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Scarves!

I recently finished this Midwest Moonlight scarf in Rowan Kid Silk Haze from Pam Allen’s Scarf Style book. I was really happy to see other bloggers (Colleen and Shireen)
making this scarf because I think it is one of the prettiest in the book.

Also, I’m plugging away on my second Ruffles scarf from the same book. I made the first one on an airplane with some great yarn that I bought at Art Fibers in downtown San Francisco. I was so taken with the yarn that the scarf went very quickly. This second scarf will seemingly never end. I bought two balls of Rowan Felted Tweed at a great sale for this scarf and 300 yds has never seemed so long. If I make any more of these, I will use bigger yarn! *Yawn*

Baby Sweaters

Baby sweaters are some of my favorite things to knit. They are colorful, cute and fast. I’ve recently become smitten with
Knit Picks Shine
for baby sweaters. It is 60% pima cotton/40% modal, machine washable and so soft. I think it beats any cotton Rowan has ever made. It doesn’t split like most cottons and yields a very clean, crisp fabric. Theses are several baby tank tops I made from Debbie Bliss’ Baby Knits Book. About 220 yds required for each top. I used scraps leftover from another project.

This second baby sweater was also knit from the same book. I do not know how to embroider and found both the book’s instructions and online instructions impossible to understand. I pleaded with my husband for help because he has a very mathematical mind. He quickly learned how to embroider specifically for this sweater. I was very impressed. :-)

Finally, the third picture is of a current project – the kimono from the aforementioned book. I just love this book, by the way. It is also Knit Picks Shine and will have a tie around the back once I finish it. There is a set of trousers to go along with this particular pattern but I can’t believe that any knit trousers would retain their shape (especially cotton) or allow for much movement so I will omit them.

These sweaters will go to a family friend whose wife is expecting their first child in February. I am so excited that someone I know is having a baby because it is a rare event for me to actually give a baby sweater to a friend. Often, I save a stack of baby sweaters for charitable auctions.

This is my first foray into the blog world. My goa…

This is my first foray into the blog world. My goal for this blog is to help keep my knitting habit in check. People often keep food diaries to lose, maintain and control their weight. My hope is that this yarn diary will have a similar function. I knit a lot. I knit in the car (not while driving), in coffeeshops, at home and at other people’s homes. I knit when I’m bored, sad, angry, happy and cold. I knit for my friends and family, for other people’s friends and families, for my dog (hey, it was only once and it was my first project) and for myself. Some people buy expensive toys, gadgets, clothing, jewelry and therapy to make themselves feel better. I spend a lot less on yarn for the same effect.

So what’s with the exercise thing? Well, I often use knitting as a reward for completing assignments, going to work and exercising, all things that I find rewarding enough… but just not as satisfying as knitting. I worry that if I don’t keep the inner addict in check, I will end up living as the Crazy Knitter with 22 cats who only leaves the house to buy boots and cat food. You may find this to be an exageration, but trust me – they’re out there. :-)