watching wool dry

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(sorry in advance to those who are getting a little freaked out with my fiddlehead photos . . .
i have a few last ones today; please bear with those of us who are enchanted by them!)

it’s a damp day here and perfect for garden photos. my little fiddleheads are unrolling and reaching their tiny arms and fingers outward now, so we’ll say goodbye til next year.

to commemorate their exciting resurgence and journey toward fernhood, we shall name the new little nothing scarf after them—how about that?

i’ve got this piece more than one-third of the way to scarfhood . . . it sure does go fast when i spend time knitting on it.

now, the damp air today might hamper the speed to another, much-anticipated finish, but i can show you where we are with that (and i think you’re gonna like this)

here’s a shot of the knitted fabric; it looks quite a bit different once its stretched

and the point, which i do love the shape of

you can get a nice idea from that photo of how yummy the yarn is.
and now, the money shot as debbieKnitter calls it

as soon as it dries and i can unpin it, david will take some nice photos of it being worn and flaunted about.
thank you for all your enthusiasm about this piece . . . i hope you find it lots of fun to knit.
lis at one planet yarn and fiber will be listing the kit as soon as i have the final pattern (probably tomorrow), and i will list the pattern as a standalone item in my own shop as well. yay.

and, in other exciting news, you’ll never believe it, but

not only did i have enough yarn to finish my spectator sock, but i have leftovers—probably about ten yards. i was so sure i would have to wait for extra yarn to arrive that i didn’t write up the pattern yet. but i’ll do that today and then we’ll get some photos for the knitting pattern to be released in the next week or so. i do like these socks very, very much. and the pattern will have several sizes so you’ll be able to knit them with any weight yarn.

the sweet woodruff is thick with tiny white blooms . . . more than i remember from other years, and when i bend close i can smell the sweet scent, lightly tinged with vanilla, mmmm.

since i got one pair socks off the needles, i had to give myself permission to start another pair . . . can’t go around with no socks on the needles. and for this next one i dug out my precious skein of twisted yarn that i purchased last year, which i’ve been saving for just the right thing (otherwise known as hoarding, which i am trying not to do).

this is colorway batty and the skein design is mutating variegate. meg’s yarns are awesome . . . one of my top picks for sock yarns. i decided i needed to unstash this skein and free it from the constraints of existing as a trophy yarn, because it is too good not to use—it gives pleasure many-fold, between winding, knitting, viewing, and wearing it.

also, i want to entice musclemom to knit some of hers, to treat herself to her good yarns. what i’m going to do with this sock is work the yarn up into a subtle, shifting rib that i think works really well with the color transitions in the twisted skeins—the pattern won’t interfere with the color, and the color won’t mask the pattern. more on this one later.

next, i’m going to start knitting with another of anne’s specialty yarns on a smaller scale project

while finalizing plans for some bigger scale projects to start shortly. here we have a beautiful deep alpaca/wool blend shot through with rivulets of silk in bright greens and blues (the light is bad today but i’ll get a better photo as i delve into this knitting project further).
i also have secret stuff i need to organize and get out the door, so with that, i’ll say so long.

34 thoughts on “watching wool dry

  1. Whew, I don’t know how you manage to get all that wonderful inspiration in your head, but it’s all genius! I really like your idea for the newest sock pattern. A lot of us have variegated yarn that we’re hanging on to, because a plain sock is too boring, but a too-intricate pattern gets lost.

    LOVELY, LOVELY scarf and shawl, too! Love the Fiddlehead idea.

  2. LOVE the fiddlehead pics! They aren’t something I get to see in my neck of the woods. You have a beautiful garden; it’s inspirational.

  3. Congratulations. Gorgeous shawl and I have the wool waiting. One Planet send a beautifully wrapped parcel and wee note. Off to wind the hank in anticipation.

  4. Yes, yes, I promise to use more of my precious Twisted yarn — as soon as you release another one of your great sock patterns! Twisted is becoming even more precious, in view of her recent popularity. It makes Meg happy, I’m sure, but it makes us insecure hoarders even more hesitant to use it. But in your case, I will definitely make an exception. Nothing but the best yarns for your patterns!
    And that is one lovely shawl. I am also salivating over your fiddleheads. It’s a bit early in Toronto to have them, but I am looking forward to enjoying them in the next few weeks.
    Manon aka Musclemom

  5. The batty yarn is so pretty!

    The shawl looks great! Prettier stretched out too. I really like the stitch pattern, it’s another winner!

    And I like the fiddleheads. 😉

  6. OK, I have to be honest and say I find the fiddleheads very intriguing, yet a smidge creepy.

    Shawl looks lovely!

