Saturday, May 31, 2008

More Than a Yardage Sale... (Heather)

It was a mob scene!

I wish I had taken a picture of the scene outside of the Textile Museum yesterday, but my camera ran out of juice. Those of you who have gone before will know of what I speak. Those of you who haven't? Just imagine every crafty person in Toronto mobbing one large tent (fabric), one small tent (yarn), and the entrance way (odds and ends).

Here is my haul:

Not too bad for $6, eh? I was expecting to have tons of stuff and need to use credit, but the crowds were too much for me alone. I think this is more of a team adventure, requiring mutliple scouts and better use of elbows.

The only fabric I ended up getting was this bundle of remnants for $1:

They are serged at the edges, likely samples meant for designers. Four pieces are about 12" square, and then two more pieces (both dark blue) are 12" x 16". I like the colours and the feel, and have not yet decided what they will be.

And then there is the yarn...

All fine, mostly coned. If anyone has plans for some monster laceweight project involving any of these colours, let me know. I don't really 'do' laceweight, but this was the only wool I saw (tons and tons of acrylic and some blends, though) and the price was certainly right (all of this for $5). I may save this towards the distant day when I take up weaving...

There has been some apathetic knitting and some considerably more productive sewing, but Gen's Anthropologie-inspired capelet has me somewhat inspired, so I may take a stab at that. And now, as everyone I know seems to be moving, it's off I go for a busy weekend! Have fun, everyone!
Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Back! (Adriana)

Sorry for the hiatus in blogging. I've been quite sick for the past three weeks. At first the doctor thought it was a throat infection and put me on antibiotics which didn't do anything. Then she thought it was mono since one of my classmates has mono and I had all the same symptoms, but the tests came back negative. Finally she decided that I had an anonymous viral infection that mimics mono. The good news is that I'm now definitely on the mend. The bad news is that I've been sick for most of the last month of school so it's been hard to keep up. I am now in the last week of school and I am done everything except for my major paper (which I have barely started and which is due in less than a week. I'm going to ask for an extension).

Unfortunately for much of the time I was sick I was too tired to knit. I did manage to do a little knitting this past week but it's just a stockinette sock so not very interesting. I do have some pictures of my knitting to show off, though.

Long-time readers of this blog will know that one of my favourite people to knit for is my wonderful Granny, who is celebrating her 91st birthday today (Happy Birthday Granny!). This past weekend the whole family gathered to celebrate her birthday and just to be together (it's kind of sickening how much we love each other). Even though Granny had told everyone that she didn't want any presents I wanted to give her something anyways. I decided to give her the River Shawl I'd knit this winter for two reasons: 1) because it's too dark to go with my wardrobe, and 2) because when I showed it to her last month she couldn't stop petting it. Also 3) because I love my Granny and want to keep her warm in luxury fibres.

Here she is looking happy after I wrapped it around her

Here she is admiring how fine it is

And here she is proudly telling my relatives about it

Time for me to stop playing on the internet and get down to some serious work. I can't wait to be done school (soon, so very very soon!).

Friday, May 2, 2008

Yarny Pictures (Adriana)

I've been sick with a nasty flu all week. Not fun. I'm still not fully recovered.
This is literally all the knitting I have managed to do:

camellia - swatch
It's a swatch in Hempathy for Kate Gilbert's Camellia. I'm hoping to cast on sometime this weekend (if my body starts behaving itself. I wanna be better NOW!!)

Although there's no knitting to show off, I do have some pictures of yarn. I realized today that I have been negligent in photographing recent additions to the stash so I decided to do it today (instead of homework).

mmm cashmere
This is the good-enough-to-eat Handmaiden Cashmere from B.

sunshine yarns
Sunshine Yarn in Poppy (also from B)

Sundara Sock Yarn Pine over Gold (thanks so much, B!)

mal for granny
B also sent me one skein of Malabrigo in Amoroso. I managed to get my hands on two more on Ravelry. I'm going to use this to make a Clapotis for my granny.

casbah for granny
Also for my granny is this gorgeous skein of Handmaiden Casbah destined to be her Christmas socks (I think I'll do it with contrasting heels and toes to prolong the life of the socks and to make them a little longer.)

Thanks for all the suggestions on yarn dyers in my last post. I'm still having trouble deciding what I want. There are so many gorgeous yarns out there. I promise to report back when I do get some.

I now have 3.5 weeks until school is DONE! (Hopefully forever) Between now and then I have a total of 10 projects to do, and that includes a 4000 word essay. If I don't blog much for the next little while I hope you'll understand.