Monday, June 25, 2007

Verdict - Winner!

First, let me apologize to the west coasters. Even with the later starting time, I tend to hover on etsy whenever Carol does an update. I'm always poised and ready ('Shush kids! She's updating the yarn! I'll get you juice in 5 minutes.').
Now, this silk is gorgeous. The sheen is amazing, almost luminescent. The color reminds me of a glacier-fed lake in New Zealand that I saw nearly 18 years ago (and is still one of the most beautiful things I think I've ever seen). Combined, there is a fluidity to the yarn that is perfect for shawls, wraps and scarves. I'm making Montego Bay with mine. I started it on slightly smaller needles because they were the only ones free but I think it makes no difference. The yarn is twisted so it never feels like it will pull apart. I've had issues like this with Hipknits aran silk and Debbie Bliss Pure Silk. The yarn is super easy to knit and feels wonderful flowing through each stitch. It is slippery so I would recommend wood or bamboo needles for grip.
In closing, I'm going to be truly sad when this project ends. And that may be soon because it's flying by already. This only arrived late Saturday.


Friday, June 22, 2007

Still going!

No, the Hidcote shawl didn't become a lost WIP. I stopped for nearly 6 weeks when I ran out of room on the straight needles. I bought some lace Addi's at the end of May (LOVE them) and started chart 4 (of 10). It doesn't look a lot different from the last photo and the yarn cake never seems to look smaller but the shawl IS bigger. I'm at 205 stitches now and have a sneaking suspicion that this thing is going to be huge. I just need to get through to chart 6 for some easier lace patterning...


Thursday, June 14, 2007

New yarn tryout in next update....

Hi loyal Bunny Hoppers!
Next update will be Monday at around 12ish. Got to give those West Coasters a chance...

I've got some roving, 1 or 2 worsted weight skeins, superwash sock yarn, a couple of wool/nylon skeins and three batches of a new yarn. I did these as a kind of trial, to see how they look and if you guys are interested in me dyeing more. Here's a little hint:

You'll have to be patient with me in the next few weeks -- I've got a major deadline and things are crazy here. I'm dyeing as fast as I can!