it feels like a year since last week, seriously. in that time we traveled 1,000 miles to NYC and back, laid Big Dave to rest, and were reunited with a whole schlew of family that even david hadn’t seen in many years. we ate food from four other countries and “read” water for elephants in the car (if you haven’t read it yet, get yourself to the library and check it out). and came home to release (unbeknownst to us) a veritable bee storm. plus, so many details to take care of.
by monday, my latest sticky note list was caterpillared. you know the kind—you start a sticky note list and then the next day (or hour) you need to add on, but there’s no more room, so you stick another note onto that list, and so on . . .
well mine was hanging on the bottom of the computer screen and had started dragging along the desk, so i figured it was time to clear some of those items away. heh. like bookkeeping, pattern writing, and oh, picking tomatoes before they rot.
there’s nothing like crossing off the last item (for the moment anyway), and now that THAT’S done, and i’ve answered all your incredible emails from the last two days, i am really glad to be back just to write. thank you for your overwhelming response to the honeybee stole design . . . honestly, i just wasn’t prepared for it. i have totally revised my hesitation to offer variations on a single design.
see, i had thought that offering a design more than one way might be overkill. and for some designs it might well be. certainly it isn’t always appropriate. but when something is shaping up to be a real favorite, i can see now that offering variations on it would be well-received, and give everyone a chance to take part in knitting it. wow. i’m telling you, i learn something new EVERY day from you (because, heh, i’m not particularly good at covering all the bases myself).
so a lot of you want to know what the next BIG thing is going to be (do you know how amazing that feels for me, just to be asked? it IS, and i never dreamed i’d be answering that question).
the thing is, i have a LOT of secret knitting projects right now . . arrrgghh! i am dying to talk about all of them but i can’t! and one of them is going to take all my time for at least a couple of weeks . . .
BUT! the orchid lace mitts are almost ready to be released and they are smashing. SOoo sexy—wait til you see—they are sitting on my desk and causing some real distraction here.
ok, i’ll give you one photo, but i’m saving the rest to show all at once with the pattern (i know, it’s a tease, but the teasing is what makes it feel so good in the end . . .).
let me tell you something—this fearless fibers merino laceweight feels more elicit every time i touch it. it is soft-i-li-cious. it’s so good that debbieKnitter just flat-out asked me for this pair. and i was in such a swoon that i said yes.
while the test knitters are working on their mitts, i’m going to work on a pair in the shorter length for myself. i haven’t cast on for them yet, but soon . . . i still have enough leftovers to do it.
you know, i do need to be careful though . . . mitts are like socks—completely addictive once you start.
SO, since i can’t talk about all the knitting i have, i thought we could talk about yarn and other knitterly must-haves.
over the last week or so i have received new things from several people that i want to share, and i thought that since i don’t have much new knitting i could talk about that.
this is the coolest thing. my buddy, blogless kim of the chocolate, was traveling recently in ecuador and the galapagos and found unique examples of our two favorite things
the gray-green yarn at left is a laceweight alpaca, but i suspect it has silk in it too—just look at that sheen. and when i hold it it feels more liquid than straight-up alpaca. plus, kim admits that the seller was trying to tell her about “another animal that is in there” but she didn’t understand the word in spanish. hmmm.
the red and white yarn is a wool/cotton blend. the cotton in it did not take the dye the way the wool did and so it is speckled like spatterware. pretty cool. i just love it, and it will be perfect for a manLace project i’ve had on my mind for a while. it may have to wait a couple of months but i am pretty fired up about getting this yarn.
oh yeah, and the chocolate. kim got it from a place where they process the cocoa and coffee beans and rainforest nuts just harvested. yum-my. she also sent some dried california strawberries that she made. but, um . . . those are gone i’m afraid (insert sheepish giggle).
the other day i got a package from briar rose chris with a bundle of grace bamboo/merino in it
does seaweed or mermaid come to mind for anyone else besides me?
chris comes across as a really sweet good-girl type, but really she is ba-a-ad. everything she sends is something i want to knit with right now. and i can’t right now, but trust me, this is is going to nag at me. and then she tells me she has another new fiber she’s playing with that she’s going to send. of course, he-he, far be it from me to say “no”.
i really think i need to have ALL of you over some weekend to help me work down some of my stash.
kim at the woolen rabbit is back at it gettin’ busy with dyeing again. she has a new fiber blend for socks that she is working with and sent me some to try
that’s deepest purple on the left and sweet pea on the right.
i’m such a sucker for spring greens . . .
THEN, i saw something on romi’s site that i didn’t buy (yet) but i’m very tempted . . . i fall hard for jade. go look here and tell me that rectangle jade stick isn’t totally me. i love simple, formal designs. and that is IT on a stick. so to speak . . .
our friend knitnana, creator of wonderful bags, has a new sock bag (posy) that i saw on wendy’s site and knew i had to have. why? i mean, i don’t even like cats that much (don’t hate me—part of it is that i am allergic to them). but i think i would have a cat if it looked and behaved like these
in fact i totally would . . . maybe . . . these felines don’t look like they use anything remotely resembling a catbox, do they?
i like this bag because it is roomy. most sock bags are just a little too small for a big ball of hand-dyed yarn, needles, and a pattern, much less room for perhaps a second sock in progress (you know, for emergencies). ha! but that’s where knitnana is so clever. here, look inside
there are pockets for needles and other items. the bottom is narrow so it can hold your yarn cake nice and snug, and then the bag gets wider so you can pile a couple of socks on top and still close it. and the closure allows for the yarn strand to flow easily to the knitting in hand.
now, this last item i am a little ashamed of (but just a little). back when i posted the pictures of my grandma’s afghans, debbie in maine emailed to ask me about the booklet and how did i think she could find one? so i went on ebay and took a look and there i saw several versions of the book. but this one really caught my eye
because i’m pretty sure it is the original version and probably the one my grandma used. so i emailed debbie all excited and said “look, look, what i found—i think this is the exact one my grandma used.” and then, without even blinking or giving it a second thought, i went right back to ebay and snatched it up.
i swear, it happened before i even realized what i was doing.
debbie of course was too nice to get mad at me, but i felt so bad i spent the next little while helping her locate another one; it’s a newer version of the same one with a color cover . . . not exactly the same. but it has a color cover . . . (oh, the shame!)
ok, speaking of sock knitting, i better wander off and actually DO some of that. see you next time.