Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Football Sunday
I am a football fan, but only for my own team. I grew up watching football in Texas. It's in my DNA, but since my team wasn't playing in the big game on this past Sunday, I was not foaming at the mouth to watch. So I did the next best thing that any fiber consumer would have done...I went shopping. I see heads nodding out there in blogland because I have a feeling that we were kindred spirits in the hours leading up to the big game.


My favorite LYS had a sale. Of course you know I had to help support the local fiber community. What faithful fiber follower wouldn't want to help keep their local shop in business? I swear, I did my part. I purchased some of Lorna's had dyed sock yarn to make a pair of Christmas socks. They might be for me or someone else. Who knows! But at 30% off, I couldn't pass on them. I have never knit with Lorna's sock yarn before so this should be fun.

I have a sock concept in mind so I purchased these to make it happen...

I have accumulated tiny balls of yarn from past finished socks. I have an idea of what I want to do with them that I will post about later, but these will be part of the foundation. Not only have I been out buying fiber, but I have been using it. This pair of socks is made from the second skein of yarn called Jawoll that I bought while in Texas at Christmas. I am working on the gusset now and hopefully, not too much longer they will be done. Speaking of done...drum roll please...another finished project!!
English Garden Shawl. Yes, you do see some ends that need to be woven in, but the last skein of yarn came last week from Haus of Yarn in Nashville, TN. I bought four and as it turned out, I needed five. So a paniced phone call later, I got the yarn from the orginial bag the other four were ripped open for. What luck! I highly recomment this pattern for a very quick and extremely simple project. I would however not choose anything with Mohair (Trendsetter-Dune) next time. I don't like ripping it out. I wouldn't wear this on my bare skin and it sheds. No black outfit will be adored with this shawl. The last thing that I will need is a shawl pin of some sort. I have no idea where to start, so if any of you have an ideas (I don't do silver things-it irratates my skin), please leave me a comment and a link to someplace where I can take a look at what's out there.

8 comments:

Wool Winder said...

Shopping for yarn is better than watching football on TV any day. You ended up with some nice yarn. I really like the color of your current socks. The shawl is really pretty too!

Luni said...

The shawl is very pretty. I agree about the mohair, tho. I'm not sure why it is so popular. Every time I see a pattern I like, then look at the instructions and see it calls for mohair, I'm disappointed.
I'd try Moving Mud for the shawl pin. I really like the one I got from them. http://www.movingmud.com/closures_cufflinks.htm

vlb5757 said...

WW-Thanks for the link for the dishcloth. I really am going to make one. If you hear screaming from VA, it might be me.

Luni-I have never done Mohair before and like I said it will be the last time I do something with that much Mohair in it. What a mess. It sheds and you have to carry around a tape roller with you if you plan to wear the shawl. Thanks for the pin link. I will check it out. I have never made a shawl before that I thought needed a pin. I think this one needs it!

Anonymous said...

Hey Purl! I can't remember if you were in the shop yesterday when someone showed off a shawl pin purchased at KNitWits. It was a dragonfly and quite lovely. SVO

vlb5757 said...

Yup, I was sitting between you and Ro. It was lovely, but I am looking for something more in the line of wood, I think. I just need to look around at some sites; or you could MAKE me one. Hint, hint!

Anonymous said...

just use a nice knitting needle like I do!

vlb5757 said...

Believe me, if I had some REALLY nice needles I would use them. It would be a bit tacky to have an Addi Turbo hanging there don't you think? lol!

Anonymous said...

Not as bad as a plastic Bryspun.