I've given up waiting for Ty Pennington to march in and magically transform the spare bedroom from the black hole of Crapcutta to multi-purpose YarnCave Extraordinaire. I hit critical mass last week when I kept finding projects in one spot, the yarn in another and the original pattern somewhere else. Not to mention the piles of 'Real Simple' and knitting mags strewn about with a path carved out to the computer. I think I turned the corner after watching a show on DIY where a woman had some kind of intervention in her craft room with a clutter consultant--it involved throwing out masses of dusty dried flowers, a ton of baskets, copious tears and God only knows how many doodads and junk. So, here's where we stand so far: On the left is the practically empty YarnCave and on the right is my living room now housing all this....stuff. Luckily, Mr. Mary has bounced off to NYC on a business trip and I've got a couple of days to get this organized before strangers show up with a camera crew.
My dog, Archie, specializes in the onsite burial of plastic bottles, Crocs and underwear in our backyard. Now he has added Sundara sock yarn to his list.
This a boucle cardi that I knitted in Paris using La Droguerie yarn and pattern. Apparently, French women have smaller arms and torsos than I do. I, on the other hand, have a smaller brain for not realizing that the pattern would end up making a petite and not a plus grande Americaine. So, I have ripped out the ribbing and buttonband and will reconstruct it, adding a batik lining as the wool is a bit itchy for 'ol Scratchy here.
Ah, this little beauty is one half of my fingerless gloves made from A.L. de Sauveterre's cashmere in 'muench' colorway. All I did was knit up a rectangle using a slip stitch pattern and then ran the seam up on the the thumb side, with a 2-inch opening in the middle. Picked up stitches on dpns for a snappy red ribbing and now I have one warm hand waiting for its partner to catch up.
Here's holiday gift #1--woohoo! The cobweb frill was made with Artful Yarns 'Broadway'in Molly Brown and the scarf knitted up with a simple Turkish stitch using Classic Elite Inca Alpaca. I would not recommend using mohair for a cobweb frill as the stitches latch onto each other, but with a bit of gentle tugging it can be done. One down and about 5 more to go!
NEKO aka Sneako
Neko is a teenager these days and has taken to gallivanting around the neighborhood. I just found out recently that he spends most of his spare time sunbathing at the neighbor's pool next door, running up a huge bar tab and flexing his muscles at the other cats. He's getting a kitty pi bed for Christmas, but ONLY if he lays off the sauce.