Not Hawaii; this time I’m at the Oregon Coast for our annual Crafty Moms Weekend. This is the 10th annual gathering. There are 12 of us this year; some of us are knitting, others are sewing, beading, making cocktails. It was glorious yesterday when we arrived, 60 and sunny.
The sunset was gorgeous.
And this morning’s view was equally lovely, through the window as I knit. I love the reflection of clouds on the wet sand.
I just got to the finishing on half a scarf, and figured out I should have cast on 2 more stitches than I did. I had 2 prototypes but I knit from the graph and didn’t check which one, because i thought they were the same width. Oops. 7452 stitches, to the frog pond…
But first! The winners of the Lantern Moon silk needle cases are…Sheila and Stephanie! I’ll email you to get your snail mail addys. I also want to give a shout out to Sheila for her beautiful Mergoum shawl design. So lovely!
I”ve been looking for a way to organize my circular needles. I have two beautiful Lantern Moon silk needle cases, but they’re not enough to hold all of my 30+(!) Lantern Moon ebony circulars, I think because I save the packaging. Why save the packaging? I use my needles so much, the sizes rub off! It’s frustrating to not be able to tell what size I’m plucking out of the needle case, and it’s hard to mark the silk to tell me. These are so lovely, but my needles are always spilling out all over.
When I saw this file organizer, I decided to give it a try.
There are enough pockets inside that I can go from size 3 through 10. Anything larger than 10 goes in with the 10′s, too. It all fits and is quite tidy, and I can tell at a glance which size I’m looking at because of the packaging. Pretty happy over here! I will also admit to having a not quite so pretty accordion file of bamboo circulars, and some dpns over there, too. But for the most part, I use my ebony circulars, and I want to have them easily at hand.
You may suggest that I use a zippered binder full of plastic zip pages, but I’ve tried that, and have too many needles for it, too! How do you store your circulars?
And! Now I have these two lovely silk needle cases that are looking for a new home. If you’d like one, please leave me a comment telling what you’re using now, and why you think the silk case would work better for you. These are too pretty to not be used! I’ll pick a winner on Friday.
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FO pic! Here’s my sister with her Webfoot Scarf, hot off the needles.
Christmas was great, lots of family and friends. The kids gave me a Cuisinart ice cream maker, so tonight we had bourbon vanilla ice cream profiteroles with chocolate truffle sauce and bourbon caramel sauce. It was beyond delicious.
Coming down to the end of 2012. It’s been a good year, lots of travel and knitting. Sometimes both at the same time! I’m looking forward to what happens next for PDXKnitterati. I have a few deadlines to meet, design-wise. How do you keep yourself organized? I like lots of lists. And for my knitting, there’s this:
A different silk taffeta bag for each design project. All the bags go into my favorite around the house basket, Bindi by Lantern Moon. I think it’s been discontinued, but I love the size of this.
What’s next on your knitting radar? Do you have a selfish project lined up for January after gift knitting through December? I’m having a pattern sale on Ravelry; all of my patterns there are 20% off through January 5. The coupon code to enter is MeMeMe as in, it’s all about ME (which really means you). Thank you for reading and knitting!