Monday, February 28, 2011

grounded


So far this year a whole lot of fabric (and yarn, but I'll get to that) purchasing (see above stack of Greenfield Hill) has been going on, but not a whole lot of actual sewing. Not a lot for me, anyways. After my big post first trimester energy spurt, I developed a minor yet irritating pregnancy side effect that has forced me to spend as much time as possible off my feet. Not bed rest - just household duties, errands and chasing Lucy are taking up most of my allotted "standing" hours and not leaving too much to quilting. I'm sort of wiped out at the end of the day anyways, so sewing after bedtime has lost it's normal appeal lately.

I have managed to work a little bit on a flying geese baby quilt for a special little boy who will be here in April, but other than that, all my crafty time has been devoted to knitting.


My love of knitting has been slowly increasing over the last two years as I've been skill-building, and the last few months I've developed big-time knitting fever. I finished a cardigan the other day, so hopefully I'll be able to show it to you this week.

I've been adding to the yarn stash, first with a little Wollmeise I was turned onto by my friend Chris. I haven't found a project for these gorgeous skeins yet, but they are absolutely lovely with deep color saturation. If you haven't heard of Wollmeise before, they're extremely sought-after and can go for crazy prices. As far as I know, there is no retailer in the US.


But my big yarn indulgence right now is with the gorgeous bases and colors of madelinetosh. The owner of my LYS refers to my syndrome as 'madtosh' disease, and man, I have it bad. After knitting my last sweater with it, I just can't get enough. I even joined the Magnolia Society sweater club, which will ship me enough yarn over the next six months for three whole sweaters!

Right now I'm working on another cowl in tosh merino dk in the Black Velvet colorway. Yum! This pattern is called the Eternity Scarf.


I've also started another sweater, this time Sedum by Jane Richmond. I'm knitting this one up in squishy-soft Tosh Bulky, in the soft Thyme color way. It's seed stitch so it's a little time consuming, but I hope the effort will be rewarded.
 And don't worry, I've got lots of baby projects all ready to cast on too for our new little girl!

By the way, if you're on Ravelry, you can find me here.


Don't forget, all you Single Girls, today Nova will be leading us all through step three of the Single Girl Quilt-along. Nova makes sewing curves a breeze! I'm off now to do a little work on my own Single Girl quilt so I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

11 comments:

  1. I just want to sit in your space while learning to knit. That would be a great day. Maybe have some wine.. after the baby of course. I gotta get up to visit you and your cute little family :)

    Thanks for being such and inspiration

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  2. You definitely have some good yarn there! The Loopy Ewe sells Wollmeise. They're the only retailer that I know in the US that does. They have a great online shop (as well as a brick and mortar store). When they post Wollmeise, it just flies out of the online shop. You have to be quick!

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  3. You poor thing - I'm pretty much housebound with my amazing collapsing pelvis, so I know where you're coming from! Also having the most horrifically stressful time trying to settle the toddler into nursery before the baby arrives, so I'm pretty much wiped out by his bedtime every evening. A bit of knitting is about all I can manage :)

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  4. The Madelinetosh yarn is gorgeous! I just bought and used my first skien of it last year and I would love to use it again but I'm really trying to use up my stash first.

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  5. Wow, those yarns are so beautiful! I look forward to seeing your finished projects!

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  6. Hope you are well, take it easy and hopefully you will have more energy at some point. It's hard work creating a human being! I had a difficult time with both my pregnancies to have enough energy to even have the mental space to do ANYTHING. Now, I just don't have enough time... Knitting is a great diversion:)

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  7. I love your flying geese! I can't wait to see the finished project!

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  8. Take it easy and enjoy your final days of pregnancy. Quilting isn't going anywhere and I'm sure your machine won't get too jealous of your knitting needles!

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  9. all beautiful things going on over there. your wollmeise is gorgeous as is all that madelinetosh. don't tell anyone, but I may have been frequenting her etsy shop and might have made a few purchases in the last few weeks.

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  10. Take it easy and get all the rest you can. Hope yo are feeling better soon. {{hugs}}

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