There are those who can love only one project at a time. They are the monogamous knitters. They don’t have huge stashes of projects begun but not yet done.
Not me. I am a knitting polygamist. Did you ever wonder why there are so many different sized needles? The monogamist knitter would say that this is to allow for the possibilities of knitting in different gauges. The polygamist knitter knows that this is to allow for having twelve projects on needles at the same time.
I saw this amazing cover project by Tanis Knits in last winter’s Vogue Knitting Magazine but did not immediately purchase the wool for it because:
- my many other projects waiting to be completed were glaring at me
- the wool for this project is very expensive
- ever since the eighties, when all my knitting was done with yarn that should be glad I don’t play with matches, I must must must use the real, designer yarn for my projects
In a moment of weakness (and due to the fall yarn sale at Webs) I succumbed to the lure of the Alpaca, pulled out my MasterCard and ordered the yarn. Two weeks of both instant and delayed regret followed as I waited for my pricey purchase to arrive. First to show up on the doorstep were the size 19 rosewood needles. What a tease! How cruel of them to send the needles and then tell me the yarn is back-ordered!
Soon enough a very large and heavy box with 20 skeins of yarn arrived (and more guilt). Once I laid hands on the first skein freed from the plastic packaging all regrets faded away. Have you ever held baby angora bunny mixed with downy chick fuzz and a little bit of fluffy cloud in your hands? The Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky wool is amazing, decadent, and all-around fantabulous. I gave serious thought to replacing my pillow with 8 or so balls of this heavenly stuff. Only the thought of having to hand-wash this wonder on a weekly basis prevented me.
I’ve made it through the first pattern repeat and figure that due to the enormous gauge, I should have this baby completed in a couple of weeks. The finished measurements have this scarf at over 11 feet long. I’m going to see how it goes – can’t have my precious dragging on the ground.
Note to my currently passed-over projects, I’ll be back for you soon!
We had a wonderful visit to Brooklyn in July. Some of the high points:
Got to see brother Bill in a production of Hamlet in J.J. Byrne park in front of The Old Stone House. It was a perfect summer night, and the performance was very enjoyable despite the tragic plot. There are so many familiar quotes from that play – I’d forgotten where they came from.
Did you know there are fireflies in the city? We saw several playing hide-and-seek between folks spread out on the lawn to watch the play. Who knew?
As the city that spawned Etsy, it should not have been a surprise that Brooklyn houses a diverse and interesting artist community. We spent quite a while window shopping. Found a very friendly LYS (local yarn store) called Knit-A-Way and dropped some cash on a few skeins of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Yum! Also found a cute pair of robot earrings. Joy!
At one point, we stood transfixed by the contents of an antiques shop window which was filled with amazing robot sculptures.
Yet another thing to save my pennies for (or is that buy lottery tickets for?). But which one? Ms. Jello, Simplex 3, or Spot?? Sigh….
Yesterday, we went to the annual Sheep Shearing Festival at Gore Place. We could only stay for an hour-and-a-half before departing for our cider bottling adventures, so we had to run through instead of meandering around as usual.
Alpaca couple posing for the camera
You know that first really nice day of warm weather after a cold New England winter? The one where you forget all about hats and sun block? It was that kind of day. What a different atmosphere from the cold and drizzle of last year.
We spent a lot of time with our old favorites – Seacolors, Evergreen Farm, Bartlett Yarns, and with our new favorite, Ellie’s Reclaimed Cashmere. I managed to limit myself to just one skein of cashmere – pretty good considering how tempting everything looked and felt.
Reclaimed cashmere. Must touch. Must have.
If you are in the Boston area, make sure to check out the festival next April. Now back to treating that sun burn…
Sleeve #1 is done, and #2 is well on its way. Watching the Red Sox and trying to get this summer sweater done. Just in time for the winter.
Also, stopped into the Vermont Yarn Co. and picked up another kitting project (bad, bad, bad). An adorable felted purse from Cabin Fever – will be making it with a soy-based blended yarn (first time knitting with soy) and using a Sandra Lance handmade porcelain button as an embelishment. Yummy.
Gore Place on the Watertown/Waltham line has a sheep shearing festival every April. It poured rain on the last one I went to a couple of years ago. Not so this year. Last Saturday (April 26th) was beautifully clear, if a bit on the cool side.
Sheep waiting to be relieved of their fuzzy burdens.
Some sheep got the electric treatment, some were shorn old school.
But the festival was not just about sheep. There was a whole barnyard of critters to coo over – chickens, horses, goats, bunnies, and of course, alpacas:
The vendors were out in force for those with a little cash to burn. I ended up buying some of my favorite mitten yarn from the nice folks at Bartlett Yarns, but also spent time, if not money, lusting after beautiful Seacolors yarn:
Too bad you can’t buy it online yet… but considering the size of my stash, maybe that’s a good thing. A big thanks to Jeff for waking me out of my post-red-eye flight stupor, and to Diana for buying our festival tickets!