i was so completely consumed with getting my sweater finished over last weekend that by monday, when i finished it, i felt as if i’d been dumped off the back of a truck in the middle of nowhere, in dire need of getting my ducks in a row.
landing back in the here and now after traveling in its spell, i realized that i had a trip to get ready for and almost no small projects on the needles to take along.
more on that later—wanna have a peek at the sweater? david took a few snapshots of me wearing it yesterday
the waist height is now much more what i originally intended it to be; it even looks a tad high at the moment, but i haven’t washed the sweater yet and i’m almost certain it will grow a little in length once it gets wet.
the neckline is exactly what i wanted, yay. i have a troubled relationship with v-necks—i love the open feel of them, but don’t have a nice broad chest shelf to support them beautifully. too long or narrow and they make me look scrawny; too high and they look childish; too wide and they de-stabilize the shoulders. i love this one though; i could wear this sweater with or without a top underneath or add a scarf instead.
i wore it all afternoon and evening yesterday and i’m taking it on my trip this weekend. it has a nice hourglass shape without being tight—i think this would flatter many figures. grandma’s blessing yarn knits up in a wonderful weight for fall and spring, or for wearing with dressier outfits.
i’ll wash it when i get back to get a final beat on the fit—i expect a tiny bit of lengthening but i don’t think the width will change. and now i also have a pattern to prepare for the test knitters so this one is off to the races.
before i get started on today’s knitting news, i want to mention that my friend teyani, the intrepid fiber wizard, is raising money for a special cause and throwing in a raffle of lovely prizes at her blog to spur donations. if you feel the urge to do commit a random act of kindness in the next little while, please click here for more info and consider her fundraiser as a recipient.
like i said earlier, i had been focusing so intently on the sweater that i was a little unmoored when i finished; i needed to migrate to a new head space and get organized. i had no new socks on the needles and only one lace project that is almost complete
i’m working on the last repeat of my fernfrost scarf now. the pattern is all set to go and just waiting for a nice photo. i may decide to add one more repeat just to use up the yarn i have—this cashmere is too wonderful to leave as leftovers. this pattern will be released in may after the fearless fibers club kits have gone out.
what to do about a lack of small, portable projects?? nothing for it but to cast on a couple of socks and maybe a scarf. which works out perfectly with my need to stock the guys’ side of the sock shelf with footwear for next fall.
a swatch of this fun, somewhat-open pattern convinced me that in the right yarn, a new manLace sock should be in the works. the garter accents and moving geometry of the pattern make the colors in the yarn jump, and give the fabric the hefty feeling that i like in a man sock. in sturdy briar rose grandma’s blessing, this is one that david will love (but he might have to fight my brother for it, heh). there’ll be much more of this to see in a few days’ time.
i also cast on for a girly sock with some woolen rabbit bambino, colorway mama mia, to celebrate spring. you can’t tell yet what the pattern will be, but i think what i’ve chosen really marries well with the yarn and colors.
i don’t have any bamboo socks yet and i’m dying to for a pair. this is a fine merino/bamboo blend that will make a wonderful three-season sock. it has a nice twist that offers beautiful stitch definition and isn’t at all snaggy or splitty. love that. it also makes beautiful mitts—though i haven’t used it myself for that, kim has done so and they are lovely.
i’m also trying like crazy to get another scarf on the needles with this creamy, soft singles from valerie and karen at mountain meadow wool mill. i told them i’d design something with their yarn before TNNA in june. better get moving, eh? this is really lovely yarn—soft and not overly processed, it has that wonderful feel of fresh-picked goods—but clean, ya know? and isn’t there something so purely wonderful about this natural cream?
working with this yarn right now coordinates very nicely with a new offering from briar rose—chris has starting dyeing this very same yarn base in her own color palette, so you can get it in full, deep color as well if you like.
this is her harmony merino fingering weight yarn (that’s a back door link; you won’t see it on her home page yet, but it’s coming soon). this yarn reminds me very much of the yarn i used for cluaranach, which i just loved. it has just enough lofty fuzziness to feel super-cozy, against-the-skin soft, but not so much that it obscures the stitch definition. we’ll be knitting it up into something special very soon.
whaddaya think—do i have enough planned to take on my trip, eh? two socks (plus the holidazed mate i have in my tote already), a secret small project to knit in my room, a scarf, . . . . yes, that might be enough (because you know i’ll throw in one last thing as i’m leaving).
with all those projects, how do i get them from here to there and back again safely?? well, my friend michele has solved that one for me. she sent me the cutest set of project bags
how’s that for a knockout color combo? i just love these organizers—the large bag is big enough to fit a scarf project or a couple of socks, but lightweight and compact enough to fit in a tote or overnight bag easily. it also has elastic straps inside to secure needles and hooks. the small pouch holds tools, scissors, and all manner of ephemera safely, to protect your project fabric and keep things tidy. she stitches them up in a variety of attractive fabrics with coordinated linings, zippers, and handles. the cherry on top are the artisan glass beaded zipper pulls.
you can browse michele’s selection in her etsy shop, 3 bags full; she also sells them at her LYS and local gallery in brooklin, maine.
the best thing of all?? they are the perfect accessory for my favorite knitting tote
(a gift from susan, who scored hers at the lancome counter in macy’s—susan i use it ALL the time). it’s hard to get lost in a fiber fair when you’re sporting colors like this.
yesterday’s mail also brought some new-to-me yarns from dani at sunshine yarns.
that classic sock yarn (top ) is going to be so great for a guy sock that i can’t be selfish and keep it for my own (even though i want to). another one they’ll fight over. the sunsilk laceweight is incredible—a little heavier and toothier than some other silk laceweights i’ve used, i am very much looking forward to knitting with this. i’m on a strict schedule right now so it will be a while before i can test drive it, but believe me, the wheels are already turning. is that mustardy gold not aMAZing? thank you dani!
well, i’m off tomorrow for the wild blue yonder. i’m hoping i’ll be able to blog from the spring fling headquarters (and i know i’ll want to). it’s really a matter of how well i’ll be able to navigate getting online there.
see you in st louis, then.