Happy 2012, y'all!
You'd think that being on vacation I'd have found lots of time to knit over the last week, but umm... not so much. I did manage a bit of it, though:
Lorna Suzanne is up to the start of the collar now, and I'm a little bit stuck. I want to make sure that I understand the next step of the pattern before I go any farther, so I'm taking a pause to message the designer (who's a total rock star, by the way), to double check before I muck something up. Good idea, no? Anyway, here's how it looks now, a bit bigger than last week, but not too different:
I'm just a couple of hours of knitting away from collar and button bands, so hoping to get back to it soon. Still loving the pattern and the yarn, and now convinced that I'll have enough of the latter so I'll actually be able to complete the former. Bonus!
While I've been pondering sweater yokes from afar, I've been making a mitten cuff:
And it's done! I'm a bit wary of doing a knitted hem on the turned up cuff lining, since it's in the round and there are dpns involved. I've written a tutorial on doing them flat, but this seems more fiddly. I'll let you know how it goes. Hopefully there will be some actual mitten attached to this by next week.
And now for the really exciting news: I'm going to Stitches West!!! I know. I can't believe it either. I've actually been once before when I lived right around the corner and had knitted a scarf or two. We went and checked it out on a Saturday, and it was huge and overwhelming, but I didn't have any idea that it was any kind of big deal. What a waste!
Anyway, it happens to fall on my birthday this year, and so my former co-worker, who's since moved to New Hampshire (Hi, BB!) is flying out and meeting me, and we're going to do it up right this time. We're taking a class with Cookie A (sock mistress extraordinaire, as seen here and also there), and going to the market preview, and just generally planning to soak it all up. I'm also giving myself carte blanche on yarn purchases while I'm there-- don't get too worried, it's nearly impossible for me to spend money so I don't expect to go too crazy. But I can if I want! Eep! I'm SO excited! Is anyone else planning on attending? Let me know, it would be super fun to meet up.
For more yarn-related joyful excitement, go check out all the rest of the WIPW entries. I'll see you there!