January 22, 2007
I’ve been buried all weekend. Yarn, yarn, yarn! We had big orders come in from Posh (that wonderful cashmere blend that you all snapped up the last time it was in), and Schaefer Anne and Lola (some of the prettiest colorways from them, ever) and our new self-striping line from Sam at sKNITches (wooohoooo!!). I uploaded 100+ photos to the website today, so you can imagine what Wonder Husband was doing all weekend long. (thanks, dear….)
Here is a peek at Posh. This yarn comes all the way from the U.K. and is so fun to knit. It gets softer and softer each time you wash it. Of course I have a skein of it in my
stash sock yarn buffet to knit for myself. (That was from the last order. I may have to add another skein of a different color from this order. Cashmere socks are rather addictive.) The colorways do vary from batch to batch, so get what you need at one time. We have 12 new colorways in (I think only 2 are repeats from the last time – Chintz and Highland Mist – but honestly, these new skeins came looking very different than those same colorways last time. Here are the socks that I knit with it the last time it was in. These are going to my mom in the next day or two. (Hi Mom!) These were done in Highland Mist, and you can see here that the new Highland Mist has a much more olive tone to it. It’s all pretty – just different from time to time. That’s one of the many things I love about hand-dyeing – you never know just quite what you’re going to get. (Yes, these socks are done and blocked and ready to be packed up and on their way.)
Have you tried Schaefer Anne and Schaefer Lola? Anne is great for socks (the little bit of mohair in them makes them so soft and warm) but it’s also great for lace shawls and scarves as well. Lola knits up SO fast in socks, and I also used it for fingerless gloves. (This fingerless gloves pattern is called “Fetching” from Knitty.com.) It’s a soft, springy kind of yarn and I find myself veering over towards it every time I am looking for a sport weight to knit up. There are some really eye-poppin’ colors in this batch!
This line of sKNITches is new and I am totally in love with it. I emailed Sam (the sKNITches gal) when it came in and told her I didn’t want to sell it. I wanted to keep it all for myself. (I have found, however, that that doesn’t pay the bills. So sell it, I must.) I did keep a skein of Collegiate out for myself, and I’m already working on a pair of socks out of this Bricklayer. I love the variety of stripe widths in here. We will definitely be keeping this line, but may not be able to get another order in until the end of March or into April. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on the timing. Isn’t it a fun line?
(You all crack me up. I just finished putting all of these yarns up, and while I’m writing this blog, the “order boxes” just keep popping up on my computer. You are SO on top of things!)
I have loved reading all of your grandparent memories! I think these are my favorite blog comments ever. It’s amazing how many things I could picture so clearly, from your writing. It also made me think about what things I want MY grandchildren to remember about me, one day. (NO grandchildren yet. And since Knitting Daughter is only in high school, and College Boy finds it MOST unhelpful whenever I try a bit of match-making, there will be NO grandchildren for some time to come. But I’m still thinking about it……) If you haven’t left a comment, please do! I know that I didn’t need to “bribe” you to leave comments with a contest this time, but I do like doing monthly contests and this seemed like a fun one. So get in on it by leaving a memory comment for this post. I’ll do the drawing on Friday. I really should take pictures of the Loopy Loot prizes, shouldn’t I? I always try to make them good.
I had better get to packing these orders. I’m warning you, I am taking time out to watch 24 tonight, but other than that I’ll be packing, packing, packing. I hope YOU are getting some of these fun yarns sent to your house! I’ve had them all weekend and I’m finally ready to share them…..