March 20, 2009 § Leave a comment
This has been going around the interwebs for a couple of days, but I really needed to post this. Because apparently, there are people who aren’t me who have too much time on their hands.
EXTREME SHEPHERDING! (embedding doesn’t work. meh.)
Even though I’m pretty sure this is fake (let’s face it, how could something this cool actually be real), I’m ridiculously entranced by it. Sheep!
Speaking of knittable animals. When I get back to Leipzig, I’ll have to go see Horst, the Zoo’s alpaca, and find out what they do with the hair he sheds. Cause alpacas shed, right? Right? Or at least they have to shear him once a year or so, or he’d be known Horst the Pompom, not Horst the alpaca. I doubt they collect it and/or give it away, but how cool would that be?! It’s shedding time, anyway, for camels too. Hm. It’s worth a try, plus I’ve not yet managed to visit the apparently spectacular zoo.
Alpacas are my new favorite animal, anyway. Not only are they fuzzy, soft and spinnable, they also hum and, get this, ‘orgle’. Whatever the hell that is, I’m just in love with the word. (Apparently it’s some sort of mating song, but I’m having a hard time imagining a singing alpaca)
March 14, 2009 § Leave a comment
I caved and started the Tempest cardigan yesterday. Turns out I had the right needles with me – 5.00mm circulars, and I have the bottom three wide stripes and two of the smaller ones. And oh my god, am I in love with it.
It’s simple enough to be mindless, comfortable knitting, but at the same time the stripes keep it interesting enough to keep me from going batshit. The Berroco Ultra Alpaca is amazing on my hands, so soft and warm and I can’t wait to wear it. The only thing is that I have to do a lot of calculating around – my gauge is 13 on 10, as opposed to 20, which isn’t a problem widthwise but takes a bit of tinkering with the row count. But oh well, I have time. And this is just so much less frustrating than the Shawl Bitch was becoming. Seriously, that pattern is starting to give me a headache.
But – cured, blown away by my new and shiny tempest.
March 11, 2009 § Leave a comment
I went to Ithaca, NY with my host sisters today, and I did find the LYS, Homespun. And while they do have a lot of fabric, they also have a metric crapton of yarn, and it’s pretty yarn and most of it is actually affordable!
So I bought 95 dollars’ worth of it.
Most of it went into yarn for my Tempest Cardigan, for which I bought Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in green and dark teal. They’re both semisolids, which I hope is going to work well with the pattern. I’ll have to figure out which needle size I’ll need though – the yarn isn’t fingering, it’s sport or DK, I’m not sure, but I just fell in love with it. Fewer stitches to knit, too! Its 45/55 alpaca/peruvian wool, really nice to touch, the colors are gorgeous, AND as another plus, it was ‘only’ $5.50 for 50 grams. Which is alright, and pretty much a bargain for any sort of alpaca.
Then, while the shopkeeper was in the back to get more of the Berroco (sometimes it sucks being a fatty), I rifled through one of the many baskets they had sitting on the counter, and I found… Malabrigo Baby Merino laceweight. I bought 100g of the Glazed Carrot colorway, which, you might be surprised, is a semisolid orange. Gorgeous, just gorgeous, although it does feel a bit… heavier than the Misti Alpaca, but what doesn’t? Mohair, probably, but that’s just too fuzzy for anything if you ask me.
And then, because come on, I was only at $78, I bought two skeins of Brown Sheep Wildefoot luxury sock yarn, one in Temple Turquoise and one in Vinca Minor. (a nice, deep purple) Why is it that I seem to be unable to leave a yarn store without sock yarn? No matter what I buy, there’s always at least enough for one pair of socks. I’m not sure if the stuff is actually gonna become a pair of socks. I haven’t done fair isle socks, I don’t think, I thought about it but then discovered lace – but I remember some awesome two-colored socks in Knitting on the Road of whatever it’s called, by Nancy Bush (I still need to get me that Estonian Lace book of hers!) so… who knows. Or a hat. Or it’s gonna stay souvenir yarn, who knows.
So, to sum it up… a good haul. I’m very excited, though I can’t start until I’m back in Leipzig. But I still have the European Pyton and half a mitt waiting to be finished, so I’ll keep my hands busy.
Speaking of which: I bought Free Range Knitter on Sunday, and it’s… it’s a good book. I don’t like it quite as much as Secret Life of a Knitter, but it’s still good. The last story, about the woman on her deathbed who couldn’t keep her hands still, and everybody worried, until her old friends came over and cracked up because they recognized the movement – that made me tear up. There’s really a lot of good stories, I guess it’s just more contemplative and not as laugh out loud funny as Secret Life. But that’s okay.
I feel like I’m in knitting nirvana. Except for the fact that I made a mistake somewhere in the budding lace pattern. Ngh.