While I try and get my brain back into thinking mode, I thought I’d show a few thing off.
Firstly – my stash from the OBDM two weeks ago now. It was a bit of a horror story really. I had a lovely (but rushed) morning at with the yarn stalls and some lovely ladies who have all blogged about it ages ago. My day was cut short by a poor Magpie who had had an absolutely miserable morning and just wanted to hide in his office and work. He didn’t get much of that done either – I discovered, having been in my office for a whole 30 minutes that my flash cream soda (in still unopened bottle – grrr) had leaked all over my darling yarn. Indeed, my phone and 4 skeins containing varying quantities of silk were floating in the stuff. Eeek. End of phone (luckily I have an old spare). But panic stations on all the yarn. After giving each a thorough wash and dry, I can safely say none were harmed in the accident (but the silk bleeds like nothing else on earth). So without any further ado – my boodle.
Not bad, huh? There’s an Ishbel, and an Aeolian, as well as (possibly) a Fountain Pen Shawl and another cowl or two in there. This is my last Fibre Day for the foreseeable future, so I went for quality and colour.
The rest of the past two weeks has been a blur of trying to write, being interrupted by academic bureaucracy (and simply, after dropping bombshells – stony silence from the powers that be. I may well be spitting my dummy in the near future over that), and rugby. Oh, I can’t wait for 1.30am Sunday morning. I even have my knitting selected. teeheehee.
In knitting news there is an FO! The clapotis, henceforth known as Caradhas, was named not just for its colour (Redhorn in “Mannish”), but because it was so difficult to finish. But it is now done! And I will never use Noro again unless under duress. It was interesting to knit with, and semi-felted in the 400rpm spin I used to get the water out after soaking – but that’s alright, it actually looks better that way, but this, this was the deal breaker:
Knots in every single ball of yarn, and the colours joined did not even match. I can get the same meterage in recycled sari silk from Knitter’s Addiction for half the price of Noro, and that being the case – sorry Kureyon, you didn’t impress me at all.
In saying that though, it is a very soft, very warm, very bright, wrap that will be worn often this winter. See?
I’ve also just (in the last 3 hours) finished a The Amanda Hat, aka Ithilien Hat. Photos and details to follow when it is blocked. I’ll just say – it’s a lovely, very quick, very easy pattern that took a total of 2.5 full hours to knit and used roughly 70g (88m) of Manos Wool Clasica. ‘Nuff said.
Now, just a few more paragraphs on Tollers and his biography. Then I can sleep…