Yesterday my mom and Lloyd came down to visit and it was very fun. They came to eat lunch and then came later for a visit. I got to give them Eric’s hat, which fit Lloyd so it should fit his brother. After Lloyd went back home, me and my mom hit the stores for a shopping spree. We went to Borders, which was a big disappointment. THe only book that I was interested in was Weekend Knitting, but it was too expensive for my budget. We decided to go to Half Price instead. I had a great time there, and I bought a few things. The two books Quick Knits Cool Projects by House of Birches (I paid only $8 and saw the same book at JoAnn’s for more than $20), and Blankets, Hats and Booties by Kristin Spurkland. I also bought the winter issues of KnitSimple and Knit.1. The Knit.1 magazine made me a little upset, because someone tore out 8 pages! I am missing 5 or 6 projects from the project list.
I really enjoyed making Eric’s hat, but I am back to knitting the Transformers squares. I casted on my third Decepticon square today. I have also decided that I would like to start a new project, Hat a Week. I will knit a different hat each week. It only took me one day to make Eric’s hat, and that hat was actually more complicated than most. The first hat I want to make for my new project is the fish hat from the Knitty website. I bought the yarn I needed for this hat today. I will make a clown fish, sort of like Marlin. I won’t make Nemo since it would have a heavy side (the larger fin). I also bought some purple yarn to make a hat or something. I really just wanted purple yarn. I noticed that I have never purchased yarn in orange or purple. Now I have both.
Oh, my mom gave me her cabled newsboy cap so that I could take pics. I made it around September or October. I can’t really remember since it only took a day or two to make.
I will post pics of the Marlin Fish Hat as soon as I start working on it.
On Wednesday I went to the library and picked up several books for Peanut and knitting books for myself. I also got a book of short stories titled Home Schooling. The first story in the book was kinda creepy and sad, so I am not sure if I want to read ahead soon. I might wait a few days to read the next story. There are 8 stories in the book, and I have 7 left to read. The bad thing about my trip to the library is that I picked up a book that I own already! I meant to get Stitch n Bitch The Knitter’s Handbook, but instead I got Stitch n Bitch Nation. I own Nation, so what am I supposed to do with this other one? I did get to finally check out Nicky Epstein’s Signature Scarves. So far I am loving about 5 of the scarves in the book. Many of the scarves are pretty, but I know I would never wear them. Others are very artsy but not practical. My favorite part of the book has to be the last section on how to wear a scarf. I like the different step by step pictures, and the different styles. The other books I picked up were The New Crochet and How to Knit by Debbie Bliss. I got these because I always see them on the shelf at the library and never bring them home. To be honest, I will probably only use the Signature Scarves book.
Project Update: I am only working on one thing only. My brother’s Transformers blanket. I have completed 3 squares, and am halfway through with the 4th. I am trying my best to focus on the blanket, but it’s just so hard. The whole time I am working on the square I am thinking about what other projects I could be making with my stash yarn. It’s so tempting to put down my needles, run to my closet, and grab another ball of yarn. I am even thinking about ripping a crocheted scarf that I made last year and using that yarn with a ball of the same yarn to make something even better. Well, I will have to wait on that. I also want to make entrelac pillow covers for the pillows on my sofa. It’s a project in the Debbie Bliss book. I will have to add it to my queue on Ravelry.