Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New year, same old story

Rant time....

Ok, I guess you get my point. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. Hopefully this year wouldn't be gone as fast as last year. The last 5 days of my life was spent on the couch in front of the TV, doing absolutely nothing.
I'm not sure if it's because I'm overwhelmed by the first three weeks of the holiday going out and about every day, or maybe I'm just plain lazy.

Anyway, tv time to me equals knitting time, so I have been quite productive

Irish Hiking Scarf
Pattern source: Hello Yarn
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Petrol blue 3 skeins
Needle: 4mm Addis
Comments: This scarf was supposed to be my holiday project, but I only managed to get a few inches done during the trip. The rest got finished quickly in about 2 days. The pattern was nice and easy to memorise. All I did before leaving town was look at the pattern hard and didn't even take any notes.
The yarn was dk weight instead of worsted weight called for in the pattern, so my scarf is thinner and barely long enough. I'm not too sure how I feel about the yarn though. Lots of people rave about it, but it just doesn't work for me. It is nice and soft and I can see it working beautifully for baby stuffs. Verdict, like it but I don't love it.

Well after the scarf was done I was still watching TV, but I need something to work on otherwise I get very restless. So I cast on for this

Henley Perfected from the latest IK. It was my favourite pattern in the book, and I just happen to find a yarn in my stash that will hopefully work out well. The back was just finished about an hour ago after about 4 days of knitting, so this should be a quick project. However I think it'll take me another month to get this done with the mountain of coursework which will soon fall upon me.

Anyway, I've been spending more than I should online, no surprise there.
Like many of you, I love Kim Hargreaves' designs, and I've been extremely tempted to get one(or all) of her kits. I finally broke down and bought my favourite, and it came this morning.

Yep, it's FLO!! This is purely impulse buy, even if I've been thinking about getting it ever since it came out. You see, the cardigan IS pretty, but all those ruffles.... they look pretty on the model, but I really do not need enhancement on that particular spot.... if you know what I mean.
And anyway, take a look at the yarn colour. I ordered the same colourway as shown on the model, but the colours of the yarn that came are significantly darker and duller. Now, I know that it's the downside of internet shopping, but I'm a bit disappointed, that's all.

About holiday pictures...ehmm....that'll have to wait since yours truly is being her lazy ass self. Who knows, it might be summer before I get around to doing it, but let's hope that's not going to happen. As an excuse, we took over 1500 pictures during the trip, so I have lots of sorting out to do....lame, I know.


KERaven said...

the stitch definition and the color of the scarf are beautiful!

Queen of the froggers said...

Henly is lovely! That kit looks nice. I have had trouble lately with my online colour choices. I think I might need to get shade cards! Hope Uni goes OK today.

Mimi said...

wow you memorized the scarf pattern. I am so dependent in patterns. I only like brainless knitting these days. The scarf looks very pretty!

I love your new knitting kit. That design was my first pick when the collection was first launched. Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the color. It looks pretty to me though. ;)

Hope you have a smooth beginning of school!

Peggy said...

I love Kim Hargreaves patterns too, and I am always tempted to order something... but the shipping and exchange rate is too expensive!

opportunityknits said...

ooohhh, Flo is my all time fave of all Kim Hargreaves' designs. Hope the colour grows on you, the colour I see on my screen looks like a nice sophisticated shade of red. Best wishes on a new academic year!

Laura.Y said...

Hiking is just beautiful. Love that shade of blue, shows off the cables so well.

The Happy College Knitter said...

I totally know what you mean about break going to quickly--I definitely feel the same way! I love the color you chose or Henley Perfected, I have my eye on that one too so I'm looking forward to seeing yours once it's finished. I'm sad that break is over, but isn't it great to have some productive knitting time?