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Happy Friday bloggers!
I finally got one full pattern repeat done of my fearless fair isle and here it is. I like it -- I think it's turning out well.
But of course I'm yearning for other fair isles too. I have the ingredients to make Marina and the Oregon Cardigan, both from the out-of-print Scottish Collection, and the Laleli cardigan designed by Jade Starmore for Virtualyarns. Oh, and I also have the yarn for one of Ron Schweitzer's designs -- I think the one I have is Snow Country. This is one of the Shetland 2000 designs that is available from Yarns International.
Do ya like bananas? Then visit the Washington Banana Museum!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Another hot and humid one today.
Everybody go look at Caroline's fair isle, Alba. Isn't it gorgeous? Beautiful job, Caroline!
And speaking of fair isle . . . here is mine, of the fearless variety. I don't have one full pattern repeat done yet, but I should tonight.
Speaking of colorwork, I have to gush about the new book I got -- Norsk Strikkedesign, which I mail ordered from Nordic Fiber Arts -- no affiliation, just a satisfied customer.
This book is serious eye candy! It's got designs from Norway's 11 top knitwear designers and they all are based on traditional designs, but go far beyond that. You have to see it to fully appreciate it. The designs are not for the faint of heart, but I've already identified two "must makes" -- the Virgin sweater and the Princess Line sweater. Anyone who would like to buy me the yarn packs as gifts, size medium, please. ;-)
The weatherman says we're going to have dangerously high temps today and air quality is code red. Which means: stay indoors!
Did some fair isle-ing last night. Wanna see? Here is it. It's a lot of fun to knit and using my new ebony needles for the first time on a fair isle is making it even more fun. The wooden needles provide just enough "drag" so that I can spread the stitches out nicely and get nice even tension on my floats.
And here is my sock in progress. The colors in the progress are not quite true -- it's a little greener in real life. I think it looks like camouflage. (Okay, I'm a little embarrassed that I just had to look up "camouflage" in the dictionary to make sure of the spelling.) I think some of the guys dressed in jungle fatigues who get off the train at the Pentagon were eyeing them lustfully!
P.S. to Melissa -- if you can find a 12-step program for sock yarnies, let me know! Must . . . buy . . . more . . . sock . . .yarn! Must . . . buy . . . more . . . sock . . .yarn!
Yep, I've got something to trade. Lookee here:
Two skeins of Opal sock yarn -- each one is 100 grams, 425 meters, enough for a pair of socks. 75% wool and 25% polyamid. This is my favorite sock yarn of all time. The two skeins above are duplicates of colors I have. The colors show fairly true in the photo -- the one on the left is a peach background and the one on the right is slightly less pink and more raspberry than the photo shows.
Anyway, the person who offers me the coolest thing in trade (it doesn't have to be yarn) gets the Opal. Leave me a comment in my tag-board, at the left, or email me .
Trade closes next Tuesday, July 23.
Why do I have duplicate Opal? Because I'm a sock yarn slut. I admit it. I love sock yarn. I buy and buy and buy. I buy Opal grab bags off eBay. I buy mail order. Look at what I got in the mail yesterday, here. Isn't that gorgeous? It's Lorna's Laces in her new stripe colorways. I had to have them.
I also got this in the mail yesterday. Boring, I know. Black sportweight Regia sock yarn. Why sport weight? It's to make a pair of socks for my brother who wears size 14EE shoes. Do I think it'll take all five skeins? No, but I won it off eBay and it was a lot of five skeins for a great price.
Lately I've had people asking me about my sock knitting on the train. Yesterday afternoon a drunken construction worker breathed alcohol fumes all over my sock in progress as he gazed at it with rapt attention and told me that the woman who raised him used to crochet doilies. And this morning an older gentleman I see every morning on the train asked me what I am knitting every morning -- he said he was impressed by how quickly I churn the little suckers out.
Though those weren't his exact words.
I say he's a gentleman because when we approach our stop, he always stands back and lets me exit the train first. The first time he did this I almost fainted from shock. Courtesy on public transportation is a rare thing.
Welcome to another week, bloggers.
I did sew Dalriada together and took its picture -- here.
Well that's all for now -- I hope you all have a great Monday!