Category Archives: Weekend (Knitting) Update

Weekend Update with hints o’ Sun(flower)

Unfortunately without shawl progress photos: I haven’t gotten the Girasole all spread out to take an up-to-date photo.  But I am knitting on the edging as of late last week!  That’s the good news.

The bad news: 640 stitches per row; each stitch to bind off equals TWO  rows of the lace edging, though short rows and pretty simple garter lace.  Still.  I was thinking 640 rows, and when I realized it was 1280 rows, it made sense why progress was so slow.  (Each lace pattern repeat is less than 0.5% of the total circumference of the shawl.  Gah.  Maybe I had better stop calculating right now.)

When I have more bound off, I should be able to photograph it (right now it’s all bunched up on the needles) and of course soon there should be a blocking shot of the Golden Girasole!  In the meantime, there was a bit of sunshine to knit by this past weekend, just as I wished for last week.

Saturday’s Sky, a neighbor’s sugar maple tree:

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and again:

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I admit, I didn’t specify anything as far as wishes for temperature.  With the result being temperatures 20 degrees below normal.  Oh, well, at least we didn’t get more than a trace of snow before the clear-and-cold….

(No, the snow waited for TODAY.)

Despite the cold, I had visitors from the Twin Cities yesterday, just coming to see the area, tour around, hang out for a bit!  We went to Salem Stitchery & Knittery (formerly Country Woolgatherer) where Tammy was having a fall Open House and sale; and then had a nice drive around the orchards and Grandad’s Bluff.

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Nicole, Jonelle and Becca.  Above, outside Salem Stitchery; below, Nicole perusing lovely yarn inside.

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Oohing and Aahing about the Mississippi River Valley from the Minnesota side. 

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Though we had to watch out for the herds of lawn deer roaming La Crescent.

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We even saw an eagle on top of Grandad’s Bluff!

Look!!

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Playing Catch-Up

As usual.

Busy weekend…work, and then the Gothlet had her First Communion.

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And Beya the kitten-cat seems to be a little older than we thought, just small for her age.  Why do I say this?   Well, we were going to take her in soon to be spayed.  Now, it will be sooner.  She went into heat this weekend.

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Mrraawwwwrrrr.  Mrraaaawwwwwwwrrrr.  Again and again and again.  (Citrus doesn’t care in any meaningful way.)  Sigh.  She now has a preop appt in 2 days, and a date with destiny next Monday.

Maybe her frustrations are why I found this the other day:

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Those are imported handmade porcelain Fu Dogs that I bought from an art gallery.  The kitten is SO lucky the female Fu Dog fell in such a way as to get lodged and not break.  I see now she’s also messed up the speaker wire and is in danger of pulling the lamp down.  Sigh.

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Well, a couple other things to tell you about (other than Madrona!).

One is, this wonderful swap package that I got from Carrie early last week:

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(Beya of course had to check it out too.  She apparently knew there was something for her in there also!  See the blue tin just below?  “Fish Out Of Water” fishy treats!)

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This was a part of the Knitters’ Coffee Swap Four.  Oh, the nummy things.

Raspberry and Orange Creme Sticks (mmm, perfect with dark roast coffee); Nikki’s English Toffee Chocolate Confection (English Toffee is one of my all-time favorite flavors); cute little Reese’s Whipps (Reese’s being the other all-time favorite flavor!! How did Carrie know?!); a Daelman’s jumbo caramel wafer, yum; and Lady Walton’s Creamy Dark Chocolate-Filled Wafer Cookies. And the coffee to drink it with: Italian Roast, WorldMarket House Blend (I don’t have a World Market close, but my sister-in-law loves the one near her), and oh, boy, Vanilla Macadamia Nut Kona!!

Then the non-edible treats: a Creative Knitting I don’t have, a little cookbook with ideas for dried fruits, fun stickers, cool reproductions of vintage cigar box labels (the top one says, simply, Hand Made!), and these gorgeous stitch markers:

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The perfect accent for THIS lovely, elegant, soft yarn:

Noro Maiko, 35% wool, 30% kid mohair, 35% silk; nicely soft, looks like fingering to sport weight; should make a lovely lacy scarf, I think!  Not only do I not have any of this yarn, I had not yet even heard of it, so I am lovin’ it!

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Wow!  Thanks again, Carrie!

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Here’s Saturday a-week-ago’s Snowy Saturday Sky — entirely forgettable.

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This last Saturday’s Sky was rather prettier.

