Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Knitting Update

Finished the Red Scarf for my lovely niece. No fringe for this one, I had less than a yard of yarn left after I bound off. Knit a cotton lace scarf for a graduation present. I still need to block and fringe it. I'm thinking of a simple macrame fringe for an old-timey look. Knit a headband for a quickly upcoming birthday. I used Berroco Comfort DK yarn because I wanted it to be washable. It was okay, but I sure do like natural fibers better. The little strip above it is going to be a hair band. I'm planning to stitch black elastic to the back of it and sew on a snap, so it can be stretched around a bundle of hair and snapped closed. A matched set is so much spiffier than a single headband. I'm debating adding some color-coordinated beads to both. That had been the original plan, anyway, but I rather like them as they are. My needles have been a clickin' and a clackin', but I'd better get on with the finishing touches.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Addicted to SEX

Sigh. I should have known it would happen. I've always had the proclivity. Now it's not safe to go near temptation. I gotta have it.

Yarn. I'm in love.

Oh, for anyone who's not a knit-wit, SEX stands for Stash Enhancing eXpedition.

That's what I did when the Engineer (my husband) dragged me to Houston at the beginning of the month. On my last day there, I was left all alone until having to catch a 9:30 p.m. flight home. I had a car, so I took my revenge by hitting a couple of yarn stores on the way out of town. Ended up with 16 skeins of yarn stuffed into my carry-on.

What can I say besides, I wish Yarns2Ewe was located here in the Salt Lake valley. It's a silly name, but a honking huge store with a bazillion different yarns. Not just the common stuff, but exotic (read $$$) fibers too. He's lucky I stuck with cash and was limited to the size of my carry-on. I could have done some serious damage to a credit card.

My stash has now outgrown the plastic quilt bag. I've never counted the file box, it's old synthetics and bits and pieces left over from my mother-in-law's stash, not worthy of being counted. Now I have: 1. The Planned Projects Quilt Bag; 2. The Multiple Skeins Unplanned Quilt Bag; 3. The Gotta Find Another Quilt Bag for the Single Skeins and Worthy Odds and Ends.

True, it's not much more than a rank neophyte's stash, but I've got potential.

Yesterday I wanted to pick up a skein of dark green, light weight synthetic to make a quickie headband for a friend's birthday. I came home with one $4 skein of Berroco Comfort DK and one skein of (but gee it was on sale for only $20) Spunky Eclectic Super Nova sock yarn.

I'm doomed.