What's that you say? Of course I need more yarn? Really? Why didn't you say so earlier?
Well, truth is, you didn't need to. Meet my latest stash acquisitions:
That's the new Rowan mag, but more importantly, that's roughly 23 skeins of Koigu. . . the ones on the left will be my next shawl project, the ones on the right were bought cuz I just had to have them. I find that if I don't buy those skeins that really speak to me when I see them, that a few months (well, sometimes days or years) later I find I really need them, and of course can't find them. So now I just buy them on the spot. There's simply no chance that I won't use them, at least eventually! And since only 22 skeins ever look alike . . .
So those 13 skeins on the left? I'm going to make something that shades from dark, to light, to dark, back to light, and ends in dark. It'll be some sort of shrug-like thing, similar to Teva Durham's piece in the new book, Wrap Style (but in thin lace, with tight, fitted sleeves so as to avoid the sausage arms look of her version). I've already swatched and settled on a lace pattern, see?
This is out of one of my Japanese stitch pattern books, I wanted something that looks like stockinette but has lace in it (so I won't die of boredom before I finish it). Oh, and that's a lovely color of Koigu, don't you think? It's color P416, and yes, I bought it just cuz it's beautiful. It will not go into this shawl project. I like to swatch with a color I won't be using. Why? So I can play with more colors!
Do we see a trend from yesterday's post to today's?
Well, it doesn't stop there.
Look what else I got:
That's right, more colors! This is my almost complete set of Donegal Tweed, to become the Map of the World blanket. I had already bought the colors on the right half of this picture, and then last week I picked up the rest. Now I'm only short 3 skeins of magenta, and then I'm set to start!
This is set to be my next opus, and I'm sure it'll take me a while to knit. It'll also take me a while before I start, as I am going to pre-wash all the skeins to soften it up before I start. The yarn is lovely and wooly, but my hands don't like knitting with yarn that has little give and is "hard." Washing the skeins softens them up, and should (theoretically) allow me to knit more of this with less pain. I washed one skein already to test it out, but haven't yet knit the swatch. Will keep posting progress on this, and you can check by clicking on the "Map of the World" category, now that I've figured out how to do multiple categories in a post! =)
Up next: The stripes raglan is done except for the finishing, should be able to model it for you all tomorrow!
I’m waiting to see your Map of the World afghan, that will be lovely. What ever happened to that black and white houndstooth jacket that you were working on or was it a black and white intarsia sweater?
I have been dreaming about this project for so long and am impressed that you are going to take it on. You have inspired me to start collecting the yarn for the project. Maybe by the time I accumulate it all, I will be ready to start. You go Girl!!!
I got the MOTW pattern from a blogfriend in Oregon a while ago, but I’ve got so much stuff on the needles… I’m really looking forward to seeing the progress on this amazing afghan!!
Now that’s what I call stash enrichment. Waahoo!
I’m looking forward to seeing your version of Teva Durham’s pattern from Wrap Style.
November 09, 2005
I got the MOTW pattern from a blogfriend in Oregon a while ago, but I’ve got so much stuff on the needles… I’m really looking forward to seeing the progress on this amazing afghan!! Prewashing the skeins sounds like a good idea, those tweeds tend to pouf up a bit, don’t they?