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At the end of my rope... or not. :P

December 20th, 2006 (08:05 pm)

current mood: sleepy

Ysa-chan, mystery envelope arrived safely in the mail today. *hugs*

Went out with the FSU to m1 again today. >.< The FSU had to check up on her Sock of the Month Club socks since we hadn't received anything for November while I was thinking about maybe finding a nice fingering weight alpaca to play with. Yeah, right.

Apparently the shop's been having some problems with thefts so they didn't have the pattern for the socks last month for us, and instead they gave us any similarly priced sock pattern in its place along with a skein of laceweight cashmere. *___* This was seriously bad. The instant I'd walked into the shop, I was rifling through their cashmere yarns (what happened to looking at alpaca?!) thinking that, if they had three skeins in a single colourway, I'd us it to make a fisherman's scarf. They had some Jade Sapphire in Blueberries and Plums (more blue toned than my current Lapis). Then when going through their laceweight cashmere (oy! Alpaca?) I picked out a colourway that had two skeins left in case I wanted to do a shawl. No problems... Then the evil girl at the shop showed me their new cashmere 5-ply from Art Yarns. That was evil. The yarn is incredibly soft and is handpainted. The yardage has me a bit confused but I'm wondering if the yarn might be extremely unusual; I haven't tried balling it yet, so I'm not sure. Yardage-wise, it's supposed to be 50g-102yd. However, the skein *looks* like a laceweight yarn would, so... if the yardage is indeed correct... the individual plies are that separate? I'm not sure. If however, 50g/102yd is correct... it'll be a heavier scarf again, although even softer than the Jade Sapphire scarf will be. Alpaca wasn't even considered once the cashmere took over. >.<; And in the end, my credit card screamed and fled after our trip there. Worse, we're going there and to Knit One, Chat Too for the Boxing Day sales... O_O FSU pays next time, I think. :P

Otherwise, I did come to the end of my rope... erm, yarn today. Yay! And then I tied-in the next ball. Boo! But it's cashmere. Yay! But I'm still only half-way through the scarf. Boo! ^^; Unfortunately right after my split-splice tie-in, I ran into a knot in the skein. Ick! So it got cut out and the yarn spliced together again but we weren't so careful with the second splice and it ended up falling apart as I went along. Eek! I ended up with a growing hole before I noticed the problem and got repairs done. I really don't want to go through that sort of thing again. >.<;

At my best guess for the scarf though, it will probably be slightly longer than I normally go for, and I'll probably go as far as I can length-wise as the yarn holds out. ^^; The FSU was a bit evil though and handed me a pattern she found on the 'net for a different scarf in a leaf pattern. I really like it, but since it's leafy, I feel like it should be *green*. ^^; The cashmere I bought today was blue. ......They didn't have any green colourways in the 6-ply as far as I recall although FSU did mention I could go with reds or oranges in a fall concept. ^^; The shop did have two or three skeins in a reddish colourway... Shall see. :P Otherwise I might end up with blue leaves. ^^;

And while on the topic of yarn, while at the Farmers' Market on the weekend, we picked up a few skeins of alpaca-mohair-wool-nylon yarn for socks. It's the FSU's yarn (though I paid for it) since I'm very leery about buying mohair or knitting with it. I have some mohair, but I'll only work with it if I have antihistamines in the house. ^^; The shop also had some socks knit up going for $25/pr and I was *so* tempted to buy some... >_< Hand knit socks are wonderful things but I don't seem to knit fast enough to make myself many. I think I have... 4 pairs of handknits? (Three from the FSU.) FSU was complaining that one of her handknit pairs, even though it was a superwash merino, was shrinking on her! :o Of all the things to have happen. All that work and shrinkage? Eek!

Oh well, I think I'll settle in to double check Shoumyou 3 before finally getting a move on Kokumono 24. Eep! At least the headaches with Shoumyou 2 and GH 6 are probably over now. I hope. ^^; The poor lappy's been running compile after compile non-stop as I tried to figure out some video issues. I don't know how well I've worked them out (or if I've made them worse...) but hopefully it's acceptable. ^^; Of course a couple of last minute note additions to GH didn't help the issue there either. ^^; As much as it's really useful having cross-over between Shoumyou, GH and even Kokumono, it makes certain things (like needing notes!) harder to see. ^^;

Oh well, I should do some stuff. ......Or get myself some tea first. ^^;


Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)

i wish i knew how to knit ;-;
and yay for kokumono news :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)

If you're starting out new, you can always take a class (Continental style would be better) at a local knitting shop. ^_^ Of course, yarn love becomes highly addictive if you're not careful... ^^;

Posted by: monkey monkey (sakuratea)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)

yarn is both lovely and addictive.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)

Extremely much so. ^^; *pets yarn*

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
Rin & Haru lying (sleepdebtfairy)

Kokumono! Yay!

