Sunday, March 06, 2011

Extreme Novelty

What we used to call novelty yarns are now referred to as fashion yarns. Well, I don't see how you could call this yarn anything but novelty. It's about as playful as any yarn I've ever seen. From Pagewood Farms U-Knitted Nations, it's called Giant Purls.

Here it is in the skein.

And here it is in a ball. Wound by hand, very carefully. This is pretty close to the actual color of the yarn.

And a close up.

This was an easy Sunday afternoon knit. Maybe a couple of hours once I got it into a ball.

Trust me. I've already heard all the witticisms about knitting with balls.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Another Boneyard

Man! Thanks some bright blue! It's no where near the color of my latest rendition of the Westknits' Boneyard shawl.

That's not quite it either, but it's closer.

It's more like this. Maybe a little brighter but still this one is the best I got from several attempts.

This is Rowan Summer Tweed in a now discontinued color. I used four skeins. I had planned on using all six that I had in stash but the shawl was getting big enough and I was truly tired of working with the yarn. It's stiff and unyielding. Every stitch was becoming an ordeal. So I'm done.

I do like the finished product though and I'll be starting another one sometime soon.

I just found out that I've won both Westknits books in the Selfish Knit-a-long that the Westknits Ravelry group held during the month of February. I'm really tickled. I've had Book 2 on order since late January and it hasn't shipped yet. So I cancelled the order. I have Book 1 but only as an e-book. Now I'll have hard copies of both books.