I need a ruling. When does it go from ‘disgustingly premature’ to ‘perfectly reasonable’ to start blabbing excitedly about the next book. It’s going to the printer in a little more than a week. It will be out around Thanksgiving. I’ve been totally focused on it for the last two weeks (making me a very tedious dinner companion I’m sure), and all I want to do is show you the projects. But I’ve also been led to believe that one must maintain a certain level of mystery lest people be bored by the time it comes out. Hence the need for a ruling. But, while you ponder that, I’m going to to ahead and throw in a little blatant yarn flashing.
These are the yarns for said book, and I’m taken with all of them. There are great piles of marvelous new-to-me yarns (Fibre Company, Swans Island, Claudia Hand Painted Yarn, Elemental Affects, Baah, Anzula, Cephalopod, Spud and Chloë, Blue Sky Alpacas), and lots of old favorites, too (Briar Rose, Plucky Knitter, Shibui, String Theory, Space Cadet). I’ll be telling you about all of them in the coming weeks, but for now, a little yarn rainbow seemed like a lovely way to start the weekend.
The knit along for the projects based on the Fucus asparagoides print is starting over on ravelry. That’s this super curly shawl, and these lovely socks.
I am a huge believer in low-stress knit alongs, so this one is pretty laid back. Come, knit with us, chat, post pictures…I promise we’re friendly! Everyone is welcome, you can use whatever yarn you’d like. At the end of the knit along, I’ll find someone who has posted a picture of a finished project in the thread and send them happy mail. That’s pretty much all there is to it. If these are going to find their way onto your needles, I’d love to see you join us!
Oh, and for those who have been asking, these two projects are now available as individual patterns for those who prefer not to have the whole book. Just click through to the KAL thread for all the links!
I know this looks like a jumbled mess right now (I assure you, I am very very aware of that), but I have absolute faith that it will be exactly what I pictured when I’m done. I’m going for this whole elongated tetrahedron thing. It will be an extremely snuggly pillow (that I can already tell just from petting it), and I will be delighted with it. But right now it looks like a willful pile of mistakes and regrets.
I did get more pencil roving (thanks for the suggestions last time, I have a feeling I’m go want to experiment more with this stuff in the future). I ordered this from etsy. It went in the mail about 10 minutes after I ordered it and came a day or two later. It’s super soft (markedly softer than the stuff I already had) and looks absolutely delightful. It will be a perfect fit for what I have in mind. I totally recommend it if anyone else is looking for some.
- August 25, 2014
- tags: pencil roving
I’m as surprised as you are. I know what I normally knit socks and accessories, with fairly small fairly soft yarn, using intricate stitch patterns. So imagine my surprise when I found myself clicking away on the plainest pillow in the world, made out of pencil roving (which is neither soft nor small). I’ll be doing something interesting with the shape, but pencil roving does not lend itself to fancy stitch patterns, so lots and lots of stockinette it is.
Speaking of pencil roving, I’m totally going to run out. Or rather, I’m going to want to make several of these things and I don’t have enough yardage to make as many as I want. Anybody have a good source for more? I’ve found some on etsy I think will do. But an awful lot of the ones on there are skinny, and this is quite thick. If anybody has a good source, I’d love to know (especially for undyed stuff in a range of nice sheep-y colors). Handy pic with ruler for showing how big the strands are…