I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit (and weave now, too!) but I seem to take more photos of my toddler than my crafts these days. She has that cute factor going for her. Because of this, I have started a tumblr called Tiny Taughts of our home lessons, crafts and projects. Please visit me there and I promise to come back here soon!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Refraining from hibernating

If my heel doesn't want to go for a walk, at least my knitty projects can come out to play.

Vegas Scarf reflection

After picking up a few projects from 2009, I finished the previously mentioned Mossy Scarf but then got the itch to knit some new ones. I learned some lace for a friend's birthday present. But then I cast on and off a drop-stitch scarf before finishing the belated gift. Spring startitis has taken ahold.

I wanted a nice, airy scarf for an upcoming trip to Las Vegas. And I really thought it would take longer to knit. The drop-stitch pattern was easy and fun but once it was off the loom, I frowned. Despite the garter edges, it was curling and wasn't laying right. While it wasn't technically lace, I borrowed my friend Zoe's wire blockers. And the scarf came alive! (And my own set of blockers just came in the mail while writing this. Yay!)

Vegas Scarf
I used Skacel Meditation yarn. When I was looking this up for a link, I discovered that it is lavender-scented. So that's what that smell was while I was knitting!

I also am working diligently on sweater-esque purse for a hair stylist at Fantastic Sams. The colors are striping quite nicely. I hope to finish the knitting this week so I have plenty of time to sew the liner and buttons.

Bopper 2 purse WIP

But the itch is back! Since I finished the Vegas scarf so quickly, now I'm dreaming of a felted bag I want to bring, too. I bought some gorgeous Kaleidoscope wool from Door County a few weeks ago and then paired the perfect pattern — Isela Phelp's Rowan bag (PDF link).

Kaleidoscope

And I haven't forgotten about some spring/summer items for my Etsy shop. When I knit every week at Loops and Links yarn shop, I like to use her yarn. And right now, all I have in progress are the sparkly socks. So I will be winding some Nashua Snowbird today to start some fingerless mittens for you. That's a totally legitimate reason to start ANOTHER project … right? ;-)

Nashua Snowbird coral

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