Saturday, October 27, 2007

Storm Water Shawl Update

After a slow start (numerous frogs and start overs), I've finally gotten the feel for this pattern, Storm Water Shawl, knit in Handmaiden Sea Silk. The colorway is Rose Garden. I think I'm at least half way done and to the point that I'm enjoying the knitting.

A two-day professional conference a couple of weeks ago was a real boon to Storm Water; now that the Boston Red Sox are in the World Series, I've become a baseball-watcher (very fair weather fan!) so look forward to more hours this weekend on the shawl. I'm really liking it and trying to finish in time to wear to an event in mid-November. It is a lovely pattern and a stunning yarn.

My advice to anyone who wants to try this project is: wind the yarn onto a cardboard tube to decrease the chance it will tangle, use stitch markers between patterns (every 8 stitches, changing every 8 rows) to keep track of the count, label the 2 balls of yarn, and use a lifeline. I have not followed my last piece of advice, but everytime I start feeling confident, I end up in trouble and sure wish I had a lifeline!

The last piece of wish-I'd-have-thought-of-it-sooner advice is to use needle tips. I can't remember what they're really called, but it's the little rubber tips that keep the stitches from sliding off the needles when you put the project down. On not one, but two, successive Sundays, I diligently worked the first few rows, put the work down, and picked it up later to find a puddle of stitches on one side. That accounts for two of my early frogs. Slippery yarn, metal needles, foolish knitter. Now I use the rubber tips.

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Sundara Yarn Club!

Am I the only one? Tee-hee-hee! I've been haunting the Sundara Yarn site, checking it most everyday in hopes of getting in on her next sock club. I enrolled in her e-mail list and looked forward to something happening, as promised, in October. So, this morning it is officially October and I checked again as soon as I got on the computer----VOILA! There it was! And, even better than a sock club, it is a yarn club, with 6 months of yarn for a variety of uses! I nearly fell over my keys, as I typed in the enrollment (= payment) info with shaking hands. And, I'm in!

It's called "Seasons" Yarn Club, and the only drawback is that I had to choose only 1 of 4 possible "seasons" of luscious yarn colors. I chose Autumn, but was quite taken with Spring as well. I had already decided not to re-enroll in the Rockin' Sock Club. After 2 years of membership, I'm ready for some yarns with a new look. Also, there gets to be a time in a woman's life when even a sock lovin' woman says: "I wonder when I'll wear all these socks....."

Still no e-mail notification of availability. Maybe I'm the first one :-)