First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who posted comments and/or bought my new pattern, Vee. I really appreciate the feedback and support! I've worn my sweater a bunch of times (it was done almost a month ago, actually, so I got a lot of wear out of it before officially introducing it here!) and I love it, it's one of my most successful sweaters to date.
As I was saying, Thank You! To all of you!
Also, Hi to Anmiryam, who came into the shop this week! I love meeting people IRL, although it still freaks me out a little when someone walk up to me and says, "You're Ivete!" But it's fun to put a face to a name, and she asked to see Tramonto, not my tattoo, so that was especially cool. (yes, I've been asked to flash the tat more often than you'd think!)
Now for the "Little Things" part of the post
I've been feeling a little down lately (I miss the boy), so I've been doing a fair bit of retail therapy. I've been relatively good, but these past 2 weeks I went a little nuts. . . witness a recent haul:
I finally bought Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting, and I absolutely, completely and totally love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE. It's so thorough, so well documented, and the pictures are perfect (black background and white lace, brilliant! and so simple!). I think it's a must-have for anyone who likes lace, or anyone who thinks s/he might one day love lace . . . it's THAT good.
Also, I finally bought myself a copy of Vogue Knitting, too. I have used this book a million times already, but I usually just borrowed it from the store when I needed it. Well, it finally became obvious that I need my own copy (it's really not practical to run to work on your day off to flip through a book!), so there you have it. I love this book. And I realized yesterday while flipping through it that there's more in there than I ever realized before: I didn't know that the Enchanted Forest Jacket pattern is at the end of the book! How cool! I need to make that. Eventually.
Also above are a skein each of Filatura Cashmere and Classic Elite Lavish -- each of these is set to become a hat for me.
I've learned many lessons about knitting for myself over the last few years. One of them is that I should never, ever, EVER make a matching scarf and hat set. If I do, I will 100% definitely lose one piece of said set. Ever since realizing that I don't lose single hats or scarves, I've been making and wearing mis-matched scarves and hats, and that's working much better.
And, since I won't allow myself to make anymore scarves (who needs more than 40 scarves?), hats are it. The benefit of this problem is that hats are small, so I can treat myself to super-fancy yarn, since I only need one skein! (As I was saying, it's the little things!)
The burgundy skein is the Filatura, and I've already started a Shedir (from Knitty) hat with it on size 3 needles. This is yet another of those patterns that looked nice when I first saw it but I didn't care that much, and then Eunny made it and I thought, WOW, I have to make that. She twisted her sts and I'm doing that too, I love it so far.
The fuschia Lavish will become my Hatmione, whenever I decide to get around to that. I still haven't figured out whether the hat/scarf curse will apply to a hat/mittens set, so we'll see about that when the time comes. I made myself a Gryffindor scarf a few years ago (come to think of it, I think I lost it), but this hat has been on my to-do list since it came out. I love my HP!
Last, but certainly not least, in this picture is also a New Chibi. Here's a closeup:
Did you know that Clover changed the Chibis again? This is what a new one looks like! We just got them in the store about a month ago. . .
Is it strange that this silly piece of plastic makes me so HAPPY? I LOVE IT. Love. It makes no sense. I realize that. But every time I look at this clear and BLUE Chibi, it makes me smile.
Talk about a "little thing"!!!!!