Friday, April 27, 2007

Mesilla is coming along swimmingly. I buggered up yesterday and forgot one of the decrease rounds, but fortunately caught it only a few rows up and was able to correct it. There's a little gap, but I think it can be corrected in blocking. Just a handful of rounds left until I get to the lower band, which I'm looking forward to as switching colors seems to make knitting go faster. I'm still undecided if I'll make the stripe in MC or just leave it out. I reckon I'll have enough yarn since I did buy an extra ball.

There are SO many sweaters I want to knit, but I am trying to use up some stash first. My next "main" project will be Tulip Socks.

I wouldn't normally have socks as my main project, but since these are stranded with seven colors, they're hardly portable. Plus I want to ensure I've got color-working down (I dunno, I'm just being paranoid because of my one colorwork mishap...) before I make bmp for Mag. I'd hate to gift something that she can't even wear because it's too tight.

I want to take up spinning, but I'm restraining myself for now. I *am* however requesting a ball winder and swift for Christmas this year.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

my own lys

I'm trying to convince myself more every day to take the plunge in attempting to open my own LYS. And so...Top Ten Reasons I Want to Open a Yarn Shop

1. I'm going to probably always have to work in some capacity. I need to do something that I enjoy, but where I will actually make more than a crap hourly wage. There are not many jobs that fall into this.
2. I could bring William to work with me. I would love to be a stay-at-home except I'd get bored and would feel I wasn't pulling my weight. Having my own shop would solve that.
3. There is a lack of yarn shops in my immediate area.
4. The yarn shops that are nearby-ish (well, the three closest that I've been to...) are lacking. One is too uppity for my tastes, one is too small and quiet, and my favorite one is lacking personality (otherwise I love it).
5. I'm smart enough to run my own business successfully.
6. I would be surrounded by yarn. All. The. Time.
7. I could knit at work without getting into trouble. :D
8. I could travel a little to acquire new products.
9. I'm a control freak, so this would be somewhere to harness that energy and put it to good use.
10. I really, really want to.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

new books!

I've been scouring the internet for just the right baby sweater and I can't seem to find it. The Easter Bunny brought me a Barnes & Noble gift card, so today William and I ventured out there. I bought Simple Knits for Cherished Babies that has a sweater nearly what I wanted, so it will work, plus a couple of other really cute sweaters. I also bought One Skein that has a few cool patterns. I saw about ten other books I wanted, but as I already had to put the balance on my credit card, I refrained.

I did, however, join another bookclub. *shifty* Great news is I got Vogue Stitchionary 3, Mason Dixon Knitting, Knitting Beyond the Edge, Family Knits, and The Best of Vogue Knitting Magazine, which I haven't actually seen (it was at the store today, but I didn't even take it off the shelf), but hello! Vogue knitting patterns; it's certain to have something fab. Anyway, all 5 of those books for $32. Nice. And only have to buy one more within a year. Their titles seem to rotate, so I'm sure something will pop up that I'll want.

I've just joined in the round on Mesilla, so now the actual body begins. I'm not sure I'll have enough yarn. :/ At least I won't get there though until after I get back to work, so I'll have some money to spend at the LYS if I need to go back.

The second baby sock is on the foot now too, so that should be finished by the end of the week.

Friday, April 6, 2007

So I started this because I wanted to join a knitting webring and my LJ won't qualify. Hopefully I'll remember to post all things knitting-related here. :)