Monday, May 04, 2009


I've been in Iowa City for the past few days, visiting with the beau and making sure everything is on track. I'll be leaving Wednesday morning-ish, so I can get back to all of those piano lessons that I have to teach & make up that are inbetween them. Yicks. In the meantime, I've been knitting a little, and reading a couple of books to keep me busy (like the Yarn Harlots' "Things I learned from Knitting Whether I Wanted to or Not"). My wedding clock says it's one day under 5 months-a really frightening thought, as I have too much left to plan-so I better get cracking on my "Tie-the-knot" shrug I'm designing.

However, Startitis is kicking in, darn it, and is making my hands itch. I've been scouring through Ravelry patterns, and was blown away by a few patterns that I must knit ASAP:

Abrianna pattern
Berroco's "Abrianna," a very nice cardigan with a simple, yet highly textured pattern. It calls for about 7 skeins, or 450 grams of yarn, so I might substitute the recommended yarn for Micro Spun. It seems to have the same silkiness & thickness as the pattern's yarn, albeit the nice colorway. I'm thinking that a layered necklace like in the photo is a MUST. A skirt would be nice too, as well as a cute bag, but i think this cardi would look great with dark denim jeans too.

bottoms up-pinkPhotobucket
I'm absolutely in love with Alice Bell's "Bottom's Up" pattern as well. It would work great in the Spring and Summer months, and would look extra spicy with a belt & skirt. I'll need to find some sport weight for this.

Let's see, the other "main" patterns that I hope to cast-on for in the near, near future:
-EZ's Mittered Mits. With Noro yarn.
-Meghan Munro's Replica of the Secret Garden Tam. Red, like in the movie.
-Berroco's Dizzy hat.
-Berroco's Cisco with my own handspun yarn.
-Berroco's Juliana wrap.
-Ysolda's Cloud Bolero, but longer and with buttons.
-Jana Trent's Eloomanator Diagonal Dishcloth. In a darker yellow, like the pattern.
-Vaunda Rae Giberson's Wheatfield Dishcloth.

Yeah, I think you see my problem.

Well, back to some knitting. I'd like to visit the LYS today, inbetween Joe's studying. I'd also like to walk around the mall too, but I'm still on the boot, and it's hard to walk normal (Surprising, I know). I'm officially supposed to start walking without crutches today (although I've been doing that for a while, don't tell the doc), but I don't know if I should push it. It's hard to tell if it's almost healed. It's a pain test, but I'm still unsure whether or not the pain is from unused muscles, inflamed tendons surrounding the fracture, or the fracture itself. Maybe it's all of the above. Who knows. It wouldn't surprise me, having all sorts of health inflictions dumped on me all at once lately...


CassieMarie said...

Looks Beaaaauuutiful so far!!

With the wedding planning, remember to rely on those around you, it helps a lot with the stress! :)

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I'm having a serious case of startitis too, so I feel for you. I hope you feel better soon.

Bette's Bags said...

Oh My! Your stitches are beautiful! What wonderful technique! I'm so jealous.