mystery yarn

speaking of swag, my mother just got back from PRoC and brought back this skein of sock yarn for me. problem is, none of us can read chinese so we don't have any idea what it is. i am guessing ram? there's definitely the wool symbol on the band.

it's got some really nice color variation in it, it's four ply with one strand of dark chocolate brown, one strand of a grey-ish brown, and two strands of a grey-ish purple-y lavender.

in other knitting news

i actually have knitting updates...

earlier in the year i bought gankloads of noro silk garden in colorway 249 with the intention of knitting up a blanket. i had visions of a chevron pattern but i got too excited with the colorway i just could not wait to delve in. so i cast on for a sweater vest and quickly got bored of what i was doing. so it sat in the back of the closet until this month when i decided to frog the whole thing and actually start that blanket.

the pattern is inspired by the hexagon bag pattern by Norah Gaughan from Knit Simple Magazine, Fall 2007.

speaking of sweater vests, i've done a little more work on the vest for G. he's been asking about it so i guess it's due time to add another row or two...


swags o comin'

as i sit here waiting to leave for the airport i am creating a new blog post with my window open. outside, i hear hoards of people screaming and cheering at first reminding me of the sounds of folks on a roller coaster, the sound coming in waves. then i realize, i live nowhere near a theme park. ok, perhaps there's a carnival somewhere nearby? sad, i sit here in my house in front of a computer when there are clown faces to shoot water guns at in hopes of making that balloon pop.

perhaps it's that sports stadium in town...i hear becks is back from injury, yeah that's what i hear. oh wait. that stadium is more than 5 miles away.

upon closer inspection, i.e. all my windows open and me running from room to room peering my head out on all sides of the house i discover it must be one of the local high schools - football game? - marching band competition? i hear 'bring it on' music. i hear cheers in waves. yeah, that's what it is...it's not the carnies coming to take me away at all.

earlier this week, a second installment of my SP11 exchange came in. TOTALLY excited about this package...four skeins of panda wool by crystal palace. i have been eyeing bamboo yarns for a while now but you know how it goes, coveting new yarn but reasoning with yourself to restrain unless you have a project in mind. i could never think of something to make with it. sometimes, you just need a swift kick in the arse...or someone to gift it to you. i LOVE the color variation in this yarn, it has a slight sheen along with the blue and greyish-blue stranding it gives off the illusion of glimmer or sparkle, both of which i adore.

along with the yarn is a packet of licorice pastilles (yum.) chocolate covered coffee beans and a bar of lindt chocolate with hazelnuts, some various notions, and my absolute favorite? halloween themed pencils. oh, and i can't forget the little treats for kitty. every single thing in this package is perfect - somehow, my secret pal KNOWS me. thanks sp!!


first FOs for fall

just in time for halloween, i finished a few things to send off to my little niece.

meet bubby. this being los angeles, the land where many strive for "perfection", this little lovely might have to go under the knife. look at that face!! by no means would this one survive in the land of wanna be starlettes, just look in the back of an la weekly. heck forget the back on almost every other page (!!) there are ads for "personal enhancement". bananas. i think i have talked myself out of it. the face is fine, it's full of character - it looks like a kid's drawing...or my first attempt at embroidery. however you want to look at it.

oh, and i mustn't forget the candy corn hat!!

it's made from lion brand's microspun in lily white, mango, and buttercup. [dodging eggs] i know, i know but being a kid's hat and all it's perfect for throwing into the washing machine. AND surprisingly it's super soft (for microfiber acrylic) and actually wasn't a nightmare to knit with....