I get the best mail

I’ve been busily working along on Curls 3.  I’ve got a giant bucket full of finished pieces just waiting to be blocked and photographed (once the snow is melted and the leg gets a tiny bit better…taking photos is surprisingly physical, and doing it on a slightly wobbly leg is harder than I would have expected).  And once they’re done, it’s off for edits and then to the printer.

But before that happens, I can totally show them off a bit, even in their unblocked state.

That’s made with Miss Babs Sojurn in their German Waterways color.  And it is very possibly the softest thing in my house (I say this knowing full well that I have two kitten bellies in this house).  It’s cashmere and silk and pretty much guaranteed to make a bad day better and a good day great.

And this is made with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silk Victoria in their Sugar Plum Fairy Dust color.  Now you know me.  You know the colors I’m drawn to (gray…or grayish green…or a lovely greeny grayish brown).  But there’s something about Tina’s colors that make me move out of my comfort zone and reach for something bright.  And every time I do, I’m thrilled.

 

Curls 3 should be out this fall.  And if you want to see the other stuff I’ve posted about it so far, you can follow along right here.

 

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They get to decide

When I was in college I took a history of religions class.  On the very first day, the professor declared (repeatedly and emphatically) that we would absolutely positively not under any circumstances be offering our own opinions on whether one group or another were ‘really’ any particular religion.  The official class position was “if they said they were, then as far as the class is concerned, they were.  They get to decide.”

It seemed reasonable to me then.  It has proven to be a pretty good way to handle a whole host of other identity issues in the intervening years.  And it’s coming in handy now as I put together yarns for Curls 3 (who said those history classes wouldn’t be useful…).

As I’ve been showing off the Curls 3 yarns, I’ve had quite a few people get in touch to say some variant of oh, that yarn is lovely, but it isn’t really speckles/a gradient/what you should be using for this book.  And I’m afraid I must hereby officially declare that my position is “if the dyer says it’s speckles or a gradient, it is.”  And, as a corollary, “if I say it’s what I plan to use for this book, it is.”

Now, I completely and totally understand if one yarn or another isn’t right for you.  That’s one of the other nifty things about this approach.  If you say a yarn isn’t right for you, it isn’t.  And that’s absolutely ok.  We all get to decide for ourselves.  It’s one of the most marvelous things about knitting…there’s room for us all to create whatever makes our weird little hearts sing.  But if you start trying to decide for me, I’m going to very gently point you back to this post.

And for the record, those bits of lovely in the picture are are Blue Moon’s Sugar Plum Fairy Dust colorway (from their BeSpeckled line of colors) and Hedgehog Fibres Construct colorway (and they do lots of speckle-y delights).  They’re both lovely yarns that I’m enjoying very much!  I hope you like them too.  And if not, I hope you find something you like every bit as much as I like them.

Suitably Matched

Way back when I was a brand new knitter (think ‘had to look up how to purl because it seemed sort of tricky’ level of new), I read a pattern that said something like ‘cast on 24 stitches with appropriate yarn and suitably matched needles.’  And somehow I got it into my head that ‘suitably matched’ meant ‘needles that look pretty with your yarn.’  I’ll just let you imagine how well that worked out.  It’s a wonder I ever got the hang of this.

But that incident has left me with a tendency to grin every time my needles happen to match my knitting!

And someone will ask, so these are the needles.  No they’re nothing fancy.  But I’ve had them for at least a decade, and they’ve held up perfectly (as have all the other needles of that brand I’ve used over the years…).  And the yarn is Silky Victoria from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in the color Sugar Plum Fairy Dust.  And the knitting is a swatch for Curls 3 (which should be next year’s book)!

Good Mail (once again!)

So when I told you the yarn for Curls 3 was going to be awesome, I really did mean it!  I don’t think I’ve ever assembled quite such a colorful bunch, but I’m totally loving it!

Here we’ve got Tibetan Dream by Bijou Spun in Lilac Ombre (this is the yarn I showed you when we talked about how to get the kinks out of caked yarn…take a look at this and compare it to the pictures in that post to see what a difference it makes).

And this is Silky Victoraia by Blue Moon Fiber Arts in Sugar Plum Fairy Dust.  You can always trust Tina to nudge me ever further out of my color comfort zone (and to make me very happy about it along the way)!

If you want to check back in on all the Curls 3 yarns to date, you can find them over here, and we can take turns seeing who is more surprised to see me working with all these bright shiny colors!

I get all the best mail

So there’s this thing where I have an idea, then I talk to some of my very favorite yarn makers, then they send me yarn, then I play with it.  I believe technically it’s called ‘my job,’ but really it feels like way too much fun to be a job.

Two of the latest yarns to arrive (they’re for next year’s book) are from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

DSC_6250 copyThe first is Yaksi Fingering in Poupon (tell me I’m not the only one to be amused by yak…that’s just nifty).

DSC_6252 copyAnd the next is Socks that Rock Mediumweight in A Hazy Shade of Blue (love STR because it’s twisted tightly enough to make for really really sturdy socks).

DSC_6382 copyBoth are delightful, and both might already have found themselves coerced into swatches.

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