Yesterday afternoon, the yarn for the Modern Quilt Wrap arrived. When I first saw this pattern in the Knitting Daily e-mail, I was fairly certain Mags Kandis had designed this just for me. Except for a few dishcloths and a So-Called Scarf, I never make anything for myself, but this is the perfect project for a knitter/quilter. I would have loved to use the yarn suggested in the model, Rowan Kid Silk Haze, but I'm fairly cheap when it comes to buying for myself. I asked for advice on the Knittyboard, and someone suggested Knit Picks Palette; it doesn't have the soft, fuzzy halo of the KSH, but it comes in colors very close to the original. I have always had such good luck with Knit Picks, and have been listening to their podcasts during my walks (Kelly has such a lovely podcasting voice, and I have learned so much after just 5 episodes.)
Last night, I knit up the first square. (I did not, however, weave in all the ends; I just tucked them underneath for the picture!)
Now that I understand the technique, I am going to go up a needle size (to an 8) and I am going to knit in the ends as I go, which is explained so well here.
Since Clay and Will are gone for the weekend, it would be wonderful to sit and knit on this for the next 3 days, watch some good movies, not shower and eat chocolate. But I have funerals and a wedding to play, the St. Theresa celebration to work on, Saturday night Mass, Sunday with the Methodists and (oh joy) it is my Sunday to work bingo -- but I know I can fit some knitting in there somewhere.