I've had too many things piling up during my retrospective & it's time to get to 'em!
The back of Ballet Wrap Cardi:
And I've got about 4" complete on the left front. This one's a crap-shoot regarding style: Will the 7" of ribbing be too much wrapped around my middle? Stay tuned!
When Cotton Ease was first discontinued, I heard a lot of people on blogs recommend TLC Cotton Plus as a substitute. Even a couple of CE sellers redirected you from the CE to TLC Cotton Plus. Well, no stores stock Cotton Plus around here so I finally broke down & bought some from eBay. Don't worry - I checked around for the cheapest price. ;)
First impresssions, without actually knitting or crocheting with it: The gauge is much smaller and the construction is different. I heard a few say that CP was a direct substitute for CE. Um....no. It's not. No way. That's not saying I don't like CP. On the contrary, the yarn is so thin I think it would be great to crochet with. The 6 skeins I have might be enough to use for a crocheted tank - we'll see. It's called a "medium worsted" on the label but I'm not sure I'd go that far. Maybe a light worsted at best - size 7 needles max. Although maybe that's just a symptom of the variegated yarn - I'll have to order a solid color sometime & compare. Bottom line - it's very nice, but it's not Cotton Ease. :::wink:::
I've been getting lots of mail these days. Here's something I agreed to "try for 30 days" a long time ago. In fact, I'd forgotten I ordered it:
Some of you have probably seen this in the bookstores. I ordered through Vogue & received a couple of free gifts for trying the book. At first glance I wasn't sure I was going to keep it, but after looking through it again, I've decided to put it on my shelf. I only have one Barbara Walker Treasury and the big book of Vogue Knitting - two books that show different stitches. This stitch dictionary fills in a lot of what I've been missing. The plain stitches are ok and so are the cables, but it's the lace stitches included that made this a keeper for me. In fact, I might just have to design my own lacey sweater this spring - some of the patterns are gorgeous beyond words.
Now - on to things I didn't buy for myself. From Margaret, a self-described "loyal reader" (who, as she knows, is much appreciated!) came these:
She knows I really enjoy looking through old patterns and this is the 2nd bunch she's sent me. I especially like the mitten patterns - all two needle! No nasty double-points! Woohoo! I'm thinking that cabled pair of mittens might go on my to-do list very soon. Thanks again, Margaret!
Here's a little something that arrived totally out of the blue:
This came from my Crochetville Secret Pal, Fiona. :) Thanks Fiona! She's a sweetheart & spoiled me rotten, but I wasn't expecting anything for Christmas - what a surprise! I haven't been hanging out too much at C'Ville lately. There are so many new members, which is wonderful for C'ville, but it makes it hard for me to keep track of what's going on. :) Plus I got busy with work so some days I'm doing good to get a blog entry up! I still check in & read a few bits now & then, but I'm afraid I haven't been a very consistent member. :( So that made it an even bigger surprise to find something in my mailbox from C'ville. :)
Tomorrow I'll have 5 more projects from the past year to discuss including, you guessed it, the "Creature."
There are two more days until the boys are home for 2 weeks...I plan to enjoy the quiet while I can!