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Summer knits and thrifts

Now that Buttercup is finished I’m trying to decide what to knit next!  Summer is always a difficult time… I don’t want to knit too many short sleeved things because I really only wear short sleeves for 3 or 4 months of the year.  One thing I’m really enjoying about working at home is the control I have over the temperature – no overly aggressive air conditioning in my house!  Unfortunately, I’m still at my other job until mid July (last day is July 19th!) so I still have to deal with it there.

I’m thinking of knitting a shawl… I’m in love with the Milkweed Shawl from Cosmicpluto knits, and I’ve wound up some mediumweight Socks that rock for that purpose.

But I do think I want one more short sleeved sweater at least this summer, so I may be working on 2 projects at once!  I like the two patterns below, both from a Classic Elite booklet (I already own the book and want to get some use out of it!)

I’m leaning towards the first one, but they are both so cute!  I’m also plotting some crochet – the new Interweave Crochet is out, and it’s got some great projects!  My favorites are the two below, but it’s an excellent issue.  I only wish it came out earlier in the season!

The 2nd sweater is knit from classic elite sundance, and I already have enough of that yarn to make it!  The first sweater is made of Rowan Bamboo soft, and I don’t know… I cannot imagine the awful splitty mess that would result from crocheting with that yarn.  It’s so splitty to knit with that even I can’t stand it, and I generally ignore splitting.  I cannot imagine it for crochet!  But lots of subs exist, and isn’t it pretty?  I’m more likely to make that one, since it has longer sleeves.  I need to see bigger pictures and get my hands on the magazine!

Monday I had an epic thrift shopping day (haul is below, with bonus Sarah Jane in photo.)

Yes, I broke my rule and got a sweater – it’s bobbled, so I had to!  I also found 2 great dresses (the blue polka-dotted one is so retro and adorable) and some excellent brand new pants.  And 2 nice jackets.   All the stuff up there, plus the shoes and bag below for under 50 bucks!

I love those rainbow sandals, and they are unworn as well – no sole wear, just a few marks from being in storage probably.  Clearly I favor quantity over quality in my wardrobe, but I’m ok with that!  This week I also discovered that I apparently wear a petite size, and that’s why pants never fit me.  I figured that being 5’7″ took me out of that department, but apparently I have depressingly short legs (but now I have pants that fit, which makes up for it!)

I’m pleased that you all enjoyed my closet photos, and I hope this inspires some new thrifters – it’s all about the thrill of the hunt for me, and some weeks I find nothing, but occasionally I find the greatest stuff for next to nothing (a tip: Monday is the best day to go, if it’s the sort of place that puts out donations right away… you get a good selection of weekend donations, without fighting the hordes of weekend shoppers.)