Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A winter dispatch.

Happy New Year!

I was going to wait until I got back to Austin to post about my newest yarn purchase, because I forgot to bring my camera cord to Chicago for the holiday break. But I just couldn't wait, and opted to do violence to the beauty of this Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester DK by snapping a picture with my cell phone:

Ohhhh. The loveliest shades of pinks touched with a hint of brown. The colorway is "burgundy," but really, if you wanted to be poetic about it, it should have something about chocolates and cherries in the name. Yum!

After a nice lunch of Indian food catching up with old friends from grad school (hi, Vim!) Ashley and I escaped from MLA madness on Saturday and had ourselves a little yarn excursion to Loopy, on south State Street. I was going to take some sock yarn, but Ashley pressed this hank of BFL into my hands and declared that it was the best thing she'd ever knit with, or some such thing. Well, how do you walk away from yarn with that kind of endorsement? It was the perfect way to spend some holiday money and treat myself for post-MLA exhaustion.

So now the question is, what to knit? Ashley suggested a hat and some mittens. There is definitely serious yardage (metrage?): 450 meters. Other possibilities I found by combing through Ravelry:

Clapotis (I haven't knit one yet. No, really.)
Cowl (perhaps ala Joelle Hoverson's in Last Minute Knitted Gifts?)
Counterpane accessories pouch (from Handknit Holidays)
Entrelac scarf

Any other suggestions? What to do with this pretty, pretty yarn?

In other news, I saw this at my local Target:

Thirty dollars for a set of six sock-type sleeves for the Ipod. Really????


At 2:28 PM, Blogger Karen said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Beautiful yarn - wish I had a good recommendation of what to knit with it, that's always the hardest part, isn't it?

I've seen those sock sleeves in Target too. It always makes me laugh. Would people really pay $30 for them??

At 8:45 PM, Blogger la rebelde said...

cherries and chocolate? it's like cherry garcia! yum!

yea-those ipod sleeves are ridiculous. but so cute! although, i've never seen anyone actually using those...

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Macoco said...

Hmm that yarn would make an awfully pretty cowl. I'm knitting a clapotis right now and I have to say that I think it's a hideously boring knit. So not sure I'd recommend that - although the yarn would make a pretty scarf/shawl.

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Happy New Year! I vote for an entrelac scarf. I just completed my first entrelac project and am captured by the technique.

At 4:34 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Happy New Year, sweetie! That is gorgeous yarn, and I also like the cowl idea.

Yarn shopping with Ashley. How fun is that?

At 5:41 AM, Blogger meg_knits said...

I think a cowl would be great with that yarn - such a great color to have near your face.

Happy New Year!

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it just radiates with burgundy beauty! It would make a beautiful cowl. Happy (belated) New Year!

At 7:22 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

Why would anyone need SIX sleeves for their iPod? That's ridiculous.

Have you decided yet? Have you decided yet? I'm still pulling for entrelac.

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Ivy said...

I said the same thing when I saw those ipod sleeves for the first time...funny I actually knitted one for my ipod myself =0)

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Ustedes y Nosotros. said...

wtf! 30? haha


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