There are a few things that always tickles my interest when it comes to yarn. The word “discontinued” is a trigger. Another trigger is “sale”. And if something is both discontinued and on sale, then it’s very interesting. Apart from that it has happened, more often than I care to admit, that I have bought yarn based on color name. I once bought a skein that was called Golightly, because of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I have also bought yarn because it was inspired by Wicked and the witches, Glinda and Elphaba (pink and green).
Those two examples are quite obvious, the yarn dyer has been inspired by these things. Today though, I got yarn, based on the color name, that made me think of the great artist Beatrice Eli. I can’t tell you why the colors, Party Fever (pink-peach-bownish) and Admire Me (light greenish), made me think of Beatrice Eli but they do and now I’ve got one of her songs stuck in my head. I’m not even sure these two colors will go together but I hope so since I want a bigger shawl. If they don’t go together, I’ll have two smaller Beatrice Eli shawls instead and that’ll be fine too. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the yarn is as pretty as the pictures show. Oh, I have a good feeling about this!
Vacation suits me. Or rather, vacation suits my knitting. I’m actually caught up with my MKAL, clue 3 arrives on Friday, and I’m trying to finish some UFO’s from this past spring. This was an MKAL but I wasn’t able to keep up. It’s a shame because the yarn is simply delicious. Lovely in every way. The grey color is called Mountain Climber so tonight I was first at the gym, doing mountain climbers (I’m actually getting better even though they are still tough) and when I got back home I continued to knit them. I think this shawl will turn out just as fierce as I felt at the gym. The deep relentless grey, the lighter grey that offers no remedy and then the raspberry red that you don’t mess with. I like it and I think it will turn out great once I finish. Let’s hope I finish…
I got a gift from Agnieszka today. This has so many levels to it, and especially since it’s on a pocket mirror which means I can show it while I put on my lipstick. I highly doubt this is the opinion of Jane Austen, she expresses the opinion of the society, in an ironic way. It’s as true today as it was in the 1810’s, society is afraid of women who know anything. But women know, will always know and have always known. Society might try to take that away from us but but they can’t. They can’t!
After a week away, in Scotland!, I’m back, settled into the corner of my couch with a new knitting. Summer and vacation are both in full bloom and it’s evident to me that my knitting situation needs some tender love and care. It took me way too long to find the correct needle size and my stash is spreading all over. I got some new additions to it while in Scotland and they can’t fit with the way things are right now. I need to sort out my needles and my stash and my project bags and my UFO’s and abandoned WIP’s. Things are a bit of a mess and I don’t want that for my knitting. So, my plan is to take care of this during my vacation and see if I can free up some space in the stash and organize (localize?) the needles a bit. It’s long over due so here is a goal for this summer. And a good one too.
Summer is full of contrasts. Last night at 9:30 pm I was biking home in the evening light, the sun was shining and it was all so very beautiful. I wore a light cardigan and my legs were bare and biking along the fields is just really how one should spend a summer evening like that.
This evening, at the same time, it was raining instead. Pouring down me, where I was on my bike, in another cardigan but in trousers this time. I don’t mind the rain though, it’s good for the potatoes and also the pollen is disappearing, which I like. Two different evenings and a two different types of weather but equally beautiful. Although not quite as easy to bike in…
Just a quick entry to let you know that the mitts are finished. They are finished. That means I don’t have to knit on them. That is such wonderful news that I immediately changed my mind about them and started liking them. Now I’ll just have to block them. I’ll get down to that eventually.