Sunday, December 12, 2010

Box of love

I promised yarn porn in my last post, and I deliver.

I got this big box by mail on Friday...


Hmmmm. Box o' yarn from Knit Picks...

Now I want to apologize to my Montreal knitter friends for not offering to combine orders and share shipping. But when I saw that there was a cyber Monday sale AND that one of the books I had on my wishlist had become a "last chance" item, I went a little bit crazy and I had to order.right.away. It's a good thing I did too, because I ordered in the morning and when I got home that night, this particular yarn in this particular colourway (the one I wanted the most) wasn't listed on Knit Picks anymore:


Swish DK in Asparagus. I don't know if Knit Picks will restock it at some point, but I'm glad I got it when I did because I love love love the colour and it's perfect for a baby sweater I wanted to make (see end of this post). I got five skeins of it, which should be enough for my project (I'd hate to run out of yarn again).

I also got:


Stroll Sport in Tidepool Heather. It's also super soft. I got six skeins and it also should become a baby sweater (I have a pattern in mind, we'll see if I get to it or change my mind).


Stroll Tonal in Deep Waters. I love love love that yarn. I think I want one of each colourway. Actually, the one I wanted the most was "Foliage", but it was the only colourway that wasn't on sale. Poo. But I don't regret Deep Waters, it's beautiful. I'm not sure if I'll use it for socks or for this super cute baby sweater, we'll see.


Felici sock yarn in Abracadabra. I bought it just because. I kept hearing about how soft this yarn is on the Knit Picks group and I gotta say I wasn't disappointed. It's one of the softest sock yarn I've ever touched. I don't usually buy much self-striping yarn anymore, but it's fun to have once in a while. It makes for mindless knitting and the socks always turn out cute.


I got two skeins of Capra in Fairy Tale. It's the only yarn I got that wasn't on sale, but I had wanted to try it since it first came out. It's a cashmere/merino blend (only 15% cashmere though) and it's quite soft. I really like it. The colour, however, wasn't exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more purple but it's more raspberry-like. I still like it though.

The book I got is Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road. I love her patterns and that book has a lot of nice ones. And it was super cheap on KP and a "last chance" item so I couldn't resist.

I also got (not on sale) two needle cables and some 4,5 mm tips.

With all this new yarn, I just had to cast on for a new project.


I'm using my Swish DK in Asparagus to make Kate Gilbert's Pea Pod baby set. Well just the sweater actually. I fell in love with that pattern when I first saw it in IK a long time ago and I had promised myself I would knit it for my baby someday. So here we go! I'm making the 6 months size, as that should bring us to September. Hopefully it'll fit then (or later), not during the summer. I only have a few rows done, but I'm enjoying working with Swish so far.

Friday, December 10, 2010

omg, what is that?

Is it... a FO?

Why yes, it is. My first FO since MAY, believe it or not.

Habitat (December)

Pattern: Habitat, by Jared Flood
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers
Needles: 5mm / US 8 circulars + dpns

I couldn't believe it when I realized I hadn't finished anything in months. I can explain it of course. I didn't feel like knitting much all summer with the heat and the tirednes of pregnancy. Prior to that, I had been working on a cardigan but I put it aside when I found out I was pregnant. Then there was the shawl aka the blob and we all know what happened with that. I've also been working on a baby blanket that's a bit boring to knit and I started a baby vest for a knitting class but I got sick and missed the last one and never got around to seaming it.

Now for some reason I really want to knit socks. Probably because I've never been this long without knitting a pair. But I do want to work on some baby things. We'll see.

Oh and I have a pic of me actually wearing the hat.

Habitat (December)

Seeing this pic made me realize just how much weight I've gained in my face. omg! I'm not exactly glowing am I? hehe. And all the pics we took were like that so it's not just one bad pic.

Speaking of pregnancy, I am now 28 weeks! Time is flying! I'll be leaving work on January 28. I have over three weeks of vacation/time owed left so my actual maternity leave won't start until the end of February. I gotta tell you, I'm really looking forward to it!

In not-so-good news, though, I just found out a few days ago that I have gestational diabetes, which sucks big time. I barely failed my test too. The doc told me I should have been under 7.8 and I got 7.9. How fun is this, being diagnosed with this just before the holidays? No bûche de Noël for me!

Stay tuned for my next post as it will contain YARN PORN!