WIP Wednesday 161 – Socks and more Secrets!

So, the one top-secret design WIP is on hold for now, until I’ve received the missing color. Time to move on, no time to waste.

Will I be able to show you more pics of this one? No, of course not. Why do you even ask? Sorry, it’ll keep that way for at least 3 weeks more (if I’m really, really quick).

Generic toe craftily obscuring the finished sock in the background...

Generic stockinette stitch sole  craftily obscuring the finished sock in the background…

This is one of three designs I’m currently preparing for upcoming issues of Knit Now magazine. It’s obviously a sock. That much I can tell. What else?

  • It’s toe-up
  • It has a short-row heel
  • It does NOT feature w&t’s
  • It’s rather on the bulky side (obviously)

I’m knitting with Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica.

All in all I like this yarn: It’s singles (which I asked for), it’s pure wool (which I generally like) and it’s surprisingly soft. There’s one little fly in the ointment: Parts of it are severely overtwisted and almost as thin as sewing thread, while others are thick and fluffy without any twist at all. This can of course happen in handspun yarn, and I’d definitely use this yarn again, but it can probably shine and show off its qualities better in a larger, all stockinette project. I’d love to try one of their beautiful variegated colourways for a simple stockinette cowl or scarf.

As always, I’m joining up with the knitting crowd gathered at Tami’s Amis for WIP Wednesdays… why not go and pay a visit?

 

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WIP Wednesday 160 – In which I have to keep a secret

Welcome back, WIP peeps! I’ve been awol for the last month, but now I’m back in the game!

Yeah right. I wish.

The problem is, that all my current knitting is top-secret, no-show, once again. So all you’ll get will be pictures of my WIP, artfully arranged (read: a bunched up heap) so one can’t tell what it actually is or what its key features will be. Isn’t that fun?!? … Sorry.

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Diamonds

(Photo credit: Kim Alaniz)

So here’s what I feel I can tell you:

  • It’ll be a spring/summer knit
  • It will NOT be a sweater
  • As you can see, there will be some fair-isle knitting
  • And a lot of different textures
  • And all that color and texture has one common theme. I’ll give you a hint ⇒

But I’m sure I’m allowed to talk yarn. Nobody can say anything against that, can they? So yarn it’ll be.

The current design WIP uses Rowan Panama. I hadn’t heard of it, let alone knit with it before, so it was kind of a surprise when the yarn support parcel arrived.

At first I was less than impressed, I have to admit. Before it is knit up, it has a slightly weird texture, like a loose crochet chain with unevenly spaced, shiny slubs. When I started knitting my gauge swatch, I was even genuinely disappointed. I had been working with sofTropes heavenly soft kidsilk lace yarn over the last weeks and compared to that it felt like knitting up thin strips of cardboard.

But.

Rowan Panama in Orchid and Begonia

This yarn undergoes an almost magical transformation during washing and blocking! After it had dried, my gauge swatch had turned wonderfully soft and smooth, the slubs had evened out to shiny flecks reflecting the light beautifully for visual interest, and even the tiny 4” square of knitted fabric had a perfect drape. Wow.

I’m really glad I was “coerced” to using this yarn by my editor, because I’d have never discovered it on my own. In a yarn shop, I’d have passed it by after the first look and touch and dismissed it as a bad idea. Well, it isn’t. Promise. Although, even after I’ve made my way through 3 balls of it, I still find knitting with it a little difficult. It’s not as bad as I felt in the beginning (what cotton/linen blend can hold up against the softness of silk and kid mohair?), it feels sort of “gnarly” and splits like hell. But I feel that the gorgeous end result is well worth the trouble of knitting it…

Did you ever knit with this yarn? Or did you discover your own surprising yarn gem? I’d love to hear about it…

As always, I’m joining up with the knitting crowd gathered at Tami’s Amis for WIP Wednesdays… why not go and pay a visit?

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One of those days…

So, a few days ago I had my free day. (Since I usually work Saturdays and Sundays, my “weekend” is in the middle of the week.) And since I planned on staying home and knitting, I decided to treat my hair to some beauty treatment. Which encompasses mixing myself a conditioner from non-skimmed yoghurt, olive oil and honey and rubbing the resulting sludge into my waist length hair.

