Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday v.63

OMIGOSH, you guys!  The coolest thing happened this week!

So you know I just finished Angostura, and I've been all gushy and happy about finally having a knit garment that fits, right?  And I'm kind of obsessed with Little Red in the City and what a great book it is, and how I want to knit pretty much everything in it and all that.

Well, Ysolda's latest blog entry popped up in my reader on Friday.  It was titled, "Is Ysolda Coming to a Store Near You?"  And I thought, "Wow, wouldn't that be nice?"  But she lives in Scotland for crying out loud.  Denver seems an unlikely spot for a smallish book tour.  And then I clicked.


And then...  I went and found the store online, and looked at the list of classes she's teaching, and saw "sold out" listed next to the first two -- but not the last one.  So I started calling the LYS at about 7:45 in the morning.  Curiously, they did not answer the phone.  I went back to work until a more reasonable hour and called back at the stroke of 10, when happily they did answer the phone.  Long story not so short...


I got the last spot in the last class on the last day she's here and I've pretty much been jumping up and down ever since.  I'm so excited!  It's not until the 30th, so I have some time to figure out what swatch I'll bring to practice on.  But oh man, did I mention that I'm excited?

Right then. Sorry about the detour.   Back to the order of business today.  It's WIPW.  Again and already.  Jeez, that was a fast week.  I've become completely scattered of late, so today you get quick glimpses of lots of stuff without much progress in any particular direction.

Up first is Snug.  The recipient arrived on Sunday morning, and so Snug will officially be Snug-ette when all is said and done.  It's moving along, though not as quickly as it looks like it should:
(Note to self:  Photographing concrete-colored things on concrete doesn't really show them off very well.)

I think it's going to be pretty cute though, once I find some wooden toggle buttons (anyone got a good source?) and embroider the front a bit to girly it up.

Sock doesn't look much different than last week, which is actually very exciting news:
See how it looks all dull and boring?  I've spent the last inch or so of the stockinette portion practicing my continental knitting. Miraculously, I can't actually see a difference between those stitches and the regular variety, which is kind of awesome.  I'm determined to learn how to do two-handed stranded colorwork so I can feel okay about diving into Peerie Flooers in the next few days, which right now looks like this:
...Pretty, but not really the look I'm going for in the end.  Hopefully, it will be easier than it looks to get this project rolling.  Fingers crossed and all that.

The other really fun thing is that almost all of the yarn has arrived for the Power Puff Yarn Swap I'm hosting.  It's SO fun to find it in my mail box and arrange it all on my kitchen table.  Once the last package shows up, I'll get everything divided up and back out to everyone.   Here's a sneak peak for those of you participating...
Fun, no?

That's it for me this week.  I'm looking forward to checking out everyone else's progress over at WIPW -- we all seem to be picking up steam with the fall knitting.  Yay, fall!


  1. Good luck with the Peerie Flooers - I love your "ingredients" photo ;)

  2. The sock and the sweater look great!
    I'm so excited for you to take the class. You'll have to be sure to tell us all about it and how much fun you have.

  3. Congratulations, Paula -- that's really fabulous news! I'm looking forward to an update post.

    And the baby cardigan is quite adorable now -- no resemblance whatsoever to a dishcloth. :)

  4. That sweater is so cute!! Hope you find the right buttons.

    That's so cool about your Ysolda class. I got hugely excited about meeting a crochet designer I love recently, and it turned out to be as awesome as expected. I'm sure you'll have a great time :)

  5. OMG that is so cool :D I met her at The Rhody Yarn Crawl in April here in Rhode Island and she was so nice. Unfortunately, I was such a new knitter at that time I was overwhelmed. I can't wait to see what you learn from her :D

  6. So exciting!

    I've been playing around with continental too, but mine isn't nearly as neat and tidy as yours.

    And your hat is gorgeous. Or will be gorgeous. Isn't it a requirement that a knitter be able to look at a pile of skeins and see what they're destined to be? ;p

  7. Wow, you are so busy! Your work looks beautiful, I love the colour of that sock. Brilliant news that you managed to book onto a class. I look forward to hearing all about it.

  8. Hey! I see my yarn contribution! ;)

  9. Great post, although I have to clean my screen after reading "So I started calling the LYS at about 7:45 in the morning. Curiously, they did not answer the phone." with a mouthful of coffee. LOL!

    Can't wait to see Peerie Flooers ... but after all I'm a bit Alice Starmore obsessed right now!

  10. Congrats on the upcoming class - that is awesome! And what a great idea - a yarn swap! Love it!

    Your WIPS are beautiful :) Hope you find the buttons you are looking for!

  11. I'm jumping up and down with you! Awesome!

    Your pictures are so pretty. Love all of them and the WIPs are oh course stunning!

    Bummer I missed the swap, dead jealous.

  12. YAAAAAY!!! I'm very excited for you!! I'm living vicariously--so want every detail of the class! I've gone on virtual vacations with people, but I've never attended a virtual class! Details, we'll want details!

    You've been very busy--the little sweater is so sweet; I've had the peerie flooers in my queue for awhile now. Anxious to see how yours goes!

  13. How great is that!!! I'm so happy for you that sounds like such fun! I love the colors you are using in your WIPs!

  14. I'm jumping and down for you -- hooray! hooray! Lucky Paula to get a class with Ysolda!!!!

    Your sock looks great! I can do colorwork with yarn in each hand even though my continental knitting is limited to the knit stitch only, so you're going to be fine with that fabulous flowered pattern. Can't wait to see how it goes.

  15. That snug is adorable! And I can't tell the difference between the stitches on the sock either, so it looks like you're doing well!

  16. Love the yarns you have chosen for Peerie Flooers. Good luck with that. and I hope you enjoy your sweater knitting class with Ysolda.

  17. That's so awesome you are taking a class from Ysolda!

  18. How wonderful you got the last spot in the last class.

    My package was in the mail yesterday morning. You should get it today or tomorrow.

  19. OMG! I am soooo jealous! Actually, I would be happy to have advanced enough to knit a vest with cables....let alone met the designer!