Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Resistance was futile

"I can resist anything but temptation." - Oscar Wilde

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to give in to it." - Oscar Wilde

I bought the Rona lace shawl pattern and yarn. taps fingers, waiting for order from Knitpicks.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Lace love

I'm totally in love with the Rona Lace shawl from KnitPicks.* The full link is here. I love blue and something about this shawl just calls out to me. But realistically, I'm not a shawl person and I have about a bazillion WIPs and queued projects already. I'm so tempted to get the yarn for this project, but I know it'll just gather dust in my stash...

I'm showing such restraint......

*I didn't want to link to their photo and thus 'steal' bandwidth, so I've copied the photo here. It's KnitPicks photo, not mine so I hope I'm not breaking netiquette here in any way.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

You know you knit too much when

You see a bluejay on your drive to work and think about one of your knitting friends who is a birdwatcher.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Yarn: A mood enhancing drug

The last couple weeks have been busy. Busy at work and busy at home. I'm the kind of gal who needs a certain amount of time to myself to recharge my batteries, and I haven't been getting it lately.

The past couple Thursdays, I've debated whether I should even bother to attend my LYS's Sit 'n Knit. More people. More chatter. Not the quiet time I needed. That was just passing thought though, brought on by stress. The knitter in me knew that hanging out with my knitting crew was just what the doctor ordered to combat a case of stress-induced blues.

I started out the evening quietly, doing more listening than talking. But gradually I found myself laughing and chatting along with the rest of the ladies. And without fail, every Thursday night I walk out of my LYS wrapped up in the warmest feeling of camaraderie and contentment. That feeling is just so magical. To spend a couple hours of pure enjoyment with new friends in lively conversation, doing something we all are blindingly passionate about.

I love to knit because it is a relaxing and creative outlet.

I am grateful for the people has brought into my life.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Too much of a good thing

After my knit retreat (more about that in a later blog), I needed a bit of a break from knitting. Apparently you can have too much of a good thing. I'd tried to work on my Primavera socks while I was away, but couldn't bring myself to do it.

I found myself drawn to my mitred square blanket (MSB) instead. The MSB is a truly indulgent knit, which I often don't have time for at home. It requires me to pull out about 15 balls of the Noro Silk Garden and spread them out in a rainbow of colors. I'm being very careful to select just the right color placement, so it's not a quick knit project.

On my mini-vacation I hit up Sheepstrings and scored 10 balls of colorful Noro Silk Garden for my MSB. The 10 balls are all the same colorway, but after a moment's contemplation I realized I could wind some balls from the center and some from the outside, to vary the order of the colors. Then, with the scent of fresh Noro in my blood, I searched eBay and found a lot of 10 Silk Garden in complementary colors, which I promptly snapped up.

This blanket, when all is said and done, will have consumed at least 30-35 balls of Silk Garden. But I have a feeling this is an heirloom in the making.