Posts Tagged 'Louet'

Letting the Silk Out of the Bag

Today’s post is going to be loaded with things in progress. With my new schedule, all photoshoots are being done in my home office, with the flash (and I’m seeing spots right now). Some items may be letting themselves out of the bag prematurely. For starters, there’s this:

Silk, slightly washed out by the flash

Silk, slightly washed out by the flash

Which may or may not become a gift for someone. It’s still in process, and hopefully there will be enough on this skein to finish.

Nicknamed “Arches,” because I first thought that I’d get in a couple of arabesque arches in the thing. I don’t think that’s been accomplished, so maybe I’ll just call this thing, made out of the silk from the swap table, “Archie” after a character from Eight Cousins.

The next item is a picture of the Dream Swatch (design by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic). It’s going slowly, but it looks like it may be turning out ok:

Dreamswatch in progress

Dreamswatch in progress

I had quite the run on knitting it on Sundays, during Dr. Who radio broadcasts for Christmas. Alas, it isn’t finished yet. But I love how the colors are turning out in this yarn. Just yummy. Again, this was destined for someone, but I found I needed more time to make sure my tension was correct with this yarn. Oh well, probably a book was a better bet for this person anyway.

Louet Gems yarn in caribou, pewter, and aqua

Louet Gems yarn in caribou, pewter, and aqua

And then, what’s this? Louet Gems, destined to be mittens, I think. This was my last big purchase, mentioned before and finally photographed. Colors: aqua, caribou, and pewter. I think there’s a pattern for something like that in Ravelry, and I’m hoping I have enough knitting mojo to tackle it! So, what do you think — do I need to buy some white for snowflakes if I try to do a silhouette of trees against a blue sky? Any amazing mitten patterns for sockweight yarn I should know about? I’m being fickle with deciding what this lovely stuff is going to be. 🙂

A Certainty of Flurries

Believe it or not, it started to flurry outdoors while I tanked up at the gas station. This could be the last snow I see of the season, of course, since I live over the Mason-Dixon, but it made me feel kind of festive. So did tanking up the car for less than $22.

I now feel better about buying 3 hanks of Louet Gems (colors are caribou, aqua, and pewter) to make mittens — possibly the Squirrely Swedish Mittens (Ravelry link here and normal web link here). [For those without Ravelry, it’s like Facebook for crocheters and knitters. We mostly talk about crushes we have on indie dyers, speculation about which designer is the witchiest, and politics. There are currently 217,000+ people on this worldwide community, with pictures of yarn, projects, etc. BTW: yes, the French and Germans do make some more interesting patterns than we can get in the USA.]

Today’s joys: little promises of snow without inconvenience, presents (for me), and I’m spending part of the day trying to memorize words for a concert. Since it isn’t all wine and roses, I’m also dealing with work stuff while listening to more work being done in the attic. Tomorrow, another crew of workmen come back to the attic again. Today I’ve alternated between being trapped in my office by a ladder and being trapped from the bathroom pretty much all day. I’m cold, there are no bathroom facilities, and I may or may not be able to get a drink of water. I think I’m trapped in a gameshow. With yarn.

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