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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rats!!!

I wanted to make a sweater using Red Heart Super Saver Sunshine Print, right? So yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby to get some and they're like, "Oh, we don't carry that color anymore." And they didn't have any BonBon Print either, which is this blue/pink multi I've been wanting to use for quite a while... *mopes*

I did get yarn for a great many hats for soldiers--Super Saver in Fall (muted greens and oranges), Banana Berry (blue/green/yellow, the other color I wanted to use with the Sunshine Print), and a khaki-ish multi, and TLC Essentials in Shaded Denim (which I've been wanting to try because it's more like the "digital camo" stuff the Armed Forces actually use, instead of that ubiquitous "jungle camouflage").

I'm still going to post a picture of the Sunshine Print/Banana Berry double-woven ("Darrell Waltrip") swatch, if I ever get one taken and figure out how to post it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I Dream of Knitting...

What do I want to knit, if I ever get the yarn/pattern/something else indispensable? Well...

The ubiquitous, elusive Baby Surprise Jacket designed by Elizabeth Zimmerman, the pattern for which is very slowly making its way through the holds list at the library. I absolutely can't figure it out from the multitudinous pictures I've seen.

A largest-size Guideposts sweater in Red Heart Super Saver, striped in two yarns of different colorways--Banana Berry and Sunshine Print--using the "Darrell Waltrip" stitch pattern in the stockinette-stitch portion. (I've been swatching with leftovers from the sweaters I've already made in those colorways; I'll have to post a photograph to show how cool it looks!)

A multi-colored hat for the Ships Project on circular needles, for that extremely cool swirl-cone look. (At least one...)

An afghan based on a geometrical quilt-block pattern. (I'll probably never come up with one cool enough to make me do all that garter stitch, though. Now if only I could knit Drunkard's Path blocks...)

Introducing My UFO's (UnFinished Objects)

Besides Christmas presents (which you will see after Christmas), I'm currently knitting: the second half of a sweater for Guideposts magazine's Knit for Kids Project out of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the rather spotty purple Plum Pudding colorway; and a pink baby bootie (the first of a pair). I'm also sewing up a formerly interminable three-yarn purple Guideposts sweater.

I'm hoping to post pictures of my best Guideposts sweaters before I send them off, and also pictures of some new stitch patterns I've been swatching.