Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday Meanderings

I took a vacation day today so that I could attend a workshop at my LYS on Continental knitting. It went very well. It was a two hour workshop and I am comfortable with knitting, purling and casting off. Well comfortable in the fact that I understand it, actually being able to do it efficiently and comfortably will take some practice :o)

My boyfriend asked me if that meant that when my right arm fell off from too much knitting if then I would switch to the other way, hahahaha!!

The shop is carrying a new sock yarn, so I could not resist purchasing a skein. I always feel like I accomplished self restraint when I only buy ONE skein, LOL! It was $16 for this skein and only one is needed for a pair of socks. It is called Ranco from Araucania Yarns.

The colorways were so cool! Most of them very dark, rich colors, but those are the ones that speak to me. An instructor had knit up a sample sock in this yarn, so after seeing that then I really couldn't pass it up!

I also picked up two skeins of Lamb's Pride to make myself a scarf trying out Continental knitting. I don't want to do Continental on any projects that I already have going in case my tension is different since its a different method.

Based on the colors in my new sock yarn, I picked out these two skeins. I am going to do a simple rib scarf with different size stripes.

Here's my two recent cats are weird photos.

Why he thought he would fit in this basket I'll never know. Don't quite know what he's thinking in this one!! Did he really thing this would be a comfortable place for a nap?!?!

Here's another, what are you doing?!?! She's got her basket or a pile of freshly laundered clothing (which they love) to sit on and instead she's teetering on the space between the washer and dryer!


Your Hot Cocoa Secret Pal said...

I really like the colors you choose!

Knitstress Mary said...

I love your colors, also it appears your cats are alomst as silly as mine. He tries to fit himself into the smallest box he can, even if his head just fits in it he has to try it out.
Good luck with continental. My mom taught me how to knit that way and I've been doing it ever since.

Debbie said...

I was not able to knit at all until I learned the Continental way! Since then I have really found a new love for knitting!

I love the colors you picked out for your socks and the Lamb's Pride is my favorite for hats. They come out so comfy and warm!

As for the cats, I have 3 and they do some of the dumbest things sometimes. For example, my Callie has for her favorite toy an old shoestring. Forget the can of toys with catnip in them! LOL But she is a love!

wildflower38 said...

Pretty yarn! I'm going to take a class on continental knitting too. I want to learn how to do fair isle

Tama said...

Your cat photo's are hilarious! Maybe the one thinks that he is still a tiny kitten. LOL!!!!
I knit continental, but have taught myself other methods recently so that "if my arm falls off from too much knitting, I can use the other arm" also. HAHA!

Anita said...

That new sock yarn is wonderful!

I taught myself to knit and since I crocheted first I couldn't get the hang of holding the yarn in my right hand... I kind of learned Continental by accident. I love it!! I can really go fast when knitting, not so much on the purling...

The cat in the basket is just too funny!!! :)