Saturday, That Great Day.

October 22, 2006 at 12:43 am (Finishing, LYS, oliver, Work in Progress, Yarn)

So all I have to do to wrap up principle knitting on the V-Neck Cardigan is knit one more sleeve, and then I can get started on the finishing. Just four more inches of stockinette. So what did I do today?

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Why I cast on for something else, of course. Say hello to my next project, the Hello Yarn‘s Irish Hiking Scarf in Debbie Bliss Merino DK. It’s going to be a Christmas present for my Dad.

Honestly though, it was the LYS that did it. You see, I went my wonderful LYS today to find buttons. While I was there, I got these size 7 Brittany Birch needles that I’ve coveted for some time now, and when I got home I just had to use them. Now, I don’t usually go in for the more expensive needles. I can’t justify Addis on my budget as much as everyone swears by them, and I really think the Susan Bates and Clovers are just fine. But these were only $7. And I love birch needles. So here now they are mine.

Anyhoo, the buttons. Aren’t these cute? These are reason enough to finish this project.

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Sorry for the crappy pictures, it’s a grey day, so getting anything good on camera is a reach.

I really had to restrain myself today, the LYS has been having these huge clearouts, and in addition to the greatly discounted stock of Noro and Debbie Bliss (I had a really close call with three beautiful hanks of Silk Garden, but thankfully was able to walk away), they have this whole bin of wonderful one skeins (my weakness), like Rowan Cork, Rowanspun DK, Plymouth Suri Alpaca, etc. I couldn’t say no to this skein of Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in a lovely green, and so it came home with me. It will become soft, warm fingerless gloves post-X-Mas.

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After the LYS, I finally got to work on finishing touches to two projects that have been languishing in the craft room. I blocked the Ropes and Cable scarf from Pieknits, which I will show you once it dries, and I felted my Noro clutch. My first experience felting . . . was interesting. Maybe I shouldn’t have done it in conjunction with my first time seaming.

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See that? I felted myself a big ol’ hole in the bottom corner of my clutch. I’m pinning it while it dries to hold it in place, and I’ll just have to pull out some needle and thread to fix it. 😦

The best part of the day, though, was coming home. Ollie has officially graduated from his crate. Today was the first time he was left loose in the house (which was heavily doggie-proofed) and nothing was chewed, eaten or otherwise destroyed. I think he was pretty happy about it too—after all, this is what I came home to.

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I just love Saturdays. 🙂

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