So there I am, half prone over the shower basin and my hair half full with yoghurty slime, when: Dingdong! The door bell.

Great! At that time of day it can only be the postman, so I hasten to get the stuff from my hands, wrestle the hair out of the way and get the door. And in this case that means: Buzzing the postman in and running down 5 storeys, because they usually refuse to come up that far and rather leave parcels on top of the letter boxes for anyone to take. But no. This isn’t the regular post, it’s Hermes. So I meet up with the Hermes guy somewhere between top floor and ground floor to sign for the delivery, dressed in a bathrobe and with a gnarly, yoghurt covered, giant hair ball precariously balanced on top of my head… (Was I embarrassed? You bet!)

Anyhoo, at least there’s yarn in it for me. So up I march again, cover the remainder of my hair and head with yoghurt and open the parcel. Ooooh, Rowan! Wait. I didn’t order anything from Rowan. Nor was that part of any yarn support I expected. And there’s a note saying that one color isn’t in stock and will be sent some time later…

Uh oh.

By the time I figure out that it probably is meant to be a replacement for some other yarn I was supposed to use for a design and which color is supposed to be which, the sludge in my hair has hardened to a flakey crust and needs to get out. Immediately.

Off to the shower I go, soaking dried yoghurt to get it out of the hair when… Dingdong! Repeat above. Hopping out of the shower and receiving another parcel from another guy, still dressed in bathrobe, again with a dripping, slimy, sort of disgusting bun on my head. Le sigh. It seems, it’s yarn support day at Chez Rewolluzza. Well, at least there’s more yarn!

Fast forward: yoghurt out, hair in towel, finally dressed, I unpack the second parcel. Mhhhm, Artesano and Manos del Uruguay. Me likey! But, wait – there are two skeins of a color I only need one of. And two colors I need are missing. Meh.

After I got this sorted out, I really needed a coffee and chocolate. One of those days…

 

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It’s like Christmas…

Look what’s been waiting for me when I came home today:

Oooohh, something in the mail…

 

A parcel. From the US. Containing, most possibly, yarn.

It was all I could do to keep myself from dropping my groceries and looking inside that very instance. Not that it was a big surprise – in fact, I’ve been waiting for this envelope for a while. Only yesterday my neighbour from the floor below came over with a parcel that had been left with her. I almost snatched it out of her hands and tore it open there and then.

Good thing I didn’t – she had rung the wrong bell and the parcel was for the neighbour next door. 🙂

I was a good girl today and put away the milk first and even fed the two insistently protesting cats. Then I looked inside… yes!

Parcel opened

 

Exactly what I’d been hoping for. It’s the yarn support from Allyson over at Holla Knits – one of my designs will be in her next Spring collection. So exciting! I knew what colors to expect, but it’s always different to see them ‘in person’. Also I haven’t used those yarns before, so I could hardly wait to get my hands on it to feel the texture. (Is it weird, having the urge to fondle bits of string?)

Thanks Allyson! I definitely will have fun with it…

 

And that’s all of it. Five balls of soft and squishy KnitPicks Comfy Sport in Pomegranate (which looks much better than this picture can show – I’m still getting to know my new camera) and eight balls of CotLin in Surf, which is a glorious teal blue. I love how the colors go together!

I can’t wait to get swatching. Er, excuse me, gotta go… you know… somewhere… *tries to hide a pair of knitting needles behind her back and sidles toward the yarn heap*

Thank you, Yarnies! – Part 2

This is the wonderful yarn Michaela from Wollfaktor has created for the Seditious Stockings. The poor girl didn’t have an easy job: I described a yarn I had in mind, based on the description I got from editor/curator Tabetha – then I sent a foto of something similar to Tabetha, who sent me back a completely different foto, which I sent on to Michaela, who had to rethink the whole thing… if you read that: I’m sorry. 🙂

Anyhoo, we’re all very happy with the result: I totally fell in love with the deep, rich purple of the ‘Violetta’  colorway, that will be available in her shop once the book is published. There’s a whole bunch of other gorgeous lace and sock yarn now, of course – if you’re up to some temptation, have a look. Continue reading