I think I've finally begun to understand the notion of "stash". I found a pattern I'd like to make next, and 2 different kp yarns that probably would look good. The pattern is from Lion Brand though, so I'll need to see what it will take to match the gauge. So I ordered 1 ball of each and interrupted my clc sleeves to try a gauge piece. The worsted is coming out too big-have already switched from size 6 to size 4 needles, and it's still a bit more than 4 inches wide-increasing my tension is helping some, so if that's the yarn I choose, I'll have to keep in mind the need to knit more tightly than usual. But I really love both colors, so will have to find something to do with the one I don't use for the kimono cardigan. And I have the Bayou lace yarn set aside already for a shawl. If I can match gauge with both the DK and the worsted, I might actually use them together, will have to see...
Also got my yarn spinner in that order-what a great gadget! Being able to knit from both the center and the outside of the same ball can come in truly handy, and it's so much faster. I thought I wrapped pretty quickly, but this is such a help.
Started a discussion line on the knitalong about using magic loop, and got lots of good feedback from folks. Started over again with the 60" cable, and am making progress.
Well, the good news is that I mastered the long tail cast on. The bad news is the utter frustration of my first attempt to knit a single strand of Shadow on dpns. I ended up frogging what I'd done. I'm wondering, not for the first time, if it can be done on circulars-if you can do socks on 2 circulars or a magic loop, sleeves should be a no-brainer.
I just finished a baby blanket that had been on my needles since my niece was in the womb-she's now 3 1/2! But it's big enough for her to cuddle up in, and I think she'll like getting it for Christmas this year. What finally spurred me on was deciding to make the "Classic Lines Cardigan" and forcing myself to finish Wren's gift before allowing myself to begin anything else.
I've been reading through some of the discussions from the Knit along, and checking out some tutorials before getting started. Want to check out the different cast-ons people have been referring to in their comments-I only recently realized there were different cast-ons-I've been amazingly insulated, I guess, only recently realizing what a social activity knitting could be.
Found a video on YouTube for doing a long-tail cast on-I just don't seem to do well with static drawings when it comes to knitting techniques. Am casting on my first sleeve for the CLC. A single strand of Basalt is nearly invisible on the Harmony needles. I think I may want to go with acrylics for future lace weight projects, at least for dark colored yarn. Hopefully the magnifier on my needle gauge will let me count the stitches I've cast on, because even with my glasses on, I just can't see them. And I'm not finding the needle gauge... Well, I know it's here somewhere, so will do something else for a bit and come back to the hunt with fresh eyes.