Kind of off topic

I didn’t get any knitting done today. I ended up running all over the place because my daughter got sick. Took her to the Dr and it turns out she has strep throat. She was real bummed about this and will be missing her friends Sweet 16 party tonight!  Anyway, while I was waiting for the subscription to be filled, I decided to run to this LYS while my daughter sat in the car and at the chicken soup I got her at the deli. Low and behold they had a copy of Sweaters From Camp by Meg Swansen, Amy Detjen and Joyce Williams! I’m sorry, make that 2 copies! This book is OOP and hard to find now so I bought them both. If someone needs it they can buy it from me.

So, that was the only pleasant thing about today. I went back to the pharmacy and they say they did not get the script from the Dr yet (He sends it over the internet via his Palm! Neat eh?). We call the office and they are closed now! I called Rachael’s Dad and told him to get ahold of that Dr and have him call it in. While we are waiting the woman decides to try rebooting her computer and it worked. There were other prescriptions that never came through as well. So, I call back Rachael’s Dad and tell him not to worry. 

The prescription gets filled and the Pharmacist runs it through insurance and gets ‘rejected’. Huh?! Call back the Dad. Why did you cancel your insurane!!?? He says he didn’t, but the very nice Pharmacist (God bless her, she was so helpful) tells me not to worry. Work it out with your insurance and she will rebill on Monday. What a crazy day! 

Rachael is home now (she lives with her Dad) and I am back at my house now quite exhausted. (Rachael woke me up at 5:30 this morning crying about the pain in her throat).  Whew, what a day! 

edited to add:

Here is my daughter on a day when she was feeling well

 

Rachael

Rachael

 

 

Anyone looking for a copy of Sweaters From Camp? 🙂

Baby Kimono

My little baby kimono for my coworkers baby is really coming along nice. It is such a simple pattern, yet it is unique too. I am pretty sure that I will have enough yarn for a little pair of booties when I am done. The pattern is knitting up nicely in the Reynolds Rapture. It is so soft. My husband keeps asking to touch it and asked for something knit up with this yarn. I told him the cost and he quickly changed his mind 😉

 

Baby Kimono Sweater. One side left to knit.

Baby Kimono Sweater. One side left to knit.

I am hoping to get the Pebbles yarn I am waiting for from Webs today or tomorrow so I can finish both the Baby sweater and the Emma Peel dress for Victoria this weekend. Then I will focus on Rachael’s Autumn Rose and MIL’s Color Your Own. Maybe a pair of socks thrown in there somewhere. 

I am still waiting for the Jamieson DK to come in so I can knit that swatch for the Alba sweater. Test of patience there for sure. I am very excited to knit this project.

Hopefully my next post will have 2 FO’s to show you. Baby Kimono and Emma Peel!

Did run out of yarn :(

I did run out of the Pebbles. I ordered a skein from Webs and hopefully they have my dye lot so I can finish this pretty dress. I was able to finish the back and a little up the front. 

I decided to bang out the Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting  for DJ’s new baby while I wait for the Pebbles to come in from WEBS. I cast it on last night and was able to get a good bit done before going to bed.

 

Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting

Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting

I have a feeling this will be done in not time at all. It is so soft! I am using Reynolds Rapture that I had in my stash. Only thing is I know it will be a pain to keep clean and must be hand washed. I will throw in a little bottle of Kukuburo for them to clean it with.

I am still waiting for the package to arrive from Camilla Valley Farms so I can knit up my swatch for the Alba Jacket. Maybe it will come today and I can work on that tonight? I plan on sticking with my vow to not start the Alba until the fair Isle for my MIL is done though. Just the swatch tonight then I start working seriously on the Color Your Own Fair Isle from Philosopher’s Wool. It is actually the banner picture at the top of my blog. I love the colors and being a worsted weight sweater I think I can get it done in a month or 2 for sure.

That’s it for now. Happy knitting everyone!

May run out of yarn

I am almost done with the Emma Peel dress for Victoria and I am almost certain I will run out of yarn. I went ahead and ordered more from Webs. I just hope the lots aren’t noticeably different.

 

Just the front shaping left to do

Just the front shaping left to do

I am also very excited about starting some new projects. I have ordered lots of new yarns and have received a lot of it already. All will be used to knit projects in my 2009 plan.

First package was from Knit Picks. I ordered their Palette yarns to make the Autumn Rose Sweater for Rachael.

 

Knit Picks Palette for Autumn Rose

Knit Picks Palette for Autumn Rose

You can see the swatch I knit this weekend using US2 which is what the pattern suggests. I had to go all the way up to 5s and I am still not getting gauge. I wonder if it is the yarn? I really don’t want to go higher than 5. I also think my sweater will have more tension than the swatch and it will be fine. I will get started on this maybe next weekend. I would like to finish the Emma Peel dress and get started on the Baby Kimono first.

I also bought some Simply Shetland Silk & Lambswool in Ardvreck colorway. It is a beautiful coppery brown perfect for Marc!  I was able to get it at a huge discount through the sale at Suzoo’s Wool Works. Great prices and free shipping!

 

To use for the Duxbury Point Pullover for Marc

To use for the Duxbury Point Pullover for Marc

I will not start this till much later. Marc’s birthday is not until December, so I have plenty of time. 

I am still waiting for the Jamieson’s DK from Camilla Valley Farms. As soon as that comes in I will knit up a swatch for gauge on the Alba Jacket. Can’t wait to see how that comes out!  I have made a commitment to finish the Fair Isle sweater for my MIL before I start the Alba Jacket. I really need to get that thing done. I think it will be very uplifting for my MIL. She has been in a slump lately. 

