Ooh, Shop-shop

The Knight is already rather grumpy with me, because he had to have an insurance physical this morning.  He’s going to cross the line to peevish when he checks his email (we share a Paypal account, sadly…).  I might not have so quickly made my purchases this morning if he hadn’t been such a grump!

See, while reading Jessi’s blog, I caught a glimpse of some lovelies in her Etsy shop.  I just *HAD* to have the handspun, and when I saw that the sock yarn was named Outer Banks, I couldn’t resist. 

I wouldn’t be ashamed if not for the online shopping I’d already this week.  It started when my pusher, er… friend Ann, sent links for me to see what she was doing while working.  (Hey, it’s not her fault it was a boring meeting!)  I fell in love with one of the colorways, and according to the USPS tracking number, it will be in my mailbox this afternoon.  I purchased two skeins, because I love the colors, love bamboo blends, but most of all, because as a child, there was a MASSIVE Hemlock tree in our front yard.  When thing got rough, I’d sprint across the yard and crawl under the great lower limbs, which brushed the ground, but left a nice space for little me near the trunk.  I grew to love the dainty hemlock cones, and since that house and tree are just a distant memory (both still stand, but I’m not one to visit former homes now owned by strangers), I want to make myself a hemlock shawl.  (No, I doubt it will be the Hemlock Ring, as I already have one of those, gifted to me in green even!)

But wait!  There’s more!  Cass is another pusher.  I have friends with great eyes for what I like, and thus, I followed Cass’s link to KnitspotI didn’t buy any of the patterns my friends whom had already discovered Ms. Hanson’s designs are using or coveting, but the Wing o’ the Moth in its scarf version is just what I was looking for to knit up that lone ball of the luxurious Superior I purchased last week!  Purchased and downloaded, and I will likely cast on this weekend, as soon as I get caught up on the RCK Mystery Lace KAL.  (Ravelry link only… sorry!) 

Oh, and I haven’t showed you what mine looks like, have I?

I love this yarn, and the color is just fabulous!  Here’s a shot of part of clue one.  That part on the needles has eight repeats, only one of which is shown there.  I did another last night, and hope to finish that up plus start on clue #2 tonight.  Yes, it does look rather like a scarf.  I’m using the #6s called for in the pattern, because I like the way the stitches look.  A lot of women are using #9s, and everything in between, to get a bigger stole.  The designer insists my little wad there will block to 20″, and I’m going to trust her.  Those Bryspuns are 14″, so it’s not totally inconceivable…

My other project that wants to jump on the needles is the Lace Ribbon Scarf.  The KAL began on Monday, but I told myself that I must complete clue #2 on the RCK KAL first!  I’m actually going to use the suggested yarn in the pattern, Alpaca Sox, but only one skein, as short me only needs the 60″ one skein will supply.  Plus, pat me on the back after all the stash building I’ve done this week, I had that in my stash!  It might turn into a gift, but right now, it’s for me.  I’m being a very self-centered knitter, it seems.

Monday is one of the precious few paid holidays we get here at the family business, so I’m making the most of my long weekend.  As you can tell, I have lots of knitting planned.  Stardust is coming right along too.  I’ve started on the left front now.  I’ve joined the tie to the side panel, and I’ve moved up into the eyelet portion already.  I’m also planning on organizing my crafting supplies, but the big project for the weekend is introducing Sissy to the invisible fence.  The wild girl loves to stretch her legs, and the vet said that a couple of weeks after her surgery, we could start the training.  That’s today, and we’re not going to waste a minute!

How ’bout you?  Any exciting plans?

14 comments on “Ooh, Shop-shop

  1. Nancy says:

    Wonderful stash enhancements! You are justified in shopping, with a grumpy knight around. Good thing I’m supposed to go away next week, I don’t want any packages to come in if I am gone. That lace looks so nice, I love the color.
    I will continue on my Lace Ribbon for the KAL possibly during the trip. Lately, my KALs have been KALLs (knit a long laters)
    My plans? Get ready for said trip, if it happens. Sunday a neighbor is having a party, I have to stop over for a bit Monday, I will work, and leave for the airport from here. I hope yours is a great weekend!

