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:
There was this beauty from Hillary, as a thank you for providing her kid with Ahlgrens bilar:
There was this Juicy skein from Twisted Fiber Arts that arrived just before I did:
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.)
(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:
Then I got home and had to shove all this into my stash. Oh boy. Yarn diet here I come.2
My mum gave me a knitting book with children’s clothes. It’s quite old and contains a lot of outdated jumpers. But there’s also the cutest hat ever.
Now I’m just thinking about which yarn to pick for it. I have some colors from DROPS which might work.
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.
Now I just have to wait for these super warm (desert climate) days to pass so my brain works again.
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 merino) from Twisted Fiber Arts. It’s a wonderful light finger weight and super soft. I love working with it!1
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!
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.0
There are some amazing additions in my stash that I just have to share. One Toshwood colored silk/merino blend from indie dyer Voolenvine yarns, Kristin Lehrer for a secret (yet to be decided toshwood project. I gave one to Tove as well) and the other a wonderful evolution skein from Twisted Fiber Art (Tove’s new favorite yarn shop).1