My friend and I went to a bead and yarn store in Collingswood, NJ (Jubilee) on Friday where I found these little charms and jump rings that I am using as zipper pulls. Gold would have probably worked out better on the red pouch, but I only purchased silver toned charms.
I am also knitting socks for TOMA's birthday.
I don't expect to have the second sock finished in time, but not too far beyond the deadline. They are 100% wool that was left over from a Swallowtail Shawl I made for myself; Araucania Natural Wool. I made the socks on #5 DPN at 6 stitches to the inch.
I have some more of this yarn in burgundy and intend to make a Penny Straker cabled vest for TOMA with it.
I have started working on the Cladonia Shawl (made with Madelinetosh yarn) again. I may have mentioned that I did not like the first row of lace that called for M1-s and YO-s next to each other so I decided to alter the row before that and do my increases in that row, which was knit all the way across. Then when I did the next row I knit the stitch that would have been the M1. Much better, I am 2 rows away from completing the lace pattern and see the shawl being finished soon.
I purchased some more Madelinetosh yarn as it is really beautiful and nice to work with. I usually don't like working with singles because it tends to wind back on itself while knitting, but not this yarn. This time I purchased Tosh light in a gorgeous hand painted purple that I cannot find on their site, so I assume this color is discontinued. I am going to make the Holden Shawlette (by Mindy Wilkes) with it. I found the pattern on Ravelry. The rule is that I have to finish Cladonia before starting Holden.
And the last project that I want to start is a top down yoke sweater. I purchased the Knitter's Hand Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd on the last work day before Christmas. I was hanging out in the Barnes and Noble waiting for TOMA to get finished work (we were dismissed at 3:00 p.m.) and had a 25% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket. I have had some hand painted Brown Sheep yarn for years that would look great for this project.
I dug out a lot of yarn that I would like to knit up different things out of to either sell or give away as gifts.
Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year (Felice Anno Nuovo)!
Baci e abbracci