As much as I appreciate Kif’s guest post the other day while I was… indisposed, it was very hard wrestling the laptop back from him.
Now that I have it back (I think I will pay for this ousting with a midnight hair-ball) I would like to share this with you:
That’s right, an entire completed Central Park Hoodie back! With short-row shoulder shaping, every cable turned the right way, the right size and everything. I win! (…but I really shouldn’t say that in print until I’ve finished it, lest I anger the knitting gods again.) I’m on to the left front now, just finished the ribbing for it.
In other news, I haven’t told you about my fun trip to Weaving Works. I went there with my mom while she was visiting. I hadn’t been there before, even though I’ve lived in the Seattle area for 6 years! I don’t have any pictures of the inside, sadly, but I can describe it for you!
When you come inside, there’s a massive wall and shelves full of yarn like Noro, Lana Grossa, and Sirdar. There’s a great selection. And then there’s the back third of the store. Fiber and thread, in bulk. Undyed cotton, nylon, wool, bamboo, rayon and more in all different weights and then there’s the dyed selection of those threads! And the fiber! Silk, wool of different breeds, yak, mohair, hemp, even milk and Firestar; it’s enough to drive a spinner mad. There’s pre-dyed wool for felting and spinning and tons of undyed/natural fiber for dying yourself. Silk in hankies and in cocoons if you want to do the reeling. And some blends of fibers that are just great. Sadly, not even the prices helped me decide- all the fiber is really well priced! After a lot of indecision and burying my hands in bins of fiber, I decided on a few things.
|About an ounce of 80% merino, 20% bamboo blend, undyed. This one’s just for experimenting. I love knitting with wool/bamboo blends so I’d like to see how it spins.|
|2.5 ounces of pure, undyed Blue-Faced Leicester top. It’s soooo soft. I thought I’d dye it myself, something fun. Of course now I can’t think of a good color combination; blue or purple or brown? And I can’t decide if I want there to be subtle gradations, stripes, or just a gentle switching of shades as I spin. Any ideas?|
|About 2 ounces of a pre-dyed 70% merino/30% silk blend. I can’t stop petting it, it’s so luscious! I even braided the hank so that it looks all pretty in the photo (notice I didn’t do that for the others!) They had a small sample spun up at the store and it was beautiful. This is what I’m going to spin as soon as I finish the CPH. And what am I going to spin it on, you ask?|
|My brand new, top-whorl spindle from Cascade Spindle Co. I love their spindles and they’re all inspired by mountains in the Cascades! This one is Mt. Baker, which is north of me, and we went skiing there a few years back.|
The spindles are in the last part of the shop, with the spinning wheels, extra bobbins, niddy-noddys, and knitting needles. Oh, and the books!! So many shelves of books about anything to do with fiber. This is my new favorite store. It’s a good thing it’s not too close, otherwise I’d be overrun with fiber in no time!