22 July 2013

Shawl still to be blocked…

A little yarn pr0n:

Frosted Berry

Frosted Berry

Wild Berry

Wild Berry

 

Some Lovely Zen Yarn Garden Serentity DK. Purchase with purpose, in revamping some of the yarn selections for older patterns, I noticed that one or two were now discontinued. What a great opportunity to make sample knits in new and “most wanted” yarn bases and colours!

I adore handspun yarns and I am in awe of people who can spin  laceweight – my favourite. This bit of loveliness was totally not necessary for anything other than to make me happy:

Flora Linnea

Flora Linnea

It is working up beautifully in the very simple but oh so effective “Citron“. I had begun a more traditional shawl but this gradient, rustic-spun just wasn’t being shown to its best. I think I now have the sweet spot of yarn, pattern and needle and I am totally smitten with this project.

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Sunday

Wow! Middle of April already. Where does the time go? Seems just yesterday, I had made a commitment to resurrect this blog and my long-neglected shops and projects.

I can become a little too enthusiastic at times though and am suffering a dreadful dose of “Startitis”.

I’ve been dreaming of projects and waking in a tizzy to grab a hook or needles and some yarn. My home looks like an explosion in the Noro factory (colourful, messy and with lots of bits stuck in it, lol!).

I MUST finish something or my poor brain will spazz. There are times that I’m grateful to have ADD, other times I swear someone could find me in the textbook.

As all my projects are larger, I’m going to try to focus on just one part of one. The scarves really should have been done by now, along with the photos. My inner teenager has conspired against me on this last part of it though, the dreaded seventh scarf. Today I will finish.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single

Colour change. Hand dyed skeins have much more personality than commercial.

I know now that I will run out of yarn for  Chameleon, so setting that aside until I can get my hands on more of the contrast / border colour. No hardship to go and browse at Jimmy Beans! When starting the Blackwood Shawl, I knew that I would either run out or need to make adjustments. I calculated a mod but the more I looked at the scale and what the finished size will be, I really wanted to make it to pattern. Fortunately for me The Yarn Company had a couple skeins of this very limited colourway left. Their customer service was great and being in NY, it won’t take long to get here. Yay Roxanne! Zen Yarn Garden from right here in Ontario (where I am today) has grown so much.

Now must be off. This turned into the longest post ever, when meant to be more of a disclosure for incentive! There are many chores to be done before any knitting. The Beau should be here soon and I’m certain he won’t want to see what a crazy yarn lady I can be when he’s away!

Yarn Pr0n photo, before I have to hide this away with the rest of the stash. My Wollmeise score from Loopy’s last update:

Wollmeise Pure

Petit Poison Dark

Petit Poison Dark

Slightly better representation of colour. Deepest, darkest, Merlot with almost no variegation.

Crochet Hearts And I Heart Crochet

I seem to be on a bit of a crochet “jag” lately.

The two baby blankets, Chameleon and Requerdos, are coming along nicely. Group shot below.

Recuerdos de Infancia - WIP

Recuerdos de Infancia – WIP

 

Five down, sixth on the hook.

Five down, sixth on the hook.

Working with the Baruffa lace has been a joy. So soft and works up with a nice “squish”. As I’m still waiting on a proper sized needle to start the sleeves for my Concetta cardigan, I thought I’d revisit an aging WIP: my Blackwood Shawl.

I started this thinking I had a great combination of yarn, hook and colour. Unfortunately, the particular alpaca that I had on hand is a little on the fuzzy side and was obscuring the stitches. I really like the pattern and the yarn would be great for something else but… something else caught my eye just as the bloom was fading off my enthusiasm for this project and… Its been in the bin ever since.

With this new-found love for the hook, I went looking for a shawl pattern and realized this one still speaks to me. A little stash-diving later and I came up with a gorgeous Zen Yarn Garden 100% silk single, fingering weight. This is an exclusive colourway “G.I. Jane” from The Yarn Company. Finally out of its cello wrap and I am cautiously working my way through the first set up rounds as I type.

As always, holding my breath for having spoken of a WIP aloud. I’m hoping the reverse psychology of admitting to a project and perhaps having people wonder what becomes of it will be enough inspiration to finish it up.

Back from the WIP bin!

Beginning with a new yarn / hook combo.

So many lovely projects come across my screen, this one caught my eye, again for a baby blanket and this blog looks like it’ll be inspiring too!

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