Fogginess….and more yarn

16 01 2011

Ugh! I’ve been sick for the past few days 😦 Work was difficult because I wasn’t thinking too clearly and I’ve had too-many-to-count nosebleeds. Bleh!

I tried to work some more on the Alpaca Warmer – I had doubled the yarn to achieve the “look” of the stitch I wanted. I just wanted those BIG stitches that you see in Twinkle’s work (ie: Twinkle’s Town & Country Knits) but now I’ve found that the piece is waaay stiff! Maybe blocking will help? It’s 100% wool so I’d imagine a light blocking would do the trick. I just so love the over-sized stitches πŸ™‚

Another highlight: Couples Retreat w/ the BF!

I loved this movie!!! πŸ™‚ So cute! Love love love loved it!!

Also – found an amazing artist, Otis Frampton. He does some amazing work! I was perusing his Marvel Masterpieces collection and then found his 7×7 Sunday – basically, he draws (live on UStream) 7 7×7 head shots of whoever you want for $7 each (one per person of course). I’m thinking about hopping on UStream tonight and trying my luck πŸ™‚ Well….I have to think of a headshot that I want first though….hmm…. πŸ™‚

Another note – I bought KnitPicks CotLin for the Baile skirt test knit. I didn’t read the Rav comments before purchasing because I wanted to stick w/ the designer’s yarn content choice – cotton – even though, personally, I’m not a fan of cotton. The colors are amazing! I purchased Harbour, which is a lovely teal color. But after reading the comments, I found the following horrors:

  1. The yarn pills while knitting (bleh)
  2. Stretches (typical of cotton – allegedly the linen is so inelastic that it counters the stretchiness of the cotton)
  3. Shrinks a bit (made no sense to me)
  4. Color fades AND the color online is not as it is in real life

All those things considered….I’m dreading it now! On the bright side, recently (4 mths ago) someone commented that things had changed with CotLin – that perhaps KnitPicks perfected their formula. And the comments since then have been favorable.

My decision is that once I get the yarn, I’m going to test a swatch for gauge and all of that, throw it in the wash a few times to test the color-stay, stretching, etc. BUT I have a back up yarn: Cascade 220 Sport I LOVE Cascade!!! πŸ˜€ I’ll be getting the Azure color, which again is a lovely teal! (I can’t figure out why it’s always so hard to find Cascade yarns!)

In my fogginess of being sick, I think I’ve convinced myself that it’s okay to buy yarn. I’m severely contemplating (read: determined and already decided) on buying some yarn from DBNY.com – albeit, I’m not a huge fan of their shipping policy, etc but they do supply some great yarn. Here are my selections:

  1. SWTC Tranquility in Carnation
  2. SWTC Tranquility in Cerulean
  3. SWTC Tranquility in Lemon
  4. SWTC Sugar Sweet (not sure what colors yet)

The pink is going to be for a tank from Verena Magazine (I have a bone to pick with that magazine though). The cerulean + yellow (or the blue Cascade 220) will be for the Rhubarb & Custard sweater from AOK.

Since that doesn’t quite make the Free Shipping quota ($100), I’m going to have to add in some SWTC Sugar Sweet – a new yarn I hear. Just a bummer they don’t have the deep purple anymore :/ But it’s probably for the best!

My biggest caveat with that is that I MUST have a project associated w/ the yarn before buying…not that that stops me at all :/

Sooo….I’ve clearly lost my mind while being under the weather πŸ˜› And while the snow is quite beautiful…I’d be utterly satisfied with just a postcard rather than the wet soppy mess outside while the wind whips left and right…brrrr!!

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