11 April 2007

Mermaid in action

Here's the sweater in action on Easter. Sorry I don't have a full shot yet but I didn't think to get one. Love the color, love the fabric, love my mods to the pattern. I am quite happy, though I think it needs some more blocking. It's a little sheer, so I wore it with a similarly shaded long-sleeve shirt because it's so blasted cold here in the Chicago area this April. I mean, it snowed today! And the snow is still on the ground. I don't even have the heart to photograph it, it's just so ridiculous (and wet and not very photogenic). Thank goodness I'm a knitter! At least I brought Isobel's hat/scarf/mittens set and my Malabrigo gloves.

I'm working on a beret from Greetings from Knit Cafe in some of the leftover Alpaca Silk. There should be enough also leftover to make some long gloves for next winter.

And I'm ten rows from the end of the Old Shale Shawl I started when attending Stephanie's talk last week. Man, is it going fast - thanks again, Suzanne! I'll let you know if I need packing help. Unfortunately, the shawl got out of hand, and I had to buy more yarn to finish it. Of course, they didn't have the very pretty Monet's Water Lillies-esque yarn I started with, so I found a mixed purple skein that should complement the main yarn nicely. I'll post a pic when I'm finished, which should be in a couple of days. The pattern calls for one skein of Misti Alpaca lace, which I have, and the yardage is almost the same, but I did go up a needle size, since the Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn is bulkier than the laceweight. So, lesson learned: that means you need more yarn :)

But guess what?!? I think we're going to stop at The Fold on the way to visit my Grandma on Saturday! Home of lots of Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn! I'm anxiously awaiting my next STR club shipment, even though I haven't done up my Monsoon socks yet, since that yarn is in the boxtobeshipped.

Since my stash is in cardboard, I'm working on acquiring a new stash by checking out some of the new "local" yarn stores. There will be a full report later.


  1. Oh, so glad to see you and hear your bloggy voice. LOVE the sweater! I miss you so much, especially when the Sheep Shop 3 came in, and wwe had to put it out and not have you come over to rub your hands over it all. xoxoo

  2. Right, cold April. We are getting some many inches of snow tomorrow, April 12, in Massachusetts. Sorry weather, but, we never really had winter...
    Tink again

  3. Looks and sounds like you are settling in nicely. I'm very jealous of you, being able to go someplace to see STR yarn in person, and choose colors right in front of you ...

  4. Your beautiful Mermaid Sweater is so blue, soft, and elegant looking. Please post some detail of your lace work!

    I miss you so much at Knit Night. The ice cream shop is open, an encouraging sign of Spring. I expect you to drop in with your peppermint stick ice cream knitting treat. :-(

    Oh well, that's about me. How about you? I am VERY HAPPY for YOU to be doing well in Chicago. Another knitting field trip. Start to plan our itinerary for when we get there!

  5. Ooh, I love the little glimpse of sweater, I want to see more!


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