Monday, July 16, 2012

To be, or not to be, my dear Beatrice....

I cast on today for the Beatrice shawl that I plan to knit for my mom.  I've only done the first (small) pattern repeat and I'm already wondering if I really want to go through with it.  I love the look of the shawl, but after examining the pattern, I realized there is an area of the pattern that requires picking up masses of stitches... and I hate picking up stitches... especially along the side of garter stitch, which this will be.  The shawl also uses a provisional cast on, which I have only done once with limited success.  What if I finish the whole damn thing and then I am unable to undo my provisional cast on?  That would be a tragedy.  On the other hand... it already looks so lovely and I have only done 18 rows.  Here is a picture:

Pretty, huh?  I guess I'll work on it a little more before I make any permanent decisions about the fate of the shawl.

p.s. I did the provisional cast on by knitting into the "butts" of a chain of crochet stitches.  This isn't the method I used last time, and this was a lot easier.  I'm just worried about what is going to happen when it's time to release the stitches.

Friday, July 13, 2012

What Shall My Next Pair of Socks Be?

You know what I just realized?  For the first time in a long while, I don't have a pair of socks on the needles.  That needs to change, stat!  I have some pretty pink sock yarn all ready to go, so all I need to do is pick out a pattern.  Here are the three I am considering:

I'm leaning toward the Sandalwood Socks because I already have the Sandalwood pattern somewhere in my stash of back issues of Interweave Knits, whereas, I'd have to buy the pattern  for the Port Ludlow Socks, and the Socks of Kindness look similar to the Diagonal Lace Socks that I just finished.  On the other hand, the Socks of Kindness look the easiest, and it's always nice to have something easy on the needles, especially since I'm about to begin a massive lace project.  In conclusion, I don't know which pair to pick!

p.s. Can we all take a moment to appreciate those darling sock blockers in the photo of the Socks of Kindness?  WANT!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


I placed an order for some new yarn from Knit Picks on Sunday and I can't wait for it to get here!  I'm dying without it because I finished my last project and I can't knit anything new until that stupid order gets here!!  Don't you hate that??

p.s.  I also ordered some lace blocking wires, which I plan to use to finish off the fan shawl... so I can't even block without the order getting here!  Woe is me.

p.s.s.  Also, pretty sure my blocking board is going to be too small to block the fan shawl. :(  Maybe I should have ordered these?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Unique Gifts for Knitters

I just made a fun Etsy Treasury list of unique gifts for knitters.  (Of course it features my knitting wine markers and my knitter's buttons!)  These would be great gifts for any knitter... including me... *ahem*
Check out the full treasury of unique gifts for knitters here!

What would you like to receive as a gift?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fancy Heel Stitches

Today's Knitting Daily blog has some fun ideas for dressing up the heel flap of your socks.  My favorite heel flap is just the plain slip-stitch heel, but today's blog features a fancy heel called "Eye of the Partridge" that looks really fun!  I think I'll try it out on my next pair of socks.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tiny Yarn Balls!!!

OMG, if there is one thing I love in this world more than any other thing, it has got to be... miniatures!!  So imagine how excited I was when I opened my email this morning to find Lion Brand is making cute little baby yarn balls!!! Squee!!

These cutie pies are perfect if you just need a little bit of yarn in a lot of colors for amigurimis or whatever.  They come in packs of eight and there are six color schemes to choose from.  Oh, and the best part?  They are called Bonbons!   Thanks for making my day, Lion!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Almost Finished!

I'm almost finished with the fan shawl!  Hooray!  I knit like crazy this weekend and finished up the half fans on the top of the shawl, then yesterday I spent at least a good hour picking up approximately a million stitches across the top for the border!  The border calls for 5 rows of garter stitch.  I have one row completed and I'll finish up the rest this week.  I have been doing my best to stop and weave in the ends as I go on this shawl, but I will still have quite a bit of weaving left to do once I finish up the border (all the ends from the top row of fans... sixteen, I think?).  After that, I'm going to attempt to block it, though I think that will mostly be an exercise in futility.

Really not loving this project.  I'm going to place an order with Knit Picks this weekend to get the supplies for the replacement shawl!!  I have another baby blanket coming up which I'm thinking about knitting in Shine, so I need to decide on that before I place my order, so I can group stuff together to qualify for free shipping.  I've knit my last two baby blankets out of Berocco Comfort, which was cozy, but I want to try something new.  
I'm also thinking about buying some lace blocking wires from Knit Picks.  Has anyone out there used them?  Are they helpful?