Sunday, October 26, 2008

First, see the finished sock? That's one looooong sitting project done!

Three purple projects. They look so different, but really, they're all purples - even the sofa is a dark eggplant. (What can I say? My kitchen cabinets also - a deep shade called blackberry) It's a favorite color. For a while there I was buying nothing but different purple yarns, so it shouldn't be a surprise as I knit down into my stash that I've hit a theme here.

I'm loving the therapeutic aspect of this little project - having never knit with laceweights really, I decided to keep it simple in the hopes of not abandoning the project. It's a stockinette scarf with eyelets along the sides. I have an unknown amount of this lovely alpaca laceweight yarn - dyed by old friend Dani of Sunshine Yarns about 3 years back.

I've always loved the lavenders in it, but kept putting it back since it was lace and the idea of those #3 needles is enough to make me shudder. Now I'm hooked on the simple stitch and the pretty, feathery texture - knit up on #5 needles :-). Reminds me of the great Rowan scarf Carol knit up a while back - everyone who draped it over themeslves wanted to keep it since it felt so amazing.

Still not so sure I'd be doing lace stitches in this stuff, but for now, it's my preferred TV knitting - and I had a few Dexters to catch up on this weekend!

The new project - for once - is an existing pattern in The Proper Yarn. I couldn't believe when I read the specs for the Cabled Bolero here that it called for 5 skeins of Rowan Aran Tweed, and when I went upstairs, that's exactly how much was in the stash. I had taken it out intending to use a completely different yarn, of course, but seeing the specs I decided to give this a shot. I even did a gauge swatch and was right on gauge. Now let's see if I fare better when following the rules...

PS - on the cocktail front, still playing with Cherry Juice. Haven't hit the right mix yet, but am thinking it goes well with bourbon. Since i was reading a novel about some elderly Brits (Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym) the last few nights, I've had sherry and port, just like my literary subjects. It's OK on a rainy night, but not so fun as the mixed ingredients!


sue said...

I think that cabled bolero was destined to be knit. I love all the purple shades too.

Carol said...

Can't wait to see if you deviate from the pattern! The yarn is perfect for that bolero though.

yoel said...

I love all the purples. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! :)

Hilary said...

I'm a big fan of purple. When I'm yarn shopping, I actually have to force myself to buy other colors. Can't wait to see all of your finished purple knits!