Monday, February 18, 2008

pulling my weight

DisKnit is right...I neeed to post. I haven't shown my face around here since Portland, which was 2 + weeks ago, and lovely to boot. I saw snow. I got cold. I bought yarn. I drank beer. I stayed up and out til the wee hours. I knit a hat. Since the return, spring has come to Hawaii, with warmer weather, a cessation of the hideous, mud-bearing rains, and better moods all around.

No pix of the new yarny stuff; I confess, it's Malabrigo; something I've never knit with before, but I was enchanted with its softness and extraordinary colors.

To amuse myself, and to continue the endless photographing and documenting of my stash for Ravelry, I've been playing with the swift and ballwinder, and making yarncakes out on the deck. I share examples of stashdigging and yarncaking below:
Here is some delightfully Project Spectrum-inspired Woolarina Boucle, that I am wondering about. It's about 750 yards of more or less worsted weight, in a color that's absolutely enchanting:


And this is the spoils from the Virginia Fall Fiber Festival, some merino laceweight that will see my needles very soon, probably as Icarus, in a beautiful silvery green color known as lichen. Alas, it was not dyed with lichen...


Here's the view I have from the deck. Never mind the intrusive tiki torch, we in Hawaii must have our tiki torches. And our mosquito coils and citronella candles, but that's another story.


And the fruits of my "labor" are sweet:



Alas, now I have a drawer full of yarncakes and have to knit something, as Forest Canopy is finished (but not photographed) and the Austermann Sock #1 is galloping down the homestretch. I'm going to have to pick up the front of Must Have again... I've been wearing Forest Canopy as a wrinkly crinkly neck scarf, which is pleasing to me. I am a little worried about blocking it, but that's coming up, and hopefully will be documented.

4 comments:

Chelsea said...

Lichen-dyed yarn would be awesome! I'm enchanted by natural dying methods. The new LYS is having an indigo dye party on the 24th, and I'm trying to convince Michael to take some of his new, bumpy handspun...

Disenfranchised Knitter said...

Yeah for a blog post from the KBrow. I'm in Richmond, California supposedly writing a lecture, but really reading ravelry and then checking out the blog. Forgot my camera so can not give progress reports on the PINK socks of woolarina yarn for Lorena. But knit on. Glad portland was fine.

Mokihana said...

Love da view from your deck! The yarn is nani too, but the deck view makes me homesick!

Glad you had a good time in Portland! We actually had some sun today!

Moon said...

oooooo yummy yarn cakes! No calories and lots of fiber! ;0)
Pretty colors....love the view on the porch! Lots of beautiful trees...
xo me