Gosh. Friday since I posted last? Really? Hmmm...I'll have to get my priorities straight.
At least I've been knitting. First up: stick a fork in those mittens, 'cause they're done! They're knitted in Lamb's Pride Bulky and boy are they ever! These will be the warmest driving mittens ever. I wore them around the house yesterday 'cause it's like 40 degrees and there's no husband here (he's in Seattle this week) to build me a fire. I'm trying to avoid too much furnace action -- it's only October for gosh sake -- usually still in the 70s or 80s here in the Lou. The bulky mittens pose here with my favorite new Halloween acquisition -- a feather wreath complete with spider.
Next up: since no one guessed the literary allusion in the post before last ("Casey at the Bat" for those of you keeping track) I cast on with that Mountain Colors Mohair myself. I LOVE this stuff! It's going to be Lacey from this fall's knitty. Easy lace, fun knit. My mohair is slightly larger than the mohair they call for --couldn't even find it referenced on the net so I'm guessing from the photo-- but, hey, I'm slightly larger than the model too, so it should work out...
But wait..."Have you finished any of your other projects or do you just have a gajillion things on needles right now? " To that I answer, "Not exactly..." But I'm close. One more repeat on Daughter's Gryffindor scarf -- whew. That scarf is why I cast on for Lacey! Round and round and round...But, I have to say, knitting the scarf was way easier and way less time-consuming than finding the rest of the costume! She is going to be Ginny Weasley in her Hogwarts school uniform. Which means: white button down (check); gray wool skirt (check, but only after 4 stores); Gryffindor colored tie(check, kinda); gray v-neck pullover (check -- men's department at Target!); cloak with Gryffindor coat of arms (Can't find a cloak, a plain cloak, for a reasonable amount of money, anywhere! So, no check...still looking).
What else? Super warm, woolly socks out of some kind of merino from my stash with the name Lang in it. Superwash I think. I got it on clearance for the LYS -- like $2 a skein, so I bought it all. Knit on 3s, ribbed standby pattern from the shop. They fit me perfectly and I love them. Now I need shoes they'll fit into. *edited to add: They look to be different sizes in the picture -- rest assured it is some kind of digital optical illusion -- they are the same size.
Oh, yeah...I organized and sorted my stash this last week. Bought the new XL and XXL Glad Bags with handles? Love them! They are like 2 feet by 2 1/2 or 3 feet, with a ziploc on the top and a gusset on the bottom so they'll sit flat. Anyway, it's all pretty, sorted by color and type of yarn...Perhaps some of you see where I'm going with this. Yikes! I can't even (won't is more like) get it all in one picture. Suffice to say, I need to start selling on e-bay or paying little old ladies to knit in my attic and use up my yarn. In my defense, I have bought a lot of it to teach my knitting classes at the gift shop. I like my student's to have choices...lots of choices. So. A Yarn Diet it is. So, I only bought this last week: the Gryffindor yarn from Sunshine yarns and...erm...a few books. HEY! Books aren't yarn! And all the cute patterns in them will help me use up my stash...Sheesh. Tough crowd.