Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Dreams of Future Knitting

I spent the afternoon in leisurely retiree fashion having lunch with a friend, not watching the time, and having a wonderful yak about grandchildren, past work adventures, and how glad we are that we were eliminated from the work force even if we're not sure we can afford to be unemployed.

While waiting for the dogs to get done at the groomer's, I had a chance to knit on John's Basketweave Ribbing Socks, The foot on the last sock is half done so they are on schedule to be in the mail by Friday. Then I'll be down to one project on the needles (the projects mentioned yesterday don't count) unless I start something else - which, of course, I'm going to do.

2 skeins of  Alpaca Cloud in Horizon and 4 skeins of Andean Silk in Lettuce The Knitpicks order arrived late this afternoon and I hurried to get a picture of the yarn while there was still some natural light. It was too late, so this picture was taken with the flash. The colors are not distorted on my monitor.

There are four skeins of Andean Silk in color Lettuce. Andean Silk is 55% alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino, 100% soft against my skin. I'm going to give it a test knit by knitting the Backyard Leaves scarf from Scarf Style to get an idea of how it works for raised stitch patterns.

Even though the temperature is in the teens this evening, it is spring. I saw the first robin today. Because I'm sure the weather is going to warm up before my new project is complete, it makes more sense to start Ene's Scarf, an airy lace shawl in Scarf Style I'm planning to knit with the two skeins of Alpaca Cloud in Horizon (the light blue yarn on the right).

But sense is going to take second fiddle to what I want to knit: the Backyard Leaves scarf is going to be first.

There were also two new knitting books in the Knitpicks box, Jean Frost Jackets and Best of Knitters Arans and Celtics. I'm looking forward to logging off and looking through them this evening.

If you read yesterday's post about my impatience with knitting cables, you're probably asking yourself why I would order a book of Arans and Celtics. I love looking at them and dreaming about knitting them. There's an almost 100% probability I'll be ordering yarn to knit something from that book. I'll pick something with a lot of stitch variety to keep my interest.

It's been five years since I last started a cabled sweater and couldn't bear to finish it. This time it will be different - because you'll all be watching.


Birdsong said...

I was equally pleased with Knitpicks! Envious of your retiree status - I am job hunting this spring, as one of my two schools is being closed, reducing me to part-time status way before my income will allow. You also get to take better pictures for your blog, being home in the day time. Happy Spring!

Anonymous said...

We seem to have the same taste! I also ordered the lovely Horizon Alpaca Cloud - it is so beautiful and soft. I'm knitting now with the Tide Pool. I also have The Best of Aran and Celtics and have knitted two sweaters from it - the Viking Turid and the Vest of Many Stitches. The vest didn't fit me - my gauge was off, but my best friend looks lovely in it! Dorothy

Marguerite said...

The Vest of Many Stitches caught my eye, too. It looks like such fun to knit. Definitely not boring.

Lisa said...

Oooooh, that lettuce knit picks looks so pretty. What a nice color for Spring...if it ever arrives.

Lisa said...

Oooooh, that lettuce knit picks looks so pretty. What a nice color for Spring...if it ever arrives.