Monday, 27 April 2015

Busy Weekends are

kinda crappy.  I am not working.  Why is the weekend so busy?
Actually, I was trying to sort out everything for my taxes.  and in between that I was avoiding doing my taxes.  I have a remarkable capacity for putting off and avoiding things I do not like!

Which meant there was a fair bit of knitting.

I am well into the second ball of the Alpaca Wool blend Mule Spinner
You can see the third ball sitting there too and I am pretty sure that I am going to want to knit up the 4th as well.  Plus the edging.  Isn't it cool how this yarn, with its very low processing, sits so perfectly?  It makes for tidy knitting and smooth hands as I work.  The yarn is not stripped of every bit of lanolin which is part of what makes it so good. 

And then there is this.
Once I had finished the springtime socks, I was left with the realisation that I did not feel like working with new yarn.  I was also full of the recent realisation that I had many more bits and ends than I thought.  My hands wanted to knit something just as much fun as the springtime socks and I wanted to clear out some more leftover yarn.  I ended up staying up way too late last night playing with these.  Two row stripes are a lot of fun.

And those springtime socks? My sister sent pictures!

Just a sweet treat for your eyes and here is hoping she enjoys them as much as I enjoyed knitting them.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Prairie Things

There is just nothing like garter stitch.

It's a little thing but oh my, what a thing.

This yarn is Custom Woollen Mills Alpaca and Wool Mule Spinner 2 ply.  I have had this yarn for a while now and you know what?  I sure wish I would have worked with it sooner.

It's awfully nice.  Its very prairie.  

The prairies never jump up and hit you in the face like a mountain range or the rocky majesty of the east with waves crashing where ocean meets shore.  Prairie is space.  Prairie is open and light and air and wind and the sound of rustling grasses. It is stalwart and steadfast.

Prairie is hidden corners and small beauty and quiet kinds of richness.  Prairie is roots and wings.

Alpaca and Wool 2 ply Mule Spinner is kind of like that.  Its looks simple in the skein.  It's like the prairie is.  It speaks to light and space and wide open knitting in a plain sort of way.  

Till you knit it and it realize that it has hidden corners of beauty it is quite content to wait for you to discover.  It does not need to shout to make its splendour known.  It is content to wait for you. At peace.  Quiet.  Stalwart without being stodgy or harsh. It moves along your needles gently, no pulling or clinging yet it moves smooth and free.

While the yarn speaks of these things, I am not content till I shout it to that wide open prairie sky.  Don't wait.  Go find some.   

Friday, 24 April 2015

A truly perfect day

I really did have the perfect day.  We drove we shopped, we ate lunch at a fabulous bistro.  Roasted carrot soup.  Just delicious and I must find a recipe so I can taste it again and again.

One of the things I came home with will do very nicely to be an accent to a long desired project.

I've had these 4 fawn skeins of yarn for a while.  I think I started with 3 skeins and then purchased a 4th, and then changed my mind about what I wanted them to be.  

I have also thought about knitting a Wool Peddlers Shawl.    I have some red yarn, the remainder of the yarn from the red sweater I knit earlier this year that is earmarked for the lace edged version straight out of Cheryl Oberle's wonderful book.  That plan for a massive warm wonderful red shawl has been in the works for years and remains and active and fond desire.

I debated simply changing my plan to the fawn yarn, but the vision of it in red just stood in the way. 

The Wool Peddlers shawl is a good basic shape and a few people out there have made a magical and very modern version with a simple, very lightly ruffled edging. I first noticed the variation on the Mason Dixon blog in 2009, when Kay Gardiner knit several stunning versions.  I think that is what this is going to be.  Fawn main body with a warm heathered edging to wrap it up.  

I think this is going to be cast on today.  There are so many other choices, but this might be the one that deserves my today.