The Saturday Update: Week 2

So, I am a little late with the weekly update. Since it is only the second week of the year it doesn’t really look at that good, does it. I mean, I should start out the way that I mean to go if I am going to stick to this posting practice. In my defense I an only say…

I tried to write the post up at my son’s place while dinner was cooking and the kitten had other ideas. He decided that my arm was a kick toy and that the computer was almost as much fun. In the face of such determined kitten wildness I retreated from the battlefield and watched a movie.

I really had a busy week, but it was sort of a nonproductive one as I spent most of my time fussing around, swatching, making phone calls and struggling to make decisions.

Knitting

I want to make another knitted cat that looks like MacKenzie, but he is a hard combination of colors and patterns. I spent part of the week shopping the stash (which I did clean out and reorganize while I was at it!), going to the local yarn store, and hunting online. Then I made swatches of various combinations of yarn as I made decisions. Finally, finally, on Friday I cast on and started to knit. I did blog about this project and you can find it here.

I also have some mohair that I bought in December that I just love. Look at this:

This was a totally serendipitous discovery while I was hunting for the yarns to knit cats. My favorite color ever!!  

I want to make a sweater with this yarn by stranding is with a fingering. I have struggled with the decisions: I need the perfect pattern and a fingering that will work with the pattern and make this color shine true. Not as easy as it seems.

I first focused on the color. There was NO pink yarn at my local yarn store that would work with this mohair. I wanted pink with a little bit of speckle. Nope, nope, nope. There was baby pink, hot pink, brownish-pink, bright pink, but not the pink that I wanted. I want to keep the dusty greyish undertone in this yarn! I tried to swatch with various grey yarns hoping that the mohair halo would dominate. NOPE! I tried to swatch with a muted variegated yarn hoping that I would like it as an alternative. NOPE! Actually, that was a huge nope. I want that dusty pink!!

Forget the color. Maybe I should make a decision about the sweater first. I was torn between knitting The Daydreamer and Iskald. I own both patterns so I read through them and made the decision: Daydreamer it is! That sweater has lots of detail work: honeycomb, moving stitches, and bobbles. I needed a smooth yarn that would show off the details through the mohair. I went back online for the umpteenth time hunting for the right color with the correct yarn properties. It has to be a smooth yarn, maybe something not quite pink, something that would add some depth but maintain the dusty hue… with the new focus I looked at yarns I hadn’t considered earlier. Bingo! There was the yarn at the Loopy Ewe.

A single ply yarn in the shade Into Dust by the Uncommon Thread jumped out at me. The color is kind of a light orchid with grey undertones. 

Yay! After all the agonizing I had made my decision. I immediately tried to order the yarn from the Loopy Ewe instead of driving up to Fort Collins, Colorado, to see the yarn in person with my mohair in hand.

And I failed. The website refused to let me log in or to register me as a customer as someone else had my email address. Right, you dumb ass computer, that person is me!! Get with the program here!! I have bought yarn in person at this store in the past and now I want to buy online. Nope, nope, nope said the computer.

<Why is this the week of NOPE!! I asked myself?>

I called the store and suddenly the week did a complete turnaround. The wonderful woman at the store verified my identity, reset the password in a workaround at her end, pulled my yarn for me to check the color consistancy, and sold it to me on the phone. Yay!! The yarn arrived by express mail the next morning and I just gasped in joy when I saw it. Loopy Ewe, you are the best ever!!!

See what I mean?
Now we’re talking. I went with the more detailed sweater design as I knew I was going to end up with a monochromatic yarn. This is going to be the perfect color and texture for my Daydreamer sweater. I am in business people!!

I spent almost the entire week making knitting decisions, but I did get a little knitting done too.

I made a pair of fingerless mitts to gift to a fellow scleroderma patient. Here is my pattern if you want it. 🙂
I also finished another pair of wristers. Should I write up this pattern too?
Garden
My sister sent me two amaryllis bulbs for Christmas. They are close to blooming!!
My African volet plant continues to put up new blooms. Good plant!
A cyclamen plant came to live with me this week. Hey, it was at Sam’s Club and it just followed me home. 

The orchids continue to do well and another plant has buds that look ready to burst open. I think this plant will be purple. Yay. Can’t wait. It has been a good week for plants, and a bad one for the white flies. I think that the Neem oil did them in. Bye white flies. Don’t come back!!

Books

I’m reading three books at once this week, I have to get another one done by Tuesday evening for my book club, and I’ve finished nothing. Stay tuned. I’m sure to get something finished soon.

So that was the week. Lots of indecision and swatch making. I also spent way too much time on the phone and computer trying to set up an appointment with my doctor during the week, but by the end of the week everything was in place for an appointment and testing next week to track down the source of my extremely annoying new symptoms. <Yep. This was more of the NOPE! theme of the week. Would I like to see another doctor? NOPE!! These new docs tend to go crazy when they get their hands on rare disease me. Would I like to go to Urgent Care? Umm… in the height of a major flu outbreak? NOPE!! See, I can do nope too!> Hopefully there will be some answers on the medical scene soon and I can write a post about that. 🙂

Have a great week everyone.

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled cats.

17 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 2”

  1. Oh look at that kitten’s face, too cute. I haven’t knit any of Andrea’s patterns as they all look cropped style and I need to cover my lumps and bumps, this pattern looks exciting though and has so much detail. The yarn combo looks absolutely perfect, so I’m really interested to see how it progresses. I have some yarn scraps too small for socks but too much to waste, so those wrist warmers would be perfect if you do write the pattern up at some point. I got an orchid for Christmas, it’s living in our bathroom as that’s the room with the most consistent temperature and has light but no drafts. Any tips?

    1. I don’t like cropped either as I need to be WARM in my sweater, so I looked at what other knitters had done on Ravelry and bought the yarn to make it longer. One lady added 30 rounds to her sweater and it looks great! I’m mystified about why the yardage for the mohair is less than for the fingering yarn, and even after reading the pattern I don’t get it, but I just had to trust the designer and went with it.

      The wrister pattern will force me to made a chart, but I should be able to do that, right? I’m on it and should have the pattern out in a few weeks. I want to knit a few more with different yarns to get a better idea of the size and yardage. I think that the mitts that I made with the MCN yarn are running a little big as it is more like a heavy fingering.

      I think that orchid will love it in the bathroom as they like the humidity. I had to learn to not overwater my orchids as they don’t want water on their roots. I feed them every month and they get 12 hours of grow light every day. I spoil them, this is true. 🙂

    1. I did think of you while I was debating whether to drive up to the store or not. Loopy Ewe is just wonderful and I love their staff. My experience was just excellent this last week with them.

      1. Visiting them in on my bucket list. I just love how customer service oriented they are. Plus the fun KAL/CALs they run on their blog have really stretched my knitting skills and made me knit things I never would have (gloves! Real gloves with all the fingers!). I wish I lived locally:)

      2. I am lucky to have great yarn and fiber resources in my state. They are just great about customer service; the only issue with shopping in person is that you are competing with online shoppers. If the yarn in your arms sells online they will literally take it away and move it to shipping while you wistfully wave goodbye when you check out. It’s a sad moment in yarn shopping…

  2. What a great match for your yarn! Yay for your LYS for taking such good care of you 🙂 I hope your doctor can help you and you feel better soon! You grandkitty is adorable, and your plants are doing amazingly well 🙂

  3. Oh, gosh! So much good stuff here. Your son’s kitten!!!!!! Sooo cute!! And your Daydreamer yarn! Wow!! Can’t wait to see this project take shape. 🙂

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