Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I'm back from a 2-week trip to see J! We had a wonderful time together. Lots of movies (Star Trek, Wolverine, and Terminator, plus tons more on video), bike rides together, me using him as a guinea pig for recipes... and the cat was happy to see me as well. Last time, she completely ignored the knitting. This time, yarn meant playtime.

I started a new project to take with me the night before I left. Want to see?

Terttu shawl

Terttu backlit

It's Terttu from lankakomero. LOVE. The lace isn't too complicated, so I figured this would be a safe project for airport and plane knitting. Turns out that it's addictive, and pretty easy to memorize... I'll keep going until I'm in danger of running out of yarn (which is Ellen's Half-Pint Farm merino-tencel sock yarn in an unknown colorway of green and brown).

Monday, May 04, 2009


Look at this face:

And this "Hey, where ya goin'?!" pose:

You would never know to look at these beasts that they are agents of destruction. Wet, stinky, allergen-bearing monsters. Lounging and baa-ing atop their layer of WET HAY, which just added that extra oomph. I was fine when I walked into the sheep barn. Not so by the time I came out on the other side.

But they sure are cute, eh? I just can't stay mad at them. ;)

Sunday was my Sheep and Wool day... way too much "real life" stuff to do on Saturday, including some general housekeeping and making from-scratch samosas for my D&D group Saturday night. Sunday was a rather wet day, but it was nice to be able to move freely and not be squashed by throngs of fiber-crazed festivalgoers. Saw some of the gals at the Cloverhill booth, stuck to my budget, and got some beautiful yarn.

Like what?

How about some Lavender Sheep superwash merino sock yarn from the Cloverhill booth?
Lavender Sheep superwash merino sock
"Bordeaux" is a perfect name for this yarn, which is all wonderful shades of reddish-purple. It made me promptly break my "No sock yarn" rule. Could you resist this?

Or some merino/silk from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm?
Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm merino/silk
I believe this is the "Aquarium" colorway. Those blues and teals caught my eye as soon as I walked into the booth. This picture shows off the "shiny factor" very nicely.

And there was also a big hank of Duet from Brooks Farm:
Brooks Farm Duet

Somewhere down the line, I'm going to take a look at how my two colors of Duet look striped together...
Duet colors
Both skeins have the same beige in them... it might work.