Sunday, January 13, 2008

I Have Accessorized

Some fingerless gloves- all the rage. You can use up your stash, you can get creative, you can whip them up in an evening (or two). I love them. I love this pattern. I love this yarn. I love wearing them. The yarn was just one skein of Koigu I happened to have in my stash. The pattern is called "Kyla" from Monika's blog.

The only thing I don't love is that my camera just doesn't want to capture the craziness of the yarn. It's my fault, I know. But I just had to use that yarn. Hopefully this string of pictures will give you a good idea of what's going on here. There is a cable on top of the hand, and there are little baby cables running along the ribbing. You just can't see them, because the yarn is too darned multi-coloured. I know that cables are best saved for solid yarn, but I had this stuff and I had to use it. I'm currently making a pair in a more solid tone and yes, I admit that the cables look more crisp. I will be sure to share them with you when I'm done. But I'm a colour person. Through and through and I was happy to marry these two worlds, in this sweet little satisfying project. They're almost as sassy as my shade of nail polish.

First some Knitting, then some Mr. T

First off, let me show you some knitting. I have plenty of it... Especially seeing as I have spent the past month knitting and doing family/holiday/travelling stuff and clearly, not blogging stuff. It's been nice but it's time to get back to this. Because- I like it.

So, I will start by showing you a year late Christmas gift. I gave a friend one clog last Christmas, and finally got around to giving the other this Christmas. I love these things and I think, I especially love this pair. I'm glad I love my friend because it was far too tempting to keep them for myself. I did them out of Galway and have decided that is my #1 favorite stuff to felt with. I have felted with plenty of yarns before... but for me, this one wins.

I am going to stop with the finished projects talk for this post because if I continued with all that I have knitted in the past month, this post would be never-ending. Instead, I'll save them and make some more posts throughout the week. I must share one quick thing with you though before I sign off entirely.

My mom and I went to TNNA this past week in Long Beach, California. It is a tradeshow for shop owners where classes were taught, a marketplace was open with 800 vendors and knitting and needlework people were happy. It was a super trip and we have come back with lots of new ideas, and new inspiration.

The marketplace was overwhelming at points, but thrilling through and through. I would have taken a picture of it for you but I don't think I was allowed to, plus I had left my camera at the hotel to lighten my load. Here is a 'beach shot' instead- just in case you didn't believe that I actually went.

I had the opportunity to take a class with Cat Bordhi and Kaffe Fassett- both wonderful teachers. If you ever get the chance to take a class with them, take it.

But, the highlight of the trip?

My encounter with the incredible Mr. T. I apologize for not having some knitting in my pocket for him to pose with. It would have been... entirely priceless. Next time.