Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Where I'm going; Where I've been

Tango, the silly puppy, ate another pair of knitting needles. The nice ones (of course). Off to the LYS today and bought two pairs of Addi circulars. I figure the metal will be less attractive to him.

So far, I've made:
3 scarfs, all garter stitch, but each very different because of the yarns used.
1 kerchief from SnB that fits my daughter well.
2 hats from Yarn Girl's Guide

The hats were fun. One was made from a very soft red fluffy yarn that I picked up at the LYS. The other was for my DD, so it had to be pink. It was made from a beautiful wool, but I paired the wool with fun fur. It made a very fun hat--that is also practical and warm.

I made lots of mistakes on that second hat. I would purl a row I should have knitted and vice versa--but the fun fur covers the mistakes.

December makes me think of setting goals.

I want to knit shells and sweaters for me. I wear knits every day, so knitting a shell makes sense.

I want to learn illusion knitting. It looks fun and do-able.

I want to knit some fingerless gloves for cold nights.

That's about it. Seems like reasonable goals.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Confessions of a Yarn Snob

Last night, on my way home from dog class, I stopped by the local craft store for a yarn fix. My v-e-r-y long scarf was almost finished. I'd just read the section in stich 'n' bitch about how to increase and wanted to try my hand at the cute little headscarf. My DD has a large head--headbands never fit. Thought a mom-knitted headscarf in hot pink would be just the ticket for yoga class.

This is only my fourth time shopping for yarn. The first time--at the cute little specialty store near my office. The second time--at the strange little store my mom hates because all the yarn is too expensive. The third time--at the amazingly large Velona's. All these stores have lovely yarns. I suspect I'm a bit spoiled.

All I want is a nice, simple yarn in a quality fiber to experiment with. My choice at the craft store? Acrylic junk or some nice novelty yarns. I'll agree that they did have some nice novelty yarns, but I wanted something simpler. Just as I was feeling disgusted at the poor selection, a fellow shopper stopped by to inform me that Michael's had this same yarn cheaper--but that this store had a much nicer selection of good yarns.

Gulp. It was at that moment I realized I'm a yarn snob. I guess I'll have to live with it.