Friday, September 24, 2004

Well, that was a quick knit:

what do you expect when I was using 7.5mm and 9mm needles!!
I very rarely knit with super bulky yarn - aran weight is the heaviest that I usually knit with. I'll make an exception again for this Modigliani yarn. It's lovely and soft and ever so stretchy. That's the second lot of yarn from Chicago used up - I'll have to go back again and get more!
So what's next? I've got 4 projects half completed but none of them appeal to me at the moment. I'm thinking of ripping out 3 of them anyway but I do know I desperately need some cardigans for work. So, I'm off to look up some patterns. Have a good weekend.

Monday, September 20, 2004


I was between sizes so I decided to go for the larger one. Should have chosen the smaller size. I still love the sweater though it's going to get loads of use. Also enjoyed knitting with the Mission Falls cotton.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

After buying all that new yarn in Chicago I just had to start knitting with it. The Koigu scarf gets boring after a while so I've decided to knit up the Mission Falls Cotton. I'd got this yarn with the intention of knitting the Trudi cardigan from the Decades book but after going down a couple of needle sizes I still couldn't make gauge and the jacket was going to turn out huge after it had been blocked. So, I decided to reknit the Shrug Pullover from Interweave Knits. I have knitted this sweater before. I'm not going to have 2 sweaters of the same design but in different colours. The first one met a sorry end in the washing machine and I've missed it ever since.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

So, what yarn did I acquire while I was in Chicago. First off was not a purchase but a gift from Carolyn.

Isn't it gorgeous? It's from Foxhill Farm and it's 65% Come and 35% silk so it's got a lovely sheen to it. It's destined to be a tank.
I did buy my self some sock yarn:

Though strictly speaking the Lorna Laces sock yarn (on the right) was not bought in Chicago. Arcadia Knitting had only 1 skein in stock and I just had to have this colour. So, Carolyn ordered it for me and had it shipped to her ofice but I gave her the money in chicago so it's a Chicago yarn purchase.
I also bought some Koigu from Wool and Company:

as you can see I couldn't wait to knit the Koigu and I started a scarf while in Chicago.
Next up some Mission Falls 1842 cotton:

more on this yarn in my next post.

Finally, some Modigliani which sure is a strange yarn - it's incredibly stretchy:

No idea yet what I'm going to knit with it. Currently, I'm thinking a ribbed top of some kind.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

That's me enjoying my holiday in Chicago where I got to hang out with the awesome Ms Spikeygirl. I do have to point out that we are not as wide as that normally - it's all the Bean's fault. Carolyn very kindly took me to the Chicago Art Institute and then helped me spend lots of money by taking me to just about every yarn store in Chicago. She was aided by Monica one Sunday who helped us visit a couple of yarn stores out in the suburbs.
I did lots of KIP on the Metra trains, on the beach in Winnetka, in Millenium Park and in a coffee shop in Belmont where Carolyn had arranged a mini SnB and here I gotto meet some very nice knitters. I promise to post photos tomorrow of all the yarn I bought in Chicago but I've got alot of things to catch-up with that I should have done before I went on holiday!!

Monday, September 06, 2004

Hopefully, I'll find sometime later on this week to take photos of my stash enhancement and for a proper blog entry. In the meantime, here's a photo of where I've been for the past 2 weeks. Don't you just love the distorted buildings?