I still can't get my pictures uploaded. Today was my expiration date to cancel my free trial with TypePad, but I think I'm going to take the plunge and make the switch. Maybe now I can get my posts up more regularly. I am very, very frustrated. Sorry everyone - a new link will follow shortly!
I had a post all ready to show off the finished Sizzle and my next project, as well as my latest gift from my great Secret Pal, but of course Blogger won't let me put up pictures. I'm headed out of town and will hopefully get them up Sunday night. Sorry!
And the race is on! Sizzle sauciness. . .
No time to blog, and this is why:
I'm bound and determined to knit Sizzle in time for a wedding I am going to attend next Saturday. Yup, you read it right. Six days to Sizzling Sauciness. Can I do it? We'll see. I'm using Noro Lily (cotton/silk blend), and I swatched on the recommended US7s but needed to go up to an 8. (No comments from the peanut gallery about the miniscule size of my swatch - I'm in a hurry damnit!) And this is my progress to date on the Garter Cami, as well as a terrible shot of the package I just mailed out to my One Skein pal. Since you really can't see it, I'll tell you what's in it: Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Lupine, 2 Prym (Inox) 16 circulars in size US1, and my original pattern for knitting socks on two circulars. She hasn't ever finished a pair of socks, so I thought this might give her some inspiration. I also put in a really cute handmade book that my sister made.
Time to sizzle!
All around craftiness
The minnowknits Cotton Roll sweater is finished! I found cute little baseball hat buttons for the top left shoulder. Specs: 6 month size, one skein each of Cotton Stria in tangerine, sky, and red, and size US7 needles (the pattern calls for US8, the designer Jil Eaton knits the samples on US5s, so I went for the middle ground). Easy and quick to knit, cute and light. I went to the fabric store yesterday to browse for inspiration for the Sock Kit swap, and came home with these pairings:
The store colors, pink and brown:
And these are a heavier home decor fabric, and what I will use to make a spectacular bag for my Sock Kit pal. I just don't know what exactly, yet....I'm thinking a bigger tote style with straps, and then a smaller, zippered accessory pouch. The exterior will be the green and the inside will be lined with the white. I just need to design it now.
I wanted to whip up a summer top for the store, so I decided on the Ann Norling Garter Stitch Camisole, in Lana Grossa Colorato. Knit, knit, knit and then knit some more. There's a nice yarnover pattern on the bottom and the top, but other than that it's a lot of garter. But very simple and a great ice-breaker for people to get into garments.