Friday, August 12, 2011

Moth Alert

Well, I can pretty much promise that I won't be turning out any new knitting for the next couple of weeks, because day before yesterday, I found a dead moth in one of my bags of yarn. This yarn was delivered in the bag it was in, from Knit Picks. However, I'm not sure if the moth came with the yarn in the bag or not, so now pretty much all of my yarn is in the freezer. Unfortunately, that includes the last ball of the yarn I'm using for my Mara, so I can't complete the project until this ordeal is over. I have a few surviving skeins, but I don't really want to cast on anything new, because I do have a lot of stuff in progress right now. However, I'll be freezing all of my WIPs and FOs, too, because they were near the bag with the moth in it. I feel like I'm going overboard, but I won't have peace of mind unless I freeze everything. So, I will try to post for the next couple of weeks with more Parade of Projects items, and keep things moving!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Right Direction

Hello all. Suddenly, it's been almost a month since I made a post. I haven't been knitting much, because my job's been keeping me really busy. But, I've made a lot of changes in the past few days, including leaving that job, and now I'm moving in a direction that is much better for me.

So, today I did pretty much nothing but work on my Mara. I watched two of my favorite movies to knit to, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley.

The garter stitch is taking a long time, but I know I'm going to love the finished product. I have four balls of Palette, which I was originally going to use to make 198 Yards of Heaven. However, that project stayed in hibernation for a really long time, because the pattern was driving me insane. I had named that shawl "Welcome to Blue Heaven" in reference to the anime Outlaw Star. After frogging the shawl, I decided that I still wanted the anime reference, so the Mara's name is Melfina, after the main female character from the same anime. I named it after her because she is pretty much identified with the color blue for most of the show:

I'm not sure if I'm going to use three of the balls or all four, but I plan to make it big, almost cape-like, so I can wear it as an outer layer. I'm about a quarter into the second ball, so I have a while to go. I'll take a picture outside tomorrow, while Ben and I enjoy an adventure-filled day in town.

More soon! I have a feeling I'll be knitting a lot.