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Though it would be so much prettier if it didn’t have the grrrrrr power line that cuts right across the back yard.  And there are similar lines going across our view in the front.   Grrrrrr!

I played around briefly and Photoshopped out the most obtrusive part of the power line.  Ah, that’s better.

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In between, however, we had some obnoxious weather, which I realize much of the south and east have just experienced their own version of (so I’m not looking for any sympathy, just sharing pictures).  We were right on the edge of the temperature shift, so it started out as a couple hours of rain; then turned into slush falling from the sky, then little balls of ice.

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Then to heavy snow, a white-out for about an hour.   But then it stopped.

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At which point, all the rain had frozen hard under the snow, of course.  But it was mostly slushy, so not glare ice (hard on the walking, though).

Still cold, but they’re promising a warm-up soon.  The wind chills have been subzero F every morning, so I’ll believe it when I feel it.

Onto more cheerful matters.

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I have been knitting!  I finished a stealth project.  If you are in my family and your birthday is this spring, don’t follow this Ravelry link.

Having finished that, I cast on for Cookie A’s Thelonious Socks (it’s a KAL for The Loopy Ewe Spring Flingers) with this wonderful yarn.

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The yarn is on the busy side for the pattern, true, but I decided in my head the little flecks of color would be like jazz notes punctuating the sock.  (I chose the yarn because the dyer is also going to be at the Fling, and the yarn was in my stash.)  I cast on yesterday; looks like not much so far, despite the fact that I’ve knit a fair amount.  But you can’t really see the pattern yet.

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A little easier mentally is the other project I just started, Gauntlets for the Gothlet out of Gothsocks yarn.

(That’s a lot of Gs.)

Loving this yarn in a big way.

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I’ll tell you about how I’m designing this in a later post.  But wanted to show the dyer’s work.  Gorgeous.

Though one of these projects is a somewhat complicated chart project, and the other simple knitting, I realized last night that they’re both on size 0s (2 mm needles).  My hands are complaining after knitting through two movies; my girls wanted to watch “Hercules” for nostalgia’s sake, and then my husband wanted to watch “Local Hero”, I think ditto.  I usually don’t get that much sitting and knitting time; it was great, except my thumb and fingers are requesting a project on needles at least double the thickness….

Hmm, a BSJ (Baby Surprise Jacket) may be happening soon.  That would be a pleasant break in DK-weight yarn.  Or my sportweight yarn from Madrona may arrive that I’m planning to make a red shawl from!  But I think my fingers may secede from the union if I don’t placate them by switching up a bit.  (Or maybe the oh-so-warm tropical 40 degree F weather they’re promising later this week will help!  One can always hope!)

Weekend (Knitting) Update (or, Not More Hats, say the Cats)

This weekend, I finished the fourth of four Preemie Hats for Jeanne and Chelle’s K3tog Preemie Hat Extravaganza (yes, a little late: the story of my life, and I blame the altered mental state induced by the Shetland Seas Shawl (please do follow the link and see the big reveal if you haven’t already!).

The big cat was not amused.

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“I can’t believe it’s that time again already.  Where’s that kitten?  Isn’t it her turn?”

Don’t worry, all hats were washed and no cats were harmed, other than dignity, during the course of this post.

Here are three hats: the fourth was finished after prime daylight hours.

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“At least she’s not making me try them all on.”

The three shown are from my “Grow With Me Baby Hat” (free) pattern, and the fourth one is a K2P2 ribbed hat, a la the Toe (Cast) Sock.

Speaking of the Shetland Seas Shawl:

my folks stopped by yesterday afternoon to drop something off on their way somewhere, and I dragooned my father into taking a couple quick shots of the shawl outside, in working shawl position.  (I was all ready, as I wore it to church that morning.)  So here it is, in the wild.

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And later I went to try to experiment with standing on a stool in our upstairs bathroom.  With rather amusing results, at least I was thinking so at the time.

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Knitblogger contemplating camera, or "Is this thing on?"

I am editing my expression as it may tend to incriminate me

I am editing my expression as it may tend to incriminate me

Is this camera pointed anywhere near the mirror?

Is this camera pointed anywhere near the mirror?

Maybe I’d better work on my mirror technique a bit more….

Coronation

I finished Coronet a couple days after the Inauguration:

and it was just too big.  Too tall.  (Not too wide,  I had sized the braided brim to my big ol’ head before finishing it.)  My fault, not the pattern’s.

So I partially frogged and re-completed it today.

