Cerise, Second Curls KAL

We’re doing knitalongs for the patterns in Curls, and it’s time for the second pattern in the book, Cerise.

2 fibre company smallNow, I’m also a big fan of relaxed knitalongs.  I am not a fan of stress or hard deadlines, so we’re going to make this easy.  All the details for this one are over the KAL thread in my ravelry group.  But the gist is knit this pattern over the next two months, show it off and talk about it in that thread, and some time after the KAL ends I’ll send someone who posted a picture of a finished project something fun in the mail.  Pretty simple really!  We’ve already got folks started, and their projects are amazing.  We’d love to have you join us!

And of course, if you happen to have Caesious on your needles, the KAL for that is still going on, and you’re welcome to join us for that one, too!

Oh, and for anyone wondering, the word Cerise means a deep, vivid purplish red or pink.  All the pattern names in Curls are interesting color words.  You can hear the pronunciation over here if you’re wondering how exactly it’s said (and yes, the next book is all easy-to-pronounce pattern names, cross my heart).

Cerise & The Fibre Company

I’m using the Curls preorder to introduce the patterns and yarns from the book. I’ll be featuring a new pair each day. Most of the yarn companies have donated lovely prizes, so come back every day to see what’s new!
 Cerise in Road to China Light from The Fibre Co. 

2 fibre company smallI’m going to make a confession.  Despite more or less passing as an adult most of the time, I am occasionally far too easily amused.  The wonderful, bouncy spiral on this piece entertains me far more than it has any right to.  My only consolation is that I’m not alone.  Everyone I’ve shown this one to has had a similar reaction.  I suspect may of you may find it delightfully amusing too.  The fact that it’s also easy to knit and fun to wear is a delightful bonus.

And this yarn is a perfect fit for the piece.  The alpaca makes it fabulously warm (even though the fabric is very open and airy).  And the mix of fibers (alpaca, silk, camel, and cashmere) plus the construction (3 softly spun plies, loosely brought together) gives the yarn a wonderful slinky, drapey feel.  It blocks beautifully (and you will want to block this one rather vigorously), and of course the color is smashing.  This was my first time working with yarn from The Fibre Company, but I suspect it won’t be the last!

Loot

I went to Rhinebeck and didn’t buy yarn.  I know this sounds a bit odd, but I get rather frazzled when I find myself somewhere crowded.  I bailed out after less than three hours.  I wanted very badly to be elsewhere, so we left.  Luckily, we were up in Maine after Rhinebeck, and Maine seems to be exceptionally well supplied with yarn stores.  I visited quite a few of them.

quinceOf course we went into Portland, which means of course we went to KnitWit, which means of course I bought yarn from Quince & Co.  Rather a lot of yarn actually.  That’s six skeins of Tern (three in Dusk and three in Back Bay) and three skeins of Chickadee in Kumlien’s Gull.  I’m not quite sure what might become of them (this will be a theme, I don’t tend to buy yarn with a project in mind), but I think they’ll all turn into something grand.

string theoryAnd as usual, we stopped by String Theory, and I had my yearly indulgence of impressive proportions.  My ongoing obsession with their bases and colors is well documented, and this should be a surprise to absolutely no one.  Along the back are Merino DK in Alexandrite, Caledonia, and Earthquake.  In the front is Blue Faced Sport in Skerry and Caper Aran in Canyon.  I got two skeins of each because I love them all dearly and don’t want to run out.  I’m just going to emphasize that if you have the chance to try this yarn, you really really should.  They can do no wrong.

maine yarnAnd of course we visited a few other spots as we wandered around.  We stopped in at Over The Rainbow Yarns in Rockland (when we were in town to visit out very favorite restaurant in all the world, Primo – if you are even sort of close by you owe it to yourself to go).  I grabbed a few skeins of The Fibre Company’s Road to China Light in Moonstone.  And we also popped into Halcyon Yarn in Bath (I told you Maine was swimming in yarn stores).  There I found something new, a mink yarn by Lotus called Mimi.  I’ve not knit with mink before (though the promotional material assured me this was animal-friendly mink, harvested by brushing the critters, rather than by anything less savory).  I’m going to have to do some reading to see what folks do with it, but it’s so soft I had to give it a try.

That seems like rather a lot of yarn when taken all together – quite possibly enough to make up for not getting any at Rhinebeck!  How about you guys, were any of you at Rhinebeck?  Did you manage to fight your way through the crowds enough to buy some yarn?  I saw lots of folks with bags, so I’m guessing somebody bought some!