Two Chix Crafting

December 13, 2007

Finished Blue, Started Purple

Filed under: knitting — by tricotchick @ 4:28 pm

Finally! A chance to blog again. I finished the blue tulip sweater before Thanksgiving. Here’s the final photo.

Blue Sweater finished!

It turned out really well. It is so soft. I don’t have a baby to give it to, so I’m just going to hang onto it until some special little one comes along. Yay! Cross that off the list.

I’ve been going back and forth working on many projects. I was going to try and do something for Christmas, but who needs that stress right now? With all the snow and even some ice that we’ve been getting here in the Midwest, I don’t need to add a deadline on top of it. So I’ve done a little of this, a little of that.

I joined Yarn of the Month Club— it is so cool. You get 4 small samples of different yarns each month, and a pattern that uses one or more of the yarns you have received. Every so often (quarterly?) there is a newsletter also. It costs $8.50 a month. Each yarn comes in a little ziploc bag with a label on it that tells you what the composition of the yarn is (50% cashmere, etc.), the name of it, the gauge, and the color. It’s just enough to knit up a swatch, get the feel of the yarn and see how it knits up. I have gotten 2 months worth (8 samples) and I am impressed.

Group of Yarn samples from YOMC

You can see I’ve knit some of them up. I just haven’t gotten to all of them. The one to the right of the red one that you can’t see too well has stainless steel in it. Looks intriguing.

Carmelon by Zaol

Above is Carmelon by Zaol. Not a color I would ordinarily pick up (a dark charcoal), and probably not a yarn I would either. But I enjoyed knitting this swatch, and might do something with it at some point.

Pomegranate Rowan

This is Pure Wool DK by Rowan. I had never used Rowan yarn before, although I have some friends that rave about it. I can now see why. I knit up the swatch, and just fell in love with its softness and the color, which is called Pomegranate, or 029.  I thought it would be perfect to knit a new winter hat for me with! The day before I got this sample, Creative Knitting‘s new issue came out, and there is an oversized hat in it on page 32 called “Cables & Bobbles Beret.” Yup. I caved. I bought the yarn for it, and now it just waits for our Christmas travelling. I have to take something with me I can work on over the holidays that isn’t for someone in my family or my husband’s. So this hat has been nominated. Everything else I’m working on is for somebody in one of our families!

Case in point: I’m working on a very naked turtle at the moment. The infamous Sheldon. I thought I might be able to get it done for Christmas, but no way. So this will be for my niece’s 5th birthday at the end of January. I might be able to finish hers by Christmas, but her little brother might be put out if he didn’t get one too, so I will try to complete them both by the end of January. Here’s my progress so far:

Purple Turtle 1

It’s pretty ugly without legs or its shell. My niece loves purple (so do I), so hers is purple. My nephew’s will be blue. The yarn is Knit Picks’ Shine, I believe. Very soft!

That’s it for now. Happy holidays to all! See you in the New Year!


1 Comment »

  1. I belonged to that club for 6 months (b-day gift).
    So now I have 24 of those little squares. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them all. Maybe sew them all together and make a placemat, lol.

    Comment by l3ahkn1ts — December 13, 2007 @ 6:40 pm |Reply

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