Elena picked out two bags of loops in neon colors (to match everyone's kitchen *cough*) and plans to make them as gifts this Christmas.
Next up, a WIP; the ghan for my brother:
12 stinking rows and I still haven't gotten to the other color, I think it's "butter". It's a pretty mindless project except the counting I can't seem to stop my head from doing, "3 dc, 2 dc dec, 3 dc, 2 dc inc" over and over. It's pretty wide, a bit over 70" and I am doing 4 rows of each color before changes. I do loathe making ghans, only having made lap ghans and baby ghans before, because they take so darn long. I am actually considering having two things going at once so I don't go insane from the monotony of it all. Yes, breaking one of my own rules.
Next, the Marvelous Fulled Mini Tote is done:
K hook and Lamb's Pride Bulky in Kiwi and Victorian Rose.
Also, I started reading "The Yarn Lover's Guide to Hand Dyeing: Beautiful Colors and Simple Knits" by Linda Labelle. I have to say, I read the one single Amazon review and totally disagree with it. I have bought a few yarn dyeing books over the past few years and honestly, got rid of them almost right away. There wasn't anything in them I couldn't find for free over the internet. Most covered only acid dyes and this one covers Kool-Aid dyeing, etc. It also features several people who dye professionally and different techniques which can be used (steam method, stove top, Mason jars) as well as hand painting, self-striping and others and quite honestly, it's a keeper in my opinion. They also had patterns for both knit and crochet, easy beginner patterns, but it was nice to see crochet added. I have some kid mohair upstairs I had been planning to dye for a while, was nervous about dyeing it, and I'll use one of the techniques in the book and see how it goes. I also have some superwash sock yarn, merino sock yarn and ww yarn wanting to be dyed, so it could be a learning experience for us all. I promise a more in-depth review as soon as I finish it. I plan on making one of the scarf patterns in the book using some mohair I already have just to see how it goes too. I skimmed through it and now am delving more deeply into it. I do want to thank the nice people (Katherine)at Potter Craft/Random House for allowing me the opportunity to review it.