on my way back from lunch with my friend jenn in monroeville on monday, i wanted to find bonnie knits to get a size five needle so i could start working on the garter-stitch cardigan for baby o. due may 28 (yes, i do have to finish cape may and two other projects to start and finish before then, but still--i like to have all of my supplies ready!). but i got lost. i guess she's moved since i was there years ago. in the process of trying to find her, i stumbled across jo-ann's new location (also moved since i was last there--obviously i don't frequent the village of monroe very often). i thought, maybe they'll have a pair of needles that aren't plastic and horrible.
lo and behold, they actually had not one but two brands of bamboo needles right there in stock. so i bought a pair. and the red thread that i needed to sew on the ribbon for cape may, when that's knitted up (hooray!).
but best of all, when i was on my way to the knitting needles, i spied this cute little bag--a trio of bags, really, one in brown, one in blue, and one in pink, but otherwise identical--and had to have it. sadly, my camera batteries died before i could take the inside shot, but the buckles unsnap to unroll the bag flat, and what you have is this brilliant knitting bag. the interior cylinder is actually clear plastic and it detaches with velcro from the rest of the bag, easily holding the five balls of black frog tree yarn from which i'll be making the tempting ii sweater that is one of my two april projects. then there are several large pencil-pockets for large needles and several more, smaller ones for small needles (which hold my circular and larger double-pointed needles for this project). and in the top flap, nearest the buckles (which are really magnetic snaps), is a long zippered pouch, also clear, which holds my chibi needles, my stitch holders (in a clear little plastic box), the fab aqua buckle i got from les bon ribbon, and the smaller set of double-pointed needles. and on top of all of it, i've laid the pattern flat, rolled it all up inside, snapped it all shut, and i have the coolest, cutest little bag o'knitting to go :) i am so pleased. no more puncturing ziplocs with needles just barely too long to fit. the best part: just $15. i want them in every color. i wish i'd bought the other two...may require another excuse to go to the village of monroe again...
i know, two in quick succession like this isn't seemly, but these just came to my attention (thanks, Shanna!), and they're just too good not to share: kathrine baumann's $300 double mirror and $2700 helmet bag, both available from the nfl shop. my most urgent question: does the compact fit inside the purse ? because otherwise, these are just completely impractical.
inspired by and in honor of my favorite blog, i cannot resist posting this. truly, yard art at its finest. the loving owners bestow these Plow and Heart Rain Ducks not only with little snap-under-the-chin bonnets for their heads and way oversized booties for their webbed feet, but also with ponchos to protect their backs...from...water.
well, after a very informative finishing class--my first knitting class ever--at the pittsburgh knit and bead, i managed to finish the tempting sweater i'd made (but not finished) for annie. i'm very happy with how it turned out.
i made it with lorna's laces shepherd worsted 100-percent superwash wool in charcoal (fabulously soft); the moire grosgrain ribbon around the shoulders (which i'll let her trim to whatever length she likes), which is a beautiful shade of blue, i think, came from les bon ribbon--very quickly and reasonably priced, i should add. it's lovely.
and now i can move on to all the other projects awaiting me--finishing cape may for my mother-in-law (march), making tempting ii for my sister-in-law (april), making an erika knight garter-stitch sweater for anna's baby-to-be (may), finishing the womb for my stepmother (may), making flora for my mother (june), making tubey for jen (july), and making another tubey for me (in a different color). then i'll be starting on q3 and q4 projects, but by then another issue of knitty will be out from which i can choose new fun :)
yeah, i know. no excuses. you own a blog, you should post there. but i have no excuses that everybody else doesn't have who also owns a blog and does make time to post: i work a lot and when i'm not working, blogging isn't my first priority, i guess. i've been knitting a lot--a lot. but of course i neglect to photograph anything i knit--doh! i'm going to try to remedy that, so this does resemble some of the fab knitting blogs i read (of which i've created a list for you finally).
i did have a ferociously bizarre dream, but to describe it here just makes this another, as a recent article on blogs i read called them, cheese-sandwich blog. so...i'll leave you with my new lists (knitting blogs and books i've edited--or, in two cases, proofed or proofchecked--since starting at rand a year ago this week) and try to be better. really.