Saturday, June 15, 2013


It's nice to be home again.

I was in North Carolina for work this week, and I had a great time. Well, I had a great time working. Also, I had boiled peanuts! They were... interesting. Boiled peanuts are the state snack food of South Carolina, but we found them in Raleigh. I guess I'll try anything once. Also, there was some extreme weather and hot sticky days, so I'm glad to be home where it's sunny outside and 75 degrees today.

I'm still working on my second sock, but I should be done sometime this weekend. I only have about 30 rounds of the foot left, and then the toe! This was going to be my airplane knitting, but I had other things on my mind...

On June 1, Natural Stitches (which y'all know as my FAVORITE LYS) started their second annual summer bingo. Everyone gets a bingo card that's filled not with numbers, but with different knitting challenges. Last summer, I didn't get a bingo, but that's already changed this year! This morning, I became the first bingo winner this year! As an added prize, they gave me a skein of Zen Yarn Garden's Serenity Worsted in the Bronze Age colorway. The yarn is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend aaaaand it's divine.

While I was at NS this morning, I decided to take the plunge. Well, sort of. I've been going back and forth in my head for a few months about a certain knitting challenge I've yet to tackle. Today, I got one step closer... I bought yarn for my very first sweater. Ever. Like ever ever.

2200 Yards of Yarn!
I bought a little more yarn than I thought I would need, because this is my first sweater ever, but I'm not worried about ending up with a little extra. I picked up 10 hanks of Cascade 220 in Greystone Heather. I really enjoy 220, and it's a great (and economic, *ahem*) yarn for a first sweater, I think. Now, I haven't set a starting date, and it may take some time for me to actually swatch and prepare, so don't panic if you don't see this yarn again until September. After all, summer is just beginning.

Also, I'm still working on my Stash Dash goal of knitting 4,375 yards by August 5. Things are going slow, but who knows when I may decide to knit 20 hats. So far, I'm at 775 yards, but when the socks are finished, that'll be an additional 400 yards towards my goal.

So, that's all I have for the moment, but you can expect a total CAPS LOCK MOMENT when this second sock is off my needles.

Stay tuned...


  1. Looks like many people are trying to knit their first garment-that-is-neither-socks-nor-mittens-nor-hat right now ... I'll start soon as well and already picked the pattern for a tank top. ;) Good luck on the sweater-swatching! The colour is gorgeous, I love gray. :)

    1. Thanks, Julia! I'm taking a look at patterns now, and I'm pretty sure I've found the right one, but I need to swatch and investigate first...

  2. I love the color you picked for your sweater; why don't I buy colors like these??

    Take all the time you need for the swatching and planning; that's what guarantees a pleasant sweater knitting experience.

    Oh, and they yardage you picked sounds like you could do a sort of Aran-ish sweater for your first sweater. You know, just sayin'.

    So glad you're jumping on the bandwagon. I just finished my sweater last night... I just gotta wait for it to dry!

    1. Thanks! I am excited about knitting a sweater, but I know there'll be questions along the way. It's going to be an adventure!

      I can't wait to see your fantastic green sweater!


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