Saturday, 10 January 2009

Oh, what a night! Yarn Portraits and more

hand painted baby suri silk This past Thursday Julie and I had a date to meet up at Romni's, little did I know that she had some ulterior motives for her location choice, sneaky kitten. She said that we were there because she was going to buy me some yarn and that was that. I long ago learned not put up a fight with her on these occasions. (Who'd want to? Please don't buy me some pretty yarn Julie, I would not like to work with some outstanding fiber on a garment of my choice!) A little while later we found these three special skeins of Misti Alpaca. hand painted baby suri silk 80% Baby Suri Alpaca 20% Silk hand paint baby suri silk Hand painted with more colors that any Dream In Color yarn I've seen. This specific colorway (#15, lot#80110) is so incredibly awesome that I took picture after picture loving the twists and contrasts in the color play. These three were taken in a northern facing window on a cloudy day. The next were with a makeshift light box to get a softer effect. hand painted suri silk hand painted suri silk It's even softer than it looks, practically dancing over my skin. hand painted baby suri silk I am very lucky girl. Which brings me to the second reason Julie wanted to meet up... She asked me to be a maid of honor at her wedding! I accepted enthusiastically through a flurry of hugs and tears. I will be happily sharing my maid of honourdom with our fantastic mutual friend Monica. I'm peanut butter jelly time excited this and my new yarn! Woo! Here is the ideal that I have for it. I sketched this ages ago and this yarn has inspired me to figure it out for real. inspiration blue print 1. lying flat: a round cabled shrug with detailed rectangular back piece 2. around the neck: a cushy collar that naturally falls high 3. big twist: the main cable needs to be simple and defined 4. from behind: a look at how the piece sits 5. (seems I skipped 5 altogether) 6. supplemental: if the first idea doesn't work out... 7. coverage: the priority areas that need warmth other possibilities I can picture this alternate version with ribbing of some sort around the arm holes to give it more finishing. A cable with texture in the center, big detailed stitches perhaps? As you can see, I have some hammering out to do. I tried on a great vestish piece at Fraiche (great store on Queen) a while back. I wonder if I could deconstruct it...and if I have the patience for the cables? vesty front back of vesty The back is knit sideways and the front pieces look separate but seem to be attached by the cable. Two modish buttons close and cross the panels for an overlapping collar. vesty collar Inspiration is oozing out of me. Now, if only I could get rid of this second sock syndrome. I've been stuck on the second of the spiral socks for forever and a day. I simply couldn't get it to match in gauge, that sock has been frogged more times than miss piggy. At the moment the heel turn has just finished and it's onto the home stretch gusset and instep! heel turn The time it would take to knit these socks was horribly miscalculated!

8 comments:

Clumsy Knitter said...

Wow...that is some gorgeous yarn! I can't wait to see how your shrug turns out. :)

Adriana said...

Congrats! That is lovely yarn and a lovely honour.

Aesderina said...

Congratulations! both to maid of honor and yarn! I LOVE Misti Alpaca. My friend had some of their chunky yarn, it was SO soft and she made it into a sweater! I'm saving some money to buy some for myself

Siga said...

Yummy yarn and exciting news!

ern said...

http://love-granny.blogspot.com/2009/01/51.html

i tagged you :)

congrats on the maid of honour!! Its so exciting.

nadinefawell said...

Ok, better late than never!
Julie, CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! How very exciting.

And Jen, congratulations on your maid of honourdom! Again, how very exciting!

I hope you both have a wonderful year.

Hilary said...

Oh how cool -- congrats!

Your new yarn is stunning and what a great shrug idea! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

hibou said...

Congratulations! Have fun with the wedding planning and maid of honour fun!

Thanks for the gorgeous photos too...I agree, that misti alpaca is divine!