Holiday Preparation

I stopped by the 3 Kittens (update: link fixed, thanks!) last weekend to get some yarn for the secret gift I’m making. I lucked out because they were having a sale. The yarn I bought was 45% off, and I also got 15 patterns for $1! (The yarn doesn’t break my Yarn Diet, because it’ll be used for a gift.)

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There’s some older patterns by Classic Elite, Sirdar, Artful Yarns, and Unger, two White Lies Designs, and a Noro booklet! (There’s a cute hat pattern that might be perfect for the two skeins of Silk Garden I’ve got in stash.)

I’ve started on the gift and I can’t really blog about it or give too much detail. But here’s a peek.

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The pattern incorporates short-rows for the triangles; it’s all very clever and easy to work once you get into the rhythm. I’m loving the triangles; they remind me of the stripes I colored on tigers or zebras when I was little. : )

The Hippy Crunchy pattern is interesting and challenging enough that I need to count the stitches after every row, to make sure I’m on-track. I’ve decided to frog the first sock I started; it wasn’t turning out properly, and I accidentally cut the tail when taking away the waste yarn for the hem. (When will I ever learn…?) So I took this as an omen to start over. I was only halfway through the first repeat, so it wasn’t painful. I plan to restart later this week.

Meanwhile, I’ve started work on a new pair with the Tiger colorway. Cuff #1 is finished, and I’m trying a second pattern for the leg. The first one I tried was a bit too busy for the striping. I’m on the fence with this current stitch pattern. After a few more inches I’ll make a decision. (Or perhaps, I’ll be too far gone to restart?)

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7 Responses to “Holiday Preparation”

  1. Guinifer Says:
    November 7th, 2006 at 10:17 am

    I can’t get your link to work – where is 3 Kittens? It’s one local store I’ve never hit.

  2. Nicole Says:
    November 7th, 2006 at 10:31 am

    Just needs the www. in front of the link, then it works fine.

  3. hege Says:
    November 7th, 2006 at 10:14 pm

    Cool triangles! Look forward to seeing what it is!

  4. Chris Says:
    November 7th, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    Hmm… mysterious project… Sounds like you’re getting a lot of knitting done!

  5. rina Says:
    November 8th, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    Hmm …. I should pay a visit to 3 kittens, I haven’t been there since the shop hop. But I can’t wait to see your gifts!

  6. Tipper Says:
    November 11th, 2006 at 8:55 am

    Which White Lies patterns did you get? I didn’t know any stores carried them!

  7. Jess Says:
    November 26th, 2006 at 11:59 pm

    The patterns sound like fun and the knitting you showed is very cool! I like the use of short rows there.

    I’m so glad that 3 Kittens is undergoing such a transformation! I went in there last week and wow, it’s SO different from before.

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