The weather here has gone from dreary to downright HOT. (Check out the view outside my window
now. Helloooooooooo, gorgeous skies!) I've put away the boot cut jeans and pulled out the capri pants. I've also put aside - just for a bit - all the ribbing I've been knitting. I got tired of knitting ribbing and besides, I want some STRIPES this spring. Colorful, bright, hello kiss me it's springtime stripes. Just like the ones in the striped sweater from pattern 8 of Rebecca 22, using Estelle Young Touch Cotton. Magazine courtesy of Janet, yarn courtesy of Alison G. (I got great knitting buds.)
Knitting this top is fun! I cast on for the back piece of the top on Monday evening and worked the first pattern repeat. Yesterday evening brought me past the armhole shaping, and I should finish the rest during this evening's knitting. I knit more quickly on finer gauge yarns because I have better control of the needles. It's just plain stockinette, but I don't get bored because I have fun working stripes. Only downside to working stripes [enter scary music]: the ENDS I'll have to weave in. I only carry the yarn up the side when the stripes are short and close together. If I have to carry a yarn up for too many rows, I prefer to cut it and weave it in afterwards. Yeah, I'm a cutter*.
On another note, I've got some new toys to share:
sent me a Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival tote! I appreciate that Claudia thought of me while visiting the festival, and shared it with me by sending me the tote, which I'll now use to carry around my knits. (She had also sent me something from Rhinebeck last year. And that is why Claudia is a golden goddess.) Athena
, who I'll get to meet in just a week [wheee!], kindly sent me the latest Gedifra and Rebecca magazines, and there is some really cool stuff in those. Like I said, I got great knitting buds.
In addition to my new tote and mags, I've gotten some - get ready for this - BEADS. Oh beads! How I love to go into La Droguerie and look at you! Every time I've gone into La Droguerie, I've drooled helplessly over the beads, staring at them inside of their glass jars like they're candy. So, I've finally decided to take a dip into beading by trying my hand at making stitch markers. On Monday I met fellow knitter and Lyon resident Michelle for lunch, and we went into La Droguerie where I picked out beads and bought myself some dangerous-looking pliers with a built-in cutter. My first crafty pliers, ever. They make me feel like Martha, before her insider trading stunt. I'll be investing in a glue gun next.
*I thought of the movie Breaking Away
when I wrote that. Hehe.