Monday, January 5, 2009

Post Christmas Craziness

I'm back:
To Vermont.
To driving.
To work.
To Physical Therapy.
To making Matt dinner :)

During the holidays, we spent our time in Western MA among family and friends. It was nice to see everyone, but it is also nice to sleep in my own bed again; to make my own meals and keep my kitty smothered with attention to keep her from meowing and yowling (The brief attentions of my friend who took care of her while were away were not adequate.) And Myha is quite the yowler.

While I was so close to Northampton, I took the opportunity to pass a few blissful hours in the bowels of WEBS. The most exciting purchase was this:
Which I will start working to turn into this soon. And as much as it hurts my head to purchase the exact yarn used...I fell a bit in love with the purple. It has flecks of pinkish-ness and blueish-ness all over. Love, love, love.

And bonus, the awesome in-laws got me the ball wonder I've been on the precipice of buying myself for a good solid year. So I won't have to wind all sevens skeins by hand. And after the knotted mess that was the Purewool after my poor attempt the wind by hand, I feel deserving of the amazingness.
So have I been knitting anything at all in the meantime?

Little bit.

I'm working on Smariek's Triumph scarf pattern for Matt. This is the first thing I will ever finish knitting for him, so I'm working on it exclusively to make sure I finish before Spring and before I get distracted by the Tilted Duster and multiple baby projects that are piling up.

His request was for Celtic Knots, but I didn't find any patterns that appealed to me (in scarf form at least) and Triumph has some intricate cables that I figure is close enough. What I lack in actual pattern content, I will make up in pure number of times I have to use the cable needle....

Plus, I've been eyeing/queuing/printing Smariek's patterns for a long time, I just never seemed to be able to start a project with any of her beautiful, cable-y creations.

And the yarn is Laines Du Nord Cashsilk, which is half merino, and a quarter of each silk and cashmere. A great yarn to work with on a single project, for sure.


allisonmariecat said...

I'm wanting a ball winder lately, just because of how time-consuming it is to wind by hand. Cuts into the knitting time. Love the duster! My mom's first car was a purple Duster. For some reason, my grandfather picked that out for her. If I thought she'd wear purple, I'd totally make her a purple duster :)

The scarf is really lovely!

Turtle said...

the scarf looks wonderful, may have to start one as well. glad you made it home safe with lots of fibery goodies!

ponyknit said...

The winder is definitely worth it. I agree!
Glad to hear you had a great trip. (Ah Webs, I'm due for a visit too) The Peruvia is beautiful! (and I'm not a purple person) I have some Peruvia in my stash, it's so soft!

Joan said...

Thrilling!! A trip to WEBS, how I long to get down there, preferably suring a sale. That purple would have grabbed me in too. My 3 best knitting purchases EVER: a winder (same as yours), a swift to go with and my Denise interchangeable needles. And doesn't Marie design the most wonderful scarves? He will love it.

Anonymous said...

made me think of you