I’ve been a little busy but to bring everyone up to date:
I opened another opera- this one with puppets and other extravagant scenic elements. This always seems like a great idea but in our enthusiasm for the new and different we also always forget how long it takes to get this right. It was a long week.
Which was even longer than usual because at a fund-raiser last fall the opera auctioned off a chance to have a special occasion dress designed by the costume designer and made by the costume shop staff. This ended up being something that while I am glad it made some money for the opera; it turned out to take way too long and need too much attention. Since the recipient wanted to wear it to the opening of the most recent opera- I had to become a couturier in addition to the rest of my duties.
So because the nature of the universe, or my nature anyway, is to cram as much activity as possible into a single point it time no matter how exhausted I already am- I spent Saturday at Stitches South!
First I had to find something to bring with me to knit. Nothing I am currently working on could handle Stitches. I needed something simple, something that wouldn’t butt in and demand my attention when there were friends to talk to and yarn ooh and aah over. Some easy going project that could be dropped in a bag when I just had to run off so see this or that wonderful thing. Something that could be picked up again even if I stopped in the middle of a row.
Not the vest- it’s being a little difficult about picking up the stitches evenly for the band and collar. Too much math involved for all the distractions at Stitches.
The Merlot is a lace pattern and since I only knit on it every once in a while- I haven’t memorized the pattern and can’t quite manage to talk and knit it at the same time.
The Habu is just too fiddly.
So I cast on for a Scarf Cowl which is a very simple garter stitch trapezoid which is then sewn together along the diagonal ends to make a cowl with a point in front. I’m knitting it, very fittingly, in Bugga from last year’s Stitches. The colorway is Praying Mantis.
It’s almost too boring but I love the feel of the Bugga knitted up.
Of course, I got some yarn at Stitches, just a little bit, really nothing special.
Dragonfly Fibers Squishy Lace
Colorway: Pumpkin King
I splurged at little on this:
Ivy Brambles 4 ply Cashmere
I had a lovely conversation with the owner of Ivy Brambles about the difficulty of dying cashmere without felting it. I think he did a lovely job and I am hoping to make this into Ishbel.
Then I wanted something from Knitting Notions- I am currently knitting Merlot in her sport weight merino and it’s very nice. I also love her colorways. After looking through the fingering and sport weight and unable to decide on a color, I noticed she had some organic cotton. The knitted up sample was wonderfully soft and drapey so I decided on that instead.
Knitting Notions Organic Cotton
I’m looking for a suitably rustic looking pattern that will compliment the “natural variation” in the thickness of the yarn.
Then I had to have some of this:
Isager Strik Alpaca 2
In a wonderful dusty plum color.
I hadn’t seen or heard of this company before but they also import Opal sock yarns and Zauberball. I was very tempted by a brown, teal, green, and orange Zauberball but I had a little financial reality check at that point and was able to resist.
Then it was off for some fun and frivolity at the Scalini’s dinner organized by The Knitwitch. I ate too much, I laughed a lot, I stayed out really late, and if we could have collected all the laugher in that room we could have floated a hot air balloon to China.
And on the 7th day, well, I rested.
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