Being out of commission for practically a week really set me back on various things...such as project bag production, my knitting needle reviews, and my knitting. For a few days there I was so sick that I couldn't even knit! As my friend Arika has said, I'm never too anything to knit. But I was. And it was horrible. Aside from my raging allergies, I really hope this is the last time I get sick!
But enough of all this sickness talk. Let's get on with the 5 things that I couldn't get enough of this month!
Yes, the Viajante shawl has made it to the Obsessions list...again! This shawl has been plaguing my brain so much that when I got my hank of Wollmeise Lace-Garn I just had to wind it up (thanks again Em for letting me use your beautiful jumbo swift and fabulous winder!). It didn't even matter that I had a few WIPs on the go and that I should have really waited until at least one of them was off the needles. Instead, when that behemoth of a lace hank was ready to go, I gnawed at my bottom lip until I couldn't take it any more and I cast that baby on! You got to give me a little credit though. I did resist a mere 12 hours after winding the yarn before casting on. That shows a little will power...right?
2. Norwegian Purling
3. The Yarn Buddy
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my yarn bowl. But I find larger cakes like my Wollmeise Lace and bulkier yarns like Cascade Eco Wool are just too big for my yarn bowl. And since I knit from the outside in, sometimes the yarn bowl is a hinderance as the yarn will sometimes catch on the groove meant to feed the yarn. When I'm on a knitterly roll, I usually position my yarn in front of me so that the yarn can unwind without any interference and with minimal yanking. The Yarn Buddy could help me with this very issue!
I've been searching the web high and low for the right holder and find myself getting deterred from actually purchasing one due to the astronomically high shipping prices. So I'm hoping that when I go to Seattle later this week for Vogue Knitting Live, that I'll be able to find and take one home from the marketplace. Fingers crossed that there will be some there!
4. Polka Dots
I've always had a fondness for polka dots but they really haven't made much of an appearance anywhere in my life. Until now. I really don't know how it came to be but all of a sudden I have an immense urge to line all my project bags in yummy polka dot fabric, to give myself a cute dotticure, and to sew up some fun skirts and maybe even dresses in this classic print. My supply of polka dot fabric is pretty minimal (which I must remedy soon!) but I'm über pleased with the cuteness factor of the bags that I have made with polka dot lining. One hazard of making project bags for a living - wanting to keep them all for yourself!!
My goal was to sew up at least 3/4 of my fabric stash before allowing myself to purchase more. But I think I'll be ordering fabric sooner than later and you bet there will be a ton of fun polka dots in there! Totes!
5. Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
I've always had insanely dry hands and horrifically rough cuticles. I swear, I think I've tried everything on the market to tame my cuticles but alas, nothing worked. Cuticle oils were too greasy and messy, lotions weren't strong enough, and most creams were crap. Now that I've been painting my nails more though, I feel like a great paint job could go to waste because my cuticles look so gnarly. So I went on a hunt. I purchased a few so-called cremes that turned out to be major fails, an oil that stained everything I touched, and a lotion that made me itch. What's a nail polish fanatic to do? Peruse all those beauty and nail polish blogs out there in the blogosphere of couse! And the main product that kept coming up was Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Considering my current track record, I was a bit nervous to try this one out. But I went to my nearest drug store to check it out. Not only was it made with all natural ingredients, but it was affordable AND it smelled like lemon meringue pie! Um, I'll give it a go.
And boy, am I glad I did! While it does make your skin feel a little greasy for a few minutes after applying, this stuff sinks in quick. Even after the first application my cuticles felt moisturized and soft and they even looked smooth. I've been using this cream for a few weeks now and my cuticles are in such better condition!! Best of all, a little goes a long way so my little pot doesn't even look like it's been touched! To say I'm hooked is an understatement!
Well, that's my March for you. What have you been thinking about non-stop? Now that April is here, and so is the sun, I can't wait to see what the new month brings!
♥ Have a Happy April!! ♥