There I was, minding my own business, headed home, when Lexie suddenly lurched to the left, and then to the right, and I found myself in a yarn shop. Stacey and I have been talking about Noro’s Taiyo quite a bit, and I decided I had to have some. While I was snatching up the colorway of my dreams like a starving dog on a bone, I somehow snarfed up some Matsuri too. It’s cotton and wool, and just lucious. On the top there is Plymouth’s Happy Feet. It actually feels rough compared to the Matsuri. I’m still no fan of the Noro staple, Kureyon, but evidently, I’m a sucker for their softer yarns.
Just look at it. I am. Heck, this post could have been done ten minutes ago if not for the pauses to admire and pet my new yarn luv. There’s 220+ yards of self-striping softness there, yearning to become a shrug of some sort, I think.
That’s the Bamboucle I failed to photograph yesterday. You needed to see it. I mean, if I’m suddenly gahgah about a boucle, that’s worth a look, no?
Pattern: Delite Hat
Changes: Quite a few. There’s an error in the fourth row of the lace pattern. The K2 should be K2tog, I do believe. I also opted to keep the twisted rib going through the decreases, even knitting the K2togs through the back loop. Then, I feared I wouldn’t have enough yarn, and indeed, I would have been a few yards short, so I grabbed some of that nearly edible Malabrigo for a fun, bold pink stripe. I like it, and I hope Lynn will too.
Comments: While it’s such a cute hat that I’m having a hard time telling it buh-bye, I doubt very seriously if I’ll ever knit it again. All that twisted rib made me crazy, and slowed me WAY down.
Yarns: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran (blue) and Malabrigo Chunky (pink stripe). I will say that the knitting went faster with the wool, rather than the slightly fuzzy, slippery stuff. I love both yarns, but it’s another lesson in fiber substitution.
Needles: My new Knitpicks Harmony Options, size 6 tips, 40″ cord, so I could magic loop my way through the whole thing.
Still with me? I hope so, because the best is yet to come.
Remember the little wager Anita and I had, to urge us both on with our wraps? Well, I finished my clapotis first, so I was waiting to see what yarn she would send. As usual, Anita outdid herself. Look at that! (Just scroll down for close-ups.) There’s a lot more than a hank of great yarn there, but I know you want to see it all, so just keep going.
I do have to note that Gypsy Knits was kind enough to include a special treat package for me too, as Anita had mentioned some of her purchase was a gift. You know I love that kind of attention to detail and customer service…
First, the yarn, from Gypsy Knits.
It’s called Apple Valley, which is way cool, as I love apples, and my state has an apple blossom festival coming up soon. The colors scream spring, and I’m looking forward to casting on.
The bag is one of the best designs I’ve seen. Check out the drawstring, the elastic loop to stay on your wrist if you choose to walk and knit, and a wee caribeaner so it can hook onto most anything. It’s roomy enough for a medium lace project, and even for two socks at a time! It’s also from Gypsy Knits, and I was CRUSHED this morning when I saw its twin on Anita’s blog, and couldn’t find another for me. Sneaky, sneaky, and I love it!!
Of course, being the thoughtful gal that she is, Anita dropped in a couple of her own cute clay stitch markers. Here lately, I’ve been thinking Anita and I are like two peas in a pod, but she said she chose these because they’re sweet peas for sweet me. Ha!! It’s great to have friends getting to know me pretty well but who still think I’m sweet!
I know this has been another long post, but I had so much to share! Now, to Ravelry to find a few patterns for my new yarns so I can knit away during House. The new episodes are a few weeks out yet, but that’s okay. I’ll flip back and forth between House and the NCAA basketball finals.