Friday, 16 August 2019

Back on the back burner.

If you recall, a few weeks ago, I picked up my winter overcoat project and talked about needing more yarn.  I think I said that I ordered from Macauslands again.  This is such a distinctive yarn, unlike anything in my stash and I really wanted the character of the yarn to be the same all the way through my jacket.  The yarn arrived yesterday.

I had two prospective colours that I thought would give me what I wanted.  

I choose poorly. 

I didn't want to just choose black.  That is my fallback, but I didn't want to go there without trying something else.  I had two really good choices with the browns and I just picked the wrong one.  It is a beautiful foresty green brown heather with undertones of rusty red and is very pretty, but my yarn is a more teal brown heather. I felt that sticking to two heathered colours was the way to go.  But no.  

I did debate closing my eyes and knitting it, colour be darned, but I simply cannot do that.  

I went trolling through the colours on my sample card, keeping in mind that they are only samples, and found the colour that works the best with my colour is teal.  I'd be willing to bet they don't have teal in the three ply.  I'm also not sure that I want to have teal on my winter outer coat.  It would be striking in colourwork, but it isn't quite the look I want as colour blocks.

It feels like my current choices are going to be natural brown and black, if they have black.  (Not all colours are available in three ply at all times.)  Plus, I have to decide if I want to mail order again.  

Before I go weeping in my tea/coffee, this isn't all bad.  Not at all.  It is a strikingly pretty heathered yarn and is going to make something fantastic.   If it doesn't go for mittens and hats, it will be great as a warm vest or as a sweater for some little boy who thought he would like a heavy warm sweater for going to school in the fall. 

So the winter coat project is back on the back burner, till the right yarn comes.  The goal for next week is to put the oversweater to the forefront of my knitting.  There is a distinct chill in the morning air this morning, a reminder that summers end isn't that far away and that this particular sweater is becoming a need, rather than a want.


Thursday, 15 August 2019

It is 6 o'clock in the morning and all is still and quiet.  That just doesn't happen a lot around here.  I don't want to disturb anyone so I am just going to stay very still and quiet and  type.

Very good progress on my little cowl.  It is such sumptuous knitting that it is easy to keep in my hand.  I've got it to about a third of the yarns used up, so I ought to be just right for stash dash,which finishes up on the 24th.  

These yarns are the perfect sort of pairing.  One is 325m and the other, just the very smallest bit less, clocking in at 300 m.  I'm just going to knit till it is all gone.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

More of It.

Tuesday arrived in haste and yet, the day itself seemed long.  In the evening I had to check if it was actually Tuesday.  The kids are starting to struggle a little.  They don't realize just how much they miss momma but they fall apart for such little things.  Grandma is trying to give them the space they need to be sad.  It helps a bit when they talk to dad but right now, they just want mamma.

I wish yesterday had given me more knitting, but the lack of it may be why the day went on forever.  Today will be better.  Today there will be more knitting.

I don't know how it looks to you but it feels marvelous.  Still like kittens.  I think part of what I was disatisfied about was how strong the much lighter colour of the silk thread is than the Adam and Eve.  

My original vision of these two yarns was all about the ghost of the silvery warm haze on the surface and I think I just wasn't quite prepared for the real thing.  The haze doesn't show up immediately.  It sort of shows up as it worms its way out between the warm dark base.  Once it sat in the bag for a few months, it had all popped out to show what it would truly be, and that is exactly what I was looking for.  

I didn't really notice the difference in how it looked newly knit versus slightly used but it is very apparent to me now.  It's easy luxurios knitting, suitable for knitting while watchimg kids play.  There will be much more of that today.