But first, a contest! Enter before April 30th for a chance to win one of five totes and/or and advance copy of a new book.
Before we headed southeast, I received a Loopies Groupies notice about a sneak up. I rushed over and secured my own Lawre’s Laine Baby Bag. I’ve seen the bags in other sizes in person, and knew I wanted one of my own. (I still want THE bag or even the Big Bag too…) Even the Baby Bag would have allowed me to cram all three of my WIPs AND spinning bag into one place, rather than the two totes I took with us to the beach last weekend. I love that they’re made here in Virginia, and I know I’m not alone in wishing we could order directly from the website.
(Nine interior pockets!)
I also scored some of The Loopy Ewe’s custom dyed yarn, Michelle’s Pretty Pink Cactus. My Loopy Goodness was sitting on the porch waiting for me on Sunday. I had no idea it would come so quickly!
Then, there was the mandatory stop at Knitting Addiction. I’ve eyed her cute tees before, and now that it’s warm enough to wear one, I couldn’t help myself. There are other designs too, but I settled on that one, this time.
Now look at the back. That’s OBX, get it?!
I decided this little bag would be perfect for my small lace project, and it was. (Rotten photo, I know.)
I also bought one wee skein of the Plymouth Linen Isle linen blend (far right), because Jeanne swears it is lovely, and those who were around last summer know I didn’t enjoy linen much at all. (Don’t fall for the colorway. The brilliant marketing team at Plymouth discontinued it.)
Then, there was the sock yarn, because I could hardly visit Jeanne and leave without sock yarn. (See the shirt above. It’s true.) Tofutsies (#855) and Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in “Lottery.” How could I go wrong? Also, Jeanne and I played our own little “if you could only knit with one yarn, what would it be?” game. It shouldn’t surprise you to know I quickly announced that I could live, as long as I had an endless supply of Tofutsies. Jeanne’s answer was Interlacements Toasty Toes. I’ve not knitted with that before, so I’ll have to find a way to work some into my future…
I also required some of the O Wool Balance, the turquoise in the middle. I think it could make me love cotton blends.
There was a finished object I can share. Nichole’s contest runs through April 25th. It was my honor to whip out a Dog Paw Scarf for the occasion. It’s a speedy knit. This one was done almost entirely on the 4-hour drive back from the beach, complete with interruptions by the royals with whom I travel. PSSOs aren’t easy on bumpy roads, but I managed. (And hopefully, Nichole will manage a better photo too. It’s supposed to rain until Wednesday, and I really want to ship this out tomorrow!)
Pattern: Dog’s Paw Lace Scarf This is my second time with this pattern. It’s quick, easy and produces a nice little finished object. What’s not to like?
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Hurricane Ha. Ironic, no? I had no idea I’d be knitting on the way home from the beach, in the rain nonetheless, when I bought this. This was my first experience with fuzzy, soft, wee yarn, and I’ll be going back for more. The only problem I had was that the fluff stayed in my mouth. I probably could have knitted the scarf in half the time, had I not constantly been pulling a stray fiber from my mouth. Of course, if you don’t shove your needle in your mouth at the end of the row when you flip and turn (I do small lace projects on straights, remember?), you probably won’t have that problem.
Needles: Speaking of which, I used my go-to lace needles, the Bryspun straights, in size US #10. I do have to say though, that with the PSSOs, the point wasn’t sharp enough for my liking.
Yes, my eyes do glaze over and I do seem to buy similar colorways in different yarns. Here’s the Loopy yarn and the CTH, side by side. Evidently, I’ve been answering the call of my 13 yr. old inner Preppy. You can never have too much pink and green, right?