Technical Difficulties

For some crazy reason, I’m having some trouble with a link from the News Tribune website to my blog headline.  I’m not sure what it’s about, so I’m going to try to post again to see if it was just a fluke.  Maybe they’re trying to tell me something?! 

I finished the small bolero last night.  All that’s left is to weave in the ends and block the heck out of it.  I’m still debating how I want to handle the larger of the two sweaters.  I think I’m going to just redo the sleeves from the top down.  It doesn’t look horrible, it just doesn’t look the same as the smaller sweater.  I think I just need to get a grip and not obsess over this one.  I’ve made so many changes to the original pattern at this point that I can pretty much say that it is "Inspired" by the Sirdir pattern. 

In other knitting news, I’ve been obsessing over this book.  It’s "The Best of Interweave Knits."  It’s by no means new, it’s been out for some time, but I finally broke down and bought it.  At the first look through the book, I saw at least 5 patterns that I would like to make.  I’m not a regular subscriber to Interweave Knits, although I love the magazine.  I think this is going to become my go-to book for patterns.  The Icarus shawl on the cover is gorgeous and worth the purchase price alone. 

Ohhh Shiny!

Hello Shiny Red Yarn!  I’m a bit of a sucker for anything pretty and shiny, so when I walked into a dimly lit yarn shop (normally the kiss of death for a yarn shop, but when you wander into a store in the middle of nowhere that used to be someone’s garage, beggars can’t be choosers) I saw this yarn right away.  This yarn shop/craft store/framing gallery happens to be located in Ridgeland, WI, directly in the middle of nowhere.  As I was driving home from my parents house this weekend, one child asleep in the backseat, I saw an Open sign along with a YARN sign.  Yep, they can stop a sucker shopper in her tracks.  The yarn is Berroco Lustra and is a blend of merino (super soft wool) and tencel (makes it shiny).  It’s soft, shiny and the perfect worsted weight yarn for my February Lady Sweater.  The price was absolutely right – for $36 I got enough yarn for the size small sweater. 

Because I just couldn’t resist the shine and the eyepopping blue, I got this colorway as well.  The owner only had 2 skeins, not enough for a sweater, but enough for a nice hat and scarf – or mittens and hat. 

-Update on the Flower Girl Shrugs-

I’m still plugging away on the Flower Girl Shrugs.  I am halfway down the second arm of the second sweater.  I talked it out with some girlfriends last night (non-knitters) and I think I can get them both done.  If I finish the arm today, and finish the ribbing around the body by the end of the week, then I can have 2 weeks to rip out and re-knit the first sweater.  I’ll have 8 hours in the car on the way to Chicago if I’m really desperate.  If time gets that tight, I may have to spray block the sweaters… We’ll have to see I guess.  If it looks like I can’t make the deadline, I may just rip out the sleeves of the first sweater and re-knit them from the top down so they fit better.  But that’s worst case senario.