The Same Old Thing, Something New, and a Teaser For Tomorrow...
First, above you can see the sleeves for Order and Chaos. I decided to just suck it up and knit them both on the circular needles. They are making me crazy, but seeing the finished fronts and back all blocked out helps me to push through.
Something New: by now you've probably already noticed the little Ram pin on the right sleeve. I got this yesterday. It's from Designs By Romi and if you haven't checked out her shawl pins, you're really missing out. Her pieces have been written up in Vogue Knitting and Knitty among other places and all the good things you hear about her workmanship and the quality of the pins is true. The Ram has a nice, sturdy feel to him, but he isn't so heavy that I would hesitate to use him on my shawls. The stick part of the pin is blunted and smoothed so it won't snag. It's also shaped a bit so it "settles" into the stitches of what ever you attach it to. I haven't had a chance to wear it yet, but I don't think its going to fall off or wiggle loose. If you've been debating whether or not to purchase a pin from Romi, quit debating, get over there and buy one - you won't be dissappointed. (By the way, I'm in no way affiliated with Romi, except that she's left comments on the blog before.)
Finally, I wanted to give a bit of a teaser for tomorrow! My Mom has written a knitting pattern, and since she is among the tragically blogless, I offered my own blog to get the word out. I'm not going to tell you anything about the pattern today, so be sure to come by tomorrow for all the details (and some feline eye candy). Its gorgeous!