The comments on my Balmoral are very much appreciated! If any of you decide to make one, I would love to see some other versions of this cardigan–I have never seen another one!
If it were not a billion degrees outside, you know I would wear it. It even is a little warm indoors to wear it, so it sits at home, waiting for a crisp fall day. Can't wait!
Here is the only outdoor shot I could manage… mind you, this was wearing a wool/mohair blend outside in the "Code Orange" heat advisory… all for that perfect photo!
I was lucky enough to meet up with Heather, Donna, and Eilene on Wednesday night for some dinner and knitting. I introduced them to my favorite bookstore, Daedalus, and then headed to dinner, before going to a cafe to knit.
Knit Nite girls: Eilene, me, Heather, and Donna (thanks to Donna for this picture–we have this long tradition of asking total strangers to snap our pictures at the Knit Nites…)
|Heather is translating a Phildar pattern to make a pullover for the adorable Pixie, Donna is working on a lovely Birch, and Eilene is perusing the new Vogue Knitting.|
At Knit Nite, I cast on for the vintage bolero from YesterKnits. So far, the pattern is going well. I had a lot of yarns to use in the stash, but I settled on this TLC Essentials in Dark Plum. I guess I was not over the luscious purples of Balmoral, and needed another fix.
The stitch pattern is similar to the Asymmetrical Corrugated Sweater in Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop — the deep side-to-side ribs. It is a relaxing project, and it was my companion knit on the train to yesterday's class.
Of late, I have been following strict yarn diet rules, focusing on using what is in the stash for my projects, but these skeins jumped in my basket while running into JoAnn the other day for a new darning needle…
Unfortunately the colors are way off in this picture. The bottom skeins TLC Lustre and are a nice sage green with a great texture. Perfect for a shrug or some winter accessories. The large skein at top caught my eye: nearly 900 yards of yarn for $7 ! I liked the brown/black boucle, and although I am not sure what this will be, it will make something nice. It is the new Joann line, Sensations Rainbow Boucle.
**I am very happy to see that many of the craft store brands: Lion Brand, Red Heart, Bernat, Caron, and some others, are upping their quality. I have noticed that as the knitting/crochet revival is happening, the yarns are becoming better and better with nicer textures, colors and variety. I am particularly happy about the new Lion Brand cashmere and wool yarns hitting stores in September, and the new Joann Sensations line. It is the perfect answer to knitting with nice yarns on a small budget.
Kris was particularly happy to see all of the comments about his salsa. We have a whole new batch of tomatoes, so he is planning to make more this weekend.
The summer semester of school is winding down, with only one more class to go: a week-long intensive institute that tours "behind the scenes" of many of the major DC museums (Smithsonians, National Gallery, Holocaust Museum) as well as some historical societies and historic houses next week. I am really looking forward to the course, although it will leave very little time for blogging and blog-reading. I am hoping to find some knitting time on the tour bus…
Busy weekend ahead as well… I hope you all have great ones!
UPDATE: Libby at Knit Tidbits inspired me to cast on for the vintage bolero.. and she just finished hers! It looks spectacular. Go have a look! I hope mine turns out as well.