I have still to block it (and weave in the last two ends) but had to take pictures while I and the sun and the camera were all in the same plane of existence.

Here it is with its coordinating Moebius scarf.

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Notice they don’t ‘match’; though the yarn is exactly the same for the main body of the hat and the scarf (with a coordinating colorway for the braid of the hat and the I-cord trim of the scarf), the different number of stitches in each row, and different stitch patterns, give a very different visual ‘read’ to the colorway, which is “Minstrel” by Meg at Twisted Fiber Art.  (Yarn base Duchess [Slow Repeat], DK weight superwash merino.)

But I’m happy with it (now!)

Here I am, admiring an out-of-frame contrail so you can see the back of the hat, as well as the lack of blocking (soon to be remedied).

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And freezing my buns, but you can’t see that either.

A semi-side view:

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And a detail shot, so I can blow my own horn a little.

Though the weaving got a touch funky right on the edges where I had been slipping stitches and couldn’t quite weave the same way, I still am very proud of the grafting I did on the cable.

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You can tell by the edges where I grafted, but it would be fairly hard to tell by the cable alone, I flatter myself.  (It did take me a little quiet time with a good light, I must admit.  No TV watching during that part!)

I did modify the pattern slightly, as the yarn I used is DK weight rather than worsted/aran, so I knit 21 cable repeats, which was more than the original pattern.  (I fitted it to my head before grafting.)  I also chose not to pick up stitches on the wrong side/bottom of the brim to make a double thickness, which is what the pattern calls for, as I thought it was bulky enough already (I added in an extra purl stitch or two on each side of the braid, to balance the hat better, but it really just closed the braid/edge stitches up closer together due to stockinette curl; so it was already fairly thick).  If I knit it in the weight called for, I would follow the pattern, I believe.

All in all, I’m happy with my commemorative hat!  Warm, elegant, hand-dyed; just my style.  And particularly special.

In which it is revealed that P is not for Polk County, although it certainly could have been

I…

have a way cool Polk County water bottle, given to me by a high mucky-muck in Polk County herself!

With an excellent built-in handle, which you can’t see in this photo, but which is great for those of us who don’t have ham hands big enough to grab some of those water bottles you see. I know how jealous you are. You should be.

Worth driving 3 1/2 hours for all by itself, wouldn’t you say?

Actually, as you heard, my husband and I were stealing some time together — but we ended up spending some of it ‘alone together’ with kmkat and her husband!

The Kat(tm) and I spent part of the afternoon knitting at the Osceola Coffee Connection, which has a delightful deck (no pictures from that afternoon before some rain drove us inside, but here it is the next day from outside).

(That’s OUR umbrella you can see there! Well, it was until it failed to keep off all the rain, not really being designed for that sort of thing.) Her husband wasn’t there yet from work, and when my husband’s eyes glazed over at a bit of knitting esoterica, we sent him off to Wal-Mart and continued with our knitting and chatting. Despite conversation-induced occasional knitting lapses, progress was made on my Spring Forward Socks, and it seemed on the Summer Raglan as well (much further along than shown on the dress form who stuffs; you’ll have to nag Ms. Kat for progress photos!). And I was furthermore gifted with local llama yarn, MMMMM! So soft and pettable. It makes me need to sing the Llama Song. (If you do not know the Llama Song, you need to click that link. You may curse me later. But it is still necessary.)

But then we all convened for a lovely dinner, at which point the Y-chromosomes bonded over Chicago neighborhood stories (they grew up not far from each other, a few years apart, but separated more so by the bussing that my husband was subject to in the 60s, leading to different schools).

Sadly, Osceola is a reasonably fur piece from where The Kat(tm) and spouse live, so they needed to depart near dusk and we headed to our B&B, the St. Croix River Inn.

It overlooks — what else — the St. Croix River, where in the morning, I sat and stitch by stitch, double yarnover by slip-slip-knit, tinked my pink shawl.

And that was even before coffee. Now, I’d hoped to just have to tink two rows. Two reverse rows got rid of the scary loops of lace spaghetti I had trapped on a stitch holder, which I had created in my ill-advised attempt to fix a faggoting mistake. But I realized the mistake would still be there — it was related to some very odd weirdness from the row before, which I couldn’t sort out. So two more rows will be required to reverse the madness completely. Well, I’ve come this far.

So I had some coffee and an excellent breakfast

and tinked some more. (Still not quite there yet, as of this writing.)

