Wow, you guys are cluing me in so much fabulous craftiness that I missed while away — keep it up! I’ll post a list of my favorites after the contest is over on Sunday night.
And see if you can sneak in before the end of Nova’s Blogiversary contest — she needs pattern ideas for her 550 yards of Wollmeise Poison Nr 5.
I did 6 repeats instead of 7, because I was short on yarn. I used an eye of partridge heel, because I felt like it. The shell pattern is easy to memorize, and perfect for road-knitting.
Less appropriate for road-knitting is Sandi Wiseheart’s Summer Lace Shawlette, which I’m making for a friend to wear in her September wedding. I may have to break down and buy a longer needle to finish this one out.
The yarn is Henry’s Attic undyed silk/merino blend, and is lovely to work with … except I’m a massive klutz, and am thus totally paranoid that I’m going to muck it up with sticky fingers or grape juice or something. I took it on tour, but was too afraid to bring it out of its freezer bag. So I’m plugging away at it now, on account of the upcoming deadline, but am already getting distracted by Fall sweater lust.
And remember my stunted Elizabeth Zimmerman baby jacket? The one where I couldn’t find the second skein of yarn, and which was almost certainly going to get frogged or become some sort of bizarre Baby Bolero?
I finally decided to just buy another skein of the yarn, alternate rows between the two skeins, and hope the lots weren’t too different (yes, I know, this is no minor risk when it comes to hand dyed yarns).
But then I had a minor crisis regarding the colorway — I had lost the ball band. Was it Lipstick Lava? In Vino Veritas? Cool Fire? Ruby Road?
So I sent an email to Dream in Color, and within the hour they sent a response — Veronica had looked at the photos of my half-finished sweater, and informed me that I was without a doubt using Cool Fire.
Oh, and if you haven’t knit with Dream in Color, you should. Their Smooshy sock yarn is heaven to knit with, totally squeezable and beautifully dyed.