Friday, December 29, 2017
Moon Pulls, by Dianna Walla, in Lettlopi "Ash Heather" and "Golden Heather." The cream is a skein of Andy's Merino from the stash that I decided to use when I realized that the second lopi contrast color I'd chosen wouldn't work. (Value/contrast. This is the hardest lesson there is for me.) The collar and cuffs are lined with the oh-my-goodness-so-soft Woolfolk Sno. I may live in this until March. I want all the lopapeysas now. Shadow by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, in West Yorkshire Spinners Fleece, the very excitingly named "Brown" colorway. This yarn is dense and soft, and sort of cushy. It makes the cables jump right out of the fabric. Ravello, by Isabell Kraemer, in Holst Supersoft "Bleached White", "Verbena", and "Heath". I have knit and then unraveled two other Ravellos, and I almost had to do the same to this one when I ran out of white three inches from the end of the second sleeve, but my favorite LYS came to the rescue. We drove to them in a snowstorm, and it was wound and ready for me when we got there. Yarn Culture. They are awesome. This garment is so light and wooly and weightless--I think it would fit in my purse.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Strange Brew from Tin Can Knits. I used a different palette and a different colorwork pattern for each, but I tried to keep them all kind of relative to each other--these are our Family Hats! It was a little bit tough to stop at six. Choosing all the colors and stitch patterns and then drawing charts and then being able to finish one of these in a day or two made for a pretty satisfying project. These rode around in my project bag for quite awhile. There is definitely a Strange Brew sweater in my future.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Granito in Holst Supersoft since last summer, and from the very beginning, I sort of knew that Supersoft was the wrong choice. It was gray and in the stash at the exact moment I was ready to cast on for the project, and I got gauge. So, go for launch! Don't think about it or anything! On the plus side, Supersoft comes already wound and ready to go, but straight out of the cake, Supersoft is not supersoft. Supersoft has a hand only a mother could love, and it requires a leap of faith, and you have to keep on leaping for the duration of the project. Actually, I have to carry that unrelated purple swatch along with any Supersoft project, and I need to keep it right in front of me the whole time I'm knitting with Supersoft, and I have to keep cuddling it now and then to remind myself what that yarn really is inside, because otherwise, I will completely forget about how it transforms with washing and becomes a nice fabric and I will hate my knitting. Witness. Supersoft before a bath: these in time for Rhinebeck 2018?] That up there, the cream-and-olive striped thing? That's neither the sweater I unraveled, nor the yarn I unraveled from it, nor a new Granito. That is Yet Another Sweater, on my needles. I am running out of size fours. Ravello, by Isabell Kraemer. In Supersoft.