Knit Happened

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Can't help thinking of the Wicked Witch

Well I got into the thick of knitting Poppy while I was listening to "Son of a Witch" ...and on numerous occasions kept visualizing in "The Wizard Of Oz", the Wicked Witch talking about poppies! However my Poppy isn't red and it doesn't induce sleep. It's the Poppy from Lisa Shobhana Mason's Yarnplay book, which I adore! I used a deep violet Noro Cash Iroha #60, I believe) and Lisa Souza's Max (50/50 silk and merino blend) in Lime & Violet. I absolutely love working with this yarn...(and of course her Sock yarn is to die for). Only bad thing is that after working on one sleeve using Magic Loop (for the first time) I realized that hmmm I don't think I will have enough to finish a couple more inches on the back as well as the twin sleeve. Oh Lisa!

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Now hmmm what will I work on while I wait for more (just in case the dye lots are not spot on...I didn't want to finish one sleeve and have the other look odd so keeping fingers crossed that I won't have to frog sleeve #1 and then alternate skeins).


Monday, February 05, 2007

Swapping Along

Just as Knit Mitt Swap Kit finished, I'm now about to embark on my Bloomin' Feet 2 journey. I wanted to first share a view of my KMSK from Janice in Canada...a really awesome felted tote bag that had a Fleece Artist thrum mitten kit packed within (always wanted to try my hand at this although it will be a pair of mittens probably gifted to my niece in N. Andover...doesn't usually get cold enough to wear heavy mittens in Tampa although tonite it is supposed to get down into the high 30s!) and some double-pointed needles and yarn needles.

Now I have become a woman obsessed with my match for BF2...good thing she doesn't know who she is because I feel like I'm stalking herblog...trying to find out interesting tidbits to add to the package. I knew exactly what I would knit for BF2 , which would be in keeping with the title...Iris Garden Socks (pattern from Six Socks from October 2006). I just joined this KAL and looking forward to the new pattern that is named "Springtime in Paris"! But I fell in love with the Iris Garden Socks...I'll be jumping in to my first toe-ups and using Magic Loop and
doing an afterthought heel (good thing I already learned stranded last year).

Nothing like expanding my horizons for 2007! I went in search of the colorway that I had envisioned to go along with the almost solid that I had on hand (Lorna's Laces in Manzanita). I also wanted to use yarn from an Indie designer that my pal had never used before...looked at everything on etsy and every time I found one I liked...sold out when I went back! My top choice was Deep Carnival from Brooklyn Handspun.

Then I thought...I have an indie colorway at home that has more than enough yardage for both the Maude shawl that I purchased it for as well as a pair of socks...a purple iris colorway from Carol at Black Bunny Fibers and lo and behold I had some Trekking in a subtle orange that I could use as it's compliment (the Manzanita just didn't have the punch I was looking for).

I already got some handmade soap from Milagros in Tampa for
the package and know exactly all of the other various sundries that I will include for my BF partner.

Hopefully I will have some more content tomorrow with FO photos!