666 and some new books

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sorry, i just couldn’t come up with a more clever title today . . .

i don’t have any new knitting pictures to show; i am making progress on all the same projects i photographed during the week (obstacles shawl, waterfall socks, red sweater, etc), and found myself just a little disinterested in taking more pictures of them for today.

instead, while downing my second cup of coffee this morning, i skeined up the yarn i had plied earlier this week, got it counted up and washed it.

first, i put up the shetland i spun from my good friend beckie’s fiber. it was a soft and extremely well-prepared roving (she gets everything processed at Wooly Knob Fiber Mill, so you know it’s nice). she brought a big bag of oatmeal-colored roving along to rhinebeck and i spun some up into a fine fingering weight yarn the first night we were there.

just 1.5 ounces produced 200 yards of lovely, soft yarn. i want desperately to get a new hap shawl done soon—something with just a bit of a twist, but not enough to make it NOT a hap shawl. so this yarn will be added to the array of small lots of natural shetland i have sampled from her flock (and maybe i can even weedle a few more “sample” amounts from her!).
since beckie is moving from the farm, and recently sold her flock, this project will commemorate the shift, and hopefully do justice to the gorgeous fibers she has produced over the last five years or so.

here it is skeined up, next to the wool-and-silk fiber from Three Bags Full that i also spun last week.

that three bags full fiber is my muse for the moment—it is soft, bouncy, poofy, and lit UP by the tiny stream of turquoise bombyx silk running through it. i had a 4-ounce bump, bought at rhinebeck, which i spun in a very, very fine singles, then plied.

scarily enough, the four ounces yeilded exactly 666 yards of fine fingering yarn—perhaps signalling my fall from respectable sinner to true fiber ho? (if that’s the case, then i’m sure beckie’s fiber set me on the road to it . . . and this stuff just sealed the deal). fortunately, i have two more bumps in another color which just scream “manLace”. and manLace they will be . . . i don’t know a man who could resist the sexiness of this yarn.

i won’t bore you by adding anything to the pictures “for scale” (isn’t the actual scale enough?). i know it can be helpful, but a recent email exchange with stacey opened my eyes to the fact that blog pictures are never really indicative of a yarn’s qualities, no matter how enticing or accurate we make them.

stacey and i were discussing the yarn she wanted to spin for her hypoteneuse project. she was trying to get a better idea of what weight the yarn should be, and i mentioned that it should be like rowan’s felted tweed. she was surprised, because she thought from the pictures of the piece that the hypoteneuse yarn was much heavier. only when i showed her this picture

did she realize how fine that yarn was, and how sheer and light the shawl actually is. it literally weighs only a few ounces, but apparently in most photos, it appears to be much heavier. so using dimes and other small objects to convey the yarn scale doesn’t seem to make sense.
i guess we’ll have to wait for squeeze-surround to more accurately show off a yarn . . .

i received a couple of new books in the mail today that i’ve had my eye on for a while. i’m pretty excited about arctic lace; i have intense curiosities about how and why certain kinds of knitting develop, who is doing them, and where in the world knitting activity is happening. and this book promises much.

it is not a “pattern book” for which i am grateful. not that i don’t like patterns, but i want information more! and i wouldn’t want any watered-down-for-today’s-knitter version of anything, so, better to go without.

you can see i also picked up the new vogue stitchionary, mostly to complete the set i have going. i don’t do a lot of color knitting, but sometimes i indulge. and, sometimes, color charts make for great knit-purl combinations when the other 567 existing out there just won’t do. i got a few gift books, too, which i won’t show you—you never know who is reading my blog!

and then, i topped off the book thing with a real treasure—something i’ve been wanting for a couple of years, ever since it was reprinted from the original. this one actually kinda trumps the other two for me today—just because it makes me happy to look at it.

i mean, who wouldn’t get a kick out this? ha! i love these graphics, and don’t even get me started on the styling of the photos. here’s a taste of what’s inside

that last one just makes my heart swell! and did you notice the detail on those story book cookies? who thought up all those variations on plaid scotty dogs?? i want to know them!
books like this make the designer in me very satisfied—all that meticulous detail to convey the goodness (and the art) of homemade cookies.

because our home is a construction zone, our living set-up requires that i keep most of my cookbooks in the entry hall, rather than the kitchen (at least for now). but this one is going right on the shelf where a couple of other essential live

right in earshot of the cooky jar.

16 thoughts on “666 and some new books

  1. Maybe we should be talking about wraps per inch and show the yarn wrapped around a ruler or something.
    Just my thoughts.
    The yarn you spin is beautiful at any thickness.

  2. I have that cookie book from when I was a kid, it’s a great one. I’m working my way through Hypotoneuse. 11 repeats done. 6 more to go. Sigh.

  3. Oh the cookie jar! My mom is a collector of cookie jars and Humpty Dumpties. Who knows, she may have that one or one very much like it, I’ve lost track. It’s a good one, and I love those old cookbooks.

  4. I am going crazy with thinking about what yarn to knit hypotenuse for myself in. Crazy as in stood in my lys for 45 min today trying to hem and haw my way into a decision, crazy as in I can’t knit anything for myself right now but goodness I love the way it looks in each new angle. 🙂

  5. Our god-kids just gave Jim and me a copy of that book. Well, they aren’t quite two, yet but soon enough they will understand just how smart their mom IS by giving “uncles” a cookie book.

    Although… there is one cookie they call “poop” in that cute questioning way kids have when they are learning to talk.

    Made me howl with laughter.

    And… they were sort of right.

    It’s on the cover, so ya’ll figure it out.

  6. A fun post full of tidbits of goodies. I have one of those Premium Saltine cans. 🙂

    Beth has a great suggestion – wrap the yarn around a ruler.

  7. I love your blog and lurk around all the time but I had to come out of hiding as a fellow Cooky Book fan. I don’t remember how exactly it came into my life but it is the most wonderful book… Coincidentally, the only thing I can cook is cookies.

  8. I got some Three Bags Full fiber too and I can’t stop raving about it! It’s fantastic, so full of character! It’s like a goody bag or something!

    And I didn’t realize the hypotenuse yarn was so light either, I had assumed it was a thick, heavier scarf.

  9. Ohhhh … I need get my mom one of those Cooky Books to add to her Christmas box of fun! She’s in her 80’s and needs a bit of inspiration to get her moving off the sofa these days. Baking sweet things definitely gets her moving. Thanks for the idea!

  10. Oh, I think that Three Bags Full yarn is making me a little giddy! It is intoxicating!

    Nothing like new books. . .I ordered that Arctic Lace book from Amazon, but because I chose the free shipping option, and another book on the same order is backordered, they have my delivery scheduled for January!!!!!

  11. Mom had that cookbook; and for years all I could make were cookies. If you haven’t tried the blond brownies (butterscotch brownies?) near the back of the book, you are missing one of life’s simple pleasures.

    Adding that book to my shopping list for payday on Friday, woohoo!

  12. mmmmmm cookies.

    The funny thing about blogs is how they can make us want to make, see, touch, feel–even though they can’t adequately show our projects.

  13. I did think the manlace was heavier than it is from previous photos. It looks much lighter here. The Three Bags yarn looks lovely. Did the color bleed much in the wash?

  14. I have that Cookie Cookbook. The creamy wafer cookies are my daughter’s most favorite recipe. They are an excellent cookie. Every year her cross country team asks her to make them and bring them to a meet.

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