Thursday, September 06, 2007

What I've been working on... and buying!

About a week ago I visited Bad Woman Yarn in their new location in Wallingford ( near the University of Washington in Seattle). I found the owners and staff quite friendly and warm. What I didn't like, was their over abundance of Berroco and very small sock/hand dyed yarn selection. They did have a very small selection of Lorna's Laces, which I just adore.

I purchased 3 hanks of the Shepered Worsted in the color way Pioneer.

It's a lovely combination of bright blue that fades to a denim blue, a charcoal grey that seems black in places, and a variety of shades of a warm rich brown. I didn't have a plan in mind when I chose it. I did figure that if I had at least 3 hanks I could work something out! In the end I decided to "wing it" and cast on for a poncho/shawl thingy. I've worked an area that will allow me to steek it should I choose to and add buttons. However, right now, its been worked in the round with 3 inches of ribbing, 4 inches of st st and so far 7 inches of a moss like stitch. I did add some "shoulder" shaping in the st st section.

I also recently found a few great bargains at Lane Bryant when I was actually on my way to JCPenny to pick up some trousers for work. I stumbled upon a rather cute tan cardigan.. It has elbow length sleeves & the sweetest little sections of what I think are butterfly stitches bordered with a purl background along with some standard 1x1 and 2x2 ribbing. I would really like to make a sweater just like it, okay not in the lace weight I'm sure it was knit with, but with something like DK. *pictures posted later*

Another great find of the century was a subtly striped black suiting-like jacket/blazer I can wear to the office. The final price was between $15-$19.00!

This weekend I have a wedding to go to, we're not very close to the couple, in fact I've never met them, so I'm not too worried about what I'm going to wear. I have a few crafty projects to start/complete as well.

1. A simple bag made out of some brown/tan/teal MODA fabric.
2. 2 paper crafted inspirational phase/saying thingies to hang on our new office wall at work
3. The quilt for a friends daughter.

Recently I also purchased Knit Kimono - which I highly recommend, Last Minute Knitted Gifts, One Skein, a ball winder, some items for my SP, plus some new dye.

I still need to hang two sets of shelves, reorganize my knitting books &stash, and weed the garden. I swear the tomato plants from nowhere have really begun to take over!
** They sprouted from seeds left in the soil that was used as a planting bed by the previous owner ** So far they haven't lead to any ripened fruit, but I'm still holding out some hope for my own tomatoes!

Also on the gardening front, I have a pepper plant, not the Green Bell Pepper plant I thought I had purchased, ready to harvest!

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