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Archive for May 17th, 2004

A Day that Flew By

Monday, May 17th, 2004

Monday flew by so fast! In the morning I had a client house call to fix an internet connection problem. Then I went to Yarn for Ewe, which is having a sale this week. I knew she had Debbie Bliss on sale, but the colors I love were not in stock. I’d have purchased some purple baby cashmerino if there was some, but it was gone. I did find one ball of raspberry Merino DK which I snatched up. I love the fibers in these yarns, but the colors are mostly too neutral for me. I guess that saved me some money.

I was determined to spend my $70 in gift certificates, but I just couldn’t feel inspired enough to buy anything there, on sale or not. Go figure. The closest I got was the possibility of knitting the vest/shell in Sally Melville’s purl stitch book (the one I like is shown in the book as a sleeveless shell in sage green, with beautiful silver clasps). I considered Cotton Classic or Cotton Twist (the yarn shown in the book, actually) but they didn’t have enough in stock for any of the colors I would enjoy knitting and wearing. I might order some later, but decided not to order when I was so unsure.

It was fun to be there, anyway. I just love going there, it’s like a little knitting party. While I was there, a huge downpour of rain hit, and we just enjoyed being safe and comfortable inside with all the yarn and one another.

I got the new Knitters magazine. Did you see the shell (sleeveless top) toward the back of the book, knit in Lion Brand Magic Stripes? (Design by Rick Mondragon.) It’s an entrelac, but knit in squares rather than diamonds or triangles. It looks fairly flattering as sleeveless styles go, but the orange and green colorway is even too much for this ColorJoy grrl.

Magic Stripes is sportweight, not fingering yarn… I wish the top were fingering, but then at least it isn’t one of those zillion styles these days knit at 4.5 st/inch. (Why do we knit bulky yarns without sleeves? It doesn’t make sense for climate control, even if a normal person could look good in that combination.) If *I* wear something that bulky, I’m going to look like a stuffed teddy bear. I need my fabrics to have some drape to them, unless we are talking about a coat.

Anyway, I may consider this top from the magazine. I still have a few weeks left at JoAnn and could buy the 3 skeins the top requires, with my small discount. I do like one of the colorways that has a sort of teal stripe. If I don’t like the colorway when I’m done, I can overdye the whole thing in a brighter turquoise, which would make it a monochromatic, multi-turquoise coloray. It’s a thought.

But I’m not inspired to do anything new right now, and I have plenty of projects to do for classes I’m teaching (once the guild sock swap is done) so I need to stay on track anyway. Sock swap, away!!!