3 Yarns to Try

A little thing for Secret Pal 10 — three yarns I’m dying to try.

  1. Handmaiden Seasilk: Do I even need to explain why? The colors are gorgeous and it’s so soft. Windsor Button carries it but it’s expensive enough that I can easily resist.
  2. Lorna’s Laces: Lucky for me, I have some Shepherd Sock (in Red Rover, scroll down a bit) waiting for me to start my second-ever pair of socks. I hope to finish the first pair this weekend, but there hasn’t been much knitting around here lately so we’ll see how that goes.
  3. Araucania Atacama: Another yarn with gorgeous colors that just feels lovely. (But then, when doesn’t alpaca feel lovely?)

I’m sure there are tons of others, but these are the first three that come to mind.

MA Sheep & Wool Festival

Today, Sheila, Ellen and I went to the Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Festival at the Cummington fairgrounds in Western Mass. It was just great, and it was a gorgeous day for it — warm and sunny enough to walk around in a tank and a skirt, but not so hot that it was uncomfortable. There were vendors selling all sorts of lovely yarns and knitting and crochet accessories, as well as rovings and battings and locks and fleece and all sorts of wool that had been processed to various points on the way from sheep to needles. It was really cool to see all the different stages of yarn production, and to watch the spinners at work.  It was also really fun to walk around and look at all the sheep and angora rabbits, and the three llamas that were there. (I have a ton of photos of the adorable sheep if you click through). These three little guys were just the greatest – can you see the tiny horns? I am going to die of cute poisoning.

I behaved myself quite well and only got three skeins, one of which is a gift. Ellen took in an admirable haul, though. [tantrum]Stupid people with stupid regular paychecks from one stupid job not three.[/tantrum] My strategy was not to look too closely at anything — I mostly walked around soaking in the lovely colors and petting things (live and skeined). Sheila got some lovely, tweedy handspun in cream and brown.

Anyway, we had a wonderful day, with no sunburns or missed turns (love that GPS). Thank you for driving, Sheila!

Secret Pal – Second Package!

My second package for SP10 arrived today. Hooray! Look at all this good stuff – Malabrigo, a pattern book (“Bags: A Knitter’s Dozen”) and a needlecase, among other things. My pal is spoiling me completely rotten. Good thing I haven’t sent out my second package to my pal yet — I definitely need to toss in a few more things to pass the good karma along.

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Works in progress

A couple of days ago I was going through my stash to see what I have, and I figured I might as well document it for Flickr. Apparently this is an indication of ESP, because my SP10 hostess announced a contest a day or so later: post a picture of your current WIPs. Only one of these things is technically a WIP–the others are just yarn that is hanging around waiting for inspiration to strike. Also, there are a couple of other things I want to make in the very near future, another one being yet another secret project, for which I have yet to purchase anything. (Waiting for that first summer job paycheck . . . ). Anyway, here’s what this stuff is:

  • Red: Re-do of a crocheted scarf I made with Malabrigo in Sealing Wax. I want to make a scarf with this, one that will be less stiff than the one I crocheted. Have started and given up on a few things, including Backyard Leaves.
  • Black: Legwarmers from LMKG that I wore once & not again b/c they fell down, with extra skein of yarn. It has occurred to me that it might make a great sweater vest. Note to self.
  • Blue: Pouch I’m working on in Reynolds Revue and Paton’s Brilliance. Needed the needles for something else. I’m not in a rush to finish this, I think it will wind up being a carrier for someone’s Christmas gift this year.
  • Burgundy: Leftovers from Fetching, some of which were made into an ill-fitting and ripped out Calorimetry. At a loss as to what to do with this next. Another Compulsive Cables?

There’s also the sock, which is motoring along quite nicely. Yay! Click through for a photo of that, as well as photos of yarn I should probably destash, and yarn for upcoming projects.

First sweater = done!

Finished sweater!

My first ever sweater is done! This is the Top-Down Cardi v 2.0 from Cosmicpluto knits — a very easy to follow and easy to customize sweater. It doesn’t fit quite the way I’d like it to, but half the point of knitting this was just to sort of get an idea of what it was like to knit a sweater, and what sorts of things to keep an eye on moving forward. I’m tired of sitting at the computer, so that’s all you get for now. Maybe later I’ll update this post with some additional thoughts. Or maybe not. Either way, click through for more photos.

First package for SP10!

My first package from my SP10 pal was waiting for me this morning when I brought out some recycling. Yay!

I am particularly excited about the Trekking XXL — I’ve seen so many socks knit up with this that look great. I think that this yarn might be better to learn with than the KnitPicks Dancing that I got over the summer, which has weird plying). She also sent me some metal DPNs (we have chatted about how bamboo sock-size DPNs feel like toothpicks that could snap at any moment) and a basic sock pattern. So, guess what I am casting on for at SnB this week?! She also sent me some Hershey’s chocolate — super dark, with blueberries, strawberries and almonds. I have been wanting to try this.

Almost everything had a post-it of explanation, which I thought was great. Thanks pal! I hope that the Florida air trapped in the box will keep the monsoon that is forecasted for Sun/Mon at bay. I want to go the Sox on my birthday, not get rained out!

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