I don't know about anyone else, but I am relieved that 2010 is over - here's hoping that 2011 is a kinder year for everyone! According to my grandmother, odd-numbered years are lucky - so here's hoping she's right. She also would insist everyone eat sauerkraut on New Year's Day for good luck - something which I never did, since I can't stand the stuff, and it never seemed to affect things that much. But all the same, here's hoping 2011 is better than last year. 2010 set the bar pretty low, so I don't think that's too much to ask!
I never got around to writing about my trip to Urban Arts & Crafts during our whirlwind trip to Kansas City for the holiday - and I suppose there isn't much to report, since I usually make this trek while in town, and it's great little shop filled to the brim with crafty goodies, plus a cute kitty sleeping in a chair. I think I found the happy medium between a total blow-out and purchasing a modest one or two skeins of yarn - suitcase space is always at a premium when we come home for Christmas!
Berroco Vintage Wool, but the red skein of Plymouth Haciendo was an impulse buy - it was just so soft, i couldn't resist! There's also always the requisite skein of sock yarn - this one is Lang Tosca Light in a deep bluish-purple. I think my sock yarn bin in my newly-reorganized yarn room is now at capacity.
Pattern: Loretto Vest by Cassie Miller (Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Knitscene)
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton/Silk in Khaki (I used about three and a half skeins)
Buttons: From my vintage button stash
Modifications: I went down a needle size (US#6) to get gauge with my yarn substitution. No other mods needed - really fast-knitting pattern with simple yet flattering shaping!