Good news, the slipper is coming along swimmingly! I love the yarn, love the stitch, love the feel of the whole thing.
So while I did not quite manage to make it to Rhinebeck, I somehow did manage to meet a few furry beasties. Funny how that happens!
We swung by the Good Karma Farm, and they just happened to have a few lovely critters to visit with. They also had what promises to be a much faster way to make socks (they do classes if you want to see for yourself, someday I’m going to have to give it a try).
So confession time, there’s something about knitted leaves. I’m not honestly sure what, and I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t be this satisfying. But who am I to argue. I like them, and I suspect you do too. Especially the adorable ones in Petiole!
So the hat’s great fun. It’s tidy and orderly and totally worth working all that ribbing for the brim (you’ve know me long enough to know I go a bit cross eyed when asked to do more than three rows of ribbing). And of course the crown is downright lovely (because no one has time for boring crowns).
That little leaf at the top nestles in right at the space between your thumb and forefinger. And no, it probably isn’t doing much to keep you warm. But oh my goodness it’s doing its part to keep you happy. And really, sometimes that’s what we want from a little bit of yarn, isn’t it?
I actually think this whole set is doing more than its fair share to increase happiness through yarn. I suspect it’s the leaves (maybe it’s because they’re so logical to knit, just nice orderly increases and decreases structured in a way that makes your knitting easy to read?), but I’m not going to argue with it!
Though really, at least some of it could be the yarn! I used Tosh Vintage, which is always fun to work with (their colors are just so pretty every time). Mine is in Amber Trinket (though my skein seems to be much pinker than what they show on their website…almost closer to their Begonia Leaf or Sugar Plum colors). And I’ve got a skein of the same base in a lovely deep blue to send home with one of you. If you think it should be yours, just leave a comment telling me what’s the most cheerful bit of knitting you’ve ever done (finger puppets? baby hats? tea cozy? There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to hear what you guys are up to!)
And while I can’t quite manage to send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount. You can use the code CHEERY to get a dollar off the price between now and Friday. Just put Petiole in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code CHEERY. You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.
Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 21, 2016 will be entered to win. I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way. Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner). If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.
So the slipper was progressing nicely. It looked lovely, and I’m totally taken with the cable.
Alas the yarn, while beautiful, really isn’t quite thick enough for what I want these to feel like (not the yarn’s fault, it’s beautiful, it’s just not meant to be the bottom of a slipper). So more yarn was obtained, and the next version of the slipper is underway.
Not sure you could ask for a closer match on color, and it looks like it will be a tiny bit sturdier and thicker. The yarn is new to me, but it certainly sounds interesting (and it has the most beautiful halo). Anyone else worked with it?
I got up early one morning to sneak down to the water and take some pictures of knitting as the sun came up. The lobster boats kept me company.