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To disregard or slight

December 1, 2009

I’ve been neglecting this blog, and I feel awful for that, as it’s usually a big highlight of my week to sit down and write an entry.  All I can say on that matter is do not get the flu, no matter how nicely you’re asked to.  I named mine Charo and she was an unwelcome guest for nearly a month.  And then we went away for Thanksgiving and that was another week of no writing.

But I’m back, Charo is gone, and things are pretty darn good.  So many items of business to attend to that got lost in the time I was busy lying in bed and hating life!

One, I got to test knit a wonderful new pattern from Pam at Flint Knits.  And I can’t post the picture here right now because it’s a surprise for Mr. Kninja, who doesn’t look at my Flickr stream unprovoked, but who does read this blog.  If you’d like to see the awesomeness of this adorable pattern, though, here’s a link to my Ravelry project page.  If you’re interested in the pattern, Pam should be releasing it very soon and it’s so fast that you still have enough time to whip up a few before the holidays are upon us in earnest.

Two, now that I’m well and upright again, I can get some modeled shots of the new Susan Scarf I made for the sake of creating a PDF version of the pattern that is charted and much clearer than my original messy “here’s what  I did” instructions.  I knit the new version in Rowan Kidsilk Aura, which I really like for this scarf as it is lightweight, warm, and blocks well.  And since I used only two skeins it makes for a luxurious project that doesn’t break the bank.  I’m hoping to get the PDF up in about a week as a holiday gift.  There may be another little freebie depending on how fast I can work.

I’m starting work on my yearly unsolicited gifts for knitters list.  I figure that while no one has ever asked me to do it, two years in a row makes it a tradition, and I enjoy looking up fun stuff to recommend.

There are a couple more finished projects that have gone unmentioned on the blog.  I knew I wanted to knit something for my mother in law for Christmas, and after coercing my husband into interrogating his mother and spending an ungodly amount of time lurking around on The Fiber Fix‘s website, I settled on Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in Luminous Heart, a gorgeous purple and brown combo.   I had intended to make a Milkweed Shawl out of the yarn, but Mr. Kninja told me his mother would like something I’d designed myself, so I whipped up my fifth Clothilde.  Holy cats!  Much to my pleasant surprise, the variegated yarn looked good with the Clothilde pattern.

Luminous Heart really is luminous.  This is some truly gorgeous yarn, and I can’t wait to get ahold of some for myself, perhaps to finally make that Milkweed Shawl!  Small shawls really do make excellent gifts.  They knit up fast, hold interest for the knitter, and can be made using a single skein of sock yarn.  I’ve got a little shawl crazy this year with the gifts, but I can’t resist.

 

I also whipped up a little bolero for Eleanor on a whim, using slightly less than a skein of Malabrigo Gruesa and some handspun held with RYC Soft Lux for the edging.  It was an excellent stashbuster and looks super cute on Nora.

That’s all for now!  I hope to get a lot more modeled shots in the days to come and will have my Unsolicited List of Gifts for Knitters up shortly.  Take care!

Items of note

April 27, 2008

* I went to Color today and took a beginning spinners’ class!  Many, many thanks to my friend DarlingFloy for lending me a drop spindle.  I’m still dithering about which kind to buy, but taking the class has taught me that I want a rather lightweight spindle, with a top whorl, and that spinning is a lot easier when you’re not using a CD spindle.  I got some good recommendations for spindles a while back, but I’m slow on the uptake.  Anyway, it was a lot of fun, and I got carried away and purchased some fibers to try out.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

There were few vendors, but that made for a cozy, intimate, and unintimidating event.  And all of the vendors had lovely stuff, so all the better!

I’ve long admired the ads for A Verb for Keeping Warm on Ravelry, and their real life products exceed even their creative name and beautiful logo.  The colors are subtle and elegant, and they have some really interesting fibers.

Pigeonroof Studios was also there, and the yarns I saw were very beautiful, though it looks like nearly everything was sold before I arrived.

I’m oddly tempted by the moustache products from Girl on the Rocks.  They also had pretty stitch markers, needle books, and knitting needle cases, but it was the moustaches that nearly claimed my pocketbook.  I’m waiting, though, because I think I need a better reason to buy than, “But they’re moustaches!”

Finally, my actual purchases were from Tactile Fiber Arts.  Brooke taught the class I took, and I really liked the wool we used – Finn wool, which is long staple, and very soft – so I bought more of it.  I also found myself walking away with some irresistibly soft baby camel/silk fiber, which I’ll have to wait until I’m a more capable spinner to use.   No pictures yet, because I can’t get the bloody camera to take pictures that show any hue other than black.  (You may remember that I have had this problem before.  It is a moody camera.)  As cool and gothy as these pictures are, they rather fail as pictures, so we’ll wait until the camera has a change of heart, or until I stop being too cheap to buy a new camera.

* I started a group a little while back on Ravelry.  It’s called Color Coordinated, and it’s about color theory.  If you’re at all interested, I’d love for you to join.  Already, some interesting discussions and ideas have been sparked.  The most interesting idea to me is the link between language and color perception; the idea that how we perceive color is linked to what we name it.  A rose by any other name would not be as pink – that is, if the language in question has not divided color in such a way as to have a separate term for the rose tint.  What this means in relation to the various poetic names that we give to colors of lipstick or yarn or paint is not entirely clear to me, but it’s something I’d like to think on a bit more.

I’m stuck on a color again this season.  Do you remember how last summer, all I could think about was a bright leafy green?  This spring it’s gold.  All hues and shades of gold.  I don’t own much golden yarn, but it’s the color that’s stuck in my head and can’t get out.  I’m thinking that the colors that get stuck in my head are likely influenced by what’s growing.  Last summer, it was the roadside forests that got me stuck on green.  This spring, the new leaves are almost golden in color.  Yellow flowers are everywhere.  The sun is turning everything bright, and it all just screams for something bright to reflect it all back.  Anyone else have seasonal color cravings?

* On a similar note, I’ve been a member of COLOURlovers for some time now, and I wanted to recommend it to other knitters as a good place to see how certain colors work together before buying yarn or beginning a project.  I’m Jejune Ennui on there, should you wish to drop me a line.

* Nancy McCarroll has a really neat article about complementary colors.  Check it out!

* I found this story on the BBC’s website about a man who knits nets to prevent items from being blown out of recycling vans.  Go knitting!

* The Yarn Harlot was right.  Spring is conducive to Starteritis.  More and more projects keep leaping onto my needles.  I don’t think I’m going to finish all of them this season.