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I missed a week blogging, but have still been toddling around other blogs and forums :-) Some bugs or other are, I am sure, using me as a test subject! Feeling somewhat better now after aching for the past week, which might also be due to my eating foodstuffs that I know don't agree with me (idiot).
In knitting news, I have thus far resisted temptation to start any more WIPs ("medal!" as Muttley might say). I was all set to finish the capelet this weekend, and was happily knitting away last night when I realised I was going to run out of yarn. The horror! About 14 rows of pattern to go then the collar, so I've had to order some more from Jannette's. To make it worthwhile I also picked up a couple of balls of Kureyon 159, all sea greens, blues, and pinks.
Almost finished the left front piece of Ariadne, and judging by the yarn I have left I'm not convinced it will take much more than three "and a bit" skeins.
I picked up a fab bargain on ebay this week, thanks again to the phantom enabler on AY ;-) A Boye Needlemaster set, for much less than they are sold for here, from a US seller. It arrived extremely quickly too. I'm very impressed with the pointiness of the needles, they are coated metal in a rainbow of colours. The coating itself serves to make them less slippy than Addis too. I think I will make good use of these for lacy shawls.
The yarn bargain grapevine was also humming this week, once again Stash Fine Yarns had some great items on sale. In particular, SWTC Oasis (soy silk) and SWTC Bamboo. I'd been eyeing the Oasis for literally months, and having confirmed that 3 skeins is plenty to make a Clapotis, I couldn't pass up both of these yarns at half price. I got 3 skeins of Parrot in Oasis, and 4 of Bamboo in Bougainville. They arrived this morning (free P&P as well until the end of August!), and they are both beautifully soft. I'd never touched bamboo yarn before and really had no idea what it would be like, if anything I expected something a bit more like hemp. The bamboo may well become Ella from Knitty.
Given that it's a Bank Holiday weekend here, and that I now can't finish the capelet until next week, I feel the call of a couple more WIPs ;-) I want to do another cap for the current CFAC recipient, and also start a shrug from DB's "Simply Soft" in Sirdar Click, a gorgeous muted purple shade. Choices choices :-) Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend here in the UK!