Props, kudos, attagirls, and You Go's go out to Bron and Carrie. Both have had some negative blogging experiences in the last few days, and both deserve the KnitBlog community's support and virtual hugs. Here's to you, gals!
I have been severely remiss in posting photos of the stash enhancements I have acquired recently. Warning, warning, warning, actual pictorial content follows!
First up, Leaf Lace Shawl yarn redux. The official start date for the KAL is June 15th. Of course it's not too late to join us -- click the link at left!! As I mentioned, I've been playing around a bit in anticipation of starting work on this beautiful pattern. I'm getting a really really loose stitch at the end of each row. I'm seriously considering slipping either the first or last stitch of each row. Am I risking a waaaaay too tight long top edge if I do this? Here's another beauty shot of the yarn, 50% Silk 50% Merino fingering weight from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm.
Next, a retrospective of the yarn I purchased on a "yarn crawl" with my friends Judy and Lucille. I met these terrific ladies at the weekly knitting get-togethers on Thursdays at Ewe'll Love It in Nashua, NH (aka my LYS). A couple of weeks ago, we took a day trip into Boston and went to Circles in Jamaica Plain and A Good Yarn in Brookline Village. Oh and did I forget to mention the absolutely scrumptious lunch at Al Dente in Boston's North End? Highly recommended! While on the way back to the "T", I even got to walk through the Shoah Holocaust memorial on Haymarket Street. Very moving.
Anyway, back to yarn acquisition.
Circles had a fascinating collection of unusual yarns I hadn't seen anywhere else. Nothing leaped out and said "buy me", so the only thing I actually bought there was a sock technique book whose name escapes me (and I'm not sure where I put it!)...
A Good Yarn was a different story. Wowee wow wow wow. What a selection! And the employees were especially nice. Shout out to Johanna at JoFrog is KnitFrog. :-) I bought several things there.
Some sock yarn with various recipients in mind (some of them are me -- heh heh):
Some Misti Alpaca in creamy white for a lacy shawl. About 2000 yards of laceweight 100% baby alpaca. I'm not even thinking about putting this one on the needles until after the Leaf Lace Shawl and a Charlotte or two.
12 skeins of Cascade 220 in color 8893 for the Oat Couture Celtic Cardigan:
ARGGGG. Typepad just ate the entire second half of my post. Alas, I guess there's a max limit. At least all my photos are cropped and ready to go. You'll just have to wait until tomorrow for part two.