Thursday, April 28, 2005

Still kicking!

Well, we're pretty much moved into the new place, but we don't have Internet access yet, so I'm unable to post from home. I solved my yarn storage dilemma in a wonderful way: I used the china cabinet in the dining room! It's so inspiring to see all those colors and textures on display! Of course I took pictures. Once we have my computer set up and Internet access, I will share.

Work continues on the Ribby Cardi in spurts. When we began moving in ernest, I had just started the sleeves. I am only about halfway up the sleeves (which I am knitting together, bien sur). It's been so chilly here lately, I might even get a chance to wear it when it's finished. I still have to choose a zipper for it.

T's niece had a baby recently, and since I've made booties and hats for her brother's children, work must begin on a set for her little girl. I bought the yarn awhile ago, intending to start them before the baby was born and get ahead of the game, but alas, my middle name is procrastination.

Hopefully pictures will come soon, and maybe even a new project! I bought yarn while I was on vacation... enough for another ChicKami!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Here's the thing...

I actually wrote an update yesterday, but Blogger ate it (which has taught me a valuable lesson, which I already learned once from LiveJournal, to copy my post before publishing it). I was in a bit of a hurry to get the day started yesterday, so I just didn't have the time to rewrite the whole thing. Yesterday I wrote that I finished the back of the Ribby Cardi on the same day I posted that picture of it last weekend. I also wrote that I was at about the same point as I was in the last picture with the fronts (which I'm knitting at once). Well, now I am at the decreases for the fronts, and things are going swimmingly. I love the pattern, I love the yarn, and I'm going to love the finished sweater, I just know it!

Yesterday I was also doing a little thinking out loud about possible yarn storage in our new place. In the apartment we're in now, I have the luxury of a room-like hall thing between the living room and bathroom which has built in storage. Previously, I'd kept all of my yarn, patterns, needles, and knitting books in there. After much deliberation, I decided I would go with under the bed storage bags for my yarn. I found some on sale at Amazon which are quite large and I hope will fit my stash. Despite my stash diet coupled with stash liquidation, I still managed to fill four large boxes with yarn. (My yarn was the very first thing moved into the new apartment, do I have my priorities straight or what?)

I managed to get in a little stash enhancement last night, too. WEBS' anniversary sale began yesterday, so I picked up a bag of Jo Sharp Soho Summer in a light blue, and five skeins of Artful Yarns Serenade in this fuschia/lime green mix. The Serenade is destined to be another ChicKami, and the Soho Summer will probably become a cardigan. Something girly with 3/4 sleeves. I plan to get a buttload of Cascade 220 as well, enough for four sweaters, but I wanted to wait and see how moving costs acumulate before getting all crazy. Not to mention waiting to see if I can fit it all into those storage bags. They had so many good deals, but I'm trying to be good.

Another photo-less post. I don't really feel like making space right now. I can't wait to get into our new apartment. Expect lots of photos; the place is SUNNY.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Picture free, for you and me.

So I don't really have space to take a picture of my cardigan at the moment and it's overcast today, anyway. Suffice it to say, that very same Saturday were I showed the progress on the back, I finished the back of the cardigan. I am now at about the same progress level on the fronts (I'm knitting them both at once).

The very first thing moved into the new apartment? My yarn. Even after all my yarn stash whittleing strategies, I still had four large boxes of yarn. And I fully intend to go ahead with some stash enhancement next week at the WEBS anniversary sale. I'm a little undecided about my storage options in this new place. Currently, I had a very large cubby for my yarn stash, in a wee room-like hall where I also kept all of my patterns and needles and magazines. If there's space for it, I do like the idea of a storage system that allows the yarn to be seen at all times. I love my yarn, and it might serve to inspire me. But, I also like the idea of under bed storage, leaving more space for aquariums and book cases and tables and such. We'll see how it goes.