Thursday, May 31, 2012

Oh NO!

It's the last day of my stash down year.  I think it's been successful.  I've managed to get over 3,000 yards of yarn out of my stash instead of added in.  I might get this yarn thing under control yet!

I finished these socks: Yarn that has been in my stash so long it's discontinued and I don't know where I bought it.

Last night I made some cute coasters.  I'd have put pictures up but blogger is being less than helpful and wouldn't let me continue writing after putting them in the post.  So you'll have to wait to see them when I have more patience.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Another finished project!

And here is the second silk sweater this Spring:

I need to get the craft room cleaned up enough that I can put up the dress maker's dummy.  Things look so much nicer on a body shape.  This silk is so pretty, it actually looks like silver.  

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Silk sweater - again

I'm knitting another worsted single ply silk sweater.  This time I'm using Tilli Tomas Pure and Simple.  What a difference the yarn makes.  This hasn't been even a little bit twisty, and there are many fewer lumpy, slubby bits.

The only really annoying part is - the pattern calls for 5 skeins.  I ordered one extra as a just incase, dye lot protection.  But I've barely started the 3rd skein and I have less than 1/2 the last sleeve left.  This yarn is WAY too expensive to have that much left over.   I could likely return it, except it's a special order since the store didn't have enough of a dye lot for the sweater.

However - I'm making a cardigan and I decided (knowing I was going to have sufficient left over yarn) to make a tank as well.  A cute little sweater set for work.  I wonder if I can manage to accomplish that by month end?

EDITED TO ADD: I've finished the knitting.  When I went to get the other pieces so I could start sewing this together I discovered there were 3 (three!!!) skeins left untouched.  That is utterly ridiculous.  I made this sweater 3 inches longer through the body.  If I'd only purchased the amount in the pattern I'd have had 2 skeins left over. - That's $60 worth of yarn: ABSOLUTELY INSANE!  I am going to see if the yarn store will accept it back, even if it's only for in-store credit (I'll use that happily enough).   I won't be too upset if they don't - they do say they don't accept returns on special orders.  But they do carry this yarn so there may be a chance. We'll see.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Yesterday was busy

I went to Iowa and visited with new friends.  Knowing that I was going to spend the day somewhere not conducive to complicated knitting I snagged some yarn with the pattern dyed in and my favorite plain vanilla pattern. (the thing I dislike about Plain Vanilla socks?  It makes short feet look even shorter!)  I did an extra good job matching the yarn for both socks - don't you agree?

 And then I got to the heel turn.  Why is that one stripe just a little wider?

 This caused the following problem. Well, that and, apparently, the blue speckled strip is also a little longer on one section. I'm miffed.

Blast!  All that work and I'm still thwarted! Next time I'm not even going to bother trying.  (like I've NEVER said that before)

Friday, May 04, 2012

First Finish of May

New Socks!  Two Socks!

Entrelac Socks - Cast On Aug/Oct 2009
Noro Kureyon Sock

I love the look of these, hate this yarn.  Slubby, uneven and scratchy.  If it's like other Noro I've used it will wash up beautiful.