Then, after checkout, I had to check out myself – the local yarn shop, Mrs. I’s Yarn Parlor.

I was unprepared. The population of Osceola is 2500. Granted, that’s just the town, not the outlying areas, nor the seasonal population.

So picture me, quite surprised, in a yarn shop which has yarn I’ve never seen in person yet, and some delicious yarn I’ve never heard of!

Also, the owner is a strong advocate of local yarn, so I came back with some Blackberry Hills yarn which is a llama/wool/mohair blend. The animals are all raised by a local woman; she handspins the blended yarn; and then hand-dyes it. Hard to be more local than that! And it’s so cool! I also bought another farm’s Wisconsin alpaca, naturally chocolate brown and so soft. I love local yarn!

But I got my first sight in person of nettle yarn (bought some to make market bags for Christmas presents, though I suspect it will be hard on the hands; it should make great bags), and I found some gorgeous wool from a Michigan mill, Stonehedge Fiber Mill; aran weight, so soft, with some heathered shades, worsted spun. Like Cascade 200, but softer. Apparently, the mill owner has done commercial fiber milling for some time but not long ago developed her own yarn. Today, a friend to whom I showed it, heard it featured on Lime & Violet’s podcast! Wild. I love it. I bought several shades because it cries out for colorwork or something similar.

There was even more I’d never seen in person, and a couple yarn brands I’d never heard of, but I’ll stop now (no pictures, I got home at dusk today — penance for a day’s vacation from work!) But if you happen to be in the Stillwater (Minnesota)/St. Croix Falls/ Interstate Park/ Taylors Falls area, take the short drive to Osceola and check out this LYS — well worth the drive (relocating upstairs to a bit bigger space as of September 1, 2008, also).

Back on the road, more sock and tinking time; then back to reality. Dang. I want to play with yarn and meet up with fellow knitbloggers as fun & nice as kmkat every weekend!

First Weekend off in a Month, Woo-hoo!

And a beautiful one it was!

Even though it started with opening the door to the aftermath of the intense little storm (and there was another one Friday night, another Saturday night, a tiny one this afternoon):

(look at the leaf stuck to our front door; and we don’t have a tree like that anywhere close!)

it was a lovely Saturday morning Sky!

Lots of the weekend was spent ferrying kids (Nutcracker auditions, birthday parties, shopping, so what’s new?), and there were rehearsals for me and my husband for today’s choral church services, Cantate Sunday. So not as much knitting time as I’d like (when is there ever? Except at Sock Camp! And even then, we were knitting ‘to order’ much of the time — classes etc.).

Here’s a picture of our church choir today. We were dressed in a loose interpretation of 19th century American clothing, as our music was all early American, mostly a cappella, very cool.

(Click to embiggen if you wish; I’m on the far right, just being an alto.)

But despite the busy-ness, I made excellent progress nonetheless on my mother’s second Casbah sock; no pictures, but I’m close to the toe, so should be done very soon.

And the Gothlet and I did a little yarn dyeing yesterday!

She has an extremely cool art teacher who is, sadly for the Gothlet, retiring. I told her teacher about Kool-Aid yarn dyeing once and she was very intrigued. I knew she would really appreciate something hand-dyed and hand-made. And brightly colored, she loves color! Now, if we waited for the Gothlet to knit it, we would be waiting a LONG time; I think she’s finished one out of 20 projects she’s started. (Not that I can point any fingers of blame.) But she can sure dye! So I suggested she dye yarn and I would knit it into fingerless mitts for her teacher. I had bought some Louet Gems sport weight superwash merino in white when I was in Neenah a month ago. I also prepped some other yarn for practicing on; we mixed up some bottles of dye

(there had just been a sale on powdered drink packets a few weeks ago, hooray!), and yesterday, she and I did some dyeing!

Here’s her finished result, all her own work:

And here it is skeined up, and wound up, ready for me to cast on tonight.

She said she wanted blips of bright color with separation, no blending, so I think this will be just the thing.

I did ‘jazz’ up the yellow (lemonade flavor) with food coloring, as well as the blue a bit, based on past experience. But look at the difference between this skein, and a wool-silk natural colored (non-superwash) skein:

See the difference in color saturation? Same dyes, same dyer, same technique. I’m sure it’s the superwash wool: the treatment makes it more permeable to the dye, as I found out to my surprise not long ago (of course, when I was dyeing something for someone else, and it came out much darker than planned; I had to dye a second skein that time).

