I bought 2 skeins of Allhemp3 in the “classic” color today, to make Lacecap, a lacy hat from Knitty. Allhemp3 is 100% hemp and softer than the hemp twine you might think of. The hat will be for my friend, Mandy.

My Mary Jane hat is coming along well. I have about 4 inches knit now and 3 lifelines in place. (I’m placing one about every five rounds. My lifelines are mint-flavored dental floss and make my knitting smell minty fresh!)

For you non-knitters or those unfamiliar with the term, a lifeline is a piece of scrap thread or a thinner yarn that is threaded through a row or round of stitches. In case the knitter makes a mistake in a complicated stitch pattern, she only needs to pull out the work to that thread and insert the needles again, rather than dropping stitches and trying to figure out how to replace them back on the needles.

I’m still working on Elderflower, the tank top I started last year. The going is slow on that though, it shouldn’t be a difficult top to make, but the pattern instructions are written in a very awkward way and the yarn is kind of hard to knit with for an extended period of time. I’ve considered ripping the whole thing out so many times, knowing there are a lot of patterns out there that are better written. The only thing keeping it on the needles at this point is that I’m so happy with how the beads look and that I have most of the front done (all but one strap) and most of the back ribbing finished.

Those in italic have been finished:

Ireland Mists hat: I have some light blue yarn to make this hat for my nephew. Sorry, no link as the page is dead. *This has been replaced by the ribbed hat*

Durrow: Ordered Peruvian Collection Sierra Aran to make this for Jeremy last night. The color is at the bottom, second from the right. It’s Dark Indigo.

Aran Weight Lace Cropped Cardigan: See the photo at the top of the Peruvian Collection yarn page. I also bought a small amount of yarn to make this for myself. Originally, I was going to use the Fiddlehead Green at the bottom of the color palette, but went with Oak (at the top) because it will match more stuff. That happens a lot. I like green, but a green cardigan will only go with so much. It’s such a pretty color, though. Maybe next time. Note to self: Change the name of this cardigan to something shorter! Five words is way too many.

Cabled hats for my brothers-in-law.

Tank top from Rowan’s Summer Tweed Collection by Kim Hargreaves. I have yarn shipping in a discontinued color called Cotton Bud. I’ll probably make Elderflower, but maybe Amber or Ginger.

Sockapaloooza free-form texture socks.

A Key Piece: Scarf for my sister, Lindie.

Well, I’ve switched to WordPress and so far I like it very much. There are way more options, such as I get to choose how to archive my posts, I can categorize them by subject and there is a working search. Yes, I tested it. It really works! Yay!

The image at the top is the one that came with this theme and while I like it very much, it obviously doesn’t go with knitting so it will have to go. IT/photoguy is helping me to design my very own theme, which should be rockin’. I’m coming up with some ideas for my header, which will be in a drawing style and featuring a sexy, slim she-elf.

I joined the RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) at the Knitty Coffee Shop today and found someone to send a few small, but nice items to. It should be fun to see how she likes them.

I’m also planning to be part of Sockapalthreeza (or whatever it will be called) if it happens this winter. For those who aren’t familiar with Sockapalooza, it’s a sock knitalong in which you get the name and address of another knitter for whom you make socks. You get handknit socks from one of the participants, not necessarily the same one you gave to.