Eleven months ago, my LYS had their anniversary party and I got a gift certificate for spending enough money soon enough. I then misplaced the gift certificate. I recently found it, which is fortunate for me because it would only be good for a year. Yesterday I took a walk to the store at lunch to use it.
Sometime in the last few months, they started carrying Habu yarns. I have only seen them once before and have been intrigued by the silk+stainless steel and merino+stainless steel yarns. I made JQ take a trip to a specific yarn shop in Atlanta when we were at ER&L in I 2008 just so I could see these yarns. I bought a different Habu yarn in part because I had no idea what to do with stainless steel yarn.
I still don’t know. But now own 2 cones of A-20 silk stainless steel in forest (color 17). Fortunately Ravelry now exists so I at least have some ideas. I of course may not have the right yarns for these – some require additional yarn and/or different colors, but I’ll deal with that in the future, when the stock has been replenished (it was a bit low right now).
So, which should I make? Kusha-kusha? Tin Roof? Hakusa? Decalage? Drop stitch scarf? Realistically, nothing will be cast on soon, so I can ponder for a while.
I thought I would share the new things I have gotten in the last 3 months. Yes, more evidence of my poor blogging. First off was my birthday and M gave me some nice wool to spin.
Next came Midwest Weavers Conference — yes a whole conference about textiles and I failed to blog about it. First off, there were some freebies just for attending (the big soap was extra for volunteers).
I bought a 50/50 wool and soy roving blend that I got so I could try dyeing it. I got some sock yarn (quelle surprise!). This is the first self striping yarn I have purchased. I got some lovely sea silk for a scarf for me. (Yes, DJ, this is part seaweed). I bought tencel for a summer top for me. Also shown is a small amount of bison from a class I took. Pat Maley, the instructor, doesn’t know why it is that color, but it is well prepared and more affordable (making it merely expensive) than well prepared bison in regular bison color. She speculated that it may have been shipped to China and treated chemically to dehair, but the fibers are still strong and soft.
I bought two books (The Colour Cauldron and Hands on Dyeing) and a back issue of Interweave Knits (summer 2004). This list doesn’t include the things I bought for the local spinner’s group (two books and an alpaca/tencel/merino blend because it sounded odd and therefore and interesting thing to try)
Then there were the 3 books from the Interweave Press slightly damaged book sale in July. (Yes, I have updated LibraryThing.)
And of course I can’t go to Mom’s LYS without getting something. A skein of ArtYarns supermerino was on the sale table. Once again it looks more like DJ than me. It may become something for someone other than her, so she shouldn’t count on it. Maybe for some future baby… Or another pair of finglerless gloves…
When visiting DJ, I bought llama to spin. She also purchased some very nice alpaca-silk for a hat for P. The llama is on the wheel, so hopefully I will finish spinning it before too long.
Instead of spinning, I keep reading (lately it has been Jasper Fforde Thursday Next books as well as The Man Who Never Was) and knitting and thinking about making jewelry (i.e. trying to be inspired by my beads).
In January at my Mom’s LYS, I bought a lone skein of fuchsia cashmere silk (Trendsetter Yarns Kashmir) in a fairly heavy weight that was on the sale table. I had no idea what to do with it but it was so soft and looked so much like DJ and it was on sale, that I had to buy it. I have been wondering what to do with it ever since (except for the week where I lost it in the house, then I was wondering where it was).
I decided it would make a good hat. I have never made a hat, so I may not really know what I am talking about.
I then had to find a pattern that appealed and that I thought I could use with the yarn. I do have a hat in progress — I’ll give more details after it is done and DJ has it.
However, as I feared, there wasn’t enough yarn. Since the pattern is for a top down hat, I am now at the brim and need a different color. I want something as soft as the silk/cashmere. I want something that says DJ (which means either lime green and purple or lime green and navy, although just navy would be acceptable).
There was a yarn with really good colors and that would knit to a good gauge, but it wasn’t anywhere close as soft so (being a cotton/acrylic mix) so I skipped it.
I bought a skein of Artyarns Supermerino (color 106). It isn’t as soft and it is a smaller gauge. It also is hand painted and so has a lot of colors (including lime green and navy and a bunch of greens and blues in between). I don’t know if it will work. If it doesn’t, then I have yet another random skein that I need to do something with, although this one might not be for DJ if it doesn’t work for the hat.
I also bought a pattern for the Noni lattice bags (fall 2006 collection) that I have been wanting since I saw a picture on a web site. I don’t have the yarn yet — that will be a future trip to the yarn store.