Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring Fever and Project Galore

My dear green curmudgeon of a parrot, Nunu has informed me that Spring Fever is soon to take over.  He has been especially active and loud today.  He is usually the strong silent, introverted type, but not today!

Because Nunu has declared it time for spring, I've set up a special coupon code for my Etsy store.  To receive 15% off purchases type in the following code: nunuspring

You'll find handspun yarn, beads, a shawl, necklaces, bracelet and earrings waiting for you.

We've had a rough few weeks around the place.  Mister is feeling better, but on Saturday night we were alerted to a family member being in a serious car accident.  I won't sort you with all the details, but Thursday brings us to a funeral.  Perhaps it is my stress reaction to this upsetting event, but I've had a major case of startitis.

On the needles:

This shawl is pure pleasure to knit.  I've been knitting on it quite a bit with the stress and all.  The yarn is smooshy soft, the color is soothing - thinking beach with lovely fruit drink, and the pattern just ebbs and flows.  If I wasn't a knitter this combination of pattern and yarn would make me learn.  The pattern is quite simple, but changes enough to keep me awake.  The perfect combination of mindless/soothing/with-it-ness knit.  Love it.  You will too.  It's a free pattern!

Stripes Alive - March KAL (Knit Along) from Knit Purl Hunter
Honestly, I'm not sure about this one.  The colors are very very bright.  The pattern is a surprise.  This week the main tube of the sock pattern was posted & next week the heel will be posted.  I don't know if I'm strong enough to knit this garish sock with the pattern as an unknown.  The needles for this one are super big too.  Hmm.  I cheated and took a peak at others of this socks on Raverly.  It seems to be going in a chevron pattern - sorta like a crocheted afghan.  Should I stick with it?

Cold Rain Fiber into Cold Rain Fingering Yarn

This took me FOREVER to spin up.  Now that it is done, I'm so very excited.  I think I'll pair it up with the alpaca fiber that I showed you before and make a shawl.  The colors go very well together.  I cheated and photographed this will it was still slightly damp.  It is hard to get the true colors of this lovely fiber.  Now I just need to find the perfect shawl pattern for his fiber.  I'm really trying hard not to cast on for this project with so many else pending now.

A friend of mine commissioned me to re-string her two pearl necklaces.  I love hand knotting pearls.  It is such a meditative thing to do.  Plus I get the added bonus of handling such lovely natural items; touching pearls is one of my favorite sensation.  

Other projects -

STILL working on a scarf for my niece (no picture because I want the surprise element); slow going with other projects coming and going.  This past weekend I learned to make books and spent hours water coloring my pages with a group of really fun gals.  I loved the process and I'll soon be making books, journals and whatnots to add to my store.  I'm trying to resist the urge to casts on two other socks.  Why would anyone need to knit three socks at a time?  I ask you.  Startitis is a nasty thing sometimes.

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