Wednesday, May 06, 2009

New Tools, Um Toys ?!?

My new Woolly Board came. I have not opened it yet - which I need to do to check all of the bits and pieces. When I flip through my fair isle books and look at finished projects online they look so impressive when blocking on a Woolly Board. I have a sweater rack and have used it to dry store bought sweaters. It takes FOREVER for them to dry. I plan on using my Woolly Board for more than just blocking. I bought a shoe storage unit from Harriet Carters to store my Starmore Yarns. Right now I have the yarns in ziplocs and sorted into project tote bags. The shoe storage unit has a cardboard frame with separators that fits into a zippered plastic cube. I will set that up and transfer everything over this weekend.

I finished the 40th row of the first 44 row section of the Glenesk Cardigan. There are a total of 116 rows in this first section. The 44 row pattern is knit twice, then just the first 28 rows are knit. I am not reading ahead any further in the instructions just now. This pattern is written a little differently than I am used to - it is backwards to patterns I have knit before. The most important instruction is usually the last sentence instead of at the beginning of the paragraph. After ripping out a lot of knitting I am finally getting the swing of how the instructions flow. The pictures on the pattern card and Virtual Yarns site do not compare to the real thing. You have to see this yarn in person to appreciate the colors. The yarn feels coarse when working with it but the fabric is so soft. I don't really get that. When winding up the balls I worried that I would go through all of this work and end up with a scratchy sweater I would not want to wear. But instead the larger the bodies grows the softer the overall fabric feels.

No other WIPS are getting any attention, I had a feeling this was going to happen. That is why I tried so hard to finish the Sipalu and Aguona bags before casting this sweater on at the beginning of April. As I have said before, there just is not enough knitting time!!!

I need a new Audiobook to listen to. I have gone through almost my entire library, the few titles I have left are read by narrators that grate on my nerves right now. Sometimes those sample excerpts aren't really helfpful. I try to listen to all of the readers before buying. OR, I could try listening to one of my Kindle2 books. What's cool about the Kindle2 is that if you get tired of listening to the book being read by the female/male voice you can switch. I have several books on there now ready to go.

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