Monday, August 27, 2007

husks or niblets?

I was intrigued by Knit and Tonic's post about her new sock yarn.

I'm always interested in what they're making yarn out of now.

Check out all the colors at Jimmy Bean's.

I'm interested because {and this is how you can tell I'm a process-focused person}, how did they make that yarn?

Did they use the stringy part of the husks? Did they grind up the sweet, yellow corn into a pulp?

I have sock yarn that I need to knit up and I now I'm jonesing for this stuff. Call me crazy, but I really like the Iguana color.

I wonder how it knits up - stretchy like cotton and elastic? or with good stitch definition like a wool? It looks pretty bumpy.'s a pictue:

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I'm a little giddy!

Between finding my beloved orange tape measure,
having a non-stop 4-hr flight on Monday where I'll be knitting more of this:

the clap

and finding out that my plane lands on Monday at 6:22 pm and the Gap Outlet (Distribution Center) doesn't close until 9pm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can barely sit still!

I have been going to the Gap Outlet in KY for probably close to 15 years. It's a REAL outlet - a huge warehouse full of Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy items that you have to dig through to find the good stuff. Great finds have been tank tops in every color imaginable, beautiful BR merino wool sweaters for Dave, an ON angora sweater, and pants for work. It's returns, items where the hem fell, or things that have a little dirt on them. When I find a treasure, it's a wonderful thing.

Oh yeah - I'm traveling for work next week! My first business trip EVAH!

Doesn't the green yarn look much better in this project? I think the yarn is happy to have found a project with which it fits well.

I will only be gone two nights or I would try and visit some local yarn stores while I'm in Cincinnati. I was looking at the Raverly Cincy knitters group and it looks like the favorite stores are in KY - I'll be north of there - and don't really want to be driving around that much.

The baby dress is finished. NO! I'm NOT pregnant - it's a just a sample. Who doesn't want to put their baby in a 100% cashmere dress? C'mon!


I put on my robe this morning and what did I find?

My old friend!!
Alas, my old friend has a new friend!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

two hours a day

is about how many hours I spend knitting now.

I bring my lunch so that I don't have to waste time driving somewhere = more time for knitting!

People come in to the lunch room:
"What are you working on?"
"Oh, that's so neat, what is that?"
"Is that a skirt?"
"I want to learn how to do that one day."
"Ha ha, knit one, purl two."

Since I last posted - I cast on for Vestida Tura Maeve
I need to pick up one more skein of Zen 4-ply in Like Butta' and it will be a quick finish.

There is a major error in this pattern - when I complete the dress, I'll post the correction.

Excuse the crappy photos - I'm spending the morning in bed while my photographer is golfing.

See! I finished the Strapless Dress, I mean Sheer Poncho.

I cast off on this last night before we went out and tried it on. It smells like the perfume I wore last night... :-)

And the Beaded Cami was finished over a week ago.
On Monday I wored the Beaded Cami to work. I've gotten lots of compliments on it!

I promised to post the in the round directions - I will as soon as I get a good picture!

On Tuesday, concidentally, my not-so-Green Gable matched my skirt.

On Wednesday, it was so cold in the office, I wore my silk scarf from Venice and this sweater all day.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Photo Assistant

I haven't been called to go into work yet, so I got up today and decided to photograph and enter my stash into Ravelry.
Good thing I had an assistant, it took me about five hours to do it all.

She was playing with the Frog Tree Pima Silk tail of a skein and jumping over the plastic bins and piled up yarn.
Good times.

Now that it's all entered in, I will go through and put some of it up for trade/sale.

Another cute pic

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Succumbing to the Clap

Why Ravelry is great:

I've tried to use the Merino/Silk yarn in two patterns, and it didn't work.
So I went to Ravelry and did a search of Merino Silk to see what other people did with yarn like this in a DK weight.

I'd say about 85% did Clapotis.

Wondering if Clapotis is really all that popular?
Well, Ravelers (7,162 users, as of 8/7/07) have made this project 1144 times.
Quite a few have done it three times!

You know I can't do math (well), but that's a lot!

Gonna go put Clapotis in my Ravelry Queue now!!!

Monday, August 06, 2007


I dreamt this pattern.
And now you can dream about what it will look like once you knit it up!

Rêve Camisole
A-line camisole with cables above empire waist.

34 ½ (36½, 38, 39¾, 41¼)" bust circumference.

24 sts/34 rows = 4" in St st
29 sts/38 rows = 4" in Cable Pattern st


  • Argosy Luxury Yarns, Nicole Sport [100% silk; 160 yds/146 m]; color: Silver; 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) skeins
  • 29 inch US 4/3.5mm circular needles
  • Stitch holders
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle

Friday, August 03, 2007

can you say...?

Stitch Definition

This is one skein (195 yards) knitted up of Bonsai Bamboo, from Argosy Luxury Yarns in the Kona colorway.

I've started the Beaded Cami, but will do it without beads.

I will also make pattern changes and drop the garter stitch to below the bust for an empire waist, as TragicHeroine did. I just ADORE her cami, can't stop looking at it!! :-)

When I look at this yarn, I can't decide if I want to drink coffee or swim in the ocean.

Maybe drink coffee, wearing my Beaded Cami, on a Kona beach...
I will definitely pack this in my suitcase when I take a trip to Kona...someday.