Spring means new yarn!

My local area just wrapped up our yarn crawl, and while I admit I only “crawled” to one shop (the one I go to every week!!), I did score some pretty great stuff.

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First of all, my LYS got in some Frolicking Feet DK gradients. Smitten does not even begin to describe how I felt about this yarn the instant I saw it. I went home after a knit night dreaming of the Day’s End colorway, but ended up going back for Maine Tourmalines. I was worried that Day’s End, while incredible in the skein, may end up being a bit too rainbow-y for me, and Maine Tourmalines would work with my existing wardrobe better. I am now working on Boneyard Shawl v2.0 combined with some leftover Venezia Sport as a stripe. I am currently waiting with anticipation for the first color change in the gradient!! (P.S. – I am also in love with the pink tulips I bought at the store, and my HP nerdy bag that my lovely friend Sarah got me a while back :-))

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And, last but certainly not least, my very good friend Heather and her cousin have started making their own self-striping yarn, Brenda and Heather Yarns. I am insanely excited for Heather, and her yarns are beautiful! Brenda and Heather hosted a trunk show event at my LYS, and I was all over it. I bought some Purple Pop, matching 50g skeins to make matching socks. They also veer a bit toward pink on the lighter half. I have several pink and purple lovers in my life, so I will have no trouble finding someone who’d love to have whatever I end up making with this beautiful-ness (maybe even me?)! I was sorely tempted by the Tiny Toes skeins, and I still may cave for one of those… and maybe something else, too!

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I’ve recently wrapped up a couple of projects, and I’ll be sharing those soon – just as soon as I get some nice photos!

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Ten on Tuesday: 10 things you love to do outside

Joining in again with Carole’s Ten on Tuesday topic! This time it’s 10 things you love to do outside. Right now, we’re see-sawing between gorgeous weather and chilliness, so it’s nice to focus on the fact that we’ll be getting more gorgeous weather soon!

  1. Swim. This is an easy one. We love our pool!
  2. Float around on a raft in the pool. This is different then swimming, because it requires no effort. 🙂
  3. Run around the yard with BK. She loves to run laps around the house.
  4. Ride bikes around the neighborhood with BK in the trailer.
  5. Watch BK ride her trike around our cul-de-sac.
  6. Take a walk. I love to take a walk in the evening light on a mild day.
  7. Play basketball. I’m very out of practice, but every once in a while Mr. Snips and I do a little shooting in the driveway. He’s much better than me. We’ll pretend it’s because he’s a lot taller than me.
  8. Eat on our deck. It’s lovely to have a relaxing meal in the sunshine.
  9. Knit. This had to be on there somewhere, right? Preferably in a comfy chair.
  10. Read. Again in a comfy chair.

WIP Wednesday: Playful Stripes Cardigan

I bought the yarn for this lovely little Playful Stripes Cardigan back in the summer for BK. I chose colors that made me think of spring, Easter, fresh crayons, and the fun of being a little kid. She loved them – particularly the pink.

But once I started knitting it up this winter, she asked where the green was.

You see, me, Mr Snips and my mom and dad all have “assigned” favorite colors that BK has determined for us. And it so happens, that by complete accident, I picked the assigned colors of BK (pink), me (purple), my mom (yellow) and dad (blue), and not what she has assigned Mr Snips (green).

So… she asked for green to be put in for Daddy. How can a knitter refuse?

I had already done the small stripes of color at the cuffs and the hem, so I am going to have to be a little creative with the green placement. My current plan is to stick a couple of rows into the yoke patterning somewhere, and then do the button band in green. It won’t be visible when the cardigan is fully buttoned, but will be a cute peek-a-boo of color when it isn’t. And I already have yellow and purple buttons for it, so I think it will really pop!

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Yesterday’s car knitting!

I’m trying to get it ready for Easter… so stay tuned.