First was Knit One, Chat Too, where I ended up picking up some Koigu PPPM wool for the Charlotte's Web shawl. So far I'm having fun with it. The pattern's been pretty simple (especially compared to the mystery shawls!) and it's been growing reasonably well. (Ha! Okay, I lie; I'm only 30 rows into it at the moment). I also picked up some new black mohair (SRK Ovation - mohair/silk blend) which seemed nice. There was another mohair / nylon blend I was debating but it didn't feel as nice to the fingers and was a hint more expensive to boot. We also put in an order for Fleece Artist stuffs but I'm not sure what exactly is coming in so it's a bit more the female sibling unit's wishlist I suspect? Maybe?? (I've given up on a pure cashmere afghan for now and am happy with the blends I'm working with).
While at K1C2, I saw a bunch of the Manos Handpainted yarns and was so tempted to pick some up. The girl tried tempting me a touch but I simply couldn't think of a single project I might want to try making! >_< Beautiful yarn / colours and I know it's not going to be there when I go back and yet I didn't buy it. I'm so going to regret that later on. ^^; But I'm also so not into heavier yarns right now. I have the great afghan project / the third great knitting attempt which has now been laid claim to. The female sibling unit has claimed it upon completion for her bed. It seems that the afghan she made me a couple years ago which I don't often use is "so heavy you can't move under it". It's a double sided wool afghan that she finished making in the summer of all things! Eek! Also on-going in heavier yarn is the Tri-Aran Shawl in aran weight yarn. It's going a couple rows a night usually and is turtling along. I'm not entirely keen on the aran colourway for this shawl; I'd rather have a nice green or earthy tone for it. I'll have to think about switching to a different yarn and use the aran for something else. :P
We then went down to Oasis Spa and picked up various stuffs there (finally! After we forgot last time...). We also hit Mona Lisa again where I got myself a journal with lines and made sure that the lines didn't try running away again. ^^; This the day after the female sibling unit picked up another journal for me as she needed to buy a birthday card and wanted to pay by card and not cash. There's something inherently wrong when you buy $20+ more than intended just so you can pay with plastic. ^^;
Then we hit Pudding Yarns again. I was sort of hoping they might have some more Koigu since I ended up getting 5 skeins of the same colourway for the shawl even though I'd hoped for mixing two but they didn't have any. I couldn't really see much for me there although the female sibling unit ended up getting some Luxury yarn for me (can't remember the exact blend. I think it's a fingering weight yarn). She also picked up some Rowan Kid Silk Spray for me in the beige-y colourway. And then she picked up two sets of DPNs by Lantern Moon...
I thought the Crystal Palace needles were expensive, but these... they definitely take the cake. Apparently they only come in size US 1-7 which is a small blessing. I've been trying them out tonight having cast-on for the Charlotte's Web shawl (that's since moved onto some regular Aero circulars after threatening to pop off the opposite end a few times) and the Magic Circle Shawl in A Gathering of Lace. I wasn't too sure about the needles at first because they didn't seem entirely straight, but like with all needles, it seems to really depend on what you're working with. They were absolutely beautiful with the Koigu PPPM! No splitting yarns or sticking too much or slipping; just yum. However, they seem a lot stickier with the Handpainted yarn. I finally decided to give in and work with the burgundy lace weight yarn I picked up and am using it for the Magic Circle shawl. Since I'm working in a lighter weight than the original, I expect the shawl will be smaller... which is perfectly fine with me since the original is 83" dia., half of which is 41.5" which is enough that, okay I shouldn't trip over it, but it's still getting awfully long. A little over 5' dia would be nice.
MS3 is moving slowly for me at the moment. I've been really bad since I really want to start moving to a circular but am thinking about waiting for the CP circulars to arrive from Blackberry Ridge. I've also been eyeing a new knit along (KAL) group for Sivia Harding's Fantasy Diamond Shawl pattern but I neither have the pattern nor am I sure about making that one. I have other of her patterns winging their way in that I'm hoping to make though so shall see what other KALs come along later. Which reminds me, the Caravan Robe's yarns will hopefully be arriving in the next week or so. ^___^ I need to learn to knit faster or be like an octopus with multiple arms to work on multiple projects at once. :P
Did I mention I'm debating asking the female sibling unit to pick up some more Wendy's Peter Pan in either 3-ply, 4-ply or the prints and making a regular, wrap myself up shawl for the chair? I really like the yarn, it's so soft, but since it's baby yarn, it comes in baby colours... >_<
Part of the female sibling unit's B-day present has arrived and is safely cached away, but still no shipping notice from KnitPicks. >_< If it doesn't ship in another 1.5 weeks, I'll have to consider something else. Maybe the rest of the Lantern Moon DPNs!? Yikes!
Oh yeah, and how is it that after a few hours of knitting, the female sibling unit has half the back to a sweater done while I'm maybe an inch further on my own project. There's something inherently unjust in that sort of disparity in progress. :P Oh, and she's also making the cutest pair of snake noses at the moment; supposedly they'll turn into socks but right now they look like jewelled snake noses. :P
Finally made the mocha pots de creme. They were quite yummy although they naturally made me a bit sick. Oh to be able to have milk products. >_<; I'll have to make the flourless choco cake tomorrow... if we have enough eggs?? I think I might be short after making okonomiyaki for dinner today. On top of the regular mixed seafood okonomiyaki, I like to have a fried egg (soft yolk) on top of the okonomiyaki. Messy but yummy. :P