This final week is bittersweet; I’m excited for my next adventure (whatever it may be), but I’m feeling sad to be saying goodbye to all of you. The thought of leaving behind a routine that I have followed five days a week for the past five years is really daunting. Fortunately, there is ice cream in my freezer. Lots of ice cream.
Also fortunately, I have a knitting project nearly done, so I’m all lined up for a great dopamine boost when I finally (finally!) bind off and get all those tiny buttons sewn on. You probably assumed I had finished it ages ago, but Maine’s Slowest Knitter is still plugging away on the Goldfish sweater. Only half a sleeve and the button bands (gulp) left to go…
I definitely recommend this pattern by Tin Can Knits, although I will be changing the number of buttons — the size I’m making calls for twenty small buttons. Yes, twenty. Ain’t nobody got time for that, especially not on a squirmy baby. Besides, there were only eight of the cute fish buttons I wanted. (And do we ever knit a project exactly as the pattern says?)
So here’s to wrapping things up — winter, a job, a baby sweater… Whatever you’re wrapping up right now, I hope that the transition is smooth, the next adventure is rewarding, and that your buttonholes are always the right size for your buttons.
Happy Tuesday, wonderful readers! I’m in a good mood today — we have exciting new things coming your way, I’m almost done with my Goldfish sweater, and I’ve just been looking at the beautiful new yarns and patterns some of our suppliers are releasing for spring. Also, last night, it was still light out at 5:15 pm! Woot!
Bubble cables on my Goldfish sweater!
Last week I wrote a cryptic Facebook post about news from Quince & Co. that I couldn’t share yet. You see, they sometimes send me top-secret emails with drool-worthy photos of soon-to-be-released yarns/patterns/kits/plans for world domination. Quince has finally done their own post about this news, so now I’m allowed to share: behold, the Linen Noir collection! They’re doing a series of breathtaking patterns in black linen, both Sparrow (fingering) and Kestrel (worsted). These patterns are described as “summer-night-worthy knits”, and I can safely say that you will not be disappointed. Here’s the first pattern, Deschain, by Leila Raabe:
We currently carry Sparrow, but not Kestrel. However, this collection has captured my heart, so I wanted to make you an offer: if you want to make something from the Linen Noir collection, I will order you any color of Sparrow OR Kestrel between now and April 1st. (No joke!)
The other company that really has me excited is Universal Yarn. You may have seen our newest cowl sample on the needles, the Hanasaku Cowl by Tori Gurbisz, using Bamboo Bloom Handpaints and Plymouth Yarn Gina — it’s going to be beautiful! And Universal Yarn has made it so that if you buy the yarn from us, we can give you the pattern for free. Come by and check out your (many, many) color options!
I’ve been knitting cozy, bulky things all winter, but now I’m ready for spring. Bring on the cute accessories, bright colors, and cool fibers of spring — and summer! Sooner or later (hopefully sooner), the Deschain top will be mine!
(As a reward for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this post: We’re having a huge Spring Cleaning Sale starting this Friday. I’m putting Cascade 220 on sale. Now you know.)
Yesterday I started making a list of items to pack when I travel for the holidays, and it reminded me of those memory games we used to play. You know, the ones that go, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing….” followed by items which progress through the alphabet. It also reminded me of a song from French class (originally intended to help teach possessive adjectives) that goes, “Moi, je fais ma valise rose/Dedans je mets beaucoup de choses…” which roughly translates to, “I pack my pink suitcase/In it I put lots of things…” and then lists a number of items which mostly should never actually go in a suitcase.
My mental list of items for my (sadly, not pink) suitcase starts off like this:
An Azel pullover for the store (and the size 13 needles to go with it — there’s nothing worse than being ready to cast on, and finding that you don’t have the needles). It’s going to be a beautiful rich brown shade of Plymouth Encore Mega. Once I stuff all that super bulky yarn into my suitcase, there may not be much room left for the rest of these items, but we’ll see.
A baby sweater with little fishies on it. Yes, the Goldfish sweater continues! Brooks even did a few rows of it over the weekend, and it’s looking snazzy, if I do say so myself. We’re just about ready to separate for the sleeves, which means I should also pack some stitch holders. Maybe I can return with a finished sweater! (Don’t get your hopes up.)
Chocolate. So much chocolate. Most of my Christmas gifts for people this year are chocolate, some homemade, and some Bixby bars. The question is, will I be forced to eat some (or all) of it in order to prevent it from melting as I travel? I do not want melted chocolate on my knitting.
My suitcase will also contain a sweater that needs mending, a sourdough starter nicknamed “Starty”, and a copy of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Perhaps also half a cowl, if I can’t finish knitting it this week. And that’s not to mention the obvious — clothes, toiletries, warm winter gear… I think I’m gonna need a bigger suitcase!
On a more serious note, I want to thank you all for supporting Over The Rainbow Yarn this year! We so appreciate our lovely fiber community, and we couldn’t do it without you. Wishing you happy holidays, and safe travels! (May none of your needles fall down between the airplane seats.)