Wednesday, April 25, 2007

WIP Wednesday-Yet Again

It seems, Wednesday is now my picture heavy post day-this Wednesday is no different.

As for WIP's-started the Doris Chan Allegheny Moon Shawl and frogged for no other reason then I started it and the Ritratto, while gorgeous, can be a bugger to use and the dark color was killing my eyes when I started it. The eyestrain alone was enough for me to decide to start this in natural light and when I am not feeling like it's time for bed. I will do it, just waiting for the right time. I hate having WIP's lying around, so I wasn't too far and it didn't kill me to frog it. Ritratto is a PITA to frog-lesson learned and I'm moving on.

I finished Elena's Adina on Sunday night. She didn't wear it today because it's warmer then anticipated and she decided she wanted "pink" today. She did, however, model it for me last night. That isn't what she will wear it with, but at least you get an idea of the fit of it. I used probably about 2 balls of the Knit Picks Merino Style and an I hook-pattern is so easily adjusted for size, it isn't funny and I didn't even need to read the pattern while making this one. I think I'll make another in a few weeks using some hand painted boucle from MCY-now that I know the yardage I'll need for my size and what I have. I have 600 yarns upstairs and some new came in for another project-more on that later.










When Elena feels like modeling, I guess she really feels like it.

Next up, the last of my yarn buying for a while. I must, seriously must, use what I have-make due. I am running out of room and have to really go through some and figure out what to do with single and double skeins of leftovers. Knitting should help with that.

First up, The Ultimate Crocheted Socks pattern at Crochet Me! inspired me to try another pair of crocheted socks. I loved the yarn Dorothy used for it and scouted Ebay and found the same yarn, different colorway-totally reasonable too-so this is it:





Then, the MCY Gardenia finally came in. Their turnaround time is a bit slow-I ordered it the 10th and it didn't ship til the 21st-they closed their etsy shop and are selling on their website, as well as ebay now-but I think this will be all I get for the time being, I really have tos top buying yarn and my budget is screaming at me from the past month. It's cheaper on eBay, even the BIN is, but quantities may be limited. It's gorgeous, in person it's beautiful. I did read somewhere someone posted some of the yarn has some dye running issues, so I will make something with this (don't know what yet, but it's a full pound and 1,200 yards-so could be anything)and then try and set the dye-or should I do it before making something. Any ideas on the dye setting other than vinegar? I have the Eucalan and I plan to soak it in that. Anyway, they use natural and chemical dyes and whatever they rinse it in afterwards smells so darn good, the yarn just screams YUM! (not to sound too Rachel Rayish here).
Here that yarn is:




It's a Rayon Boucle, sport weight and the colorway is Gardenia and the picture doesn't do it justice, I swear it's wicked beautiful.

Well, I really plan to hit the Seafoam vest today. If I like it on, I will probably make one in Cotton Plus too (from my stash mind you).

My knitting DVD came in yesterday too (yes, lots of happy mail yesterday), but I didn't look at it. I plan to start just swatching with needles in the next few days with some acrylic (again, in my stash)and go from there.

And Mathgirl, once I show my pathetic swatch, I am expecting Julbea to get a whoop right upside the head-seriously-you are the one I need to deliver it too!

Today is my volunteer day-so doing my laundry, cleaning a bit are all in line for today. Elena has Brownies tonight, so hectic all day it seems. BTW, the vest did show up-wasn't one of the original ones left behind, so someone must have noticed and swapped it out, but lo and behold it was there-thank goodness because between the vest, badges, pins, etc the replacement would have been about $40 I didn't want to have to put out. Yes, her name is written inside of it now, in marker mind you.

Oh, I wanted to mention the Aloe Vera Juice, two thumbs up. No meds now for 4 days (the longest off of stomach meds in a year) and I feel very, very good and it hasn't even been two weeks since I started it-I can't tell you how absolutely thrilled I am!

20 comments:

Linda said...

Elena reminds me of a ballerina in the third picture. I'm glad she likes the bolero.
I looked back over your April posts, and you've accomplished quite a bit this month. I'd say you're using the yarn up pretty fast.
Congratulations on the Aloe Vera juice working so well. I sure never heard of drinkig it before.

Kari said...

yay on the juice working maybe I will invest in some...

April said...

Great news on the Aloe Vera Juice. How does it taste?

Beautiful yarn.

It's so hard to want to use up what you've got when there are so many lovely yarns out there begging to be purchased! Sigh!

Deneen said...

April-it's George's brand, which hypes "no bitter taste" etc and it has no flavor at all, like water. My neuro said to get whatever had the most aloe juice in it and this is 100% and board certified, etc. I'm pleased with the results and that rarely happens with me:)

Linda-Elena was hamming it up completely and if you look at her feet, she will never be a ballerina-they look like boneless pork chops, hence her nickname porkchop feet. Unfortunately, she inherited my mother's side of the family big feet (mine are average-7 1/2-8), but my mom wears a 9-9 1/2 and my one aunt has a 10-poor kid. She told me the other day, they help her swim faster (LOL)

noricum said...

Elena is a blast!

Pretty sock yarn! The other yarn is lovely too.

Yay for the aloe vera juice! :)

daisy (aka stacey) said...

Glad you're feeling better!

Good luck with the knitting DVD...the only thing to do is just keep at it until it stops feeling like the most awkward thing you've ever done in your life :p

Megan said...

Hooray for the AV juice!! Elena is such a ham :)

Lucy said...

You've gotta take a mother/daughter pic now...that is soo cute!

Mathgirl said...

Promise! I will see her within the next 2-4 hours and will clearly express that my good word and honour are now on the line. And your daughter makes a very cute model :)

cheryl said...

I've heard soaking in salt water works too.

Deneen said...

Thanks Cheryl-I know I couild Google it, but I was hoping some of the blog world had answers for the yarn dye question!

DixieRedHead said...

I'm glad the juice is working too. I'm thinking about getting some for hubby. Elena is adorable in that!

Megan said...

The bolero looks great! And I'm glad the Aloe Vera juice is working for you- and that it doesn't have a bad flavor!

I shipped of your contest prize this afternoon. It went Priority, so it should be there soon. I hope you like everything!

Mimi said...

Very pretty, and I love her third picture!

Pink said...

Elena looks so cute when she's having fun! The yarn is gorgeous...and I'm so glad you are feeling well. Good luck with knitting, you'll be amazed how easy it is.

Kimberly said...

Great news that the juice is working out for you!

Big feet....out of my sophmore college roomies (5 other girls) I had the "baby feet" at size 8.5...the others ALL wore size 10! What are the odds?

Vik said...

Wow Elena! Look at you! I love the third picture!

Sheila said...

The bolero is adorable on your adorable daughter... I'm glad she decided to wear it. Nice to know you got your mojo back... can't wait to see the Seafoam Vest.

KnitXcorE said...

elena's such a ham! so fuuny! and that MCY yarn is beautiful..... i had aloe juice once with sushi and there were these crazy chunks o' something in it. it didn't taste bad tho.

Wendy said...

Yarn is gorgeous! I will have to look into aloe juice. Do you think it will help with inflammation in other areas of the body? Next time you see your doctor ask him what he would suggest for kidney stones. ;)

Elena is pretty funny and cute!

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