Is it feeling like Fall where you are? Because it’s going to be 88 degrees here today. That is most definitely not “Fall” in my book. However, my house is starting to look Fall-ish. Isn’t this character cute in an ugly sort of way? I tend to find “so ugly it’s cute” characters. I have a Christmas “Muffin Man” that is downright scarey looking, but I felt sorry for him so I bought him anyway. (Who else was going to take him home?) I also love decorating with Bittersweet Berries (although I have yet to plant them in my backyard like I keep saying I’m going to do) and Japanese Lanterns.
Knitting Daughter and I had a fun long weekend! We knitted, caught up on some DVD’s (Heroes, The Office, etc.) and went out to eat. It was fun to spend the time with her and fun to be off from work for a few days. (You know, when you work out of the house, work is always there.) I knitted up a pair of fingerless gloves from Holiday Knits, just in time for my trip to Colorado this week (where it will be in the 20′s and 30′s at night.) I haven’t done gloves with fingers before. While I like this pattern and love how they turned out, boy is that ever a pain in the behind to do all of those knitted fingers. The yarn is from one of our new indie dyer lines that will be coming soon. Allen is one of our Loopy Groupies and it was so fun to find out that she has been selling her beautiful yarn to a couple of her local yarn shops and was now ready to sell online through The Loopy Ewe. I love the way the yarn subtly stripes, and it was soft and wonderful to work with. We’ll have this in stock in a few weeks. I also am a new fan of BellaModen – another new indie line that will be here soon. Rebecca is also a Loopy customer and has great taste in colors and yarn! This sportweight of hers knit up so quickly, and I really like the method she used for handpainting this skein. It almost looks marbeled, to me. She calls it a Batik style of painting. It’s sock #1 of a pair that will be a gift for someone for Christmas. A start on my gift-knitting! I’ll fill you in on some more new lines that are on their way to us, soon. (As well as some other fun Loopy news next week!)
So has anyone else started gift-knitting? And what are you making for people this year? Is anyone else into fingerless gloves? We have two gorgeous fingerless glove patterns coming from new pattern designer Monica Jines that I can’t wait to make. This has been a fun way to use some of my sock yarn. I also got this book over the weekend and there are several pretty patterns in there that have now made it onto my “must knit” list. (And here I thought I was over scarves. Apparently not.)