What's On My Needles

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This weekend, The Boy's mother took me yarn shopping as a very belated birthday present.We ended up going to two local yarn shops and a local art gallery/ art supply store. Check out my loot:

 Buttons from the art supply store.  
Top Row L to R: Lionel Ritchie, a unicorn, Frida Kahlo. 
Bottom Row L to R: Richard Simmons and Bob Ross.

While I was shopping, I also met a new friend. He's so stinkin' cute!

Monster Chunk

Anyway, now that I've got all of this new yarn and Christmas just around the corner, I've been inspired to knit again. Here are some of the patterns that I'm hoping to make this holiday season. Some of them may become Christmas gifts, but I'll try not to spill the beans:

Top Row L to R:

To Eyre... by Carol Sunday. This shawl pattern is based off of one of the shawls worn in the new Jane Eyre movie (which I have yet to see). I picked up some skeins of Ella Rae Classic wool in a grey/navy blue color for this shawl and can't wait to knit this up and check out the film.

Cambridge by Carol Sunday. I've had my eye on this shawl ever since I saw those paparazzi photos of Kate Middleton pushing her shopping cart. I've even caught myself thinking that I could shop like a princess, if only I had that shawl. I'm sure I could not afford the original, but thankfully there is a look-a-like pattern available on Ravelry. So this weekend I picked up some skeins of The Spectrum Collection Fluffy Stuff DK yarn in green and began casting-on this shawl. Check out my progress:

Wurm by katushika. I know that the photo is a little hard to see, but this floppy hat pattern is based off of the hat worn by Michael Cera in the film Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. It looks like a fun, quick knit, but I'm not sure of what colors and what kind of yarn I'm going to use.

Middle Row L to R:

My Vampire Boyfriend socks by Kate Atherley. I've stated many times that I am a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse book series by Charlaine Harris and the Trueblood TV show on HBO based off of these novels. These socks were inspired by all of the hot and sexy vampire men in the movies and on TV.  I thought that I would knit these up while reading the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Reckoning, and comic book series, The French Quarter,  to pass the time while I wait for the next season of Trueblood to come out. I've already got my skeins of red Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet laid out and I'm ready to cast-on.

Aidez by Cirilia Rose. This is a beautiful, fitted, feminine cabled cardigan published in Beroco.com that I simply must have this winter. I got several skeins of Cascade Yarns Eco in an oatmeal color over the weekend to make this cardigan and have a feeling that it will become a winter wardrobe staple if I can ever get it finished. 

Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood. During last year's Yarn Shop Hop I walked away with a bag full of Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran yarn in brown tweed, but I had no idea what to do with it. Well, lately I've been seeing some pretty awesome sweaters knitted out of this yarn on Ravelry and have decided to use my yarn to knit up one of these sweaters.
Bottom Row L to R:

Cha Cha Ruffle Scarf by Trendsetter Yarns. During last year's Yarn Shop Hop, my mother's friend was raving about how much she loves knitting with Trendsetter's Cha Cha Yarn and about what beautiful scarves it makes. So, when I decided that I wanted to knit my former German exchange student a birthday present this year, I decided to make her a scarf with this yarn. I selected a variegated blue, lavender, and brown  yarn and whipped up this scarf in about 5 days. Unfortunately, I boxed it and mailed it off before remembering to take a photo of the finished piece. I also have a skein of this stuff in red, so I may make another ruffle scarf in the future.

That Girl! Summer Jacket by Nikol Lohr. I originally cast on this jacket in September 2010 after I saw a picture of this jacket on the Craft Magazine website, but then I set it aside for awhile, picked it up again, ran out of yarn, couldn't find the right dye lot of yarn to match my existing yarn....blah blah blah. I recently picked up this piece again after finishing season 9 of Project Runway and said "to heck with the dye lot" because I can always re-dye the finished jacket so that it will all match (hey, if Anya can do it, I can too). I finished knitting this jacket last Saturday and just need to weave in the ends, re-dye it and add the buttons before I can show it off.

Marc Jacobs inspired Ruffle Scarf by Alice Schnebly. This scarf is obviously inspired by fashion designer Marc Jacob's runway scarf from his Spring 2006 collection and falls under the category that "one can never have too many ruffles". I picked up some camel colored Cascade 220 wool last year during the Yarn Shop Hop, but never got around to knitting this up. Maybe this is the year.

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