Friday, August 18, 2006

On The Mend and Knitting

Zeus is on the mend and I've found myself with some time to knit (though not nearly as much as I'd like to) and even do some yarn shopping (uh-oh....)! He's getting around on his own fairly well - probably too much - and he's getting back to his happy-go-lucky self, except when I put the wretched bite not collar on him in the morning. Boy do I get the look! However, he's our very own Zudini, as he has managed to get the collar off 3 times to where its still attached by the strap but hanging off him and just yesterday managed to get the entire thing off, while the belly strap was still buckled. If anyone can figure out how the Great Zudini does it, do share!

So anyway... YARN... oh sweet delicious yummy yarns! I got two most wonderful packages in the mail this week! The first was from
Knit Witts and contained my gorgeous (or at least I hope I can turn the lovely bag of yarns in to something so gorgeous as the picture on their website!) Potpouri Shawl Kit in neutral tones. This is going to make a fabulous fall shawl and even though its "neutral" tones, there is some glitz and glamour to mix in.




I also got my clearance sock yarn from
Webs closeout page! I snagged 4 skeins of Fashion Trend Sportivo (2 each of 5713 and 5758) and 1 skein of Regia Strato Color (5753 - the only color available). To all my sock and clearance fiber loving folks out there, you are most welcome for the direct links!

Also pictured above is my amazingly soft and gorgeous Bunny Blend yarn in bright violet! This stuff is to die for - ANGORA!!!! An extra special thanks to the wonderfully talented and super sweet Heather aka A Crafty Kat who picked it up in Maine for me last week! I believe a lacey scarf will be in order if I can stop rubbing it against my skin and cuddling with it. And I happily learned the woman who owns the shop in Maine spins dog hair (though Heather seemed to be thinking about kitty hair)...COOL! Yup, a call will be made shortly so I can find out more about how the process works, how much I need to generate a skein, etc. I want to make pillows from each of my babies hair. I picked up the Bunny yarn from Heather on Wednesday (her birthday!!!) at Knitting Guild at Joanne's (A Knitter's Garden in Chester), as well as the Mickey Mouse sock bag she made for my Mom. Well, wouldn't you know that she was using one of her great "Socks for Soldiers" bags to benefit the program (nothing wrong with a little shameless self promotion - you go girl!) and I just HAD to have it! I couldn't resist (even though I just got my doggy sock bag last month, 100 yarn bags are not enough one can never have too many bags) -- a super cute bag (not to mention functional!) that supports a super cause. Be sure to check them out (link above goes to her Etsy shop where they are available for sale). And since I can never get out of Joanne's without something new (the bag didn't really count since it wasn't in the store, right?) ... and I did just buy a new sock bag, I snagged a skein of Heather's very own hand painted sock yarn in Chocolate Covered Strawberries.... YUM-O... and its all mine, mine, mine!!!

bags

While at guild I worked some rows on my tank (actually, I hadn't worked on it since the last time I had been to guild - winter's going to be here before its finished and it sure is going to be chilly!). I got through the decrease rows for the arms on the back at least... all while listening to some great stories... Joanne is getting 2 sheep!!!; Heather's heroic injured puppy rescue in Maine; and some chatting about fisher cats, wild turkeys and coyote (its was one wild nite!)....

tank

When I got home I caught the last 2 minutes of Rock Star Supernova, fed the dogs, set the coffee for morning, fed myself, worked a few rows on my sock. I'm on the heal flap and getting pretty close to teaching myself how to turn a heal (if you hear some loud, mysterious cursing, you'll know where its coming from...).

sock

So as you can see, not quite as much progress as one would like, but some... I've also been working on a couple of baby hats in between as well. My "need to get to" projects are really starting to pile up though, so I better get knitting... not to mention thinking about some Christmas gifts I'd like to get done for friends and family too... think anyone would mind if I took a knitting sabbatical from work? hmm...

3 comments:

YogaGardenGirl said...

Wow, wow and more wow! I'm on my way to your house now to snatch that Bunny yarn....bye! (be on the lookout!)

Anonymous said...

Dang and I thought Petty was a brat! Zeus is worse! Too bad u cant set up a caerma or something to catch him. HAHA My boys would have a field day with that yarn!!!!! I am glad he is healing although he seems to be a little TOO rambunctious!

yarnophiliac said...

Hope Zeus is still doing well -- and I am so glad you like the bunny yarn and the Choc/Straw. Sock yarn! Any ideas what you are going to do w/ them yet?? BTW, thanks for sticking by me through my blog/web-site woes.

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