This is a hectic week, so please forgive this short post. I’ve been busy preparing for our Black Friday/Local Saturday Sale (25-75% off selected yarns on 11/25 and 11/26!) and I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is the day after tomorrow! My family does a delicious but low-key Turkey Day, so I’m anticipating having some good knitting time on Thursday.
Normally it’s WIP (Work-In-Progress) Wednesday, but I never get to blog on Wednesdays, so I’m declaring today WIP Tuesday. I’m really excited to share my latest project with you for two reasons: one, I’m designing it myself, and two, IT’S SO SOFT!!
I’m using one skein of Berroco Folio Luxe:
And one skein of Caribou by HiKoo:
It’s going to be a simple cowl (simple enough to knit while playing trivia and talking with friends), and it’s going to be soft, and cozy. Like, fleece-blanket-and-pajamas-on-the-sofa-while-watching-Miss-Fisher’s-Murder-Mysteries-and-drinking-hot-chocolate cozy. But at the same time, it’s going to look ultra chic because of the sheen and subtle sparkle in the Folio Luxe, so you can wear it out to your holiday parties and have everyone ask, “Where did you get that?”.
So far it looks like this:
But soon it will be the ultimate in glamor and comfort! Stay tuned for the finished item and pattern to come.
Sometimes there’s a project that just lingers on and on, despite your best intentions to finish it in a timely fashion. Life happens, other projects call to you, and before you know it, you look down and realize you’ve been working on the same project since before the start of this interminable election cycle for a really long time. I’ll admit that I’m not a “get ‘er done” kind of knitter. In fact, one of my favorite quotes (by the brilliant Douglas Adams) is “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Back in April, I blogged about my mother’s cowl-to-be, made out of glorious silk, and I think it’s time for an update:
Do you know what that is? That’s a darning needle with my final sheet of mawata threaded on it. That’s the finish line coming into view at long last! Yes indeed, I’m binding off, using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind-off for stretchiness. Ta-da!
This may not seem that exciting, but you must remember that I’ve been knitting on this project for years. I had almost started to wonder whether it would ever be finished.
Now, the end is in sight. Mim will get her Chiao Goo needle back (thanks, Mim!), my mom will finally get her Christmas gift, and I will get to choose a new travel project to stuff into my purse! Finishing something like this is bittersweet, a little like finishing a good book. You’re pleased to reach the end, but you’ve been immersed in it for so long, you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself once you’re done. Fortunately, in this case, Ravelry is here to help!
But seriously, this yarn is divine. I fell in love at first touch, and I encourage all of you to come in and feel it for yourselves. Each skein is 98 glorious yards of 98% extrafine merino/2% nylon. Noble is the ultimate in cozy, the companion you want to have with you through brisk fall days and icy winter nights. (Noble never has freezing-cold feet in bed, you guys.) With a gauge of 2 stitches per inch on a #17 needle, this is instant-gratification, quick-knit yarn at its best. It’s light, lofty, and just plain lovely.
It’s no secret that Over The Rainbow Yarn loves Berroco. There’s good reason for that: they consistently create quality products, and they have excellent pattern support. They’ve brought out a pattern booklet to go with Noble, and because they love us back, they have also made each of the patterns available online through your local yarn shop (Hey, that’s us!). They even sent us a sample garment, which I kidnapped borrowed yesterday in order to survive the frigid air conditioning.
I think the first item I want to make for myself is Coffeehouse. Yummmm….