Squee! I got a package!

I have been waiting on the mail delivery each day – I am expecting yarn for a sample knit and I am really looking forward to it. Frequently the mail truck can be heard idling at my mailbox and I assume that they must be getting out a package for me, even though most of the time it turns out that the mail-person is really just getting the street together. Anyway, each day this week there was something interesting in there, just not exactly what I was hoping for. On Monday it was potatoes, Tuesday it was a creatively packaged sample from vocalpoint, yesterday there were some catalogs and today the yarn for the sample knit (which I can’t share just yet! New colorways!).

My mom brought me a package from my grandmother that was an unexpected surprise. My Gram’s friend Ellie is a knitter, but is sorting out some of her things – she sent a bunch of pattern pamphlets to my gram and gram gave them to me because she doesn’t knit anymore. There was a HUGE box of goodies – pattern pamphlets and books! Now I want to spend my afternoon on ravelry looking up these things!
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I’m kind of intrigued by that Afghan Stitch book – tunisian stitch.

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The Fleisher’s Baby Book is from 1957!

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See the shell sweater pattern in the upper left corner? That had a note attached to it – “Do not substitute any other yarn. I made 4 – sold one for $100 – they were absolutely beautiful.” It’s a 1986 pattern from Bernat – I think this is it on Ravelry! The yarn of course is discontinued. Sorry Ellie!

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Love the hair do’s. I am also now kicking myself for not picking up that bag of Blarney Spun Irish Yarn when I was in Ireland a few years ago – now I have a pattern book!!

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Books, including an Alice Starmore one! Ooooh, challenge project!!!

And now that the new yarn is here I should get back to work on my other sample knit so I can get on to the winding and swatching for the next one!

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Size Matters.

Virginia’s Beauty Schooled post today was really interesting, in my opinion. And not just because I got a shout out for a previous comment. I never thought about the patterning side of it, but that makes sense. Frequently at knitting night I hear others talk about shaping and how particular patterns help / benefit / etc women of different sizes. With that in mind, I point you towards Fit to Flatter: A Series of Tutorials for knitting, and as a reminder to myself that I wanted to re-read this, make notes, and take a different look at my ever-growing queue (and possibly, my wardrobe)

More Planning Ahead

Ok, so I decided today to go through the copies of Interweave Knits that I have and make a list of what I would like to knit from each issue. The list has been written down, but I want to use this space as a sort of research tool for me to keep track of alternative yarns to use / inspiration from others who have already done the projects.

Making this list I realized that I keep gravitating towards patterns by Veronik Avery – classic looks, not too fussy!

Summer 2003: Shimmer Aran, Merino Lace Socks
Winter 2003: Dolman Updated (in Noro)
Spring 2004: Waving Lace Socks
Summer 2004: Victoria Tank
Fall 2004: Syncopated Ribs (I actually have this yarn!), Pooling Colors Scarf
Summer 2005: Sleek Ribs Tank, Go with the Flow Socks
Fall 2005: Veste Everest (I like the colors of elann’s peruvian highland wool!), Rib & Cable Socks
Winter 2005: Fickle Fingers Scarf(also consider this), Embossed Leaves Socks
Spring 2006 Waterlilly Top, Trellis Scarf, Aran Rose, Simply Lovely Lace Socks, Rib & Cable Mitt, Wobbly Circles Tote (I have yarn for this), Pullover Flair
Summer 2006 Marigold Tote, Penobscot Silk Scarf (maybe), Little Arrowhead Shawl (maybe)
Fall 2006: Gatsby Girl Pullover, Supernova Pullover, Target Wave Mittens
Winter 2006: Arctic Diamonds Stole, Cardigan for Arwen
Spring 2007: Dollar and a Half Cardigan, Keyhole Top, Roza’s Socks

Planning Ahead

On my computer I have a folder for bookmarked sites titled “2006ideas” – it’s stuff I marked as a reminder of things that I wanted to knit. With Christmas vacation here (YAY!!) I have the best of intentions to work my way through the stash – get it organized / matched up with patterns / maybe even get it into that Excel spreadsheet – so I’m ready for the “Knit Through Your Stash” and the “Lime & Violet Sock Marathon”… Maybe when I get the spreadsheet together I’ll print out the patterns and attach them… I don’t know. This also doesn’t include much of the archives of knitty or magknits
In no particular order – I’d like to knit (online patterns):

Scarves & Shawls
Argosy
Lace Scarf
Grape Hyacinth
Skinny Scarf (This is an UFO)
Lacy V Scarf
Cinnabar
Party Lace
Uniscarfity
My So Called Scarf
Vegan Fox (Sub. yarns)
Candle Flame
Crazy Aunt Purl’s Magic Scarf
Kiri (pdf)
trellis
Snowflake Illusion
Liesel
Seaweed & Shells

Socks
Socks of Doom
Brigid
Sell Your Sole
Lacy Scallop Socks
Cable Twist Socks
Sock Tips
Hourglass
Lombard Street
Aran Socks
Alhambra (pdf)
Dublin Bay (pdf)
Jaywalker(I tried this twice and had to rip both times… still like them though)
Diamond Fixation
2CircularsPattern – these I will make again – they work up so fast!
Boogie’s Mega Sock Link List

Sweaters
Lucy in the Sky
Custom Fit Raglan
Bulky Green Cables
Green Gable (actually, this is an UFO…)
Alexi Cardigan / Scarf

Hats
Malagaiter
Fake Isle
Odessa

Decorations
Halloween Bag
Mitered Square Bag (this is an UFO)
1201 (pumpkin bastket)
Dog Cloth (shorter legs / longer body so it’s more dachshund like)
Felted Fortune Cookies
Fish (blanket?)
Tilting Afghan / wall hanging
Garterlac Dishcloth
Stars
Tape Tote
People & Places
Log Cabin Baby Blanket Love the blues!

Accessories
Whitewater Fingerless Gloves
Newfoundland Mittens
Noro Mittens
Calorimetry