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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Oops, I did it again

Today I visited my local yarn shop to purchase a 12-inch circular needle for knitting my sweater sleeves. I can maybe get by with the 16-inch ones I've been using, but they are really just a tad long for my comfort, and I'm afraid they might be stretching the stitches a bit. I wanted to get the size I've been using, US 6 (4.0 mm) but they were out of it, so I've put it on order for future needs. They did have a US 5 (3.75 mm), which is what I'll be using for the cuffs, and I've just reached that point on one of the sleeves, so I can switch over to it for that. I'll just continue with the 16-inches ones for the other sleeve and knit that cuff with the 12-inch size 5 for consistency.

Of course, I couldn't just leave the store with one set of circular needles. No, that would just be wrong. :) So this all jumped into my bag before stepping up to the counter.

Top left, pattern and 3 skeins of Koigu yarn for a linen stitch scarf (in a nice little kit, and which they were kind enough to wind into balls for me). Top right, 3 sizes of those 12-inch needles. I love the addi Turbos, and I snagged the 7 and 8 sizes in addition to 5's. The 6's are on order and should come in next week. Far right, a new skein of what seems to be my favorite yarn ever - Malabrigo Arroyo, in the Azules colorway. Bet you can never guess what I'll make with it. ;-)

The bottom middle are 4 mini-skeins of sock yarn. I'm being very tempted by the scrappy sock yarn blankets I've seen all over the interwebs lately - it seems everyone is either knitting or crocheting one pattern or another - so I just picked up a few "in case" I catch that fever. And bottom left is two Lo-Lo bars. I have come to rely on these types of bars (not just this brand, I have a few others) to help moisturize my poor dry fingers especially in the winter months. The scents I chose are Little Pumpkin and Deep Forest. They aren't overpowering, and I have trouble with a lot of the floral ones, so I thought I'd see if these will be okay for me.

Okay, I'm off to work on those sleeves - hoping to finish over this long weekend, so I can cast on all the new things. I'm planning on socks, mitts, maybe a hat, and a shawl - possibly the scarf above too. :) Definitely a case of start-itis. Happy knitting, happy stitching, happy quilting, happy everything!  Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!!

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