yarn


Might be a little obsessed with beaded lace right now.

Specs: Unique Sheep Chasca in Justin Gradiance; Unknown succulent house plant; Size 3 needles; Silver-lined Cobalt beads.

My mother and I have a long-time understanding about yarn and fiber related gifts. The understanding is that they are never a bad thing, even if there is delayed gratification. As an example, I gave her one mitten one Christmas, plus the yarn for the other one, which I took back to make the second mitten, which she received the next Christmas, and she did not make any complaints, knowing it was par for the course…knitters are unusually optimistic about how many things they can get done simultaneously. So for Christmas this year, my parents gave me a share in a fiber CSA from Hatchtown Farm. The idea was that after they did their spring shearing, I would get a share of the fleece, in yarn form. So needless to say I was excited when I received an email a few weeks ago from the lovely Pam, telling me that my fiber would be in the mail shortly.

Look at what surprised me at the door this weekend – 9 un-dyed skeins of Coopworth wool in what looks like sport weight!

A whole sheep share...with bonus needles!

AND bonus Joint Venture needles!

Sadly, they won’t be running the CSA next year, but this has been a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend that everyone who loves fiber find themselves a CSA. It was nice to get emails about what was going on at “my” farm, and support what they are doing at Hatchtown! I even had a standing invite to come visit and get my hands dirty, or come watch the shearing. And while it was a bit far for me to go, this was such a nice thing that I’m beginning to look around for a more local CSA to support – maybe even an alpaca farm…

I don’t have any children.

My husband’s cousin is pregnant with her 2nd child. I gave her a baby blanket for the first one, so in order to top that make sure the 2nd one feels equally loved with knit goods, I decided to design and knit a baby kimono. 

I researched patterns, look around at yarns, picked some (Fiesta Baby Boom in Madrid), decided I wanted it to be knit top-down, with raglan sleeves, and in stockinette stitch, since it was a nice variegated yarn. And off I went! 

The only problem?

 

I don’t actually know how big babies are!

…at least not in the being able to judge how big their clothes need to be. Does this sweater’s shoulders look big enough for a regular sized baby? (I haven’t moved on to arms and body yet…I’m worried about shoulders!)

A venerable model for a youthful design

A venerable model for a youthful design. click to make bigger!

 

Is there such a thing as a regular sized baby?

My mom believes it is going to be too big, but I think child #1 was a giant…

 

PS edit: having now seen it on a model, I think it might be big enough. 🙂

So this weekend my husband and I reorganized our office closet. And my husband discovered how much yarn 8 years of knitting accumulates. The refrain of the day was “what is in this bag/box?” “more yarn.”

And he promptly dragged me out to get a double wide hamper to accomodate it. The double wide hamper wasn’t enough. My yarn stash is currently filling the hamper, plus 2 milk crates, and my works-in-progress more than fill one of those 3 drawer tupperware things – the ones that are about 2 feet tall. And from what I understand, from reading other knitting blogs, that actually is not too large of a stash.

So beware, before you pick up needles and yarn and think to yourself “this could be a fun hobby”, you should likely check out storage spaces in your house, and make sure you have enough out of the way storage to hide your yarn in, so your spouse doesn’t discover that you have succumbed to yarn fumes a few too many times and have somehow ended up a raving loony with enough yarn to fill several clothes hampers.

PS: I did discover, though, that I have had lovely taste in yarn for a long time, and pretty much everything in the stash is soft and wonderful in good colors. 🙂

…that I’m carrying around a swatch in my pocket?
What if it happens to be an alpaca/merino/silk blend?
Surprisingly, my coworker did not blink an eye when presented with a swatch when he asked me if I liked knitting with alpaca.