Wednesday, January 04, 2006
So I finally found a pattern that works with some of the ever-accumulating stash I've got. This pattern is from A Passion for Knitting, and although it calls for a Lion Brand yarn, I got the same gauge with Caron's Simply Soft and size 5 needles. They knit up pretty quickly - I did both of these yesterday. You can do them on straight needles and stitch up the seam to finish. I even tried to embroider a little flower, as you can see, on the one on the left. I've got a niece joining the family in March and wanted to do something girly. I've got them both sitting on teddy bears right now to shape them into more of a head shape right now. :-)
I've got all this yarn - I walk into a yarn store, fall in love with yarn, and buy it - but can't make it work with so many patterns. Sometimes a gauge swatch is rage-inducing. I want to get through all this stash so I can just buy yarn that works with my patterns. Rargh.
Speaking of patterns, don't ask about the wrap sweater. It's on hiatus. I've got 2/3 of it done, but needed a break. I know, I know, I've got to finish it. But I got cranky the last two times I started it. I'll get it done, I just think I need to complete a few projects to get my self esteem back.
Helped take down the decorations in Will's school lobby today. I told our Parent Coordinator that we need to put in an Oriental Trading order for next holiday season, get a couple of those ornament kits for Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa (the school tries to hit 'em all) and have a workshop where the kids can make ornaments for the tree - those ornaments on the school tree now are just depressing. I'm going to start working on the PA Board now to get an appropriation for some new decorations for next year - these look haggard.