Thursday, August 9, 2007

I knew I married him for a reason!

My husband has often teased me for my knitting habit, calling me grandma when he sees me curled up on the couch watching TV with my knitting on my lap. He has rolled his eyes with other knitter spouses when my knitting pals and I have gone on endlessly about fibers and patterns.

But although he may not understand my knitting/fiber addiction, he apparently is willing to feed it. He was in Santa Fe over the weekend visiting his mother, and he actually made a trip to a yarn store. And not only did he get me yarn (oh, boy, did he get me yarn!), but he got me the most gorgeous yarn ever! Stuff I would have drooled over but probably not actually purchased.

He's a good man.

Let me show you what I got!

This is Sirino from The Great Adirondack Yarn Company (which is somewhere between lace and fingering weight) in Black Violet. It is 50% silk/50% merino, and there are 675 yards of it! The picture doesn't capture the color well; it's a great mixture of black and a beautiful purple (my favorite!).

Then we have this:

This is Boomerang by Fiesta, which is a worsted weight, 100% extrafine superwash merino, in Abalone. He got me 2 skeins of this, at 320 yards/skein.

Finally, there's this:

This is Kiki, also from the Great Adirondack Yarn Company, and it is a worsted weight 50% alpaca/30% silk/20% merino. The colorway is Trillium. I have 4 skeins of this, at 250 yards/skein. I can't even begin to describe to you how buttery soft this yarn is. Ooh la la!

And here I thought I'd do a little yarn freeze until I had knitted up some of the many projects on my list! But if I'm going to melt a yarn freeze, might as well be will some of the nicest yarn I've ever owned! Since my wonderful, thoughtful husband gifted this to me, I am determined to make sure that whatever I knit with this stays mine! So now the question is - what do I knit with this?

I'd like to do a lace stole/shawl with the Sirino, but I need something that won't get lost with a multi-colored yarn. Knit Mongrel, didn't I see some time ago that you were doing the Baltic Sea Stole? Do you like the pattern? Of course, I have no idea how much yarn that pattern calls for, but I feel like I can do something pretty respectable with 675 yards. I, of course, also have Victorian Lace Today to look through, but since almost all of those are pictures in solid colors, it's hard to tell if a variegated yarn will work well with the patterns.

I have plenty of the Kiki to knit another Clapotis, this one for myself. Of course, I already have a lovely Clapotis gifted from Knit Mongrel, so I don't really need another one. And I have absolutely no idea what to do with the Boomerang. So, people, any suggestions you might have for projects will be greatly appreciated!

Man, it's times like this when I really wish I had my Ravelry invite.


Zonda said...

Gorgeous yarns there! I've never seen the Great Adirondak yarns before, it look so soft!

Wow, he's a keeper! My hubby could so not do this!

Lisa said...

Wow! What a husband! I'm sure anything from Victorian Knits Today would look lovely...I've seen a few things in varigated colors (check Ravelry if you can) and they look great to me.

Lisa said...

Are you in Ravelry? I started a "Mystery Stole Flunkys" real strong purpose, just for fun!

(I know flunkies should have probably been spelled differently, but I liked the way it looked as "Flunkys")

Knit Mongrel said...

Holy hell, dude - wanna send your man over to have a chat with mine? He did good! :) Yeah, I was making the Baltic Sea Stole. It took a backseat a while ago, but I adored the pattern while I was working on it. Varied enough to keep me interested without being mind-blowing. It's perfect for a yarn with short color repeats - if yours has long repeats you can probably get away with most lace patterns and be fine. Might I recommend the Flower Basket Lace Shawl from Fiber Trends? Can't wait for you to come over to Ravelry - trust me, the ideas runneth over. :)

sgeddes said...

Wow! What great yarns. You certianly picked out a great shopper for a hubby. I might have to send mine over for a little coaching!

I've used a couple other yarns from Adirondak and liked them - can't wait to see your projects and lookign foreward to seeing you on Ravelery.

Lauren said...

Your husband is good! WOW look at all that yummy yarn.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Gorgeous! I do so love Great Adirondack yarns. Having met your Mr., I see why you keep him around :o)

Net said...

I used Kool Aid and the Kroger equivalent to dye, which is the same process I used before. I like it well enough because it's cheap, simple, and there are practically unlimited color choices.

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