Souvenirs

I’ve been extremely absent from blogging this summer. It’s mostly due to my being away for a large chunk of it, and for most of that time, I was in decidedly unfriendly-for-knitting temperatures; the highest was 114F – that’s over 45C! My guess is there are not too many knitters in Lake Havasu City, Arizona!

I have managed to produce ONE sock (and a toe…) since the beginning of July, so it’s not a total collapse of my personal knitting infrastructure (pretend that made sense). And, I feel this has to count for something… I’ve acquired yarn. Boy, have I acquired yarn.

When I arrived in the US, I already had a bunch of goodies waiting for me. There was this KnitPicks roving Abby picked up for me during a sale:

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There was this beauty from Hillary, as a thank you for providing her kid with Ahlgrens bilar:

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There was this Juicy skein from Twisted Fiber Arts that arrived just before I did:

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And then, once I was there in person, there was the Jimmy Beans haul. (Oh man, Jimmy Beans!! Even more amazing than I expected it to be. Yarn heaven. Everyone was so lovely. So much Tosh. I almost want to move to Reno.)

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(There’s something missing from this picture. Stay tuned.)

Finally, there was ImagiKnit. We arrived to a dark store – yarn shopping during a power outage was a new experience. Not as impressed with ImagiKnit as with JBW, mostly due to the staff, but San Francisco wins over Reno (and pretty much everything) despite that, and it’s a lovely building, and I sure got some lovely stuff:

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Then I got home and had to shove all this into my stash. Oh boy. Yarn diet here I come.

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Self-striping, getting there

Okay, so I did a little brief reading on how to dye self-striping sock yarn. Turns out experienced self-striping indie dyers use a warping board. A while ago my new toy arrived and a few days ago a lovely sock yarn in superwash merino from Sunrise Fibers.
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Now I just have to wait for these super warm (desert climate) days to pass so my brain works again.

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New exciting project

Or rather new project with new exciting yarn!

I’m not sure if it’s destiny or what, but the pattern I stumbled upon is actually called Soft Rainbow Shawl (from Zsuzsa Kiss). That just after I’ve finished my rainbow colored shawl. This one will be gradient, but not rainbow colored. I love the way the teal works it’s way into the brown. I hope it will turn out nicely.

The yarn is the Manitou Evolution in Arial (a super wash ┬ámerino) from Twisted Fiber Arts. It’s a wonderful light finger weight and super soft. I love working with it!

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Fibermania

I decided to try out some different fiber. The best way to learn is to try, right? And since I prefer knitting scarfs and other delicate pieces I went ahead and ordered some luxurious fibers that are new to me. The yak fiber is one for example, that I’m still considering how to spin. I also ordered baby camel; the silk, angora and merino blend; and some nice kashmir fluff. They are all fantastically soft!

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Besides this I found a fun package of 28 different sheep fluff 1 oz to try from woolgatherings. I will write more about that separately.

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