Let's start this Thursday morning with some lovely yarns form LYDIA.
The owner, Angela, and I are collaborating on a couple of projects.
Here are some of my LYDIA yarns that are either going into the projects or are serving as inspiration (or giveaways on Ravelry in my group, so have a look.) Lucky me, right?
A Knitalong (KAL) for Loop will be starting at Love 2 Knit in East Greenwich, RI this Thursday, November 6 from 10-12. Get your yarn and come join us if you're in the area. I know a lot of readers live in various places around the globe but you can still join in online in the Casapinka group. You can get your patterh here. And the yarn is from Julie Spins, a dyer by night and scientist by day. I know she has lots of fans - go check her out.
"What is this?" you ask. It's Junior's requested new hair color, of course. It's actually what I bought at stitches in the form of roving to transform a lovely Julia Hilbrandt bag. Sorry, you'll have to wait to see it because the pictures aren't great.
I've finally started a Ravelry group! I've wanted to for ages but after several negative knitting experiences over the past year I just shied away from it. I'm trying to chalk them up to experience, as they say, but jeez they really made me realize how awful seemingly "good" people can be. Luckily, I have solid friends who are supportive. Anyway, last night when I woke at 2am and couldn't fall back asleep, I created a couple of banners, one for my group and one for an advertisement for Loop that I've studiosly been "not doing."
I finally decided to create the Ravelry group because I was so surprised and gratified at Stitches and Rhinebeck when I discovered that I have fans! I couldn't believe that people were showing me their projects (that I designed!) I had my picture taken, complete with 2 big zits which I had inadequeately disguised and met all sorts of people who recognized Loop and Dot which I wore, and they talked to me about my designs. What a buzz! So, please come join the Casapinka group. No trolls, no jerky buttheads, just color, fun projects, yarn discussions, KAL's and giveaways.
These are two of my favorite photos from Rhinebeck. The Miss Babs booth was so crowded and the line so long, I grabbed several skeins and decided to "shop" while in line. On top is Deep Sea Jellyfish and the very bottom is Perfectly Wreckless, which was used in the original Loop shawl, but I just couldn't pass it up, so great is the love.
And this handsome chap was in the back building awaiting his haircut. I would imagine he's looking forward to being able to acutally see again!
The sweater, below, started out a bit differently than it ended up. I don't even remember what sort of pattern I was originally knitting but I clearly changed it. I never actually wrote up the pattern, much as I like the cardigan. It's in an unusual color (Gilded, on Tosh Pashmina) but it's so pretty to have around. It serves as a neutral, meaning it goes with everything that I own. No surprise that I also call pink a neutral!
I'm off to Rhinebeck today with my good friend, Meg, where a weekend of yarn, sheep auctions and fellow fiberophiles (apologies, William Safir) awaits us. I think I'll pick up some more yarn to make this sweater again with the idea of actually publishing the design rather than making notes on Bubble Yum wrappers and stuffing them in my bedside table. So often my swatches end up being full garments and I need to do Round 2 to work out all the kinks.
Today is the perfect knitting day. It's raining and the fall colors are out and I'm working on my steeked coat design in Verdant Gryphon Purple Hibiscus on Traveller. I haven't been going to the studio to work since Junior is precarious on his crutches and I feel I should stay close to home. In reality, per reports from his school, he's doing the equivalent of donuts at the landfill while driving a Chevette. I keep expecting a call from school involving the word "faceplant."
Although our yard needs some TLC (Husband insists on doing everything himself which means it gets done, uh, on occasion) it looks so pretty with the bright red, undoubtedly poisonous, things growing on the wall. Perfect backdrop to working on an endless stockinette project. I just love endless stockinette, particularly on gorgeous yarn. If you've done one of my designs you know this! It simply means Junior can faceplant without me dropping any stitches or, worse yet, having to tink back 8 rows of lace while being called "Potty Mouth" by the same kids who got me into the forgotten yo lace predicament.
Angela, the owner of Indie yarn company LYDIA (an acronym for Luxury Yarns Dyed in America) gifted me some beautiful yarn at Stitches East last weekend. I really enjoyed meeting her, as well as Lynn, her associate, who happened to be knitting my Dot Shaw! I am in love with this color way called "Confetti." I'm making a Loop Hat here just to see what it looks like. I also made a Dot hat but it looked like I was preparing for electroconvulsive therapy which isn't generally the look I go for while waltzing through Target with Junior dragging his massive cast behind him.
You thought I was kidding.