Lots happening, not much time to report it all.
–Lily Chin is a great teacher. She’s a little kooky, but then, that was what made her “Short Row Bust Darts” fun.
–Thrilled to shop early at the Thursday Market Opening; overspent a bit (but then, you all knew I would ;).), but wound up getting some really lovely, really unique yarns from some new favorite dyers: Wabi Sabi, for instance. I could’ve really done some damage at that booth, but I took myself in hand and said, “Kathy, control yourself. Besides, you can always buy more online after you get home and realize you should’ve bought just one more skein of that yummy laceweight.”
–Finally put some qiviut yarn against my cheek and swooned. Luckily I did this on my way out of the Market and was not even slightly tempted to throw my budget into a major tailspin–okay, I was a little tempted.
–Finished my “Simple Things” shawl/scarf and love it! What a wonderful, mindless way to use up a skein of merino/cashmere sock yarn. So wonderful, in fact, that 2 of the skeins I picked up at Stitches were Merino Cashmere to make a couple more. Great for heavily varigated yarn since most of the pattern is so plain.
–Cast off the body of my Lion-necked Cardi and am starting the sleeves magic loop style. Not thrilled with this method, but I have only one US 10.5 needle and have no reason to buy another, so I have no choice.
–Am making Poppa a pair of socks for his (rapidly) upcoming birthday and challenging myself to make them 2-at-a-time (1st time), toe-up, gusset heel (also 1st time) and my own choice of stitch pattern. Gutsty, huh? So far I have 2 little toes…
–Finished a bunch of custom jewelry–still working on a couple of pieces, but that’s always the case.
–Made a bunch of Communion Jewelry and some prom jewelry for my two aunts’s new boutique in downtown Naperville, Riverwalk Boutique for their grand opening. Shop is dangerously close to Lou Malnotti’s and some on the best pizza on this earth.
–Have sketched out some new designs to work on ASAP
—Spent 3 days painting the living room, kitchen, and front hall ceilings with CR. Now know why Michaelangelo was such a crabass.
–Floors are finished being laid (after I so thoughtlessly ran out of tile–bad me. Should’ve listened better in math class); will be grouted later this week.
–Hood and cooktop are back in place so the glass tile backsplash can be put in.
–Fireplaces almost finished.
–I’m considering buying stock in the company that makes Swiffer Dusters.