Lots of catching up to do!

Well, that’s what happens when I don’t write for a few weeks. Let’s see, first of all, I went to the Brewers Stitch ‘n’ Pitch on the 9th, which was a lot of fun. I’m not sure what the attendance was, but we took up the better part of sections 207, 208, and 209, so there were a lot of needle artists! Unfortunately the Brewers lost, but I came out of it with a hat, a cute little stitch marker, and some yarn to knit into a 10×10″ square for an afghan, to be auctioned off for charity. (Which reminds me, I need to drop my square off at a yarn store by tomorrow.)

I finally finished the Hedgerows, so I went to the library to pick up a few knitting books. I came out with Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, The Best of Interweave Knits, and Amigurumi World (ok, technically that’s not a knitting book.)

Knitting Rules was a good read, though I think I tend to prefer more technique-geared knitting books. (I know, I’m a nerd.) I’ll definitely have to file the generic sock pattern away for future use. I’d like to knit some plain-jane stockinette socks in a beautiful stripey colorway sometime.

I got the Best of Interweave Knits mostly for the Forest Path Stole, which I still fully intend to knit, but it’s actually not going to be my next project. Actually it’s funny, I was flipping back and forth between doing the stole next or doing the gorgeous Evangeline Tunic from White Lies Designs, and I still fully intend to do them both, but another project has grown on me to the point that I MUST DO IT NEXT.

I’m talking about the Union Square Market Pullover. It’s in the Best of Interweave Knits, and at first I just sort of skimmed past it, but the more I’ve been looking at it, the more I want it. Yes, I know it’s still summer and that’s been my excuse for neglecting Oblique, but I really like that sweater, front flap, bell sleeves and all. I’m not going to modify a thing.

Perhaps serendipitously, the Ravelympics are coming up and I’ve been tossing around the idea of participating. Result: Sweater Sprint, here I come! I’ve ordered some Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca in Dark Purple for the main color, and Light Steel Blue for the contrast color. I’m so excited, I wish I didn’t have to wait until August 8th to start. The yarn should be here any day now (NordicMart has unbelievably quick service, by the way. I JUST ordered the yarn on Monday, and if I’m interpreting the tracking information correctly, it’s already in Milwaukee!) For the first time ever I’m looking forward to swatching!

Last piece of news for now, I recently signed up for the Sundara Yarns mailing list, and I just received an e-mail saying that she’ll be reopening her Seasons Yarn Club on August 1st! I’m seriously considering joining. I’ve been dying (no pun intended) to get my hands on some of her yarn for a few months now, but of course it’s so hard to get because it sells out so quickly. So this news makes me extremely excited.

I have a few more things to talk about, but I’ll save them as motivation to write more frequent entries. 🙂

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July 30, 2008. Tags: , . Uncategorized.

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