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Woo hoo! Stash loot!


Yarn looooooooooooooot!
[Runs madly around the room in circles.]


My knitting agenda for spring is quickly filling up, because I got some great stash goods from Germany in the mail [thank you, Rike's Wollmaus]: GGH Bali in red and white, GGH Samoa in black and GGH apart in (surprise!) more black. All that destined for a couple of cute warm-weather tops. I also got the latest Lang Fatto a Mano mag, and there are some cute tanks/sleeveless cardis in there in the style of my teeny camisole. Very nice. [I got the mag in English from Rike's Wollmaus, but there are photos of the projects at Lang Yarns.]

I also received the latest Rowan mag in the mail, and after my husband and I chuckled over the Pirates of the Caribbean-esque styling of the mag (dude with the kohl eyeliner looks like Johnny Depp in his pirate garb), I decided that I've got my heart set on knitting Crinkle along with Miss Claudia. I'm a sucker for lacy cardis lately.

With all this new yarn coming in, I've decided to lay to rest a project that has fizzled out on the back burner: The Whisper Tuck Cardigan I started last summer.

R.I.P., Whisper Tuck Cardigan



Yes, yes. I know it's a gorgeous jacket. Yes, yes. I know some people would love to see it finished. Heck, I'd like to see it finished. But not here, because what intrigued me the most about that jacket were the TUCKS, and after I completed the back piece and got my ration of the TUCKS, my interest for the jacket waned. I can't motivate myself to even start knitting the other pieces, much less finish the jacket, so I say: Adieu, Whisper Tuck Cardigan! Thanks for the memories.

Woo hoo! Stash loot!


Yarn looooooooooooooot!
[Runs madly around the room in circles.]


My knitting agenda for spring is quickly filling up, because I got some great stash goods from Germany in the mail [thank you, Rike's Wollmaus]: GGH Bali in red and white, GGH Samoa in black and GGH apart in (surprise!) more black. All that destined for a couple of cute warm-weather tops. I also got the latest Lang Fatto a Mano mag, and there are some cute tanks/sleeveless cardis in there in the style of my teeny camisole. Very nice. [I got the mag in English from Rike's Wollmaus, but there are photos of the projects at Lang Yarns.]

I also received the latest Rowan mag in the mail, and after my husband and I chuckled over the Pirates of the Caribbean-esque styling of the mag (dude with the kohl eyeliner looks like Johnny Depp in his pirate garb), I decided that I've got my heart set on knitting Crinkle along with Miss Claudia. I'm a sucker for lacy cardis lately.

With all this new yarn coming in, I've decided to lay to rest a project that has fizzled out on the back burner: The Whisper Tuck Cardigan I started last summer.

R.I.P., Whisper Tuck Cardigan



Yes, yes. I know it's a gorgeous jacket. Yes, yes. I know some people would love to see it finished. Heck, I'd like to see it finished. But not here, because what intrigued me the most about that jacket were the TUCKS, and after I completed the back piece and got my ration of the TUCKS, my interest for the jacket waned. I can't motivate myself to even start knitting the other pieces, much less finish the jacket, so I say: Adieu, Whisper Tuck Cardigan! Thanks for the memories.

Random Friday:

Let me see...let's start with the Flashy Hawaiian-Print Pajamas. They got sewed up on Wednesday evening just in time for Monsieur Le Hubby to pack in his bag and take with him to the hospital. I just came back from visiting him there, and the first thing I saw when I walked into the hospital room was his head, followed by his shoulders wearing the loud Hawaiian print peeking out of the bed covers. That is one set of flashy jammies, let me tell you, and he was wearing them proudly. [Awwwww!] P.S. His surgery went well and he's recovering well; he'll be home tomorrow afternoon which makes me happy. Hurrah!

thumb.jpgUp next, stash news: I think I realized why - even though the weather here has cooled down considerably (we're talking mid-70s) - I was still moving so slowly with my knitting. My remaining summer projects - a linen tunic and ChicKnits CeCe cardi in Calmer, to name a couple - are all going to be knit in yarn that I've had in my stash for quite a while: The Rowan Linen Drape has been in my stash for over 3 years [!] and the Calmer has been there for at least two. No new yarn = no knitting motivation. While I want to knit these projects I have nothing to push me...no new yarn waiting in my stash to give me the urge the finish what I've got on my knitting plate so I cast on with it. That's means one thing: It was time to FEED THE STASH MONSTER. So I did, by ordering Rowan 40 and heading to my local Phildar boutique where I bought two of the latest pattern books for fall and a project's worth of yarn. Hear that? That's the sound of my knitting mojo flying back in through the door.

But! Even though the knitting mojo has returned and the heat wave is over, the sewing is still going REALLY strong and I've got tons of things I want to make so get ready for muchisimo sewing content. Next week I'll draft a pattern for my Anthro top, for starters. I'd also like to make some trousers, blouses...maybe a dress. As I've clearly got it in my head to spend my school vacation designing and making things I want for myself but don't feel like combing a ton of stores for, I decided to participate in the Wardrobe Refashion Project. I took the pledge to MAKE my own clothes and buy nothing for two and and half months straight. There are longer periods, but two and a half months is perfect for me because when fashion school resumes 1) I won't have the time, and 2) I still love to shop, slappy. Ka-ching.

