You'd think hooking up a USB cable and pressing the mouse a few times was an impossible task the way I avoid it. But avoid it I do, so photos come sporadically, and blog posts only slightly less so. In the interim, I enjoy the opportunity to distract my friends with "surprising" prouncements like memes that indicate that I am "a complete lunatic." The "need food" theory as the determining factor predicting the assignment of Animal as muppet personality seems to hold firm (see the comments on the last post to find out who your lunatic friends are), though I'm intrigued by the fact that we're all the types who decide to reverse engineer a quiz that gives us an answer we don't
First of all, my better pal. I'm one lucky gal. Emma was my better pal, and that girl has impeccable taste and wide-ranging interests perfectly aligned with my own.
The final package arrived, along with her
admission of guilt identity disclosure. Thank you, Emma. Thank you thank you thank you!
Now, on the right there is an exotic fiber variety pack from Scottish Fibres, which includes something called Coypu fiber. I had, of course, to go looking it up, since I'd never heard of a Coypu. Turns out it's an invasive species in the UK, sort of along the lines of possum fiber in New Zealand. So I'm googling this information, and I make the mistake of sharing it with Rhys. She waits a beat and says "Cate, FIBER is an invasive species," and then gestures to the overflowing project basket next to my chair.
What's your point?
Anyway, thank you Emma. Not pictured are two delicious chocolate bars. Sorry, I was too busy eating them while I took the picture. The dyeing book is especially inspirational as the weather warms; I've ordered some madder and some alum so I can get going on this, and the book is greatly appreciated. The sock yarn gave me an almost-irresistible case of startitis, and the Kaalund mohair made me sigh. Most wonderfully, that cake of beautiful red yarn in the middle was dyed by Emma herself with cochineal. How enormously cool, not to mention inspiring.
Thank you Emma, for being such a great better pal. I loved my SP experiences, and I've loved my BP experience too. My spoilee, by the by, was Jan of Be*mused, an incredible quilter and artist whose blog is always a feast for the eyes. Jan, it was great to get to know you!
I appear to be participating in Project Spectrum in spite of myself. I had no intention of signing up for this thing, and then I looked at my knitting. Don't get me wrong, it's a great idea, but I tend to resist anything that prevents me from doing Exactly As I Please when it comes to knitting (note the absence of any sort of olympic medal on this blog).
So, the first month of Project Spectrum is March, and the color for March is Red. Now, I confess to going on color jags with projects. You can see last year's color scheme here. So hey, I'm down with the cool kids because I'm knitting red, just like Project Spectrum said to do. Go figure.
Starting from the top and going clockwise, that's my second Klaralund, this one in Kureyon, that I've been knitting rather languorously for a year now--it has been my mindless knitting project and I'll miss it. It's off the needles now and is ready for seaming, which, if past experience is any guide, could take a while.
Next is Rogue, yes, I've finally given up on spinning for it (though I have more than 500m spun, I'm just not optimistic about matching the grist after all this time). I got some nice Jaeger Shetland Aran on ebay, and here we go. I'm using Claudia's mods for a cardigan, though I've already messed up the pocket (made a shorter hem but didn't start the pocket early). Any reason I'll regret just picking up those stitches and knitting the pocket second instead of first? I realize that almost every knitter on the Internet has already made this sweater, so I figure maybe someone has advice.
On the bottom and the left there is the Fleece Artist/Handmaiden goodies. There were sales, things were bought, I have no comment for the press, except to say, "lookie!" Pretty, huh? The bottom one is 2-ply cashmere (I know) and will be a nice feather and fan scarf for work, and the one on the left is one of two giant skeins of mohair at 820ypp that I think is going to be Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style. How could I not knit it with a name like that? I love the colors of that yarn with all my heart, but was having a little trouble figuring out what to do with it. Eleanor is a perfect match.
Speaking of Eleanor, this has resurfaced.
Even though I have 50 projects going, it's really not any worse than usual (sorry if you didn't know, I haven't been intentionally hiding these things from you). I cast this on about this time last year, and sort of put it aside for, I kid you not, being too lazy to put the arms on stitch holders. Since Marcia (dude, go over and give her some love for passing that test) and I are starting a "Knit While It Still Fits" KAL for those of us who are gaining weight at an alarming rate, it reminded me that my daughter is, in fact, supposed to be growing quickly, and therefore I should try to finish her projects within the decade. I did everything past the armholes last night while watching Hitch (good movie, I know I'm the last person on the planet to see it), and it's nice to see it in a picture because it actually looks like I accomplished something.
Finally, in my red-orange (not purple) haze, this here bunnycrack is waiting in the wings
Until I finish this.
Two ounces of cashmere goes a long way. I have about 1.5 times more than this on the other bobbin. And I'm still loving it.
So Project Spectrum it is. Stay tuned for the flashing of my sock yarn stash. Don't get too excited, while not inconsiderable in size, it's not like I'm flashing my spinning fiber stash; I choose these things carefully, you know. And a happy anniversary celebration tomorrow. Fourteen years, baby. I suppose now that we're past lucky 13, anything's possible, huh?