I haven’t made an entry for so long. First off, I have been very busy, of course. Opening a “Spinning and Yarn Shop”:http://yarnalong.com does take quite some time. It’s fun work, for sure, but it’s still a lot of hours and a lot of work. Second, I think I have been hung up on the fact that if I do make an entry that I am obliged to catch up on everything that I’ve missed posting about. So, I hereby give myself permission to start fresh again from here on out.

So, what’s on my needles?
– “Wicked,”:http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/3974522 a great sweater pattern that we happen to carry at the shop, in “Atacama.”:http://yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=2704
I have the body of the sweater done all the way down to the waist band, which I’m doing in the same crossover pattern as the neck band instead of the seed stitch as written. Then all I have left are the sleeves.

– A “Fixation Tank,”:http://cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/DK121%20Fixation%20Tank.pdf
(pdf) a free pattern, out of “Cascade Fixation”:http://yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=2646 in a blue variegated colorway. I’m only a few inches up from the bottom, it’s a bit of a mindless knit.

– The _As You Like It_ shoulder wrap, out of a GORGEOUS hank of “Schaefer Anne”:http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=2960 – ooh lala Schaefer!!! If you haven’t seen it, run to your nearest “LYS!”:http://yarnalong.com It’s probably our favorite yarn in the shop! I’m up to 137 stitches wide doing the lacy version which goes up to just over 200 stitches wide at the top. It’s almost a mindless knit, if I weren’t so worried about making a mistake.

– I’ve barely started a Log Cabin baby blanket, using the pattern out of “Mason Dixon Knitting”:http://www.masondixonknitting.com/ in the fabulous I-never-thought-I-might-enjoy-knitting-acrylic-ever-again-but-I-am “Dark Horse Fantasy.”:http://www.darkhorseyarn.com/basicyarn.aspx?category=Fantasy&type=basic
Have you felt this stuff? Wow! I keep thinking that it’d be perfect for baby stuff and chemo hats!

And now I need to cast on some socks. I still have my trekking toes, two-at-once on the ‘loop. I was finally able to bring them out at the shop since our “Trekking XXL”:http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=2960 finally arrived last week. I have some “Wildfoote”:http://www.brownsheep.com/wls.htm wound up to cast onto dpn’s (it’s been ages), and but I’m aching to try out the new “TOFUtsies”:http://www.soysilk.com/tofutsies.html – such amazing colorways! We have all of them in the shop, even the new ones, making it an even tough choice.

So, what’s on your needles?