Knitting : Excuses excuses….

So a few weeks ago, I promised not to start anything new until spectra was complete. I’m half way there. But last week in utter defiance of myself and apparent lack of self control this beautiful soft color set in greens just would not shut up. It was hanging out on my coffee table, loitering, really. It just sat there mocking me.

On the other hand, I was hanging out on Ravelry (a complete mistake of epic proportions) in the forums and like an idiot was seduced by the shiny. What was i doing on Ravelry, why wasn’t I knitting?!

Lately, there’s a project getting lots of press in the sunshine yarnies forum. I’ve seen it for weeks but wasn’t going to make it. There’s a ton of color work patterns out there I certainly didn’t need to buy one. But as I said, ooohhh shiny! So there I went, shopping and bought the Aranami shawl pattern.

In Japanese, Aranami means waves and that is what this pattern looks like. I think what captured me most about this design is the modular construction. You start with one motif and keep adding on and it grows. It definitely reminds me of the sock yarn blankie. but it’s very simple and you can really do anything when it comes to colors for this. So I was hooked and my pretty green Aloe kit was wound up and I started it! The pattern is super simple to remember and I can just pick up and go wherever without fear of losing place.

I still have not knit much this last week, but I’m making slow and steady progress. It seems like ages since I’ve finished anything. But I’ll keep on, keeping on. Heres hoping this will be complete before new york! And speaking of, I need to figure out a good project to take and knit in NYC. Socks? Shawl? Scarf?

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Knitting : Slowing down and ramping up!

So while it’s early on, I’ve slowed down on knitting this week. Basically it started Sunday. I had some great plans to make a dent in the sock yarn blanket. I ended up only making three squares. So while it is progress, it’s not much. I was hoping to get this blanket done this year, but progress has been slow. My obsessions have taking me in other directions. I made some cowls (5 of them). I started a new scarf and a sock. So anyway my point, who knows when this blanket will get done. I’m still in swaps, so new minis are coming in, I don’t know when I’ll actually knit them all. Oh well.

In the meantime I’ve been having some hand and arm aches. The more I knit the more it hurts. It’s completely muscular. I’ve talked to deb my acupuncturist and I know she will help, but I’ve not been able to get an appointment scheduled. So this leads me to not knitting and having a major desire to get my wheel out and spin. When the weather gets nice like its been, I want to take the wheel out on the deck, sit in the sun and make some yarn.

Last Friday I ran over to mid-states wool co-op. it’s fairly close and I needed new spools. While there I met a nice lady, and she took me on a little tour. I knew they sold wool and fleeces, but I wasn’t sure what, how much, etc. so I asked a bunch of questions and she led me around. Basically they get wool from all over. It comes rolled up in plastic. This is completely raw, unclean fleece. It’s then stacked in piles in different stalls. They have a section with finer wool and the other side with more medium. Anyway, when you want some, they give you a bag and you go pick out what you want, bag it, then they weigh it and you take it home and clean it. I thought this would be a great project however I already have a bag of raw unclean wool to work on. So we shall see how that project goes before I buy more. But it was an interesting trip and I learned something.

So if you want to see the production head over there sometime. They close around 4 so go early.