Thursday, April 05, 2007

This 'n That

I'm so thrilled that I finally received the Yarn Harlot's new book in the mail and I can't wait to start reading it. The only thing that would make it even better would be to meet her in person to have her sign it. It's not meant to be though, since she doesn't have Southern California listed on her book tour. I'm so sad :-(

I'm currently knitting Cookie's Baudelaire sock pattern with the Socks that Rock lightweight yarn in Jasper colorway. Of course since it's a red/purple tone, it's very difficult to capture the correct colors in the photo, but I think you get the idea. I'm loving knitting these since the pattern is written toe-up, so I don't have to do any pattern converting. YEAH!

Laura and I went to our LYS on Monday so I could enhance my stash. One of my sisters is have her third little girl and has requested a white cardigan sweater. Personally I think a white baby cardigan is boring, but it's what she wants. I tried to find Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and RYC Cashsoft in white, but since there was sadly none of that or any really "nice" yarns in white, I got stuck purchasing the Sidar Snuggly DK yarn. Little does she realize (she's not a knitter) that had she let me choose the color, she would've ended up with a better overall sweater, but since she doesn't know, I'm probably the only one sad about it. The pattern is the Matinee Coat from the Debbie Bliss Simply Baby book and although I'm knitting it in the smallest size, I doubt it will fit the baby until the fall since Debbie Bliss patterns are rumored to run a little bit big.

I also enhanced my stash at the LYS by purchasing another pair of Addi Turbo Lace needles in a 24" size 3US. I noticed that quite of few of the lace patterns in Victorian Lace Today used that needle size, so I figure it may come in handy. I also found this navy blue laceweight yarn called Grignasco Regina which is listed as "merino fine" pure new wool. From what I can tell, this yarn is similar to Skacel Merino Lace since both are 100 grams and 2/25; the Grignasco is marked as 1363 yards and the Skacel is 1375 yards. Pretty close huh? I'm either going to make a lace shawl for my mother in law or my grandmother, but I haven't decided on a pattern yet, so it will sit until I feel inspired.

12 comments:

Brena said...

Oh, I love your Baudelaire's. I've never understood white baby sweaters myself, but I'm not a big fan of white. It looks like it's turning out nicely. :)

Laura said...

Baby sweater's looking great (especially considering the savings on the yarn cost). ;-)

Carole Knits said...

A white baby sweater? Is she crazy? I'm sure it will be beautiful.

Karen said...

You always have the greatest stuff going on when I visit your blog!! Those socks are going to be gorgeous. I agree, I'm not a fan of white for baby sweaters since there are so many great yarns in such wonderful colors out there. But I think it will be really pretty.

KeanaLee said...

I am on the feence aout baby clothes & since I am trying to get pregnant my husband keeps sayin, "when we have a baby it's going to have one hell of a knitted wardrobe" --- my problem is baby's grow soooo fast, I don't think I will start making a baby clothes until the 18mos mark. But your sweater looks like it is going to be beautiful. I'm sure your sister will love it.

Cathy said...

Hooray for the Harlot's new book - I got to meet her one time and she is incredibly funny and very sweet! I hope she adds Calif. to her tour so you can have the opportunity to enjoy her as well.

I know what you mean about white sweaters, but I had three girls and I have to say that finding a white sweater to purchase was almost impossible and it seemed that I was always looking for one to put over a pretty frilly outfit for a special occassion - I'm sure it will be gorgeous as are all of your knits!

abby said...

I like bright colors for babies... isn't it the case that for a while they can only see contrasts in color? I guess that's why I knit very bold for little ones. I'll have to check out this book, because I don't think I've seen it before; the sweater looks lovely.

Micki said...

I'm with you on the white baby sweater. Let babies wear bright colors!

You're sweet to go along with your sister's wishes. My dad has asked me to knit him a "white" (off white) aran sweater. Well, he's a rather large man, and I'm afraid he would look like a ship in full sails if he wears a white sweater. I'm planning to knit it in green, his favorite color. Maybe he'll forget he asked for white. :)

jillian said...

Both your projects are gorgeous! At least of you "have" ot knit a white baby cardi you can switch gears with lovely Jasper STR!

Dipsy said...

Oh - your Baudelaire Socks are coming along so beautifully! This is one of the patterns very high up on my "Have to knit" list, it's so beautiful - and your socks are going to look awesome, especially with that beautiful yarn that you're using!
And what a cute little baby cardigan this is going to be - I love the pattern and can't wait to see more of it!

ScrapHappy said...

I just completed my first toe-up socks... I'm going to try these Baudelaires next, I think! I LOVE the toe-up. Why did it take me so long???
Haven't gotten the book yet... I think we'll go to the bookstore tonight!
xoxoxo
Lain

Hasbu said...

The Baudelaires are going to be beautiful! I've knitted them in Regia Silk and they fit my feet perfectly!