Monday, January 11, 2010

Goals update

Greetings, and Dear Cynthia,

First, some pictures of my new Basic Chic Hoodie:
I love love love this sweater.
I am also sporting my sorely needed haircut, the first one since summer I think... One thing remains constant -- my devotion to bathroom mirror shots for my finished object photos. I had to clean the mirror before taking the pictures...

I went yarn shopping with my mom, to a cute little store in Burlington called Artistic Fibers. Look at this cute little package of stuff:
The lady at the store wrapped up the yarn we bought with tissue paper and a store sticker, then placed the packets into a little bag with handles. It was a nice touch, which reminded me of how things might have been years ago, even though it was generating paper waste (though I'll recycle most of it...) In any case, here is some yarn for a new hat for myself (pattern: Thorpe):
...and some new socks (LOVE the Regia Stretch sock yarn!):
...and some buttons which I loved, though have no project in mind for them right now:
You know me, and how difficult it is for me to purchase anything without some clear vision about how it is going to be used, so I really went outside my comfort zone to buy the buttons -- THAT is how much I loved them!

Finally, the cover sweater on this magazine totally grabbed me:
It only has two sizes (33.5" and 36.75"), though I think the 36" will work for me. I was surprised by the sizing! It is a European magazine, but surely they have people with busts larger than 36" over there?

One of the four knitting goals I had for my semester break was to re-start the "ugly sock." In fact, after discussing it with one knitting friend, she thought I could alternate skeins of yarn to get smaller stripes, which would tone down the whole color thing that's going on. I was about to do that when MollyBee left a comment to save the sock. Then my mom (Hi Mom!) also told me how much she loves them, so I'm going to proceed with them and gift them to my mom. After all of this, I'll probably run out of yarn before they are done...though it's a chance I'm taking as I press onward with them... To make this long story short, I'm calling that goal item complete.

This is my third (out of four, which was my goal) blog post for this break. I'll have an update on my new Two Hearts brown sweater in my next post. I'm already loving it, and I only have part of a sleeve finished.....

Have a great week!

Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)


Sus said...

I love the basic chic hoodie even more on! Looks super! Glad you're pressing on with the socks. I think they're pretty cute and I'm sure your mom will love them. Instant gift -- yay! :) Your Thorpe is going to be really beautiful. Can't wait to see it!

Elizabeth said...

Great job on that hoodie! And great hair cut!

Laikabear said...

I really like the hoodie. I love that yarn.

Also the yarn for Thorpe looks yummy! I bought yarn in New Orleans once and they wrapped it up for me. It was a nice touch, and I reused the tissue paper, too. I hate buying that stuff!

allisonmariecat said...

Oh, I love it! So, so cute. I made a hooded sweater once, a baby one, and thought the hood was a pain...but seeing your chic hoodie, I might have to think about doing one!

The LYS near my mother-in-law's house (in Kenosha, WI) uses brown handled bags and tissue paper. I always reuse it for gifts or whatever. It IS a nice touch. Makes buying yarn feel like an event :)

MollyBeees said...

I'm so glad you're blogging more. Love the hoodie and the haircut. I am trying to grow mine out for a cut just like that and it's a miserable process. I feel messy and unkempt after all of the years of short hair. Oh well...only 2 or 3 more decades and it will be grown out. You and I HAVE to go shopping sometime! You have excellent taste!