I want to first say that I feel so rude for not thanking you all in my last post for your wonderful birthday wishes. I really appreciated each and every one of them and I was surprised by the number of comments I got from people who had never commented before. So thank you all so much!
Wanna see what my sister got me?
The Fall issue of Verena Magazine, which features an entire spread of men's sweater patterns that I love. I definitely recommend checking them out if you're a guy, or knit for guys. You can flip through some of the pages on that link to see a few of the patterns. There's one (okay, three) in particular that I really want to make.
She also included a nice little (blue!) notebook that I'll be using for the podcast from now on to take notes and such.
I'm tempted to go out to buy more things just to fill it up!
What's that? Oh, you want to know more about that fiber? Sure!
It is two ounces of beautiful merino from, oddly enough, a bead store (or at least that's what I think it is) in San Diego. You guys, really, this stuff is absolutely gorgeous.
It's in the "denim" colorway. I have a question though. I don't know if it's top or roving. I mean, I think it's combed and it looks like all the fibers are aligned, but is it possible to get that color blending in a combed top? It looks like something that would come off of a drum card, which is why I'm a bit confused. Either way, it's incredibly soft and I can't wait to spin it up. It's not at all like the other merino that I spun up this summer (in a good way), which looked like this when it arrived:
It took quite a bit of pre-drafting to get that to be spin-able... However, this new merino feels a lot less sproingy and crimpy, I wonder how it's going to behave as yarn. It's not at all compacted right now and I think it's going to spin like a dream. ::sigh:: This is one of those times I really wish I had a wheel.
My mom also sent me some cute stationary from the Knit it Up etsy shop.
The one at the top of the picture, on the back, says, "...but I'm really thinking about yarn."
Thanks sister and mom!
Oh! I also did some swatching the other day with some really pretty colors of Malabrigo (tortuga, bobby blue, and apple green) to potentially make a hat. I love malabrigo hats.
Except, the problem is, the swatch ended up just looking like the 80's...
It no longer exists. I am no longer tempted to combine those three colors into a hat.