(Mystery envelope wasn't squished, was it? *worries at the post* But arrival is good. ^^)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)

Umm... I think it survived all right. ^^; At least mystery envelope seems to be in good shape. ^^

Posted by: Hysteria (hysteriachan)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Dew Drop Inn (macramedildo)

Excellent news. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)
too fond of sweaters by epi_lj

mmmmm… cashmere *dreamy sigh*

You have a yarn store called "Knit one, chat two"?! *wants*

*pets Shadow'puter*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)

Knit One, Chat Too. ^^; Although "Two" would be neat too. ^^ I think they're the first ones to put in couches for people to drop by and knit at. Another shop, Gina Brown's, always had tables for classes but didn't have that drop by to knit feel.

BTW, I don't know if you've opened mystery envelope, but you are allowed to open it. There's a little something in there you might like to look at. Just don't ask about my photocopying skillz. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
loveinateapot (feathered - obsessiveicon

Allowed?! *wai*

There are a few places here that have couches &c. for knitting (and weekly nights dedicated to same), but I haven't found one that feels right. *sigh* Even the Knit Cafe, which sounds like it should be just the thing, isn't quite right.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)

Yup, what's not allowed (yet) should be self-evident (or should be after outer packaging removal; be careful wrapping was very thinly done). ^^; IIRC, the bubble mailer was added for greater protection not to mention it was originally going to go to your place. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
kitten protection (alryssa)

That was Ysa's theory about the … unusual wrapping. ^_^ (Poor sweetie, she gave a little *twitch* at the use of other name.)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Yeah, I don't usually wrap things in bubble mailers... at least not for domestic mail. ^^; International, I don't wrap at all. (Come to think of it, I did stick the gift tag on the outside of that mailer didn't I? That's okay, there's still that amazing lack of Xmas cards... ^^;; )

(Poor sweetie, she gave a little *twitch* at the use of other name.)

^^; Heaven knows I seriously hesitated before writing it that way. There's a serious lack of connection between it and you in my brain. ^^;;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
nouveau geek (gleefulfreak)

There's a serious lack of connection between it and you in my brain. ^^;;

*nods* Excellent. We'll keep it that way. ^_^

(Does this mean that if our nefarious plot is successful, we won't have to call you J-- I can't even type it. *grin*)

No worries about lack of Christmas card. Especially for me, who can't even remember to include the note that's "hiding" in a different pocket of her bag from the tea. *hangs head*

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Mogeta <3 (sleepdebtfairy)

*flail* *praises* *dances*

*bounce* *bounce* *bounce*

(It's not that I didn't want to buy it, but I didn't want to buy the kit, and that's the only way.)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)

Yeah, it wouldn't be so bad if the kit yarn was really nice stuff, but... >.< Which reminds me, the FSU has a bunch of info regarding the pattern for you, but I'll have to nail her down for it again. ^^; From what I remember...

- the original yarn was a coarse-spun Shetland yarn so you should look at a 3~4-ply fingering weight yarn.
- the sleeves are super long as written so you'll want to shorten the length (I don't remember how much she shortened by, but it's enough that I roll up a small cuff which actually works well)
- I believe she said she knit tightly
- maybe not so important, but she says she's going to reduce the size of the gussets next time to reduce the shaping for the hip; I'm not that curvy. :P

I think there's also a site with a bunch of hints for it (did you point it out to me?). I'm sure there's something about the i-cord start, but FSU also had some thoughts about that thing. I'll see if I can nail her down for the rest. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
Tiny Toons - Gogo Dodo

Well that just sucks about the yarn! The colours, as I recall, were quite pretty, too. :/

Thanks for the tips - I'll watch the arm length (I always think mine are long, but then I met Ysa's elf-friend. O_o), and reduce the curves. I don't have a flat butt, but it's all in proportion. (I'm sure my small doesn't compare to yours, if you have the typical Asian-girl proportions. It's kind of sad when I go shopping at the Chinese mall, because I have to wear medium and large. *pout*)

I remember linking you to some hints (needles and pins? I don't have the knitblog bookmarks with me to check), but any others are much appreciated.

I rambled. *blush* I'm going to have to make an icon like that. After I do the Shoumyou icon that's eating my brain. And the other ones that are clamoring.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 27th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)

I forgot that for the i-cord, FSU said to do it all at the end in order to avoid ending up with an i-cord intersecting/joining at the back of the neck. I agree, the colours for it were really pretty. IIRC, FSU soaked my jacket quite a bit in lanolin wash and it did soften up a lot, but it still gives me the itchy-twitchies if I wear it for very long. I also make sure that it doesn't touch bare skin since it's still a bit coarse.

(I'm sure my small doesn't compare to yours, if you have the typical Asian-girl proportions. It's kind of sad when I go shopping at the Chinese mall, because I have to wear medium and large. *pout*)

*laughs* At least it means you can probably find clothes relatively easily (unless you don't have problems finding clothes that fit normally). The oriental mall here doesn't have much in the way of clothing so I'm not sure if I'd be able to find stuff to fit, but I do know that I took size 9-11 in Japan which is a bit larger than average (7). Then again, it was easy to find clothes that fit there. (Poor FSU took a 5 *with* alterations, and had problems finding things even there.) ^^;

I still have to nail down FSU for the hints site(s). ^^;

(Can't wait to see what other icons you come up with. Shoumyou's too much fun.) ^o^

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