Packing Paralysis

Today I have been trying to get packed and ready for the Knitter’s Review Retreat – a weekend full of yarn and knitting! A packing occasion for which it is perfectly acceptable for me to bring “ALL the yarns” and yet I still can’t decide. What do I want to work on while I am there? What yarns and things do I want to bring for swapping (without seeming greedy? but it’s a great opportunity to share the stash with others!)? What knits do I want to wear? Decisions, decisions. I’m driving up, so there is plenty of room in the car for all the things in my “Maybe.” pile.

I will be wearing my new sweater at some point this weekend. (And tonight to SnB. And for Thanksgiving. And many times after that.) I finished Dorflinger Tee by Mandy Moore, from this year’s fall issue of Knitscene. Obligatory headless sweater shot:
Dorflinger Done!

I love this sweater. Big yarn makes for a quick project! This particular big yarn is Schaefer Yarn’s Esperanza (sadly discontinued!!) in the Pomegranate colorway. There is a subtle tonal variation but it works nicely with the lace here. I haven’t bothered to block the sweater and I don’t think that I will – I would rather wear it. I find that I do pull at the bottom of the sweater, so maybe it will get a little blocking just to lengthen it a smidge.

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And wouldn’t you know? The little Lorax who won’t wear most of the handknits, wants to be in the photos – look at that pose! When I held up the sweater to show her she thought it was a dress. Would love to try it on her, but I would also rather have smiles and hugs than tears.

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Maybe one day I can get her to take the photos!

Happy things

Things that make me happy right now:
New Yarns!
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Susan from Schaefer Yarn Company, in the “Laura Ingalls Wilder” colorway. This is likely going to become Storm Cloud Shawlette, Calais, or Traveling Woman. (Is this picture ugly-pretty? I was playing around with fabric and while I don’t love it as a background for the yarn, it makes the some of the color in the yarn come out a bit more).

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100g of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Ysolda Red. Tricky to photograph – there are many subtleties to this colorway. I love it. It will likely become socks as I don’t know if I can pull off a red shawl / wrap… but it would be stunning!

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I finished a pink Milo for a baby girl who should be here any moment now. She’s the intended recipient of the ladybug jacket I’m working on (all the knitting is done. Just have to make all the spots and sew them on, weave in ends) – but the jacket could fit the Lorax. So, this will fit her this fall – I used Cascade 220 and knit the newborn size, hoping for a 0-6 month size, following the example of another raveler. This was a really quick knit and fun – the pattern has sizing up through size 4, so I plan to make one for the Lorax as well.

I’m taking a break from my Swirl Shawl – it lost it’s mojo. I am unsettled as to what I want to do with it. In the meantime, I have started a new shawl which has been graced with probably my longest project name ever: “Herbivore of Spring Flowers at Twilight”
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Herbivore pattern and Indigo Moon superwash merino fingering yarn, colorway “Spring Flowers at Twilight” – I’m loving this yarn – I keep stopping to admire the colors that pop up on the needles.

I’ve also got a new project to start – a sample knit and it’s hush-hush, but the yarn is luscious and the pattern is gorgeous!

Shawl Done!

Not this one. I finally added the little loop, soaked and blocked a shawl I shared earlier. A sample shawl for Schaefer Yarn.

Anne Shoulder Scarf (Ravelry link) in Schaefer Yarn Anne in the Irene Sendler colorway. Who was Irene Sendler? A memorable woman, that’s for sure!

I am quite pleased with the end result – it was a quick knit, and Anne blocks beautifully. I would consider making this again, it shows off the variegated yarn nicely.

I had a treat arrive in the mail yesterday – a thank you for test knitting the Emma socks

LausengHaus Superwash Wool / Nylon Sock yarn (I adore this shade of blue-purple!) and stitchmarkers!

Wasn’t that sweet? You can get your own at jlyarnworks.etsy.com.

I’m at TNNA!

There’s a big yarny show going on this weekend, TNNA, and I’m there! In spirit, that is, but some of my work is there as show samples!

First up, one Hopscotch Sock for Lorna’s Laces.
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It’s the Shepherd Sock base, and this fantastic color (not sure of the name – it’s new!)
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It was like an everlasting gobstopper!
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Great pattern and seriously great yarn! (Ravelry details.)

Schaefer Yarn has a new yarn, Chris, that I knit a sample from as well. I was sent “Clare Booth Luce” – a luscious blue-green with hints of gold in there as well. I adored this yarn right away!
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I worked up a cute Wee Vest
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It’s “#407 Chris Woven Yoke Vest” – check out the picture on the Schaefer Yarn Pattern Page – look at that baby in this vest!!
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More of that woven stitch!

Two thumbs up to each of these yarns if you get the chance to try them – and the patterns too!

Lazy speed

We enjoyed one of the laziest weekends ever, and somehow it flew by! On Saturday we tried taking the Lorax to a kids fair in town put on by a local nursery school. It was ok – next year I think it will be fabulous. She was a bit tired (she’s been getting up with the birds and their dawn chorus). It was hot / humid. It didn’t open on time. She really wanted to ride on a train that rode around the green but it was for kids only, no parents and we’re not there yet. The other thing she really wanted to do was to go in the bouncy house. That worked out well –
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She fussed a bit after her turn was up, so we checked out the animals and called it a day.

I have two large projects to be working on, but in the heat / humidity that just wasn’t happening. I spent the bulk of the weekend working on the edging for the Anne Shoulder Scarf (Ravelry link) sample for Schaefer. It’s a new color – black and white photos for now – colors after TNNA!
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Garter stitchy goodness.

I just have the little napkin-ring band to finish and then blocking and it will be done.
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Hopefully I can get the boards and pins set up to block this this weekend while the Lorax sleeps. She’s been pretty adamant about “helping” with everything lately – even editing the photos today!