Sunday, October 08, 2006

POSTSCRIPT!

OK, OK, OK Laurie M and everybody else who complained, I've now hauled the expert out and got him to photograph the BC stash properly. Plus some of the books I got.


That better? (gosh, Blogger is panting for breath - I made the image larger). You might notice that the Handmaiden Silk (front right of the dpns) is already balled up and ready to go on the Swallowtail shawl. I'll model the plaid skirt when I've made it (don't you find that the cutting out is the best - rather like the thinking about it, getting the yarn, and even casting on with a knit project?)

14 comments:

Lynn said...

"...don't you find that the cutting out is the best - rather like the thinking about it, getting the yarn, and even casting on with a knit project?"

No, actually, but I enjoy how you write about it. :)

Cutting out is my absolutely least favorite part of a sewing project. But don't even think about holding me up as a standard for what's "normal", because what I enjoy, nearly as much as the stitching-up, is grading the seams and hand-basting them open so they'll press properly. I like my seams flatter than roadkill on a Texas highway!

I do like the thinking-it-through part of the process, too, though I'm more the "get a gist of what I want and proceed boldly until I have to change direction" sort of girl. Serendipity should have been my middle name.

I do like to shop for fabric, and for yarn. I've had a jacket cut out for 3 1/2 months now, and I really ought to cut the stupid little squares of interfacing for the sleeve insets and proceed to my staystitching. I know where the interfacing is. I know where the iron is. I have a pretty good idea where my pressing cloth is.

But the Knitting Fairy has the Sewing Fairy bound and gagged and chucked into a closet, right next to the Good Housekeeping Fairy, so knitting it is, for the foreseeable future.

Is this plaid skirt one that you're making to go with sweaters you've already completed, or will it be the springboard to a whole new series of projects? {I'm bad that way; I think there will be enough Felted Tweed leftover from my current pair of socks that I can eke out "Fetching" or a variant thereof...)

PS, and I'm none too fond of casting on, if the truth be known. I don't like beginnings. I don't like endings. I like middles, as any Oreo that has passed through this house would tell you.

Jo said...

That makes your stash look even better I am green with envy....may find that special something at Ally Palace, unfortunately I'm going up on Sunday...I will be doing the knit and natter at lunchtime. Thursday I am on a magical mystery anniversary trip from Gatwick, back Fri night. Ok the button bit was easy... but its getting it to link....or linking all my fav other blogs that isn't working. If you want a button you just click on it and copy it as a jpg to your computer, you can then upload it to blogger and then move it into a link by linking it to the web address in the normal way that you have created your other links...see I know the theory but its not working and dh wants to move my blog to its own website (www.freestylefibre.co.uk) so I can have complete control.cashew soon xx

anne said...

it's so good to see you back at home again jo! i missed your house!

Jo said...

P.S.... where will I find your yarns on e-bay?

LaurieM said...

Hey thanks! Awesome haul....

Ms. Knitingale said...

Remarkable self-restraint, I say....

carlarey said...

I agree with Ms Knitingale, remarkable restraint. I'd have been forced to ship back cartons. On trips I've been known to fill a bag with things I can get right around the corner at home. But somehow since it was bought on a trip it wears an air of the foreign.

Peg said...

Jo - Oh but the Handmaiden Silk is so beautiful! Your swallowtail is going to be gorgeous. Show us the plaid you are making the skirt from - what style! I can see the Fleece Artist Merino in the front for socks. I recognize that label from a mile away! You did well, lass. Wish I could have been with you for all the shopping. I did see the One Skein book become yours and also those beautiful Lantern Moon dpns.

Peg said...

Jo - also got a chuckle when I visualized the knitting fairy and the housekeeping fairy, along with the sewing fairy going at it in the cupboard. Can only imagine the racket!! You did give me a laugh, Lynn. My blocking fairy is in the cupboard now snickering!

Marianne said...

Great looking stash enhancement! I am so looking forward to seeing the Swallowtail take form, it is on my list.

angie cox said...

Lots of wolf whistles!That's a good looking stash !

Angeluna said...

Jo, lovely stash, restrained but gorgeous and well chosen. Ooooh, I can see we're diving into Swallowtail headfirst. I too am a fan of the Fleece Artist sock yarn. Wonderful colors and wonderful to knit. There are two weights in my stash. For ColorSong, they also make a large skein, think 450-500 yards so you can make socks as long and complicated as you want (says she of the large feet).

Lynn of the abusive Knitting Fairy is in my knit group. Her expressions will crack you up. I'm liking the "seams flatter than roadkill on a Texas highway". Very descriptive.

gwtreece said...

Glad your back, safe and sound. Total stash envy.

Mary N said...

Hi Jo, just stopping by to say hi and glad you made it back safely! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip and the yarn and trnkets are lovely! Can't wait to see what you make with it all! Mary