Update - January 14, 2014

Happy new year!

With the holidays behind me, it feels like it's time to work on something for me.  I was so inspired this fall that I made serious headway on three sweaters for myself that were abandoned when it became do or die time for gift knitting.  Since the new year began I have focused and nearly finished two of them.  I can't wait to get them on!

Today I should finish the first, which is a kind of funky but, hopefully, flattering pull over by Stephen West.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/swingback/people I've made mine using Malabrigo Rios as the base and Dyelot Yarns Stimulus Package for the contract colors.   The colors are all shades of red and I've got perfect outfit planned (jeans and boots, surprise surprise).  I'm determined to wear it tomorrow.

I've also got a quick knit bulky pullover out of Malabrigo Chunky that is hours from completion.  I'm continually surprised at how soft this yarn is knit compared to the feel of the skein.  The fabulous Malabrigo colors are no surprise, however, and this one in faded blues does not disappoint.  It's not a Ravalry pattern so you'll have to stop by and see the sample in person.  The saddle shoulder done in the round makes fast knitting, almost zero seaming, and super cool styling. I should be wearing it Saturday, so stop by!

I'll pick up the third as soon as one of the others is complete.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/greyfriars-oversized-pullover  Although there's not a single other person on Ravelry making it, I still have faith that it will be fun addition to the wardrobe and the cable pattern will be to fun knit.  I'll keep you in the loop on my progress.

This should satisfy my need for some new items for me.  I have learned that while knitting for the ones I  love is absolutely satisfying, no one appreciates my knitting or is as enthusiastic about it as much as I am.   I very much enjoy the process of knitting for me. Try picturing yourself finishing it; planning outfits as you knit; feeling proud to wear your own items. Between the new magazines and new Ravelry items, I've seen tons of great new patterns for spring.  Stop by and let us know what you're in the mood for and we'll find something perfect to start for you.

Early in fall I added a new yarn that got lost in the shuffle and never got the attention it deserves.  Blue Heron Rayon Chenille has the fabulous Blue Heron colors and super yardage in a delicious texture.  One skein makes a super luxurious scarf or infinity cowl.  Stop by and see them.  They will be 15% off this month.

There are a couple of spots left in both of the winter classes so give me a call if you want to try some socks or a shawl this year!

See you soon.

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