  7. Yay! I love the simplicity and density of this shawl (also the little nothing). I really need to brush up on some lace knitting skills. Do you recommend lace knitting for summer? Or is the yarn too fine to flow through sweaty fingers? Mind you, I have no air conditioning.

  8. Oh, wow. That money shot is amazing — and yes, the little tip is perfect. Just perfect. I love it!! And I’m so glad that the socks are out; I think that that is my next for-Rick pattern; maybe with that skein I bought on Saturday? I’m off to check out the new (as if I need them) recommendations for sock yarn…

  9. I’m smitten with Batty. completely. same goes for the Star shawl. utterly. smitten. and yes, the fiddleheads, you had me with the first photo, and now I’m kinda sad there will be no more until next year. oh, and the fiddlehead little nothing… oh yeah. trying to inhale some of that sweet woodruff scent,mmmmmmm.

  10. Oh, the pics of the fiddleheads are fabulous! I can’t believe how beautifully that shawl turned out … the edging was a perfect choice.

  11. Everything single thing is gorgeous! The Fiddlehead Scarf is really neat! Yes, your Fiddleheads are not the edible ones, but they are Fiddlehead ferns. Our edible ones look about the same, just not as furry. Do you take requests? I love everything you design, but what about a sweater for us??? You know, like that red one you made this winter? Yeah, and don’t forget the Mexican project either!! I’ll keep you on track! I won’t forget anything you’ve mentioned!!

  12. Show me the money….and there ya have it. Gotta love me some “long ones” heehee…..Anne, it’s really pretty, it is blue isn’t it 😉

  13. Oooh oooh ooooh! I’m in love with everything even the fiddleheads which to me really do look like some sort of alien creature. I’m actually going to have to go hunt up sweet woodruff and see if it is plantable here. Something that smells like vanilla sounds great to me. And that Star Shawl is… well I’ve already opened the window to One Planet and it stays open till I’ve scored a kit.

  14. Your fiddleheads are waaay cool! The ones I am familiar with here in New England are much smaller…the edible ones. I love the way yours reach out towards the sun. VERY cool!

    I swear, I don’t know how you manage to get all of your knitting done so fast. You are amazing grrl!

  15. You know what is good for spring? May wine, with a bit of that sweet woodruff in the bottom of the glass – wine poured over – and then first-of-the-season strawberries. Especially on a warmish spring evening to watch the day turn to dusk.

    Just sayin’.

  16. In the woodruff picture there’s a gorgeously-pleated and crinkly leaf. What is that from?! It’s so neat!

    LOVE love LOVE the new shawl. GORGEOUS! Gimme gimme 🙂

  17. OH so lovely!!!!!!!!!!! AND I love the Fiddlehead Scarf – those ferns are the best!

  18. I love reading your blog… it makes me want to knit! I love the new shawl, and I can’t wait to see Fiddlehead finished!

  19. It is hard to say which I admire more – the fiber and the knitting of it or the nature photos! The uncurling fiddleheads are just lovely.

    I am watching this year’s batch of May Apples get taller; I can finally see which are double-leaved and flowering and which are not. I wonder if it is an every other year sort of thing (biennial?) or if it is just random. Once when I was in college I was in the woods at the right time to actually eat one of the fruits (they are edible). I remember it tasted good (although I can’t describe it now). I also remember thinking I was lucky I didn’t have to find enough of them to live on!

  20. I LOVE this shawl! I was saving some special yarn for a project, but it might just get re-dedicated for a fiddlehead.

  21. AH! BATTY! MUST HAVE….(sob!) it’s gone.

    And…that shawl is scrumtious! I have just the yarn for it.

  22. the fiddleheads are so pretty – i love watching them unfurl.
    and that shawl is amazing. another beauty rolls out from Knitspot.
    hooray about the socks. having enough yarn is a good thing.

  23. The fiddleheads are gorgeous. It was wonderful being able to watch them uncurl through your pictures. The shawl looks amazing, I’m looking forward to seeing the photos of it being worn.

  24. The wonders of nature. That was exactly what I needed today. It’s still really chilly here and I’m so eager for 85 and sunny.

    Instead I will take a 4 year old to an award-winning pie eatery (with good lunches) in a charming small town, and we will smile away the cold.


  25. I love the fiddlehead pictures! (It’s one of my favorite plants in the springtime)
    The shawl looks beautiful…

  26. That new lace ‘o the Fiddlehead is so cute! I keep thinking to my self, “the Fiddleanne lace.” Silly I know. This could be the lace that finally launches me into lace!

  27. I’ve been obsessed with fiddleheads, too!! No apologies necessary…There is no such thing as too many when it comes to fiddlehead photos!! 🙂 🙂

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