Friday 4th May 2012by Chelsea
Regia Kaffe Fassett Landscape 4-ply in “Exotic Turquoise.” My friend G gave me this to cheer me up the week my bike was stolen.
I won this lovely skein of Twisted from Kmkat’s blog.
Malabrigo Finito in “Piedras” from Mandy for my birthday. (Piedras = “stones.”)
Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky in “Lake Heather,” the first of this list that has a project in mind. I’m three skeins in on my Aidez cardigan with this, and it’s knitting up beautifully.
This little guy (in “Tangerine”) will be a pair of socks for Michael. It’s considerably more monochrome than I usually prefer, but I have a ton of sock patterns faved that really only work with solid yarns; this will become one of those.
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in “Brothers Grimm.” It’s so hard to photograph black properly; you’ll just have to trust me that this is a dark, saturated black with green highlights. If I were a mermaid, my hair would be this color.
Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in “Cinnamon Girl.” I am dreaming of a simple v-neck pullover in this yarn. I’m having a tough time finding it online, but I’ll try not to freak out about it until I have actually saved up the money to do something about it.
My friend K. (Vegancraftastic) suggested Panda Cotton sock yarn to me a few months ago. I used it to make Michael’s birthday socks and enjoyed it very much, so when I found this in “Leaf Shades” for thirty percent off, I snapped it up for a pair of socks for myself. I’m thinking Pomatomous, but I’m open to other scaly suggestions.
I’ve been looking for the perfect yellow yarn to knit Netherfield since Mandy bought me the pattern three years ago. ”Canary” is it. Apparently I’ve been looking at it for over a year now. The Yarnery has most of their sock yarn hung up on hooks, and I’d looked at this CHP many times, but the only skein visible has a lot more white in it, too variegated for my purposes. At their April inventory sale, I pulled it off of the hook, basically to bitch at it for not being quite right – which is when a near-solid skein fell from behind it, off of the hook and into my life.
These are my miniskeins for Hexapuffs, about 85 at last count. (I have little hope of identifying more than about a third of them, so I won’t try.) I’ve kind of stalled out around forty puffs, since I can’t get the size/gauge consistent. Last week, I sorted them into two weights, lighter on the left, heavier on the right. Technically, they are all fingering/sock weight, but that means “slightly more than lace” to “nearly sport,” which makes a lot of difference when you’re talking about something small and stuffed. My new strategy is to cast on 12 on 2s for the finer yarn, and stick to the standard 10 on 3s for the heavier yarn, and see if I can get something a bit more to my liking.
Urgh, looking at all of this yarn is making me want to knit so badly! But I stressed out my left thumb nearly three weeks ago (due to three cabled projects on the needles at once, I think) and it’s taking a lot longer to get better than it took to injure it. I’m only knitting socially until it’s better, and also washing as few dishes as possible. (Hey, I didn’t say this was entirely a bad thing.) If you have any hand-healing tips, I’d love to hear them!