Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hurrah for One Last Winter Snow!!!

On Friday night, I finished the Butterfly sweater that I have been working on for a few months. This sweater has admittedly taken a while as I have not knit at home too much due to school - BLECK!!! Most of the work has been done on my lunch break at work, or on Wednesday evenings at Knit Night with the fiber gals.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been quietly lamenting the fact that this sweater took me a while to make, and that I was not going to get to wear it until this coming winter. The universe must have seen my plight and sent a cold snap complete with a little bit of sleet and snow this weekend. Normally, I hate winter, and am beating the drum for spring. One last snow generally sends me into a fit of rage that winter dare encroach on spring's time; however, this year I am downright thankful.

The Encore did create a heavy garment, but it was easily comfortable inside as well as outside throughout the day. Greatest of all, it can go in the washer and dryer, and it looks like a much more pricey yarn that it is.

Mike took this picture of my at Crown Center. The lighting is not great, but I didn't care as I got to wear it!! You can see in this picture (as compared with previous shots) that the yarn is not a bright red, but really a deep red.

I enjoyed this pattern so much, that I bought two more Plymouth patterns this weekend. The first is the Cable Cowl Neck Pullover, and it is made with Royal Llama Silk. That yarn is lovely to touch, but it would be $160 for my size, and I will have to think long and hard about that purchase - but maybe...

The second is the Ladies Lace Panel Pullover. This pattern calls for Encore, and I just happen to have some purple Encore that will fit the bill. I think I could wear this little sweater in the spring and fall, and possibly this summer as well if my office has the air conditioning set for pneumonia again...

Now, I am happily off to start the Yuletide Gnome Project!


Sunday, April 06, 2008

Fiber Friends

If you are a real knitter, not just someone who flirts with the knitting needles once a year or so, maybe you have been lucky enough to have made some fiber friends.

Fiber friends are different from you usual friends, although they can come from the usual circle of friends. Once you enter the fiber circle, the relationship changes into a different kind of friendship. There is just something very special about a group of friends that you meet with regularly to work on your current knitting (or crochet) project. I am lucky enough to have fiber friends like that, and I look forward to every get together. Today, we went to our first knitting show together and it was a lot of fun to be out with the fiber gals and get to shop together. We are all as different as night and day, live in different parts of town, have completely different careers, have different skill sets and ages, and knit vastly different things from one another - but the knitting unites us as one special group of friends. We share ideas, solve problems, talk about new products/patterns. We don't always agree, but we do always try to encourage each other.

To the knitting girls, thank you all for sharing this afternoon and your Wednesday nights with me. You all will never know how much your friendship means to me, and how lucky I feel to be part of the group.