of course, mine should look like an orange or grapefruit.   Off to my local LYS I went, and to my delight I found something new and perfect in Dream in Color Baby.   I love, love, love how it is turning out.   I had to take a break for a few days due to Blackberry Thumb (my name is Lisa, and I am a cliche), but the pain is gone and I am back in business.   Once this shawl is done, I really, really will start on that sweater (with the pretty blue yarn at the bottom of my bag).

Friday, March 12, 2010

Baby Steps....

Usually, when I find a frog, lizard, etc. in the house, I shriek scream call hubby or the boys to come catch it and put it outside.   This morning when this baby was discovered in the guest bathroom, hubby had left for work, and Teen1 was sleeping.   Teen2 (fka Tween) was going to use Dad's method of throwing a towel over  it, but I had  a better idea.   I put a glass over it, tucked a greeting card (thanks boys) under it and just carried it out to the patio.   Yes, ladies, and gentlemen, I caught and released a frog all on my own.   I feel ridiculously  proud of myself.

Due to an unusual & persistent migraine, I never did get started on the Summer Cardigan.   I still have all the ingredients good to go, so maybe today will be the day.    What knitting I have worked on was for a organic cotton baby hat for the co-op (had some KP Simply Cotton in the stash).   I knit one with a US7 but did not like it.   Tore it out and am now working on the same basic roll brim hat with a US6.   I like the resulting  fabric much better.   I have enough for three hats.   I am waffling between ordering more Simply Cotton or switching to Comfy.  Both yarns are lovely.   Comfy has acrylic, is not organic, but is awesomely soft and comes in lots of bright colors.   Simply Cotton is organic, soft enough for a baby, but only comes in "organic" colors.  I like both, maybe the answer is to order less of each so that I can make some of each.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Time for something new....

This is that tote bag that I picked up at Epcot a couple of weeks ago.  With the baby blanket finished, and my disenchantment with Liesl,  it is time to move on to something new.    While visiting my LYS,last week, I came across the pattern for Knitting Pure & Simple's Summer Open Cardigan (here, second row/far right).   I have more than enough Cascade Yarns Sierra Quatro to get the job done.   It seems pretty simple (just my speed lately).   The last sweater I finished was the February Lady Sweater.   It is time.

So into my new tote bag goes eight yarn cakes of Quatro, the pattern,  relevent knitting needles, a handy dandy notions bag,notepad, and my netbook.   I am officially ready for crafty Tuesday.

Things are looking up....

Spiral Baby Blanket
Inspired by the Silk Swirl Shawl

Here it is, the finished Spiral Baby Blanket.   It was done in a week, easy, pretty, oh so soft.   I am pleased.

I was presented with a good opportunity last week.   A co-op with a booth at a local arts & antiques market expressed an interest in selling some of my things.   I, along with some other members of my Tuesday craft group, met with their rep on Wednesday.   On Friday, I brought her some braided ribbon headbands, a couple of embroidered onsies, and a knitted readers wrap.   Not only did she take it all, but the co-op will be opening a higher end boutique eventually and she is interested in placing more of my things there.      They may even offer crafting lessons at the boutique.   I could end up teaching knitting again!  I am so excited.  The best thing about this arrangement is that there is no delivery schedule.   I can bring things as I finish them.  The co-op gets their products from artists and craftsmen who are handicapped and/or struggling with a chronic illness/injury.   Their aim is to provide  a creative outlet without adding to an already stressful situation.  Some of their items are really quite spectacular (I have my eye on a gorgeous quilt).