Playing Favorites, Part 2

We talked a little while ago about the sock yarns for the upcoming book, but that book won’t all be sock-y goodness.  There are lots of other delightful projects too, and that means more yarn.  I’ve just now gotten the last of the yarns in, so that meant it was time to bring them all together for a group shot.

yarnsI really am rather madly in love with all of these, and I bet there are a few here that will be new to you.

Starting up at the top left, the pink one there is Manos Fino in Rosewater (otherwise known as ‘trust me I am just as surprised as you to see a baby pink in my stash but I really do rather love this).  The purple is Alchemy Lust in Amethyst (I’ve never seen another base quite like this, we’ll have to talk about it soon).  Then we’ve got the delightful Phydeaux Creme in Seaglass (found this at TNNA and remain totally smitten).  The light gray on the bottom right is Vice Carnal in a custom color Lizzy has not yet named (I’ll harass her soon).  Next to it is a darker gray, that’s SweetGeorgia Trinity Worsted in Silver (we all know I love SweetGeorgia).  Up on top of that is Anzula Oasis in Seaside (another base we need to chat about, splendid stuff).  The bit of yellow sunshine is Elemental Affects Civility in Limoncello (this is a shiny new yarn and I cannot wait for you to all meet it and fall madly in love with it too).  And finally, the delightful Frog Tree Pediboo Sport in 1464 (admittedly not the most fetching color name, but a very lovely yarn indeed).

Can I just say I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a book?  I mean I’ve loved them all, but this one just has me doing a bit of a boogie up and down the hallway every time I think about it.  I can’t wait to show it off!

Not a Sock in Sight

We talked the other day about sock yarns for the book after next, but as usual, the book is more than just socks.  Some of the non-sock yarns have also started to arrive, and they’re delightful.

mannerlyUp at the top there, in all of its lovely pinkness, is Manos Fino in Rosewater.  That’s going to become an absolutely delicious shawl.  Moving clockwise around the circle, the next one is Anzula Oasis in Seaside.  This is also destined for some sort of wrap (it’s a silk/camel blend, and I anticipate greatness).  Then we’ve got Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in Silver.  I’m anticipating a hat, but I’m not 100% decided.  And finally, the lovely Phydeaux Creme in Seaglass.  This has actually already leapt onto the needles and is absolutely a hat.

There are more to come (four you’ve not seen, two of which are coming in the mail any minute now).  But this should give you a sense of what I’m up to these days.  I am starting to get the sock itch though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a pair of socks started making appearances some time soon.

Suitable

I’ve spoken before about how, when I first started knitting, I thought “suitable needles” meant needles that look pretty with the yarn, rather than needles that give appropriate gauge.  It made for some rather memorable early projects.  But every now and then, just by chance, the needles that look lovely with the yarn will happen to give perfect gauge.

suitable needlesThat, plus a healthy stretch of stockinette, makes for the most meditative knitting imaginable.  The yarn is Creme in Seaglass by Phydeaux Designs.  It’s delicious.  And so is this project, though you can’t see any more of it for a long time to come (first on the needles for the book after next…and holy smokes is it nifty).