Yarn You Might Want

You all know my friend, Denise! She’s a wonderful designer, quilter, knitter and a good friend . . even if she often talks me into buying yarn I don’t need! Her Loopy Legend yarn is available here.  You might want to get it while it’s there because the good stuff goes fast. It’s “Denise’s Mandarin Duck”.

Denise's Mandarin Duck - Photo used courtesy of The Loopy Ewe

Denise’s Mandarin Duck – Photo used courtesy of The Loopy Ewe

I thought I had seen a picture Denise submitted for her  yarn but didn’t remember what it looked like and  you know me . . the one never wanting to buy yarn I don’t need . . I didn’t want to order Mandarin Duck if it wasn’t Denise’s yarn, even though I love the colors! So I wrote her yesterday afternoon and said “Is this yours?”

Last night we had to go to Home Depot . . pretty much the same thing we’ve had to do the past five days/nights!  We had other things to do yesterday afternoon that caused everything to be off schedule so Vince said . . come and go with me and we’ll grab a bite to eat while we’re out. We ended up stuck in the restaurant for quite a while because a storm blew in. I decided to be one of those people I can’t stand to see . . the ones on their cell phones in restaurants . . and got out my cell phone. How long can you sit in a restaurant after your food is gone and watch it rain?  I had an email from Denise and she confirmed that it was her yarn. I already had a couple of other skeins of yarn in my cart. One of them .. I wanted 3 skeins because I had a plan for it but by then, there were only 2 skeins left so I knew I had to get that order placed quickly. I got Denise’s Mandarin Duck and two other yarns.

Somehow, I managed to do it all on the phone, with Vince sitting right there .. not even noticing I was placing an order with The Loopy Ewe. Since that order got shipped today, Tuesday . . if it ends up arriving here on Saturday or if it comes on Friday and he takes off at noon . . which come to think of it . . I’ll bet he does . . I am totally giving up on buying yarn. I will know I am doomed to get caught every time I try to sneak a skein into this house.

 

Yarn Report – Week 14, 2014

When it comes to getting yarn into this house, I have the worst luck! I almost can’t believe how bad my luck is sometimes.

Last week, a friend, Sheryl . . who is also Denise‘s friend . . and those two get me in so much trouble . . Sheryl sent an email to Denise and me about some patterns she had found on Ravelry. There were several patterns but the one I absolutely loved was Iolanthe. I don’t see it looking real good on me but it would be darling on Nicole so I sent her a message to see if she liked it and she did so I asked her to choose yarn and she did.

The yarn was supposed to arrive tomorrow . . Saturday . . when Vince is home. It’s not like I can casually walk onto the porch and pick up something left by the mail lady. No . . I have to drive down to the highway and get it. And, no . . I am not getting a post office box. Vince doesn’t really care . . he just loves to aggravate me and I so seldom go to town . . I wouldn’t even go to get yarn.

This morning I looked at the tracking and . . great! It’s going to be delivered today. The not so great part is that Vince came home for lunch and said . . I’m taking off this afternoon. Are you kidding me?? Nope, not kidding!

Here’s the pattern and the yarn. Both are just beautiful and I can’t wait to get started.

Iolanthe for Nicole

Iolanthe for Nicole

Nothing out and 7 skeins added. Could have been worse!

Used this Week: 0 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 22 skeins
Added this week: 7 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 102 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 80 skeins (red means I’ve added more than I’ve used)

On the Needles – April 4, 2014

Two projects are going on at the same time and I am loving both of them. I could kick myself though . .  yesterday I thought about taking pictures of both projects during the day when the lighting was better but then decided I could get more done on them.

On the first, one, Nicole’s Blue Sand, at 1:00 a.m., I realized there was no hope of getting the ribbing all done and therefore, I have a big jumbled up glob of yarn that, due to so many stitches on the circular needles, I couldn’t straighten out enough to show you. I’m so proud of my progress and I wanted to share!  :(

What I can share are pictures of the pockets. I was worried about them but they were a piece of cake. The lining is striped.

Nicole's Blue Sand

Nicole’s Blue Sand

When the sweater is being worn, this is how it will look.

Nicole's Blue Sand

Nicole’s Blue Sand

But if the pocket flares open a little, this is what you will see:

Nicole's Blue Sand

Nicole’s Blue Sand

This is going to be the cutest sweater! There’s a whole lot of knitting in this one but it’s fun and I can’t wait to start on one for myself.

And, put on the sunglasses!  Here’s my Kynance Cove. Again . . I could kick myself. Vince wanted to run to town so I grabbed my knitting and stopped in the middle of a row and didn’t realize it til after 1 a.m. when it was time to take a picture and then I was too tired to finish the row so . . once again, you see a jumbled up mess of yarn.

I think  you can tell that this is one bright sweater. Folks will see me coming . . that’s for sure! Hey, the name of our little ranch is Yellow Jacket Ranch so I can be the mascot!  :)

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove

I absolutely love it. The lime green is really more lime than it looks in the picture and it just makes me smile. How often is it that you get to knit two projects at about the same time and you absolutely love both of them?

Swatching Done for Next Project

The swatching has been done for the Kynance Cove sweater. The Knit Along (KAL) begins on 4/1 so now I am ready.

Kynance Cove Swatch

Kynance Cove Swatch

The yarn is Madelinetosh DK and every time I use any Madelinetosh yarn, I say to myself “This is the only yarn I’m ever going to buy!” I love it!

In the swatch photo, it looks like the red faded on the green but it didn’t. The green (Maple Leaf) has just a tad of orange in it every now and then and it happens to be right there by the red. The only thing that faded was the green!

Faded Maple Leaf

Faded Maple Leaf

It won’t matter since it won’t show up on the Faded Parka (which is either dark gray or dark green . . I think it’s dark greenish gray) or the Ember.

I would love to get everything done on Nicole’s sweater, except the sleeves, before starting  Kynance Cove but . . I doubt that happens since I have less than 24 hours before the KAL begins.