  2. gaylen says:

    Love that new yarn. Haven’t followed all your links yet, but I love the Hemlock Ring Blanket. Love it.

    My weekend plans involved a routine trip to the vet for Abigail to get an exam and shots. I’m dragging the other half of both sets (Jay and Dudley) with us. So after the vet the humans will get a coffee and take the dogs for a walk. There is a nice wooded path right by our vets. Makes a lovely 40 minute or so walk, then Abby will sleep on the 30 minute drive home.

    After that – time with the sewing machine until we head up to my boss’ for a BBQ on the river. That’s all Saturday. The rest of the weekend, however is mine, all mine!!!! Sorry for the novel! g

  3. StarSpry says:

    Such lovely stash enhancements! The Mystery Lace is looking really pretty, and that’s a beautiful color for the Lace Ribbon Scarf.

    I don’t have any exciting plans for the weekend. I hope to get things cleaned up & organized at home, and I’d like to get some knitting & reading done! Good luck with Sissy’s training! Have a great weekend 🙂

  4. Nice purchases for future wonderful projects. Hope the knitting and traing goes well this long week-end.

  5. MrPuffy says:

    The mystery KAL shawl is a beautiful color. Sounds like lots of goodies will be arriving before too long – have fun!

  6. Cheryl says:

    I decided to delurk 🙂
    The mystery shawl looks lovely! Great color!
    I’m thinking joining the Lace Ribbon kal. It looks like fun.

  7. Anita says:

    Woohoo! Girl, you did some serious stash building! I love all of it!! But then again, I haven’t seen too many yarns that I don’t like. LOL

    Oh my, I just LOVE that yarn you are using for your mystery lace!!!! I hate you frogged it, it was looking so lovely. 😦

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    If you only knew what was in your surprise box…LOL. Oh well. 😉 I’ve got something else you’ll like, too.

    The Raspberry Lace is looking beautiful! Mom’s just looks like a bunch of garter stitch right now. I hope the stitches open up some, otherwise it’s going to be really heavy.

    Hope Mr. Knight gets to feeling better. Tell him he’s got something in the box, too. 🙂

  9. Amanda says:

    Lots of lovelies! That Jessi – her yarns are gorgeous… have you bought any of her handspun yet? YUM!

  10. Mary says:

    Gorgeous stash enhancements! Love em all! Your Lace is beautiful too, just your color 🙂
    I knew you’d get that outer banks yarn..lol that title definitely had your name on it!
    My weekend is hopefully painting. Just finish pulling off all the baseboard, walls washed down and cabinet out of the room. Now just need freezer moved and hopefully start painting so we can do flooring. So glad its a long weekend!! Hope yours goes well!

  11. monnibo says:

    Both of those are yummy yummy colours!!! Very summery. 🙂

  12. crimsonpurl says:

    Wow this was a loaded post! As they always are!! ;oD

    First I must say I am enjoying knitting my Hemlock and the flower motif is addictive!! You will have fun with your shawl, but I hear the feather fan part gets a bit boring ;op

    And I just bought 2 patterns from Knitspot who I luv! I plan to put a dent in my lace yarn this summer!

    Also, where did you get the “Kitchner Stitch” dog tag from that you gifted to you coffee swap pal? I am sure it is on an etsy shop only a click away! ;o)

    Your Mystery Lace is coming along nicely and I am liking the design!

  13. crimsonpurl says:

    Ooh my I forgot a couple other things.

    I just favorited the Lace Ribbon scarf and “may” do the KAL with you!!! :o) With some of my Mal lace of course! ;o)

    Can’t wait to see your Stardust progress!

    And I was in ATL this Memorial Day weekend!

    Hope your extended weekend was nice too!

  14. anniebananie says:

    Pusher? Pusher??? I ain’t no stinkin pusher! 🙂

    I like to refer to myself as an enabler. I enable you to find lovely yarns… yeah, that’s it. It really is beautiful….

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