Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Did you know that s.n.o.w. stands for Stupid-Nasty-Obnoxious-Weather?

I am sooooo over snow and cold, and we are not even done with January yet!

Today was Snow Day #4, the first one that officially pushes the school year into Summer Break. Great! Wonderful! I am thrilled! NOT! As of just a little bit ago, they have already called a two hour delay for tomorrow. It is still spitting snow, and is blowing, and is very very cold, so I won't be surprised if by morning it changes to cancelled.

Right now, I am holed up in the Laundry/Craft room. Dinner is almost done (Beans and Cornbread), Sophie has nested herself on top of a basket of mending waiting for me to attend to it. The dryer balls are making a racket in the dryer. Norman keeps walking across the counter in front of me. He is such a little helper, really he is...he just stepped on the keyboard and hit the F2 key which brightened the screen on the ipad. Thanks Norman, that helped!

As far as WIP for today, the only thing on needles (that is not a UFO on purpose) is the cafe curtain. No point in taking a picture as there has been NO progress on it. Don't know what my aversion to working on it is. I have two items off needles and ready to share on Friday...the Very Braidy Cowl and the Felted Slipper/Clogs.

Spread out on the countertop is an assortment of knitting magazines, books, and my pattern idea notebooks. I want, need, desire to start something but am completely stymied. So, I am asking for your help. I am going to list several yarns currently in my stash and the yardage I have and I am begging for your help in finding pattern ideas for each. My only stipulation is that the pattern be free. When it comes to sizing (kinda need to know to match up to yardage), I typically knit size small. Am leaning towards sweaters. I am not really a hat or shawl gal. I am done with scarves, cowls, mittens, and socks for now. If you are on Ravelry, you can look at My Notebook and get a sense of some the the things I am drawn to. Help me, PLEASE!

Here goes:

1. Reynolds Signature color way 118 Browns/Orange/Green 4 skeins = about 880 yards

2. Country color way 0016 Charcoal 5 skeins = about 810 yards

3. Andes color way 30 Purple/Blue 5 skeins = about 1100 yards (already have made the sweater shown)

4. Deluxe Worsted color way 12188 Heather 5 skeins = about 1100 yards

5. Alpaca with a Twist Touchdown (can't find a link to show this yarn) it is 60% fine highland wool, 20% bamboo viscose and 20% FS alpaca. Worsted weight. color way 1020 colts blue 5 skeins = about 1100 yards

Thanks in advance. I am putting all my faith in pressure!


  1. try this site, they are all free and some of them are gorgeous.. I found it thanks to my daughter who has taught herself to sew!!!

  2. Dina, I forgot to tell you yesterday that once you put the i-cord into the cowl, put a knot on each end of it so it won't slip back out the holes. :) Hope you like it! If you decide it's not for you, let me know. :)

    Also, I would love to have that pattern for the Very Braidy Cowl if you feel like shooting it my direction...that and the washcloth pattern. Thanks!

    Looks like it's going to be nasty weather this weekend, not conducive for a field trip west. :(

  3. How about... For the Country yarn, the Followill Shawl ($5) or Arroyo (free)?

  4. What about the February Lady Sweater or Hey Teach. I do like both of those.

    I'm sure your very sick of snow and cold. It's going to be in the 70's and sunny here for the weekend. *ducks and runs*

  5. Liz- I love the cowl! Thanks for the tip, otherwise I would have kept pulling it through! I will send you the patterns in a little soon as I decide to leave my cave. :)

    Marushka-hmmm, very possibly...thanks!

    Denise- LOL!! I have February Lady Sweater all printed out and was staring at it this afternoon trying to decide if I did it, which yarn would I use!

    Bekka- gotta admit, I am frequently drawn to most any of the Drops patterns. You know me well, cousin!

  6. Ooh! I'm so playing this game. I'm off to research, but I'll be back with an inspired idea or two soon. Fun!

  7. The deluxe worsted might be a good match for the Lace Panel Cardi pattern by Cecily Glowik Macdonald. This one is on my to knit list and she's a terrific designer.

  8. I'm sure it won't help much if I tell you I'm jealous of your snow days?!
    I love looking on Ravelry to answer these types of questions, so I will come back with suggestions.

  9. Okay I found your Ravelry notebook (and friended you) and I'm back with my first suggestion. I see Juliet in your favorites file. It calls for bulky yarn but a lot of people have successfully knit it in worsted. So I vote for that, and I also agree with those voting for February Lady Sweater!

    I have to get the boy to school now, but I submit this Ravelry search for your perusal:

  10. Ooo, I need to look into the yarn you posted and get back to you! So many choices out there. I can't wait to see your curtains when you get them done. I've loved everything you've showed us of the craft room so far!

  11. What about Amused by Jordana Paige? It's a freebie on Knitty.
    Or Bella Paquita by Marnie MacLean
    Or the February Fitted Pullover by Amy Herzog
    Or Miette by Andi Satterlund

    Okay, I'll stop now. You can find all those on Rav. Good luck, and choose soon -- I'm dying to know what you pick! :)



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