Tubular!

Everytime I think about my favorite cast on learned from stitches, I say it in my head in a very “teenage mutant ninja turtles” way.

Monday night I started another sweater for J.  I had bought the yarn some time ago to experiment with some designing, but soon found out that what he wanted to design and the yarn I had picked certainly did not go together.  So the yarn sat in stash for a bit, until I saw Ummeyusuf’s cricket pullover.  Then I started to think…upsized for a man, with the colors I had chosen for the designing, and only adding a bit of another color I already had in stash and I’d have myself a rather nice sweater for J.  I patiently waited for stitches to be over with to cast on, but Monday evening had me raring to go!  Plus I got to practice my TUBULAR!!! cast on.

I’ve made some changes of course, I started with a 1×1 rib.  I began the cable pattern when I increased for the body of the sweater.  I then had to do the math so that the darkest gray line had a cable in the middle of it and work it accordingly.  Those of you who know me understand that so much math was a stretch.  I’d rather knit willy nilly and forget the math.  But I did it, as I wanted it set up right.

I am a bit concerned about what happens at the neckline, but figure I’ll worry about that when I get there.  All in all I think this is great progress for 3 evenings of knitting.

I am attempting to keep this one quiet but I might get too excited over it and show him ahead of time.  Verdict is still out on that.

My Wollmeise Fairy

She has struck again!  She is quite amazing as she struck 3 people at once this time.   That is a lot of wollmeise fey she has to be able to gift skeins to 3 different people.  I do so love her!  Her generosity is quite amazing.  I think it is wonderful that she wants to share the wollmeise love.

Let me show you what she sent this time…

Aren’t they just so gorgeous and rich in color?  My coworkers loved it, and I was amazed to see them both hold it up to their nose and smell it.  Later the new coworker (whom I shall call crafty coworker from now on) came back to smell it again.  And my faculty would come over and feel it and admire how the colors all blended in to one another.  See?  Even non yarnies aren’t immune to the love of this yarn.

Included in the package was a pair of monkeys to add to my collection.

They are so pretty and soft!  They are made out of Lorna’s Laces in Georgetown colorway.  I am currently knitting monkeys in Lorna’s Laces Childsplay and the yarn feels completely different to knit with than it feels in washed and blocked socks!  They are a lot softer upon finishing.  And can you believe these are one of the very first pairs of socks she ever knit?  They are perfect I tell ya, not a flaw in ’em.

She also sent along some nice soap and some of the fruitiest flavored dark chocolate (guess why I can’t show you that!) and a keychain mini sock blocker and patterns for a sock.  So cute!

Thank you wollmeise fairy for your incredibly generous spirit!

And….as a side note…I scored another skein of wollmeise in trade for my handspun!  Who knew that it was worthy of wollmeise!