Friday, January 27, 2006

New Year updates

Goodness! This year has not started very well! No details, but if this is the way it's going to be, I think I want out -- and let's just get on with the one after this! I even had TWO new years start, and that didn't help at all. It's Chinese New Year on Sunday, so maybe finally this one will be the right one. I dunno.

But I will show you something that I have started working. I'm not saying yet what it is -- just in case, you understand -- but it should be quite something when done! This has been started several times already; in fact, that is all I worked on all this week! I'm persistent (some say stubborn), so I will do it, you'll see! This pic is slightly out-of-focus because I needed to get close so you could see it, but I couldn't focus on it that close. Anyway, it's more mysterious this way! And it's the perfect colour for February (don't you think?)!

Remember that shawl I've been working on? It's still sitting here -- I'm stalled on it again. I am clearly running short of yarn, and I still have a 5-8 inch border to do. I know I will never make it, so am trying to figure a way out of this. I think I will get another ball of yarn, most likely not in the same colour, but something that will co-ordinate and will look good as a border. Just to get to the LYS.

This winter has been the strangest ever -- and I've seen a goodly number! We've had very little snow, nothing to speak of really. The temps have been way over the average, and most days have been above freezing. I'm afraid the trees are going to bud soon, and they may, if we ever get any rain/snow. I've been taking my bike to work every day, which I didn't expect to do much over winter. Not complaining, you understand --- just not quite sure what to make of it, and wondering what Mom Nature has in store for us yet.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

First 2006 Treasures

Some of you will know that I make frequent checks at the local thrift shop. Just after the first of the year, I had walked by, and had to stop in since I hadn't been there for over a week!

Usually, there are not many fibre-related items there, but one can never know for sure. So I looked in, and found a whole pile of stuff! I have a weakness for double-pointed needles, and circulars (it's an addiction), and they had a fistfull of them! This shop doesn't often get items like this, so I was truly lucky.

I had to take them all! I know -- I have no restaint; but these were a bargain. I had gotten some just in the past month, at $1 for a set of four. These were priced lower, and they also gave me 50% off for all Christmas items. These WERE indeed Christmas items! LOL There were a few crochet hooks, in various sizes, and since I really didn't have all these --- well, you never know when I might need some! I also found this knitting bag, with the fold-out legs. I have a few of them, but this one was well made, and quite a steal. How can I resist?!! I did leave the circs behind, but now wish I took them; I want to make up a set for a really wonderful girl at work who needs some.

Here is a pic of what I got... all for less than $10!!

Now one thing that I found really intriguing is a needle holder from a company in Montreal. See the silver tube there on the left? And it has a 6 inch ruler as well as a series of 10 holes along the side as a needle gauge -- really neat! I've never seen one like this. Can always use another fun needle holder! hahaha

There is nothing really on the needles right now. I have one sock finished and the heel left to do on the other one. For some reason, that is stalled. Maybe today.