Seriously. It's been too long. When my guy's daughter mentioned that she had seen a hat in a music video and really really liked it, I did what any other good knitter would have done. I made a trip to the LYS, dusted off the needles and busted one out for her.
Well, much thanks to KnittingInMind who was kind enough to pick up some yarn for me (tax free!) while she was in Portland! She had mentioned that she thought I'd like I Love What You're Wearing and wow she was NOT wrong!! I can't remember the name of the store she visited...but when she suggested Mango Tango as well and described it, I wanted one of those too. Sooooo glad I did, take a look...
I Love What You're Wearing (mid & lightweight) / Mango Tango (midweight)
Thank you Thank you KnittingInMind! I want to eat it!
Since KnittinginMind asked...here is a pic of the sweater so far! It's kind of fun knitting a top-down sweater b/c I can try it on as I go. V-neck not too deep? check! Cleared the boobs? check!! Decrease more before getting to the waist?? check!!!
I'm still not sure about the colors, but it's kind of cutie...
I don't know how I missed the memo from earlier this year about Hilltop Yarn on the top of Queen Anne closing in March of this year!! Like I said earlier, I was barely looking at anything knitting then... :(.
But, I received an email yesterday about the sister store Hilltop East shuttering. I had been wondering how it was doing these days and it makes sense now after going there last week looking for a US8 and them having low stock on needles. Sounds like though, they will be having a sale this week and then continue to sell online. Hopefullly that will work out for them. I shudder to think about how expen$ive it must be to lease in downtown Bellevue. I knew someone who worked at Neimans in Bellevue and she said that only one pair of mens' shoes sold in the mens' department ALL week. yikes. Wonder how much longer they'll be around.
In better news, I tried on my stripey sweater and lo and behold, so far so good! I'm now heading into the decreases for the waist! Go go noro! Must get coffee!
Went to Acorn Street today and it was so quiet in there that the only thing you could hear were my orthotics squeaking in my shoes. Nice I know and NO I do not feel old b/c my workout trainer is 26 and his orthotics squeak worse than mine!!!
I went to pick up more Noro for the stripey sweater. I also was in the market for a Kim Hargeaves book, but I guess you can't sell Rowan books unless you also stock their yarns. I suppose that makes sense...
Drove over to Weaving Works and wow do they close early. I had 10 minutes to look around, what?! They also did not have the book. Here I didn't order online b/c I was trying to be all supportive of the LYS, but sigh.
It's interesting how this group of Noro looks different than the stuff I bought from a different location. It's the same color and dye lot too.
looks like blooming flowers!
I have 60 days to use or return this yarn...I'm thinking that I won't need this much, but I'd rather have too much than too little and risk not finding the same dye lot, right?!
I had a friend take me to get my car from the shop the other AM. I hopped in his car and he said, "Wow! You must be knitting a LOT!" I was all, how do you KNOW this?? Apparently there was a US7 circ stuck to the back of my jacket and backpack and I immediately scanned the stairs from which I came to make sure there wasn't a trailing ball of yarn! CRAZY!!
Sweater update: I frogged my striped sweater...it was clear that the front was NOT going to work out chest-wise. It was kind of weird. After working out some numbers, I completely forgot I did this and was trying to follow the pattern in the book. what?! I know. So now I'm back on track...yay!
I bought a new 47" US8 and wow it must have been a long time since I've bought needles b/c the new ones have a lovely clear blue wire!
I know that I'm not an XS (not even in mens' sizes), but for some reason when I was ordering yarn I must've been in wishful thinking mode. It is clear to me that there's no way that I have enough Noro to even get me 3/4 of the way through this sweater. Sigh. I'll have to order more yarn...but, until then, check out how it's coming together so far!
Today I went out to try to find a US8. Hilltop East was completely out so I headed elsewhere and shortly afterward, my car broke down.
I got a ride home from the repair shop and I sat there thinking about knitting and about not having a free US8 (anything besides the impending co$t$ of my car repair!!!). I put dinner on the stove and while it finished bubbling away, rooted around in some old/unfinished projects and ripped a US8 out of a project I know I will never finish. (Now I will have to find something else to do with that yarn!)
I started this from the clown car box o yarn...
When the first 2 stripes were knit, it was a bit shocking and seemed almost neon! Looking at it later I don't see it that way anymore...at least I don't think I do...I'm still not convinced.
What I do know is that it feels great to be knitting again...
See this is what happens when you're up too late looking at sweater patterns online after you've taken an inspiring knitting workshop. You start to get all of these crazy ideas about what you're going to knit next. After that bout of midnight shopping, I had completely forgotten (eep!) that I ordered this yarn until it showed up on my doorstep. Hello!
Again it was the tiniest box ever and once again I thought my entire order could not be in there. It was like a clown car of yarn! More and more yarn kept popping out of the box!