Sunday, September 25, 2005

The race has begun

I've made very fast progress on Liz's wrist warmers (which are so long I think they should be renamed gauntlets). I finished the first one at SnB on Thursday night, and once again Lauren was kind enough to share her photo with me (at this point it's just a couple of rows away from being done):

I'm now about 1/3 done with the second one. As soon as I finish with the wrist warmers, I have to dive in and get going on all my x-mas knitting. On Friday I went to a LYS and bought yarn for 3 out of the 6 x-mas gifts I'm knitting this year. One or maybe even two will be knit from stash yarn, and I still have to find something that's just right for the sixth gift. I also bought some yarn for my secret pal. I'm not going to tell you what yarn is for whom, but feast your eyes on this:

On top that's a skein of hand dyed merino with a bit of nylon from Mountain Colors (one of my favorites). Note that it was wound using my new ball-winder that Taz gave me! :) The two skeins of light gray below it are an alpaca-merino blend called Suri Merino, the red is Rowan Kidsilk Haze, and the bottom is self-patterning yarn from Germany (I can't tell which is the name of the yarn and which is the name of the company, but the label says Opal ZwergerGarn). I'm very excited about using all this yarn. Apparently I'm not the only one who's excited about the yarn, because as I was typing this post, my back was turned, and this is what became of one of the skeins of light gray merino:

I discovered it spread around the floor of the other room, after I realized that one of the items in my lovely posed photo was missing. I know they both love the smell of wool, especially Ivy, but this is going to be a real pain in the neck to untangle. Sigh... I do love those cats, though, despite everything.


Anonymous said...

:D The "German" yarn is Opal Rainforest, the new collection of Opal Sock yarn! I'm not sure which 'animal' it is though, not from this picture plus I don't know them all by heart I'm afraid!

Oh, and aren't cats cuties? *grin

margene said...

Love the gauntlet. I'm trying to knit a couple pair for myself this year, too.

Sami said...

Cats do love yarn... I like the yarn with the tweed flecks for the suprise gift.

Can you fly to India with knitting needles? I shudder to think about a flight without knitting, especially a long trans-atlantic one.