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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Mother Nature's Beauty

We finally had our first REAL snowfall on Thursday. It started right around 11:30 ish. Then about 45 minutes later it was REALLY snowing. Big fluffy flakes. This was the pretty picture I saw when I looked out the windows of my media center.

Snow 1

Then I just couldn't resist and step outside the emergency exit door and took a few more pictures of the snow falling. Look at how big those flakes are! The only thing that would have made this all the more perfect would have been to watch the snow fall from the comfort of my own home, in my PJ's and slippers, wrapped in one of my afghans, and a nice hot latte in my my hands enjoying a snow day!

Snow 2

Snow 3

When I got home from work that day I found this at my door! *SQUEAL* I love when I get packages!

MAIL!!!

The first package was this Japanese crochet pattern book. The book is Crochet Motif Items. I bought it so that I could get the pattern to make this. I fell in love with that since I first came across it months ago! I had found the book on the Japanese site of Amazon, but I couldn't seem to order it. I was telling Joan at one of the S 'n B Wednesday's about how I was trying to find this book and she directed me to this site, and I found it and bought it!! Thanks Joan!!

Crochet Motif Items

Here's an update on my current WIPs.

The Wave Scarf is up to 26". I can't remember what number skein I am on, but my order for the four extra skeins came in. Of course the dye lots did not match the six skeins I had bought months ago, but by some miracle of miracles the new skeins match the older skeins what seems like perfectly! *PHEW* I was so pleased. I went ahead and used one of the new skeins and then brought the project to a S 'n B session and asked a few of the gals there if they could tell where the new skein started and/or stopped. No one could!!! So, just to be safe I am alternating skeins between the two different orders. I am hoping that over this nice long weekend, I will finish this scarf... maybe.... maybe not. Sorry, the pictures is a bit dark. I'll take a better one soon.

'Waves

Next up, I joined the Secret of the Stole ii KAL (SOTSii). This is one of those KAL where you get a little bit of the pattern at a time along with a few clues and you need to try and guess the connection. This is my first official lace project. I am so excited about it! It was suggested that we use a solid, earthy color. I had purchased a skein of Skacel Merino Lace in Eggplant. I fell in love with the rich purple color. I got it at a 30% discount because it looked like some of the strands had been cut. We couldn't really tell without winding it up. The lady in the shop said she would give me a discount cause she wasn't sure, but that with the discount it would have to be a final sale. I took the chance because I loved the color so much and I didn't want to fall behind in the KAL. Oh, I sooooo shouldn't have bought that skein. It was a pure disaster trying to ball up that skein. I don't know what happened, but it kept getting tangled and my kitty kept trying to play with the yarn. I finally gave up and called a few of the LYS so see if any of them had the same yarn in the same color. *sigh* No luck, but A Tangled Skein, did have the yarn in other colors. So, I hopped in my car and drove down. I found this pretty berry color and bought it and had THEM wind it for me. Of course she had no problems winding the skein. So now I have this skein of purple at home that I don't want to throw away, but I'm also not looking forward to trying to untangle and wind. Anyhoo! I'm looking forward to working on my first lace project!!

Skacel Merino Lace

Next up is the WhoDuKnit Mystery KAL. This project will only take about 200 yards of a worsted weight yarn. So I went stash diving to see what single skeins I had and found this beautiful blue that I bought eons ago. It's Cascade 220 Heather in Midnight. I just love the color! I'm currently in the middle of clue #3. Just 2 more clues and I should have a finished scarf!

WhoDuKnit Mystery knit

Last, but certainly not least. The baby blanket! Look! I'm all done knitting and it's blocking on my dining room table. Now comes the part I dread.... seaming!! I have 4 skeins of this yarn leftover. Oh what to do with it... any suggestions?

So far to date, this is the piece I am most proud of, even if it was the most difficult to make - not talking pattern wise, the pattern was relatively easy.

Almost!

6 comments:

Nichole said...

That book looks amazing!
Beautiful works in progress!

FugueStateKnits said...

Your welcome for the reference to YesAsia.com! So glad your book came in - and not in much time either! The cover looks amazing!
That baby blankie is a work of art! It will be an heirloom! Is that the one you did in ShineSport??? It's just gorgeous:)
Congratulations.
The scarf will certainly be warm - it's another work of art and the color is beautiful!!!
See you at the SNK!
Joan

FugueStateKnits said...

OOPS!! YOU'RE welcome! (a pet peeve of mine and I did it myself ARGH!)

Kozy Kitty said...

That blanket is gorgeous! 4 skeins of that yarn could make a sweet little baby cardigan. http://www.thegarterbelt.com/ms_tater.html Check that one out! It calls for more but it is a size 2. Check the free patterns online--there is one for a top down raglan. You could also do a hat and booties!

Bummer that we didn't get a snow day. I'm hoping we will get a monster snow after my concert!

jusmehere! said...

That baby blanket is just absolutely beautiful.

I'm so glad your wave scarf is matching up well - there is no way you can distinguish between the two dyelots. It is looking *great*.

PHD Knitter said...

The blanket is BEAUTIFUL! Well done :)