Lots of new stuff coming on the needles soon!

Motoring Along!

I am quite confident I will have Victoria’s dress done by the end of the week.  If I hadn’t  of won this yarn I would never had made this dress. I don’t knit with cotton and the dress did not originally appeal to me. Now that I am more than half way through, I must say I am glad I did make it. It is not so bad knitting with this cotton yarn. I love the way the fabric feels. The colors are beautiful and I can see Victoria wearing this with a pair of pink leggings and a t-shirt underneath.  Here we are so far. I would say about half way there.

 

Victoria's Dress

Victoria's Dress

Now about the color swatch for my special project this year, the Alba Jacket. I had all but 2 colors to create a swatch and be able to decide if the colors I chose would work when knitted up. I ordered from a US vendor and, well it was a bad choice. I won’t name the vendor, but I will say I won’t be ordering there again. If I need Spindrift in the future I will order from Schoolhouse Press.  They ended up sitting on my order for a week. If I hadn’t of sent them an email it may have been longer. They replied saying they would mail it out the next day. I email and leave a vm asking them to expedite the shipping and that I would pay the difference.  I never heard back from them and my order was not expedited. I hate being ignored.

I ordered the Jamieson’s DK from Camilla Valley Farms. I would prefer to keep it in the US, but don’t want to chance that bad experience again. I have ordered from CVF a few times and always had great service. Another great buying experience was with SheEweKnits, but unfortunately she does not carry Jamieson DK.

While I was still waiting for these 2 colors to arrive I was alerted to a yarn sale from Marina on Ravelry. I went to the link and scapped up many of the colors I would need for a lot less! I saved about 40% off my purchase. It was a great deal and I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity many of the people show on Ravelry to help other knitters. Very inspiring. Eventually my 2 skeins of Spindrift came and I was able to knit up the color swatch. Glad I did because there were some colors that needed to be changed. It just wasn’t flowing. If you look at the band with the blue and browns towards the bottom, you will see my original color picks. It was too choppy and didn’t flow. The Cinnamon in the center was too dark as was the Chestnut. Also the blue I picked (Highland Mist) was too close to the China Blue in the center and was not letting the China Blue stand out.

 I replaced the Cinnamon with Sandlewood and then moved the Cinnamon to take the place of the Chestnut. I took out Highland Mist all together and used Twilight which is a little darker and lets the China Blue catch your eye. You can see the revised colors on the top. I did not have enough to knit a whole new swatch so I had to improvise. 

 

Alba Color Swatch

Alba Color Swatch

Here is a close up of the revised colors

 

Close up

Close up

I have had so much fun playing with the colors and creating this color scheme. I am rather proud of myself. It would not have been possible without the generous donation of samples from Marina though.  That was such a tremendous help.

Oh, by the way, I finally can return the book THe Celtic Collection by  Alice Starmore to the library. I found a copy at B&N up in Poughkeepsie. I was worried I would not be able to get a copy. I had ordered from Amazon, but they quickly changed the ship date to unknown which means one thing. They can no longer get the book. I think I got my copy just in time!

I also ordered Palette yarn from KnitPicks to make Autumn Rose for my DD Rachael. I will post pictures when that package arrives. I am so grateful for Knit Picks. There is no way I would be able to afford all this knitting without their affordable yarns. Just for comparison, the wool for Rachael’s sweater would have cost $110 if I purchased the recommended wool. With Knit Picks Palette it only cost me $40! This is not cheap wool either. It is a very decent wool to work with. The only draw back is the smaller color choices, but I hear they will be expanding the number of colors some time this year to about 80 different colors. This is not as many as Jamieson’s 190 colors, but it sure does open the creative opportunities even more. I just can’t say enough about Knit Picks!

That’s it for now. Hopefully I will be swimming in new yarn next time you hear from me!

Time to switch it up

Well, I spent the whole day cleaning and doing laundry and now it is time to relax with some knitting. I have been working primarily on Victoria’s dress and have a bit to show for it. 

 

Victoria's dress

Victoria's dress

Tonight I am going to work on the Fair Isle sweater for my MIL. It is a Philosopher Wool Color Your Own sweater.  I know  I have said this before, but I will say it again. I love their wool, I love this pattern and their colors are beautiful. The different patterns are easy to memorize and that makes this a relaxing project. I have until her birthday in August to finish so their is no rush. It is nice to work on when other projects start to get a little dull.

I am working on the sleeves. I will most likely be able to finish the second sleeve tonight. Perhaps tomorrow I will cast on the body. I will be making this a cardigan sweater so I will have to steek the front and the sleeves. I have never done a button band. This will be the first. It will be a good piece for the first go. The worsted weight yarn should make it a bit easier.

 

Color Your Own Fair Isle

Color Your Own Fair Isle

I did take a little break during the day and played with my ball winder and swift. I was after all cleaning out the closet and organizing my yarn is a part of that. It was very meditative. I really enjoyed it. Made me want to wind up all my hanks but I just did the Rapture yarn that I will be using for my coworkers Baby Kimono sweater from the Mason Dixon Knitting book. Here are the colors. I will use the green as a trim and if there is any left I will make a little hat and booties.

 

Reynolds Rapture for Baby Kimono Sweater

Reynolds Rapture for Baby Kimono Sweater

That’s it for now. Time to turn on my audio book and knit!