Friday, February 22, 2008

Snow day!

Things aren't bad where I am, but I'm guessing other parts of the county must have been a mess this morning. Whatever led to it, woohoo!

I've spent the morning so far poking around Yahoo Travel, and will soon go work on some knitting.... speaking of which:

Manos Silk Blend

I went to All About Yarn on Wednesday before work, and was so excited to see that they're carrying the Manos Silk Blend. It's still one big single, but seems to be less thick-and-thin than the wool, and it's SO SOFT. Also got some Jo Sharp Silk Road DK Tweed for a hat, which will be mostly dark brown with just a wee bit of light blue:

Jo Sharp Silk Road DK Tweed

Monday, February 18, 2008

Long time no blog, eh?

Ok, I've gone a little bit AWOL, but it's been for good stuff. I *have* actually been working on some knitting...

Ariann sweater in progress

That's Ariann by Bonne Marie Burns. She sashayed on to the needles on New Years Day; what better way to kick off 2008? I'm using Ella Rae Shibu, which is a 90% silk, 10% viscose yarn. The drape on the stuff is gorgeous, and the viscose thread makes it look almost tweedy. The only drawback is that the yarn sheds a little bit because the silk is a little bit nubby... I stand up after working on it and have little pink fuzzies on my lap. All in all, I'll take it.

Ella Rae Shibu yarn

The color is better in the first picture... these are courtesy of my new camera, and I'm just excited to have a camera that adjusts for different light conditions. The old camera, which is a bare bones point-and-shoot, gets testy if you're shooting in anything other than direct sunlight. Even bright indirect sunlight requires either a flash or a tripod... and if do you take a picture in direct sunlight, it ends up overexposed and washed out. The above pictures were taken with the new camera using ambient light from a floor lamp; no flash, no tripod. I'm hoping better camera = better pictures = prettier blog. :)