While she was doing her dyeing, I did a couple small skeins I didn’t photograph yet, and also kettle-dyed the lace yarn below with Jacquard acid dye. (I’d had it partially dyed earlier with the leftover dye from something else, and overdyed it with teal; it’s subtly variegated, and I like it very much. I’m a teal kind of person!)

And I wound up more yarn for Wendy‘s Diamonds and Purls lace shawl. And I wound the second skein for my fingering weight Forest Canopy shawl, also. I am jonesing for knitting lace! And in four days, I am happy to say that I will be getting all sorts of knitting time. I am taking the train to a meeting in Chicago — over 5 hours of knitting time each way, excellent for lace! no need to read maps, carry on conversation since I’ll be by myself, no demands from the children….I can even listen to knitting podcasts on the train trip if I want.

During the meeting itself, I can’t knit lace, but I can knit something simple on my lap in the dark, perhaps the Baby Tomten jacket I started, or some basic socks. (It’s the kind of meeting where there are a lot of Powerpoint presentations.) And, though I’ll just be there a couple days, Friday night there is open knitting at Loopy Yarns in Chicago, my favorite of the three yarn stores I visited while I was there last year, and a short subway ride from where the meeting is, so I have something to do that night. The other two nights, I’ll be happy to stay in and have the bathtub/bathroom to myself, eat when I want, read and knit! Maybe even watch a movie I want to see!

SHHH — they all think I’m just going to a meeting. And I AM going to a meeting — they don’t need to know it’s also a mini-vacation with bonus knitting! Promise not to tell?

Weekend (Knitting) Update: Every Long Journey Is Made of Small Steps

Today begins a new regular feature here chez Hither and Yarn.

I realized I have established a pattern of knitting updates on the weekends, due to a busy weekday schedule and (heretofore) absolute or relative lack of natural light availability for photography.

So why not make a virtue of necessity and establish….

Weekend (Knitting) Update!

Kind of like Lime & Violet’s Daily Chum What’s on your Needles Wednesday: but different? (The L&V Daily Chum is well worth adding to your feed reader, by the way, if you have one [and if not, why not?]; it can be dangerous, though, with its etsy Shop of the Day feature. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Of course, as soon as I establish this recurring feature today, I expect I’ll turn around and fail to follow through, because today’s title is not random. Naturally.

Next weekend, I will be in the Pacific Northwest (where it’s an order of magnitude GREENER compared to here) and I don’t know about internet access over the weekend; I know it will be severely limited the following week. So — who knows if there will be a Weekend (Knitting) Update next weekend? (Okay, that’s getting a little tedious to type. W(K)U. )

And the steps leading to my trip are beginning today: further work on Camp homework (stealth project, it’s a secret), beginning to pack and plan, pay bills, make sure everyone can do without Mom for 10 days.

But, yes, it’s W(K)U, and the title also refers to the absorbing, fascinating, addictive journey that is a Lace project! Before that, though, obligatory warning until everyone’s for sure gotten their kits, SPOILER ALERT, there’s a March Rockin’ Sock Club progress report at the end of this post.

Although I am knitting Forest Canopy and enjoying it (knitting along with Nora, a little every day, it’s my soothing bedtime knitting — though rumor has it, Nora’s flown right along!), I also have begun a laceweight project which I am going to savor on multiple levels. (Nora, given the anarchic nature of the knitalong currently, perhaps this will be my project to replace Icarus/Flower Basket/whatever!)

This is Wendy Johnson’s pattern which she has just designed, called “Kay’s Diamonds and Purls Shawl“. (The graceful name replaces the provisional working name, which did have a certain je ne sais quoi.) She is planning on offering the pattern for sale in the future, but is having the pattern test knit in different sizes and different weights yarn. And I am a happy test knitter!

I volunteered and received the pattern Tuesday. And then had something going on every night this week; though the ‘something’ Thursday night at least was partly a Knit Night! But I spent most of Knit Night hand-winding my laceweight. (The lovely alpaca laceweight yarn for the last big lace project I made kept flying off the ball winder when I wound it, even though I was going slow; and I think that was directly related to why this Gordian knot happened (aka barf-glob). (That and the tendency of alpaca to hang on to itself with many tiny hairy little fingers.))

So I finally got to start this lovely lace. And the reasons I am savoring it on multiple levels are:

  • a lovely and clear pattern with a little different construction than I have knit before (I always enjoy trying something a little different);
  • an end product that I know will be gorgeous!;
  • and a yarn which is a pleasure to knit with.

