Friday, January 8, 2010

a little bit of finishing and a lot more starting

Well, it appears that at moments in life where there is great transition, change or general upheaval the only coping method a crafter such as myself possesses is to buy yarn and cast on like crazy!!
Sorry for that crazy run-on sentence, but I think it was necessary.
I have been buying yarn like its going out of style, and the guilt is building slowly but surely. It hasn't stopped me from lurking on the Sundara site, however. So anyway, I won't show you everything that I've bought (because it's too embarrassing!) But I can't resist sharing a few highlights...

sooo, you know how much I love Pigonroof studios...check out this BFL in "Black Walnut"!

Sweet Georgia
worsted merino...

...the colours are ginger and blackberry, I am in love with both! The yarn is super squishy, but was quite pricy too $11.50/50g skein...oh I don't know.

And finally, the most impulsive purchase of all...5 skeins of Classic Elite Fresco! I couldn't decide between 5 colours, so I just bought them all! Of course, the orange is my favourite...

I've been dyeing to cast on some new projects as well. Sorting through my stash to move it has really made me think about all the beautiful yarn I already have! There is really no more room to store it, and I hate that my pretty yarn is hidden away. So perhaps I am making some sort of new year's resolution (though I don't really like the idea of resolutions...too much pressure). Anyway, you heard it here first; am am going to knit all my most delectable stash yarn! Of course, I have to wait until I finish my mom's oh-so-late Christmas sweater...just 1 sleeve to go...

I did manage to finish the sweaters I was knitting for my little niece and nephew (they are my cousin's kids...does that make them cousin's x times removed? I can never keep it straight!)...and here they are

I could not be happier with the way this Tomten turned out! It was so quick to knit (and the pattern is genius, but we all knew that anyway) I found the perfect toggles at the tiny button place at Queen and Spadina (Torontonians, you know the spot I'm talking about). Making the afterthought pockets was a breeze too; I love that I didn't have to plan the pocket placement in advance. It was so much easier to get the pockets in the right spot!

And this adorable little short rows cardigan turned out great as well. I used vintage mother of pearl buttons that I picked of at the St. Lawrence antiques market.

I know that I titled this post with something about casting on...and I have been casting on like crazy, but at the moment I am pooped. I'll spare you the long list of WIP's and post projects as they are finished, or something...good night folks!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely tomten! I forgot how badly I wanted to knit one until I saw yours.