Sunday, January 09, 2011

More yarn! This box directly from the lovely folks at Blue Sky Alpacas.


It's soft and thick and amazing. 400 yards of their Worsted Hand Dyes, in midnight.

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Turns out I was right about the colorwork. After a few exhilarating hrs, it became apparent it's just not meant to be right now.

For a few hours, it was like crack and I'm not sure I'd have even stopped to pee. Then I realized I didn't love the motif I had going - I needed something a little more delicate -- I think -- and this particular one was about 4" high and medallioned. Not what you want around your hips, no? Pretty, but also pretty big...

And yes, Carol, I needed a little green or blue as well, so I frogged it back. Frogging 3 colors in fair isle sucks, by the way. All twisty and tangly and annoying. It was enough to get the whole thing put back in a bag till next fall. Maybe it will come out a little before then, since I did like the crack part when it was all going so well, but it's definitely not getting knit this week.

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Instead, I'm taking this squooshy purple experiment, making a few mods to it, and turning it into a pattern for the Alpaca. A little more on the instant gratification path, a technique I know I get along with, and -- waaaaay easier to frog, should I mess things up.


5 comments:

Turtle said...

oops on the frogging, sweet on the fibers!

Dorothy said...

I came across your blog and beautiful designs just recently..but I've already made the cranberry cocktail. Yummy! As soon as I finish a late gift, I'm going to start one of your patterns, which I've purchased already. So glad to have discovered you.

Seanna Lea said...

I love what little fair isle I have done. It is completely like crack when I'm working it. Like making a picture, but it 100 times faster than doing the same thing in double knitting. I love my dk, but it is not the speedy knitting I want it to be.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

The Calvados I'm currently knitting (and almost finished with!!!) is purple, but not squooshy. So, squooshy and purple sounds like a great next knit. :)

Hilary said...

That blue BSA stuff looks divine! A commissioned design??? And the purple sqooshy experiment...I'm quite intrigued.