So here are my small step beginnings to this lace journey:

Yes, I know, it doesn’t look like much! It did take a bit of time, though, really! I love the faggoting. (That’s the openwork in front, for non-knitters, not a pejorative term.)

The yarn is from the Unique Sheep, her Eos yarn (50% merino/50% tussah silk laceweight), a true laceweight. I have a lot of laceweight yarns, but I wanted one with almost no variegation; one that wasn’t too fine (I have some ultrafine cobwebweights) since Wendy mostly wants this test-knit for size purposes, as well as checking the pattern (but a test-knitter who was faster off the starting blocks than I seems to be doing that very ably!); but also I wanted a lovely yarn that was enjoyable to knit and would show off the pattern nicely.

And this yarn is lovely. Subtle sheen, less than it looks in the Eos link (that looks like a flash photo), easy to handle. I think perhaps I could wind it on the ball winder (I did not yet hand-wind all 1260 yards or I would not have been able to get any knitting done Thursday).

This colorway is called Sangria, and it surprised me when it came. On the Unique Sheep website, the general Sangria color is darker, as Sangría indeed is. So when the yarn came and was, um, pink, I was taken aback slightly, but having done some dyeing at that point, chalked it up to the nature of hand-dyeing, as well as different yarns taking dye differently (or maybe the Sangría was made with White Zin!). And it was gorgeous yarn; I was just expecting a little more in the blood red color range, which is what sangria means. But when I looked back at the website, duh, my bad: here is the Sangria colorway shown for Eos, pretty much exactly what I received. It would have been fine even if not. Anyway, this was undesignated (for any specific project) lovely true laceweight in a very springy color, subtly tone-on-tone, light enough to show the pattern well — perfect, I thought for this pattern.

So this will go along with me on my upcoming trip, and I expect/hope/plan to finish it, as I will have lots of solo travel (read: knitting!) time. (Note to self: bring blocking pins in suitcase just in case it works out to block while gone. I can’t bring the blocking mats, but maybe it’ll dry in the 18 hours I’m not sleeping on my bed….) I have no clue what clothes I’m bringing, but I have my knitting projects all planned out! You all understand, right?

Here’s another shot, just because.

( Perhaps my next career will be knitting stylist, though first I have to learn to spread the stitches out symmetrically so they don’t look cock-eyed.)

You’ll be seeing more of this, because Wendy, bless her heart, being a knitblogger, has given the test-knitters permission to blog about our test knitting (obviously, since I’m doing it!). However, bear in the mind the possible/probable partial blog blackout during my travels, so who knows what it will look like the next time you do see it?

Lastly, speaking of trying new things, the BMFA Rockin’ Sock Club March kit is progressing, since I took it to church today and knit between services (our choir, including me and my husband, sang at the early service, and then a college concert choir sang at the beginning of the second service, so I hung out between, knit and talked). Why is it a new thing, other than a new project? Well, the Leafling pattern has a novel heel!

Look at this:

Fascinating!

I am getting a bit of the above-heel bag people have kvetched about, but it was not there before I started the heel, and the reason seems to be the heel stitch, which pulls in laterally, drawing in the heel from side-to-side; not the knitting above being too loose. And, frankly, when my foot is flat, there is no bag. (It’s that dancer thing; as soon as my foot leaves the ground, it automatically points.) If I knit this or a similar pattern again, perhaps one could knit the stitches above the heel on a size smaller needle for the inch or so above, or knit in ribbing at the back of the ankle at the same place, one or the other, to ‘draw’ in more gradually the stockinette so it doesn’t blouson (as our tops did in the 1980s).

Anyway, still happy with yarn and pattern, but this will need to be put on ice for a bit as I work on my Sock Camp homework. Deadline’s a-coming up, and I actually leave a few days early. I’ll fill you in before I take off.

The Walking Sock progresses a bit, but looks the same, just longer. Can I turn the heel while walking? Probably, but not if I’m running late and power-walking! Tomorrow’s the day of the week I have to drive, though, and it’s supposed to rain anyway (I can walk in the rain, but not knit.)

Tomorrow (evening news edition): Forest Canopy progress, per Nora’s encouragement. (I can take direction well. When I wish to.)

PS: Anyone reading (other than my mother) who knows the song referred to in the title? Ann Reed is among my favorite musicians. And not only because she and I both sing really low! Go here if you’d like to hear a sample of the song (then you can even buy it from CDBaby if you love it!).