Sunday, June 27, 2010

Winnah!

There's nothing like winning a prize to perk up my spirits, especially when the prize involves yarny goodness! I entered a giveaway on threadbunny's blog, and won the random drawing! One knitter's stash is another knitter's treasure.

Here's my prize! Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's 2010 Never Not Knitting Calendar (which I did not have), and three beautiful skeins of KP Riata yarn in a really yummy deep magenta color. I haven't ever used Risata, but am intrigued by it's content which includes cotton, wool, polyamide, and elastic. It sounds like it might be a nice stretchy combination that is cool to wear (both in appearance and temperature).

Now for the sweater. Catalina is coming along well, but I am really having a hard time getting motivated to keep moving on these sleeves! I'm doing them two at a time using magic loop, and it's a pretty simple six-stitch and eight-row pattern repeat. It should be good mindless knitting, but for some reason I just can't power through it for very long periods of time. Maybe it's because it's like making a sock that never gets to the heel, where you get to enjoy that little break in the round-and-round-and-round monotony. If these sleeves were socks, I should have hit that heel point long ago. I guess I know never to start a knee-high tube sock project! Anyhooo - the pattern shows these sleeves as elbow length, but I'm making them full length because I'm generally always cold about 10 months out of the year. I have about 7 or so inches left on each sleeve, and I need some motivation! Please send me some Sleeve Love so I can get through this part of the sweater, and can move on to the front band!

After I finish this sweater, I've decided that my personal knitting is going to move into the Christmas Gift phase. Not sure what that list looks like yet, but I'll be thinking it through as I go 'round and 'round on these damned sleeves....

Cheers!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Good News and Bad News

Funny how news often comes in pairs - the good and the bad. I like to live my life in such a way that I avoid bad news as much as possible, but naturally, it seems to catch up with me from time to time. In most cases, my bad news really isn't too bad, so I guess I'm very lucky, or blessed, or strategic, or whatever it is that drives these things.

First, the good news. The Awareness Ribbon KAL launched on June 1st and is already lots of fun! This KAL features the sock on the right - resplendant with ribbons, hearts, and girly curves. The kit comes in a variety of colors to correspond with a variety of awareness ribbon causes, and also includes a cute stitch marker to remind us that "Together we can make a difference." And we are making a difference! $2.50 from each kit sold is going to the Susan G Komen Foundation to support breast cancer awareness and research. Click here for more information!

The bad news that went with this launch is fortunately of the short-term variety. I had a little supply delay with the base yarn I use for this kit, and promptly ran out of yarn on day 2 of the new KAL - doh! As I am a Supply Chain Professional, I drove my supplier nuts with continual suggestions as to how they could get the yarn to me quicker, and they called in extra help to bust it through production just so they wouldn't have to listen to me anymore. It should be here today, so I expect to be off backorder with our customers by the end of this week - yay! Thanks to everyone for their patience with this delay.

Now for some more good news... I finished Wingman Number 2 last night! I guess that means I have Wingmen now. I've decided the official photo session for this design will include hubby's motorcycle - that should be fun! This is a fun knit - the colorwork is not as challenging as it looks, and the ribbing part is nice and mindlessly relaxing.

Now for the very, very bad news. Over Memorial Day weekend, we lost our cat Smithers unexpectedly. It was quite a shock to lose my fuzzy friend, who had been my companion for almost 15 years - since he was a tiny little furball. I have so many happy and funny memories with Smithers, and below are a few examples of what a great help he was...




Here, Smithers is helping me cut out some quilting squares.










Here is Smithers keeping me company during SockWars after a long night of power knitting.


















Here he is testing some yarn to see how soft it is.

















He even helped us with plumbing when we renovated our bathroom!











He was also a great protector...






































Mostly I remember how peaceful and content he looked when he found the perfect sunny spot. I'm sure he's somewhere like this now, waiting for us to join him someday.