So, I'm a little late on wishing everyone a happy New Year but here it is. I've been wanting to do a resolution post, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. Based off the list I made last year, this is what still remains:
-Color work, stranded knitting and I think its called Swiss Darning, where you follow over existing stitches with a different color.
-Real lace knitting, shawls or wraps with small needles (I have a small needle phobia)
I already have yarn and a pattern picked out for a lace shawlette, its just a matter of actually doing it. I've found a nice pattern for a color work cowl as well. I've read that its a good pattern for beginning color work. Of course only two goals isn't much of a resolution list, so I need to add to it.
I think 2013 is the year I'm going to learn to spin. I have several resources at my fingertips, its time to take the plunge! I want to keep going with sweaters, I've learned alot with just the two I've completed. I've picked out Cables and Garter Cardi for my Tournament 7 dissertation. Yes, I'm already looking forward to the next tournament. When I was at the yarn shop on Saturday I picked up the yarn for it. I should have picked up some Cascade since I went for the yarn tasting. More on that momentarily. I went with Berroco Vintage again. This time in a solid color.
Once I got home and stashed this via Ravelry I discovered I had one skein of this color (and dye lot) already. So I actually have five skeins of this. I don't expect the sweater to take that many, so I'll have left overs for co-ordinating accessories, huzzah!
So on to the yarn tasting... This past weekend was my company's annual Holiday Party. I've taken my mother with me for the last four years now. Hubby is anti-social and doesn't enjoy them. I took him to the first one and he made me miserable so, I take my mom. Being dairy farmers neither of my parents get out much so this is my mother's annual vacation. So, hubbs and I pick her up, we all go out for lunch, then I take her shopping. This year I took her to Sheep Thrills! Yarn Company. They were celebrating their 5th birthday with a Cascade Yarn Tasting. I've never been to a yarn tasting before, just heard of them thanks to Ravelry. It was set up as an open house, which I knew in advance. I assumed we would all get to sit, a small amount at a time, and knit swatches of the yarns we wanted to try. When we got there, there were a huge group of people all stuffed into the "class room" bumping each other and feeling the yarn. A few people were placing orders and no one was really giving directions of what was supposed to be going on. I should mention that I really don't like crowds. (To be fair there wasn't a ton of people there, just enough to make moving from room to room difficult.) Since nothing was really happening in the yarn tasting area I decided to get a move on with my shopping. I went that day with a purpose. I needed a 16" US6 for two hat patterns that have been in my queue for some time now, I needed another skein of Ella Rae Extrafine Heathers. I also wanted to get the yarn for my dissertation. I accomplished all three of those things. I did find out that the Eco Alpaca is very soft and I would buy that. I'm sort of disappointed that I missed out on the 20% discount but it was pretty disorganized. My mom enjoyed herself. Cascade brought samples to look at and I took her around the shop to see all the different yarns. I found out she has expensive taste just like me. She had her eye on a skein of Madeline Tosh Pashmina (worsted). Its over $20 a skein. So, I'm going to get some and make something just for her. I have a pattern in mind that calls for a now discontinued yarn. The fibre content of Pashmina is close and the pattern has been in my queue forever. I've been hoping to find an excuse to try Mad Tosh, here it is. All in all I did, very much, enjoy going and I think mom had fun. I'd like to take her again some time when there are less people and we can really look around better.
I've been working on getting my list of things I owe people pared down in January. I've been working on the cuffs Aunt Linda asked for. She wants two more pairs of Elf Clobbers. Thats what the Extrafine Heathers are for. I have a few requests from co-workers and the Hubbs has been asking for a scarf since I started knitting almost three years ago. I really need to make him those knucks too. Until later, Happy Crafting.