Remember when I told you I had a new pattern in the works, my first submission for a magazine (the super adorable Knittin’ Little)?
Here is the yarn – Sueno from Skacel. It’s extremely springy & soft, with a 20% bamboo viscose, and the rest superwash wool (perfect for Littles!). I enjoy knitting with it in the extreme. I have a hunch it would make beautiful cables, too.
There is a little problem with the colors as a group – have you spotted it yet?
Yep, the blue and purple are actually pretty close in value. It’s a lot more obvious in grayscale.
My design incorporates these two shades into a stranded colorwork band, and the two colors just aren’t different enough to look good. When you get yarn support from a company, you don’t always have full choice of what gets sent to you. This yarn, while a very pleasant surprise in terms of how it feels and knits, meant I had to do a bit of trouble-shooting in order to meet my submission deadline.
Turns out, I love that part, too. An excuse to sit on the couch and knit for six hours straight? And watch movies? And think about stranded colorwork variations the whole time? It’s my jam.
Oh, wait? Are you curious about the solutions I came up with? I hate (love) to leave you in suspense, but… I’ll tell you soon. Same time, same place.
I was brave today and tackled the refrigerator. A frustrating, hit-my- limit-ready-to-explode week at work had ended. So what better thing to do on Saturday morning? The fridge hadn’t been cleaned in months …yes months (I am not proud to admit this).
And oh my…. it was a true adventure: 4 containers of sour cream with small amounts of green goo, a small pitcher with what must have been some sort of sauce that boasted its own ecosystem…. I don’t need to go into great detail.
The upside was a lunch consisting of wonderful finds: 1 canned peach, a small sliver of almond paste, a small glass of homemade grape juice. I think cleaning the fridge was my way of taking control over a small part of my life after feeling so out of kilter all week.
Another get-my-life-back-in-order task was organizing my yarn stash. I had skeins of yarn hither and thither throughout the house in various drawers and closets. My first year of knitting I was monogamous – 1 project and 1 yarn.
This soon deteriorated – kind of like my fridge. I didn’t know what I had where and how much. As I was walking through the grocery store one day, a wine bottle rack caught my attention and an idea struck me – this is exactly what I needed for organizing my yarn – only bigger.
I am blessed to be married to a handy man, woodworker, artist, photographer, birder, luthier, computer guy. Upon returning home from shopping I chattered and chattered about this great idea. Well, you know what he did? Yup…. he made my dream come true. All my yarn is now in one spot right by my chair where I knit at night, beckoning to me and whispering dreams of projects ahead.
Baa-ram-ewe! Baa-ram-ewe! To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true!
Some content from the 1990s will never leave my head. Thanks, Babe.
In any case, February 19 marks the Chinese New Year, and will begin the Year of the Sheep. I can’t help but feel that it’s a sign, a good time to embrace my love of knitting wholeheartedly- to start designing, podcasting, and collaborating.
It might also be the year of American-made yarn for me. I’ve stumbled digitally across so many beautiful yarns grown, processed, and spun on home ground, but have not had the opportunity to get them on my needles yet. I did order some color cards from Quince & Co (love their new website!) and Brooklyn Tweed, though. They should be arriving any day!
Have you worked with any American-made yarns? What’s been your favorite?