Friday, February 29, 2008
So The Woolly Hugger was born. It is a simple, slightly fitted cropped cardigan to wear this spring when you don't need a full sweater. I made it out of "The Shearer's Yarn" that I had picked up in Vermont. It only took two large skeins. I was quite pleased.
The pattern will be coming out shortly!
In the meantime, Happy Knitting!
Spring had definitely arrived at Whole Foods. The place was packed and buzzing with activity as well as stunning tulips.
This is only an 1/8th of the cheese display at Zimmerman's. Zimmerman's was so packed you could barely move or see the shelves. Christine said it is like that all the time. The food is just that good.
The veg display was a work of art. We bought some triple cream French cheese & some golden raspberry preserves that was suggested by the cheese man at Whole Foods. It made a lovely appetizer.
Lunch at Zola's Cafe -- a fabulous place, again, absolutely buzzing with activity. However, they really know how to handle crowds. We were seated quickly and our food came out shortly after we ordered. They are known for their wonderful crepes. Emily and Christine sampled the Spinach Cheese Crepe and the Strawberry Vanilla Crepe. They really enjoyed them. Also, Zola's has a wonderful selection of coffee and tea. Another MUST STOP.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I fell prey to creating a sweater (granted with my own design) according to how everyone else is using the yarn. I didn't listen to the yarn itself to see what it wanted to do. Yes, yarn talks. Always listen to your yarn -- it saves you from many headaches.
I have been surprised by the lightness of Kauni yarn as well as it's fullness. What do I mean? Well, it blocks really well, yet isn't too heavy for lacy or too light for anything with a little structure to it.
Thus I have turned my Kauni into a lacey cardigan. I am quite pleased with it now. I love how the yarn blossoms and blocks when you steam it. Although I haven't fully drenched it yet. I have heard reports of it smelling quite "sheepy."
Saturday, February 2, 2008
For some reason I seem to have the "cold curse." I am always frozen and chilled to the bone despite the vast numbers of layers I wear.
However, I wore this sweater on Thursday when the temperatures here in Indiana had really dropped and I was surprised by how warm I stayed. It is even warmer than my other color stranded sweaters.
I suppose handspun is warmer than comercial yarn? I don't know. But I am finding myself actually drooling for some more Shetland roving. I have tried to get in touch with one farm here in Indiana that raises Shetland sheep but so far they haven't returned any of my inquires. So the hunt continues...