Needful things

Let’s see: Josephine is knitted but I still don’t have time to seam until after this weekend. My favorite aunt and her family are visiting (of course she’s my favorite; she taught me to knit when I was 16!) for my brother’s birthday celebration. We went to Twisted yesterday for a little shopping, and to Powell’s, to look at knitting books (and cookbooks, but not for me). I managed to avoid buying more yarn or knitting books, but I did buy these. They are the most elegant pins I’ve ever seen.

pins

While at Twisted, we wound more of my Dream In Color Classy. I told you there was no going back on this one! This means commitment. Although there is one more skein to wind. It just wouldn’t fit in the cute little bag I was carrying. You can see more of the color variations here, but it’s still not as good as real life. The February Lady is coming along nicely; I just moved from a 26 inch needle to a 40 inch needle. It feels better not being so scrunched up.

classylady

I just received this as a gift.

dpn case

dpn case 2

It’s a needle case for double pointed needles. I’ve been looking for a way to manage them, and this is practical and beautiful. It’s from Lantern Moon. Now that my needles are in there, I’m wondering where my size 3 dpns have gone? I know which socks my size 4 dpns are living in, but the 3’s should be free. Oops.

Oh, I have a fairly recent Lantern Moon silk circular case, too. I love it; it’s nice to have all my circulars in one place so I can find the right size quickly. And I like that I can just tuck it away. Again, practical and beautiful.

circ case 2

circ case

And last of all, I think we’ve declared a winner in the squirrel war.

It’s not me.

the winner

I think he’s jumping from the trellis on the front of my house. We’ve moved all the other possible launch points away, and moved the bird feeder, too. The trellis has a really ugly climbing hydrangea on it, and it will probably be removed next spring. But for now, it’s Mr. Squirrel 4, Me 2, maybe. Mookie doesn’t seem to mind. She finds the birds more interesting, though.

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7 responses to “Needful things

  1. Your sweater is going to be beautiful!
    *clicks to spend more money at Lantern Moon* GAH!

  2. I really like the needle cases – very nice. The sweater is going to be gorgeous – great color.

  3. Those pesky squirrels, they run rampant here ion Upstate NY. They are everywhere, those and skunks, yuck.

    I need a circular needle case, I may have to go looking at Lantern Moon

  4. I just love the color of your FLS! I like your idea of binding off 5 for the button hole, and then closing it up a bit if it turns out to be too large for your button. I’ve been trying out a 2 stitch button hole, and it does seem small. But now I’m thinking of skipping buttons completely and attaching some other doohickey instead (hook? clasp?).

    Love your needle cases!

    I can’t figure out what you’re supposed to do with those pins (1st photo). And lucky you to have Powell’s!

  5. I must be imagining things, I thought I left a comment here, but I don’t see it. Weird! Anyhow, I love your needle cases. I can’t figure out what those pins are for. And I love the color of your FLS. You’re clever about making the 5 stitch button hole which gives you the option of making them smaller if need be. I was playing around with the 2 stitch button hole and it is quite tiny. I haven’t decided yet but I’m leaning towards skipping buttons entirely and trying something else like a hook or clasp.

  6. Akismet got a little too vigilant and thought your messages were spam, but I found it and rescued both.

    The bamboo pins are for pinning things together while seaming. It’s hard to tell how big they are without a reference point in the picture! They’re about 2.5 inches long. I have some Clover metal pins (skinny!) with big lollipop heads that I usually use, but they’re lost somewhere in my house. Probably hiding out with my size 3 dpns!

  7. Your FLS is going to be gorgeous! When I saw that pattern, I immediately thought of DIC Classy…great minds think alike :) The Lantern moon cases are also very classy: beautiful and practical.