Monday, July 23, 2012

Moving Yarn

I have no pics to post today, alas, but I have been knitting and crocheting like mad, trying to use up donated yarn before the movers load up the truck and I head back out to California. I think the movers may have overestimated the weight, even though I pointed out that almost every piece of furniture I own that has a drawer in it is full of yarn. File cabinets. CD cabinets. The cedar trunk, of course. One large closet, full of bins of yarn, all numbered and logged in Ravelry. And yarn really doesn't weigh that much, at least compared to, say, books. But movers always overestimate and then refund your money if they have to, so, no worries. Best and biggest news? When I told her I was moving away, the lovely lady who loaned me her wheel said I could KEEP IT!!! That's right, a free Louet S10 for yours truly. I have thanked her profusely and asked her to tell me her favorite color and yarn weight, so I can spin her something special. In the meantime, I am bubble-wrapping, boxing, and biodegradable peanutting so the wheel will arrive in its new home, happy, safe, and ready to spin all manner of gorgeousness. More writing and more pics to come, on the flip side of this trip.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Catch a Mermaid

Just before I left for California, I had a chance to play with some Araucania Patagonia, and made this for Threads of Kindness/Alive Hospice:


The yarn, donated by Haus of Yarn, is a thick-thin, variegated cotton that is smooth and not splitty at all.  Sometimes cotton can get ornery that way, but the Patagonia worked great.

I call it the "Catch a Mermaid" throw, because the colors reminded me of coral reefs and ocean waves, with maybe a little sand along the shore.

The thick yarn gives it a fishnet feel, and I thought the texture would work well with some lacy patterns.  I didn't want to get bored, so I used three different stitch patterns.

The whole pattern is now available for sale in my Etsy shop; click on Catch a Mermaid.




The shells are not included in the pattern.  They are not attached to the blanket.  I could just imagine someone trying to figure out how to knit the shells in.

No, my friends, that is just my way of being all arty in my picture-taking.  I have lots more pics on Etsy and in the written pattern itself.

Now I'm working up a scarf using the Fishnet Rib and some novelty ribbon yarn.  It's a free pattern on my blog called Ribbon Rib Scarf.

As the (pirate) captainhook says, "Yarrr-n, me mateys!"