Before I go, here's a photo of a Miu Miu ad that caught my eye, found in the August issue of French Vogue:



Love those knit sleeves.


Have a good weekend!

Okay, so I needed some quick knitting satisfaction.

And the best way to get it was by digging in my stash and pulling out the GGH Samoa and Soft Kid I bought a few months ago, and casting on for a cutesy little top called "Ultra Femme" from Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation. I cast on for this last night and this is how far I got after a while:



The beginnings of "Ultra Femme"
P.S. See the little picot edge?
Oh, how FANCY!

Oh! I just love it. I'm not a huge fan of circular knitting or worsted cotton, but I certainly don't mind a little bit of it every once in a while. This stuff knits up so fast I have no time to feel guilty that I'm churning it out so quickly. If anything, I'm enjoying it. And isn't the picot edge a riot? It reminds me of a pie crust. I had contemplated not including it but I figured, what the heck? If I'm going to knit a cutesy top I might as well go the whole nine yards. (I initially wrote that "nine yarns". Haha...big indication as to where my mind is.)

[Footnote: The pattern calls for Rowan's All Season's Cotton, and while I love that yarn it doesn't come in black so I'm substituting it with the GGH Samoa. The pink version is cute but I know I'm more apt to wear it if it's all in black, so black it will be. (Tired of my neutrals yet? I hope not 'cause they're a-stayin'.)]

And while we're on the subject of new projects and GGH yarn, yesterday I got a new stash addition from Germany [thanks again, Rike's Wollmaus]:



New yarn! New mags! Aaaaaah!
[Runs madly around the room in circles.]


winter2006_rebecca_thumb.jpg Lots of skeins of GGH Taj Mahal so I can knit this FABULOUS frilly jacket (thanks to Silvia for helping me decide on a color), Rebecca 32 and Lang Fatto a Mano 155. Lots of cute stuff in Rebecca 32...wow. There are a lot of designs I'd love to knit from there (I wish I had more knitting time) but I may narrow it down to just one other thing. The Fatto a Mano also has some nice designs; lots of things that can be worn over several seasons depending on how they're styled. A good example is this vest; it has classic cables but unfinished edges that give it a modern twist. And the model is wearing it layered...bonus points for the layering.

Today is my last day of vacation and I go back to school on Monday. I'll have less spare time starting next week, but I'm excited about these new stash additions so I'm still feeling energized in the knitting department. Nothing like feeding the Stash Monster to bring on some more knitting mojo, eh?

Okay, so I needed some quick knitting satisfaction.

And the best way to get it was by digging in my stash and pulling out the GGH Samoa and Soft Kid I bought a few months ago, and casting on for a cutesy little top called "Ultra Femme" from Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation. I cast on for this last night and this is how far I got after a while:



The beginnings of "Ultra Femme"
P.S. See the little picot edge?
Oh, how FANCY!

Oh! I just love it. I'm not a huge fan of circular knitting or worsted cotton, but I certainly don't mind a little bit of it every once in a while. This stuff knits up so fast I have no time to feel guilty that I'm churning it out so quickly. If anything, I'm enjoying it. And isn't the picot edge a riot? It reminds me of a pie crust. I had contemplated not including it but I figured, what the heck? If I'm going to knit a cutesy top I might as well go the whole nine yards. (I initially wrote that "nine yarns". Haha...big indication as to where my mind is.)

[Footnote: The pattern calls for Rowan's All Season's Cotton, and while I love that yarn it doesn't come in black so I'm substituting it with the GGH Samoa. The pink version is cute but I know I'm more apt to wear it if it's all in black, so black it will be. (Tired of my neutrals yet? I hope not 'cause they're a-stayin'.)]

And while we're on the subject of new projects and GGH yarn, yesterday I got a new stash addition from Germany [thanks again, Rike's Wollmaus]:



New yarn! New mags! Aaaaaah!
[Runs madly around the room in circles.]


winter2006_rebecca_thumb.jpg Lots of skeins of GGH Taj Mahal so I can knit this FABULOUS frilly jacket (thanks to Silvia for helping me decide on a color), Rebecca 32 and Lang Fatto a Mano 155. Lots of cute stuff in Rebecca 32...wow. There are a lot of designs I'd love to knit from there (I wish I had more knitting time) but I may narrow it down to just one other thing. The Fatto a Mano also has some nice designs; lots of things that can be worn over several seasons depending on how they're styled. A good example is this vest; it has classic cables but unfinished edges that give it a modern twist. And the model is wearing it layered...bonus points for the layering.

Today is my last day of vacation and I go back to school on Monday. I'll have less spare time starting next week, but I'm excited about these new stash additions so I'm still feeling energized in the knitting department. Nothing like feeding the Stash Monster to bring on some more knitting mojo, eh?