Last weekend, I told my husband I was making a quick run to the yarn store (Yarn Garden in Portland, OR). As promised, it was quick -- including the drive back and forth, I was gone only 40 minutes, tops. But $60 later, I ended up with yarns for three different hats.
From left going clockwise, the sage green is Berroco's Ultra Alpaca; the blue is Araucania's Nature Wool. I thought I would use one or both to do the koolhaus pattern from Interweave Knit's Holiday 2007 issue. I've also read about the hat on the Brooklyntweed blog -- it seems like a great project.
The third yarn is Jo Sharp's Silk Road Aran Tweed. I actually made a beret from Jo Sharp's "Knit," Issue 3. I gave it to my sister for Christmas, but I loved it so much, I wanted to make one for myself. Plus I had enough yarn left over from the first project that I only needed to buy one more to complete a second hat. So my sister and I will have matching hats, just like we did when we were little girls.
But I didn't stop there. I also bought MORE sock yarn:
I do not need more sock yarn. I already have more than I can probably knit up in the next five years, but as you can see, that is not a deterrence for me. The one on the right is from Noro. I have never knit with Noro yarns before, but they have such an interesting texture (and beautiful colors), I could not resist. The yarn on the left is Araucania's Ranco, a superwash wool/nylon blend that looks soft but durable enough for socks.
Tomorrow I am taking a day off work as a mini birthday celebration for me. I plan to hit a couple of yarn stores, as well as some fabric stores. My purchasing is definitely outpacing my knitting speed at this point.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Along with several other resolutions for the new year, I've decided to start tracking my projects -- part of the "get organized" resolution I make every year.
Currently, I am working on the Skull Isle Hat from Debbie Stoller's new book, "Son of Stitch 'N Bitch." The fair-isle pattern looks deceptively complicated but is fairly simple. I had been trying to complete it as a Christmas project, but with only one day left until Christmas and only half done...well, you know how that goes. I love the yarn, Dalegarn's Baby Ull, which I've worked with before. It's a superwash fingering weight-wool (50 g/165 m).