to tide us over…

I’ve managed to stay faithful to my two most recent lace projects (steadfastly ignoring all the many other projects on the needles). Unfortunately, I haven’t had a great deal of time to work on either of the two, and they look much as they did a week ago.

Fortunately, I realized that I never shared my winter yarn purchases. I received a gift card for Christmas to the local yarn shop, and I may have gone a little overboard…

First, was the basket. My mom had seen these when she’d purchased the gift card, and thought I might be interested. They’re handmade in Ghana, Africa and lovely, all in bright colors. I couldn’t resist. This has become my knitting basket, and has proven quite effective for keeping my knitting in order. I keep it lined to prevent snagging my yarn.

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Then there was the Mountain Colors Winter Lace (colorway Ruby River) which I’d been eying for a while, but without a specific project in mind. I’m still not sure what I’m going to use it for, but I have a few ideas. There are 1200 yards, so I have a few options.

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And then…well, maybe it was the gift card, maybe it was the sale on at the time (buy one, get the second of equal or lessor value 50% off), or maybe it was the yarn fumes…

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…but I found myself walking out of the store with a 660m skein of Fibre-Isle Niji (aka Mooi from Louet – what I bought is actually labeled as Niji).Yes, it’s expensive. No, I have no idea what I’m going to use it for. However, Anne has mentioned this yarn (and others from Fibre-Isle) so favorably, and with the bamboo/bison/cashmere blend it is very soft and luxurious. Of course, between this and the silk for my Evenstar, I’ve pretty much decimated the yarn budget for the year…I guess it’s good that I have quite a lot of stash to work my way through!

continuings

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a little more spring!

I looked at my knitting two nights ago and realized that I haven’t exactly done all that much knitting recently. Somehow, I’ve been distracted from it, but searching through my memory, I can’t recall that I’ve done much else of consequence in the interim. Seemingly, I’ve managed to lose time. Sigh.

I did however, also realize that I haven’t done a very good job of sharing my progress lately, which means, lack of knitting aside, I do have something I can share.

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I continue to be behind on Evenstar (admittedly, starting a new project did nothing to improve the situation), but it has come along nicely regardless. If I could just persuade myself to stop dropping yarn-overs, I’d be set.

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Crocus Pocus is also flowing nicely (with only one missed yarn-over!). I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned, but the Knitting Notions yarn is lovely to knit with. Despite the bamboo content, it is quite springy and squishy. I’m quite excited by the thought that I have quite a few more skeins of Catherine’s yarns in my stash!

One thing that I do know has kept me from my knitting is an increase in my reading habit. This has happened at such a pace, that I’ve finally decided to expand my horizons and begin another blog, dedicated more to my literary interests. What remains to be seen is if I will be more consistent there than I have been here. I promise, however, to continue my knitting adventures. After all, I certainly would not wish to be consumed by the ever-expanding stash!