You guys are awesome, thanks for your support and feedback on my lapghan (nice word debi). I'm going to carry on. The Noro was bought on sale, so this is a perfect place to experiment. I'm going to take the risk! Extreme knitting bay-bee!
I had fun on Friday. At lunch, I thought I'd go see about a gift for my husband and the necessary store is right next to my local yarn store. Well, the store for my husband had moved, but the yarn store was having a book sale! YES! I had so much fun picking through their offerings and I got some great bargains. I went back to work that afternoon with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.
I bought Big Girl Knits, which seems like a book I should have on my shelf (wink) and Lucy Neatby's Knitting Essentials 2. The book I loaned to a co-worker for the weekend, but I sat down to watch the DVD this afternoon. I think Lucy's done an awesome job of it. The instructions are clear, and you can see everything very easily. I found that most of the techniques I had already taught myself, but Lucy had a few tricks I hadn't seen before. I also bought three magazine back issues and six pattern leaflets, including Fiber Trends shawl patterns. The whole business was ridiculously cheap, or I wouldn't have bought so much so close to Christmas.
I've got a ton of knitting on the needles, but here's something that came off them tonight:
The Ubiquitous Fiber Trends Felted Clogs
These are for my eldest son. I ran out of yarn twice. The first was the green, which I just bought in the fall. It's Lion Brand Felting wool, so I just ran out to Micheal's to get some more. But the second time I ran out of yarn was on the navy which I picked up on sale at Walmart three years ago. So I improvised:
Since I'll be painting non-skid rug backing onto these, I don't think anyone will be the wiser. We'll let this be our little secret, m'kay?