I finally got to the point of separating the sleeves of my Tea Leaves cardigan from the rest of the body. I always love this part because it means that now I can just knit with total mindless abandon until I get to the bottom. It makes the whole operation so much more likely to succeed when it becomes suddenly unnecessary to do things like counting things or following a stitch pattern of some kind.
I always think a little bit too hard about what color waste yarn to put the sleeve stitches on to. This is ridiculous, of course, but somehow having the right tiny flash of contrast color poking out from those stitches is nice. So I give it more attention than it deserves.
I mentioned a few weeks back that I was in the market for a yarn bowl. I have been for some number of months, but I have been feeling very persnickety about the whole affair and as a result, haven't been able to settle on one that I like well enough to have it be The One. But, this week a surprise solution appeared on the scene. A few months ago, Mariam was at a birthday party at a local pottery studio for my friend Sarah's little boy. The kids all used the wheels to make a couple of bowls each, and when I met up Sarah last week for breakfast, she had Mariam's bowls to give me, fired and glazed.
The bigger of the two bowls, as it turns out, makes a perfect yarn bowl! Mariam is on the fence about officially gifting it to me for this purpose, however, so I may have to work some kind of amazing trade. She had other plans, it seems, and was going to use the bowl as a place to house miscellaneous collectible items such as teeth reclaimed from the toothfairy, bits of beach glass, and particularly nice little sea shells. Her version of treasure.
Yarning along with Ginny today. Speaking of which, the competition for the top spot in The Homies is heating up! Voting ends today, and if you haven't yet, would you please stop in and vote for Ginny's blog, Small Things?