Friday, March 11, 2016

New yarn and a new project

Okay, time to look at pretty yarn!

When I pulled these new skeins of Viola out to photograph them I realized they too are pretty much the colours we picked for our living room, so technically they should all end up as pillows or something for the house, but I suppose they will be socks and hats and cowls like everything else I knit.  If I was more organized (and maybe it'll happen someday) I would just knit them all together into a big stripey sweater.  YUM.

The first thing I did when I got to The Purple Purl the other night was to ask Emily what yarns are her current favourites, and she told me I should try her totally local Mooresburg DK, so that was the first thing I picked up.

All the colours were amazing but I am trying to choose ones with some green in them, since that's what best suits my colouring... and the first thing that caught my eye were these two blues.  I discovered later that the colourway is called Sea Storm - the same thing I bought from Emily all those years ago when she first started out! 

At least it looks a little different on this base yarn, so it's not like I have a closet full of just one thing.  Really it was striking how different each colourway looks depending on the fibers in the base yarn.  The colours on the Polworth/Apalca base yarn, for example - Emily's other recommendation - were downright muted compared to the way they looked on a simple merino single.

If I could face knitting with low-twist single-ply yarn I would have been in trouble because holy crow, the colours were just glittering on that base yarn!  Sorry I didn't get a picture of that.  I didn't think it was safe for me to have a reminder of how gorgeous they all were.

My all-time favourite fiber is bluefaced Leicester so I had to have some of that.  I was drawn to this blue/purple skein called Cosmic even though I have zero plans for it.

I couldn't leave without this pretty one-off experimental colourway either.  It's sort of coppery, which I always find hard to resist, and anyway, it's such a simple merino fingering - it'll be great for gender-neutral socks or lots of other things.

I've been stalled on thinking of a new project I'd like to knit but a few days ago a friend asked for suggestions that might suit a Pride and Prejudice type knitting swap and when I dug around I found a fingerless glove pattern that floored me - Eflets, by Elise Dupont.  Sadly the pattern is in a French magazine and though it's supposed to be more widely available this month that doesn't do me much good this weekend!

So, for the first time in a long time, I'm thinking about working up a project without a pattern.  Eflets is a double layered glove with a thumb and it looks like it's worked in the round, but I'll hold off for the real thing to do that.  I've got a simpler approach in mind, just enough to get a knitting fix!  I'm determined to have actual knitting time over the next few days - no writing, no house planning (even though I need to start looking at custom mechanized blinds very soon), just rest and relaxation.

Hope you get some of that too and I'll see you next week!


Laurinda said...

Or perhaps a nice stripey lapghan, in a cozy garter stitch, to artfully drape over your new furniture...

Mary Keenan said...

Yes: I've never done a blanket, and it makes tons of sense to knit something you can relax under while knitting it :^)