If you are in New Jersey…

…this weekend, stop by the NJ Fiber Festival and say howdy to my bags, k?  Here they are all ready to go…

Stitched Bags for NJ

They will be found at the Seekay/Zarzuela/as yet unnamed yarn company owned by my friend Tina’s booth.  I hope they find good homes!  ;o)  Also, since I have you here, I’m going to take a moment to announce that I’m taking a bit of a break.  The shop will be closed until the 22nd but will be reopening with new prints!  Owls!  Monkeys in Pajamas!  Can you stand it?  ;o)

Speaking of as-yet-unnamed yarn company, Tina needs some help with that. If you can, please go over there and see if you can help her figure out a good one.  There’s yarn in it for you…

There’s been some knitting going on around here, too!  I’ve been working on my Aestlight Shawl and I cast on for a sweater that I’m hoping to finish before Rhinebeck rolls around:

Twist - the beginning

That would be Twist by ChicKnits (the pattern is on my new Sony Reader – my reward for the 100+ box bags I’ve sewn over the past month.  I love it beyond reason and am very happy I went with it and not a Kindle.  Mostly because it comes in red.  hehe).  The yarn is Dream in Color Classy in the Midnight Derby colorway (it’s a bit darker than in the photo).  I’m most of the way through the swatch, er, first arm and I’m very, very happy with it so far!

Now that the big rush for festival bags is over I’m hoping I’ll be able to spend more time with Twist…I’m looking forward to my self-imposed break over the next week and a half!  ;o)

Helena…

…progress:

The bigger picture of Helena in Progress

The baby shower is the 18th so I had better get a move on…

I’m mostly liking this pattern so far – there’s nothing wrong with the pattern, it’s well written, I’m just kind of sick of knitting it at this point.

…which means I’d better go and work on it so I can finish it in time for gifting and then start planning a new project! ;o)

Finis! (and – can you believe it? – a contest)

ETA:  We’re close!  Soooo very close to breaking my comment milestone on this post!!  I knew you guys could do it (and I guess it helped that RR and Dobby hijacked the comments for a bit) a few more and we’ll be there!  Remember, if I hit the milestone on this post, I’m giving away two prizes!  You guys have until 10pm Sunday night to enter – I’ll post the winner(s) on Monday.  Thanks for playing!  ;o)

I know I said I was close but I hadn’t shown you guys how close:

Finished !!

Done!  Yay!  I ended up adding a few more inches to the arms since I had an abundance of yarn.  ;o)  I lurve my new sweater – I’ve even worn it a few times since I finished it last week.  In public, even!  I just wish I had been able to finish it during the month of November…

For the curious, my recipe began with this top-down raglan pattern (I ignored the cut-it-into-a-cardigan steps).  I used size eight needles, two balls of Noro for the CC and about four and a half balls of Wild Apple Hill Yarn for the MC.  I started with the MC then used the CC for the purl rows – I did the increases on the MC rows.  I knit the yoke until I could touch the stitches together under the arms then I put the arm stitches on holders.  I cast on six stitches at each armhole when I continued knitting the body.  After I was done with the body, I put the arm stitches onto needles and picked up the six stitches under the arms so they were seamless.  I then knit straight down the arm for about four inches and began decreases every eight rows until I was three inches from where I wanted to start the garter stitch.  At that point I did the decreases every four rows.  For the garter stitch, I switched down a needle size (on both body and sleeves).  I used the sewn bind-off since it’s nice and stretchy.  Did I mention that I lurve this sweater?  It’s so pretty in person!!  I wish the light was better this time of year so I could really show you how pretty the colors are.

I’ve been having a helluva month – today marks the first full day that I haven’t received an email or phone call requesting copies of documents from my client.  Thank GSD.  Hopefully the peace will last since I still have oodles to do before Xmess.  Presents to wrap, socks to crank, laundry to do (RR literally ran out of socks a couple of days ago, he had to wear hand knit ones, the horror),  and since the world is apparently going to come to an end within the next few days, milk and bread to buy.  The French Toast warning system is on red alert!  ;o)

In other blog news, I’m teetering on the brink of a comment milestone.  I should hit it within the next couple of posts (unless you all go crazy with the comments) and when I do, the person who hits that milestone will be winning a lovely prize!  I’m thinking some kind of stash yarn…and I do have some lovely stash yarn if I do say so myself.  OR perhaps fiber is more your thing?  I have that, too.  ;o)  It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway and I’m feeling it’s time…so comment away and good luck!  (btw, if I hit the milestone on this post, I’ll be doing a second prize drawing from all the comments.   I know you guys can do it!! Oh and feel free to tell your friends!)