We talked the other day about sock yarns for the book after next, but as usual, the book is more than just socks. Some of the non-sock yarns have also started to arrive, and they’re delightful.
Up at the top there, in all of its lovely pinkness, is Manos Fino in Rosewater. That’s going to become an absolutely delicious shawl. Moving clockwise around the circle, the next one is Anzula Oasis in Seaside. This is also destined for some sort of wrap (it’s a silk/camel blend, and I anticipate greatness). Then we’ve got Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted in Silver. I’m anticipating a hat, but I’m not 100% decided. And finally, the lovely Phydeaux Creme in Seaglass. This has actually already leapt onto the needles and is absolutely a hat.
There are more to come (four you’ve not seen, two of which are coming in the mail any minute now). But this should give you a sense of what I’m up to these days. I am starting to get the sock itch though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a pair of socks started making appearances some time soon.
I have a process. I have a very specific process. First I get yarn, then I swatch, then I write up a shockingly structured page of notes, then I type up the pattern. The swatch and the page of notes and the label are all stapled together (with my nifty staple-free stapler…no actual staples needed, it makes a hole to tie the swatch through, so clever it hurts). The result looks something like this.
That is the process. There is no changing the process. There is no questioning the process. It works beautifully. I have everything I could need in one lovely pile. It’s easy to keep track of and easy to refer to. It’s a good system.
Unless, that is, you have a kitten. A kitten with very bad habits when it comes to yarn (later events made it quite clear that the yarn fiend in question is Barry, but the details of those events will be left to the reader’s imagination). If you have such a kitten, you may face a nibbling issue.
In which case the tail you intentionally left nice and long to tie to your page of notes may get chomped right off. Now this is clearly not an insurmountable obstacle, and I can think of several solutions. But it is an excellent reason to glower at Barry and question his decision making skills. And possibly a reminder to put my notes away on a higher shelf.
I’m in the middle of the best part of book making. The part where I’ve chatted with some of my very favorite people in the yarn industry, they’ve graciously agreed to let me experiment with their beautiful yarns, they’ve mailed them to me, and I get to play with them. This tray of yarn is sitting on my desk right now.
These will be the socks for the book after next, and I love each and every one of them. Starting at the top left, there’s Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Buckingham Fountain, and right under it is Mrs. Crosby Train Case in Boston Fern. At the top right is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Mermaid Tears (the winner of today’s round of best yarn name of the day). On the bottom, working left to right, there’s Bare Naked Wools Ghillie Sport DK in Cream, The Uncommon Thread Lush Twist in Tea Smoked, Quince & Co Finch in Iceland, and Shibui Staccato in Caffeine.
You can see I’ve already broken in to many of them to get started swatching (um, I may possibly have three of the sock patterns for these written already), and I’m having a delightful time. This book is going to be ridiculously fun.
Further proof that I am knitting (lest you be concerned).
Alas, the things I am knitting are all fodder for the book after next. (On a side note, penultimate means the one before the last. Is there a word for the one after the next? I feel there should be, but I’m at a loss as to what it might be. If anyone knows I’ll be very grateful.) So that means I can show you crumpled bits like this, and I can talk about the yarn (Frog Tree Yarns Pediboo Sport Tonal, and yummy stuff it is too), but I won’t be showing you finished things.
Terribly unreasonable of me. Clearly I need to get some non-book stuff on the needles to remedy this.
I’ve spoken before about how, when I first started knitting, I thought “suitable needles” meant needles that look pretty with the yarn, rather than needles that give appropriate gauge. It made for some rather memorable early projects. But every now and then, just by chance, the needles that look lovely with the yarn will happen to give perfect gauge.
That, plus a healthy stretch of stockinette, makes for the most meditative knitting imaginable. The yarn is Creme in Seaglass by Phydeaux Designs. It’s delicious. And so is this project, though you can’t see any more of it for a long time to come (first on the needles for the book after next…and holy smokes is it nifty).