Friday, March 27, 2009

New stash

The yarn party at Savage Mill was a blast. I got to spend time with Tina while checking out all the local indie yarn vendors. Then we both won yarn in the raffle, and there's nothing better than free yarn, is there? I'm going to send you some of it. I gave myself a budget beforehand and I didn't go wild, but there were some temptations that could not be resisted. Here's a brief recap:

First off, I wore my just-finished Hanging Garden stole, which is made with Penthouse silk laceweight from Karida's Neighborhood Yarn Co. She was selling her yarn there and it was fun to be able to tell her how wonderful the silk was. I think I made a sale or two for her while I was standing there. I had sent Karida a rav message about it, and she then evidently had checked out our blog because she said that your MGMT knitting was very cool.
The teardrop beads are perfect, I think:

On to my new stash. When I saw yarn named Elizabeth Bennet from Yarn Love, I had to have some. I was looking for a denim blue fingering weight for a shawl anyway, so I picked up some in Blueberry Festival:

And I've been thinking about alpaca for another shawl. There were several local alpaca farmers there with gorgeous yarn. I got this:

Alpaca with a little bit of bamboo from Alpacas of Windswept Farms of Middletown, Maryland. It's an incredible natural charcoal/black and so so soft. The owners showed us pictures of the animal the fleece came from.

There was more shopping, but it might be coming your way so no photos today. On my needles now is Waves of Grain in Sea silk, but I think I might frog it. You can't see the beads I'm using at all, can you?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I feel a toe nail polish obsession coming on

Yes, I am alive, I just haven't posted in three months... oops. I blame Mardi Gras and the appearance of spring!
hello. we are Caro's toes.

I actually have been working on about ten million blog-worthy projects, but all I have to show for it is what I brought to work today.

Its a very very loosely gauged striped alpaca cardigan in leftover sweater yarn. I'm not sure If I'm going to go for a vest or a cap sleeve, but seeing as its barely halfway through March and it's already too hot to wear long sleeves, I'll probably go for something that is as minimalist as possible.

I'm not sure how I feel about the horizontal stripes... I know they make you appear larger, but I hate vertical stripes and I wasn't about to knit anything color-blocked. I'm not five. And they are thick stripes! Hopefully the lower hip length and the fact that it's a cardigan will help my cause.

And in news of other things you will be happy about, I did not quite my job this morning in order to take a full time bartending position... I guess I'm staying in the antique racket for now.