Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Does This Count?

Well, I don't know if this qualifies, Carol. It is Black Bunny Fibers, in the Ivy colorway to be specific. I purchased it at Rosie's a while back. But . . . .
I didn't make the socks. I sent the yarn to my friend Noricum, and she crocheted these socks and mailed them back! A good deal all around, from my perspective.

Hello? Anyone out there?

The next person who posts with photos of their finished Black Bunny project (one that hasn't been shown in finished form before) will win a Black Bunny tote bag.

Anyone? Anyone?


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Worsted weight fans: Unite

And come to the update tomorrow morning. I've got at least 6 or 7 batches of worsted weight yarns, including Mixed Metaphor.

For sock fans, some more superwash merino sock yarn (fingering wt.), like Reckless

And for the spinners, a few more batches of roving, like Fruit Bowl.

So there.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

More whining. But the yarn is lovely.

+ Feather and Fan Shawl in nice yarn. From Meg Swansen's Gathering of Lace. Nice yarn. Did I mention I will be 8 decades old when this is done? What in the fine fur of frogs was I thinking? Nice yarn.
I have reached the 94th row of a 191 rows total. Nice yarn. I will be in NY for another 84 days, lets see, rows/days...hmmn. Nice yarn. Chambord has been purchased. I believe this will definitely make this a more enjoyable process.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sneak preview

Two shots of some 70% alpaca/30% merino sportweight I dyed up last week. Next update: Thursday, January 18 at around 3 p.m. EST. I've also got some more superwash merino sock yarn that I'll list then. In the meantime, I'm back to fiddling around with a special colorway in honor of Knitty D and the City...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Gorgeous Kimono Shawl by Jeanne

I got a great email from Jeanne L., who forwarded this photo

of her Kimono Shawl (from the Folk Shawls book). She knit it in 2 skeins of BBF laceweight in a smoky blue colorway called Mountain Fog. Thanks for sending in the photo, Jeanne -- it's gorgeous!

Knitting creeping at snails pace

I have finally reached the 93 of 191 rows of the Feather and Fan Shawl from Meg Swansens Gathering of Lace. I am learning alot.

For instance:
Triangle or rectangular shawls are more fun in that you can hold them up to see how much more you need.

Triangle or rectangular shawls can be blocked in the wild so you have an idea of how big they will be.

Triangle or rectangular shawls make better lap warmers.

Triangle or rectangular shawls can be bailed on and still have something (albeit smaller) useful.

Round shawls on the other hand start as a pretty thing like a dreamcatcher, grow to become a kippot, move onto the size of a beret, progress to a snood, and bog down looking like a jellyfish. If I wanted to admire it or take pictures of it, I would have to fiddle with many needles or thread it onto yarn and stretch it with Many, Many pins. No bailing allowed because unless it reaches its full maturation it's too small to be useful.

Sigh. Time to go to Carols Etsy and drool.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Shipment arrived.....

Just received a box full of more undyed Alpaca/Silk laceweight.... and some more superwash merino arrived, too (in a different box).
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Color names

My husband suggested the following color names for Black Bunny sock yarns:

Tail Fin (as in 50s 2-tone cars)
Drag Queen
Figure Skater's Eyeshadow (light blue, natch)
Goth Chick
Home Perm
Vinyl Flooring
Woody Wagon
Major Appliance
Tiki Room
Fuzzy Dice
TV Dinner
Orange Espadrille
Phillipe Floppe (he is the Frenchman who invented beach shoes)
Leisure Suit

Anyone got any other suggestions?

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Arctic lace

It is impossible to photograph the beauty of the BBF alpaca silk laceweight. Carol's photo below does it justice but here's one after I wound it - blurry because of the lack of flash. I'm showing it because I had some distinct ideas about what I would do with the yarn before it arrived. Then I held it. I looked at its color changes. And then it was like one of the pictures where something becomes apparent after you stop focussing. This will become the Arctic Diamonds stole. The pattern is in Interweave if you don't have the Arctic Lace book.

Crazy-ass sock yarns coming

Okay, I must have been feeling a little zany, because I've got some very brightly-colored sock yarns happening:

Tie Dye;

Algae; and

Pixie Barf (that one was named by my eloquent husband).

I'll probably be updating this coming Sunday, January 7th.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Howdee from Tampa

I've watched over the weeks and been quite envious of all of the lovely Black Bunny that keeps hopping up on this site. And now I'm the proud owner of some yummy fiberlicious sock yarn of my own. 1,200 yards of blues, periwinkles and purple will be used for Maude and any leftover has been called by my 11-year old son (aka the Energizer Bunny) for a new pair of handmade socks. I will definitely post with progress pictures but I leave you with the yarn next to our 13-year old cat.