Saturday, May 5, 2012

New Pattern Available

I just made my Squiggy pattern available to download on Ravelry!  Happy Knitting!!!!!! 

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

I just got home from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.  It was amazingly awesome, again.  I like to look at all the different kinds of sheep, and some of them let you pet them. 

And then there's the yarn.

This year, I think I went a wee bit nuts-o, although 2 of them are gifts.  My lovely purchases:

Creatively Dyed Yarn Calypso Queen in Midsummer

Creatively Dyed Yarn Beaches in Ibiza

Miss Babs Northumbria BFL in Picture Perfect

Miss Babs Yummy Monochrome in Nori

The Verdant Gryphon Bugga! in Cotton Stainer

The Verdant Gryphon Mithril in The Depths of the Sea

Maple Creek Farm Fredericksburg in Summer Fun

Friday, May 4, 2012

Using Yarn Scraps

I have a lot of sock yarn scraps.  Not as many as some people, because I tend to get bored knitting socks, but I have a lot.  At first, I thought about doing one of those sock yarn blankets, but then I looked at people's projects, and saw that they took insane amounts of time, like 2 years!! 

2 years?!?  If I get bored knitting the 2nd sock, I knew there was no way I was going to be able to work on a sock yarn blanket for 2 years.  I did like the idea of mitred squares, though, so I started knitting up my scraps into a stole.  I have enough scraps to do that without begging other people for their leftovers, too, which is nice.  I have 25 squares done, in a nice block of 5 x 5 squares.  I like picking up stitches for each square as I go along, too, cutting out the insanely awful task of sewing them together.  I think I'm using about 15 different yarns, so it's diverse, but not too crazy.  Some of the scraps have quite a bit of yarn left, too.

The other reason I picked the mitred square stole is that I am absolutely, beyond a doubt, terrified of hexipuffs.  I can't think of anything more terrifying than knitting an insane amount of hexipuffs, tying them together, then sleeping under that blanket only to have the whole thing fall apart, and hexipuffs going everywhere.  It just doesn't seem like a sturdy idea to me.  Also, I like not having to knit tiny things in round.

So I continue to truck away on my stole, with plans to block it and then back it with black velvet or velour to make a nice, thick, warm winter wrap.