Yesterday, I finished my third Cladonia. This one is for my mom for Christmas. I should have been done with long ago. But, I kept running out of yarn! You would think I would have ordered two extra skeins the first time I ran out. I didn't, though. And, there I was, halfway through the picot bind off, when I ran out of yarn. Again. So, I ordered more. I used Claudia Hand Painted yarn. It is lovely, ever so soft, and has a beautiful drape. Plus, since I get it from Eat, Sleep, Knit, I am getting miles on my yarnathon. Oooh, soon I will get free stuff. Oh, wait. I already have. They give you a scratch off card in every order. So far, I've won $10 in store credit. Yay!
For the last few weeks, I've been working on the Labyrinth by Stitch Diva Studios. I'm almost done. All I have left to do is finish the sleeves (I'm about halfway down- knitting two at a time), and do the borders. I am very pleased with how it is turning out. I love the yarn I am using. It is put out by Weaver's Loft. I have used quite a bit of their yarn and absolutely love it. It knits beautifully, and comes in large skeins. This project is only taking one skein of yarn. One skein- for a whole sweater! I am thrilled at the ability to knit an entire sweater without having to do a lot of joining.
However, I have a special event coming up in December. So, I have temporarily abandoned the Labyrinth in favor of making a project for our Tae Kwon Do awards banquent. That's right folks (anyone else find it humerous that I accidentally typed “fight” instead of right?); I am getting my black belt in December! That calls for something special.
Last week, I checked out Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel from the library. It is now on my Christmas list. My boys took note of the fact that I want it. I'm hoping it is wrapped up under the tree on Christmas morning. At any rate, I found the perfect project for the ceremony. I am making the Coquette Lace tube top. It is knitting up so beautifully. I am using grey Class yarn, with a lavender String Me Along to add sparkle. It's hard to see the sparkle, but not only do the sequins add sparkle, but the thread is iridescent, adding a little something. The Class yarn is beautiful all by itself. It is a Merino/Alpaca blend, which gives a nice halo for the dressier garment that I want this to be.
Currently, I am reading Parenting Beyond Belief.
I'm only to the first chapter, but I've already gotten a lot out of it. My favorite quote so far is
It's easy to assume that every parent on your block, everyone cheering in the stands at the soccer game or walking the aisles of the supermarket, is a churchgoing believer. It's the assumed default in our culture. But it isn't true. All you need is to realize that they are making the same assumption about you. You are not remotely alone.
Ah, what a wonderful thought. And it's true. I'm looking forward to the rest of the book.