Happy New Year, everyone!
I've been relaxing, catching up with friends, eating and drinking more than I should, and of course - skating!
On the knitting front, I managed to finish a lurking WIP though, which has pleased me no end. Blackrose from Knitty, in STR Lightweight "Valkyrie"
I loved this colourway so much that I found it hard to find the "perfect" pattern for it. Did I finally succeed? Meh, not sure...
What I did do was tell myself that it's just yarn, not spun gold and it's there to be used! The pattern itself is OK, but I wouldn't knit it again. Despite using 2.25mm needles, it's a bit loose, particularly around the ankles because the lace opens up so much with wear. But they are done, and it is one less unfinished item in my knitting basket!
This week I cast on Entomology (also) from Knitty using some of my beautiful Ixchel cashmerino cobweb weight procured at last year's Bendigo Sheep & Wool show. The colourway is "Forest Moss" and the subtle variegation's are just beautiful. I have left out the beads because, well quite frankly...I like my sanity. The thought of threading 1200+ beads onto yarn was too much for me to contemplate!
The pattern is simple enough in itself, although you work yo's and decreases on both sides. I do miss a nice purl "rest" row...
When Southern Summer of Socks started up again last year, I decided that Summer 09/10 was going to be all about getting through my stash of sock and laceweight yarn. It's my weakness when it comes to stash-enhancement, so there's a-plenty to get through!
One plus is that since starting roller derby, I have bought little-to-no yarn. We will ignore the fact that I have actually just supplemented one horrendously expensive habit for another equally-if-not-more expensive one.
For the next little bit at least, when I want to start a new project I will go stash-diving, and there's some pretty amazing stuff in there let me tell you...so stay tuned!