Considering that it's less than 10 hours until the new year and I have to spend this afternoon taking down the Christmas tree and decorations, there really isn't time for any more finished projects for 2006. So I'll just have to show you what I finished this weekend and call it a year.
On Thursday, I finished a to-be-felted tote from yarn and pattern that has been in my stash for quite a while. While I've had plenty of time to throw it in the machine and felt it, we've been under a boil water advisory since then, and I don't want to take the chance of introducing potentially bacteria-laden water into the machine. Thus, you will have to see it now in its unfelted state.
Hopefully, the water ban will be lifted this evening, and then it can be finished tomorrow.
On Friday, I spent the day with Mouse and Sandy. After I offloaded some of my excess stash on them, we went out to the Yarn Garden for a little retail yarn adventure. I hadn't been to this shop in quite a while, and they have expanded into an adjacent space. The shop is now quite large, well lit, and full of quite a variety of beautiful yarns, some of which I've seen no where else in the area, like Phildar. They also have a nice variety of models, all tagged with pattern and yarn requirements. I fell victim to one of these models, and purchased enough SWTC Karaoke to make this, which I finished mere moments ago.
The pattern is a variation on Broken Rib, and the colorway is # 285 Intensity. The shop model was in #302 Ocean, which I liked better, but they didn't have enough. One of these days, I'll order some, I think. I've never knit with Karaoke before, but I really enjoyed it. The 50% soy silk/50% wool blend is soft, not at all splitty, and even felts so being able to spit splice kept down the number of ends I had to weave in. I don't usually make scarves with fringe, but this one seemed to need a little something. I'm very happy with it and just need to decide if it will be for me, or will go into the gift box for next Christmas. (Imagine that - me getting a head start on Christmas knitting!)
After almost emptying our wallets on yarn (ok, that was pretty much only me) we went to Red Robin for lunch. While I think they have pretty good burgers, I'm really in love with their steak fries served with ranch dressing. I'd never heard of this combo until we stumbled into a Red Robin while on a trip several years ago, but I was immediately smitten. Thank goodness the one we went to is the only one I know of around here, and is a LONG way from my house or my weight would be going up instead of down!
Then it was back to Mouse's house for a little spin-in. Here's a blurry photo of my efforts (sorry, but it's raining really hard today, and I didn't want to use the flash so I could get a truer color.)
This is the first time I'd spun with merino, and I have to say I now understand the raves. It's really easy to work with, and I love how soft it is. I'm working hard at making sure it won't be as overtwisted as my last spinning, but at least this time I plan on plying it.
Saturday, Jim and I were able to pick up part of the furniture we ordered for the living room - a bigger rug and two floor lamps. Unfortunately, one of the lamps had been damaged in transit, so Jim had to take it back. I didn't take a picture of the one we kept, because, well it's raining and the light is on. A picture would only be one big white blob. But it's a lovely brass apothecary style that makes a nice spot on my knitting. However, here is part of the rug.
The pattern is called Ginko Tree. Because it's bigger that the first rug (which now graces our den/guest room,) we were able to push the couch back a little, making our small room look a bit larger. So one lamp and two small end tables to go and I think we'll be done. Except that I want to get a small console table to go against the wall behind the front door. That space needs something and that would allow us to put another lamp in the room. We are still struggling to balance the artificial light in the house, but I think it's going to be a long haul.
So, that's the end of my knitting and of my last post for 2006. It's been a long, strange year, but a very happy one, too. I'm so thankful for my blog, and all the friends I've made in Blogland. I hope everyone has a happy, safe, and fun New Year's Eve, and a wonderful, productive 2007. See you next year!