Thursday, February 19, 2009

No Begging Allowed

My husbands wool socks have finally worn out. We think he snagged it on something and the whole just grew.

Since these are the only pair he has I had to make an emergency trip to AC Moore for yarn. That morning I got a circular stating that Patons Classic Wool was 2 for $5. Knowing that one ball was normally $7.99 I high-tailed it to the store before the best colors were sold out. Of course, they said that the circular was incorrect and the sale was actually 2 for $9. There was no retraction printed and after my husband pleasantly argued our case with the store manager I got 8 balls of Patons Classic Wool for $2.50 a piece. I felt very guilty but I can't help it if they made a mistake in their advertising. The worst part was that there was another lady in the aisle that wanted the same deal but the store manager said that we'd be the only ones getting that price. So not fair! You print the ad, you honor the price!

Anyway, progress has been very fast on these since my husband doesn't like the socks to be very tall. I cut 5 inches from the length on each sock so I may be able to get 2 socks out of one ball of yarn. It will be close but I'm definitely curious. The pattern is Men's Heavy Boot Sock #998 from Knitting Pure & Simple and I it's my stand by for quick, warm socks.

I have two more business trips coming up so it will be lace knitting for me to stay sane. Plus I have a couple baby blankets headed my way for charity. Oh - and the first shipment of Shakespeare in Lace is scheduled to go out the first week of March. No rest for the weary!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Feel Good Knitting

I've simply got too many projects on the needles for my liking so I'm focusing on finishing my MS4 stole. Nothing exciting to photograph since the first side looks the same as this one. I just started Clue 3 on the second side and it's flying off my needles. I love knitting lace.

My trick for concentrating without going crazy has been listing to Brenda Dayne's Cast On podcast. She mixes up knitting talk with great music and it's thoroughly entertaining. I started from the beginning so I think I'm at around episode 37. Eventually I'll catch up and be disappointed that I can't hear a new episode whenever I feel like it.

To make sure I'm not getting bored I'm mixing it up with a few charity projects. I've started another set of rectangles for the HAP project and I'm diving in head first with a new round of Northeast Oddball Baby Blankets with my peeps on Knitting Help. I haven't done much charity work lately and it's just feels good. My MS4 doesn't know it's purpose yet but I balance that out with the charity projects.

[Oh - I uncovered an entire stash of charity yarn that I forgot about. That makes my charity knitting "recession proof" since I won't have to buy any yarn for a long time to participate!]

Monday, February 9, 2009

Finished Object - la novia

I have loved Anne Hanson's designs for a while now and with ISE7 I was finally able to knit one. I choose la novia for it's open design and paired it with my Sublime yarn that I had stashed away for a special scarf.

My pal should receive her package from me sometime tomorrow I figured it's finally safe to post the finished pictures. With it being a deep navy blue, it photographed horribly:

But it's beautiful, soft and smooshy. Perfect for the warm weather climate that my pal lives in. I hope she enjoys it - it was lovely to knit.

Pattern: la novia by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Sublime Yarns Cashmere Merino Silk DK purchased from Sheep Thrills
Needles: US 8 straight bamboo
Timeframe: 1/12/09 to 1/27/09