Saturday, March 24, 2007

A month gone?

I was rather surprised to realize it's been over a month since I posted. The nature of my job in a tax accounting office means the first 4 months of the year are extremely busy and go by in a blur. Most days I work, come home, knit, make dinner, knit, sleep. Repeat. Not much blog material there. But I do have a few things to mention.

Next weekend is the library auction. The boyfriend of one of my co-workers donated a spinning wheel he made. I don't know how to spin, yet, but am sorely tempted to go after the wheel. I haven't been up to the library to check it out yet, but the pictures look gorgeous. Here is my contribution for this year:

Being so completely wrapped up in knitting the EZ yoke sweater, I didn't have the spirit to knit something big to donate. So I opted for a gift basket of my handmade soap and a handknit wash cloth. The washcloth was knit with Lion Organic Cotton in Cypress (I finally found it at Knitting Warehouse). I totally love this yarn. It's super soft for a cotton and the colors are very natural and earthy. It's a little pricey at $5.50 a skein and one skein only made a washcloth with not a whole lot leftover. Not enough to do anything with for sure.

Speaking of the yoke sweater...I'm nearly to the underarms. Another few inches and I can join the sleeves and start the yoke.
As you can see, the sleeves are now both the same size, the right size I might add. I didn't knit the hem in on the body. I figure the likelihood I'd get it straight was pretty slim so opted to sew it up when I'm finished. I have yet to make a decision on the yoke pattern. I messed around one night, picking patterns and coloring them in on graph paper, but nothing jumped out at me as THE pattern.

I do have one FO to show. Finally finished the Kats paws mitts from January. (I told you I'm enamored of the yoke sweater, I'm being pretty monogamous). But here they are.
Of course, it's now too warm to wear them. But they'll be nice for next year. I think I like the Fetching mitts better, mostly because the yarn is softer. But I like this pattern because it goes further up the wrist into your sleeve.

I've been awfully obsessive lately. I've been listening to Great Big Sea over and over and over and over. Thank goodness for headphones or Chuck would likely have me committed. I'm also totally obsessed with Blood Ties, the new vampire/detective show on Lifetime channel. The show is ba
sed on Tanya Huff's Blood Book series (which I ordered the day after I watched the first show). See...You can check out her blog here and see what she thinks of the show. Apparently only the pilot was taken right from the books. I'm about half way through the first book and can say the show did stick pretty close to it. Except for Henry's appearance. In the book he's short and redheaded. In the show, he's average height and brunette. The books are pretty good so far. A little heavy on the use of cliches. Otherwise, quite enjoyable vampire fiction.