our journey home through new york state the other day was rather stormy, but it allowed me to indulge in one of my favorite car activities—taking photos out the window (what—you don’t do that?).
i don’t know what it is about roadside scenery, but i’m deeply attracted to those miles and miles of tree stands, in all their subtle variations.
i even love the guardrails . . . i keep those in the photos wherever they appear.
i arrived home with almost 200 pictures just from the car ride alone—and i had a seriously difficult time limiting myself to even that many. which of course, needed to be pared down to weed out the stinkers. but still, i netted sixty or so good ones (not bad, considering that we were moving at highway speeds the whole time).
that day, i was really hunting for great color combinations—the hills and valleys of upstate and central new york are carpeted with incredibly gorgeous neutrals at this time of year. they are beautiful eye candy at any time, but in a snowstorm, when every subtle shift in tone stands out against the white, the colors hiding within come to life with impressive power.
(i sure hope you can see what i see in these—otherwise, you’ll think i’m nuts. “anne hanson just posted a dozen blurry photos of dirty-gray snow and ran on and on about the colors in them, HAHAHAHA!”)
this is one of my favorites—just look at that brown
and then, just a few miles down the road, a stretch of craggy pines so lovely it takes my breath away.
these would be wonderful yarn colors, any one set of them. or maybe one of these photos will start off an idea for placing color—or texture. maybe one of these plus one from my (ever-growing) set of lichen photos will have a smash-up in my brain that results in a lace composition . . . i dunno.
but thinking about it sure makes the car ride go faster, haha.
though frequently interrupted, i did quite a bit of of knitting on the trip home, mostly on a secret project i could knit on autopilot, which was advanced far enough forward for me to finish up that night—OTN!
and . . .
i’ve completed the pieces for the whitfield shortie and corrected the neck to my liking. now it
just needs to be blocked and seamed, then the collar and pockets added. not a little work to be sure, but very doable in a few days’ time.
i’m knitting here with a new superwash merino 4-ply worsted weight yarn from briar rose fibers that is de-LISH and at the same time, very impressive. it holds its shape nicely and makes a plump, squishy fabric with nice stitch definition.
i am totally starting a little one for the baby.
this could be the death of my christmas knitting plans . . . didn’t i tell you that knitting for kids and babies is a black hole for me?? and still, you let me do it.
(i know it’s not your fault. and it’s payback for all the enabling i do.)
oooh, speaking of which, some yarn arrived while i was away. and since all our mail was held at the post office during our trip, we got a big box of it all at once yesterday morning. some of the packages were for david, but a couple were for me
and a skein of twinkle merino/bamboo in colorway great pumpkin.
i saved the box from the woolen rabbit for last. i knew it held my order of luscious hand cream and also a surprise—kim has been experimenting with some new yarn bases and said she sent samples; this would be my first peek. most of these aren’t listed on kim’s website yet, but they will be soon.
this is grace DK, a squishy merino for sweaters, hats, mitts, and scarves. i love the color she sent—scottish heather—one i’ve been admiring for some time in her other yarn bases, as i see it knit up into projects posted in our ravelry group.
and this is ella twist, another 4-ply merino that has one superwash ply, which absorbs the dye a little differently, lending a little texture to the colorway. it’s shown here in jungle book.
but the main reason for sending yarn samples is that kim and i are collaborating on the february club kit for the yarn4socks annual club. we’ll be doing a pair of mitts inspired by the film my fair lady. the story revolves around a snobbish professor’s bet that he can turn a streetwise flower seller into a lady presentable in higher social circles.
kim and i brainstormed about what sort of color and texture would best represent such a transformation—we wanted something delicate, yet lively, as the main character certainly does not lose her vivacious personality, no matter how the professor tries to suppress it.
and since it’s a february kit, we also wanted something cheerful to get everyone thinking about spring and the flower blossoms soon to come.
and kim came up with this
i LOVE it!
the colorway is lady slipper; isn’t it amazing?
here it is dyed on her new merino/cashmere/nylon sock base, yet to be named. it has a subtle, luminous sheen that really brings out the best in these colors. we’re a little concerned that this yarn might be a tad heavy for the glove we want, so i’m also testing another of kim’s sock yarns, pearl
dyed here in a different colorway. if we like the pearl yarn better, she will dye it in the lady slipper color for the project. tonight, i’ll play around with those to see which i like best. there’s also a third possibility
kashmir, kim’s existing merino/cashmere/nylon fingering yarn, in case we decide that what we really need is something much lighter and lacier. lots of choices here, yay.
i’ve got to get this project on the needles pretty soon, if i want to have it all done before i go away in january (and i do), so it won’t be long until you see something taking shape with one of these yarns.
you know what? that’s all i have for today—all of my other knitting progress has been on secret projects. i’ll try to catch up on non-secret ones for the next post. and thanks, too for all of the positive feedback on david’s hat—based on the comments, i think i’ll write up the pattern for it.
since we got back, david has been busying himself with getting our holiday decorations up—the tree and outdoor light are laid out in various rooms, waiting their turn for light testing and such. the weather is gray and some light snow is falling. i have to go out for just a bit, but after that, i’m holing up in my knitting room for the rest of the night.