Well, grades are due tomorrow, so I'm having one more last push of big grading today! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. (But my eye is twitching uncotrollably this morning.....)
Lately, I have had some stressful sewing with deadlines and all. And I can't even show it to you yet. But soon! Sometimes when sewing feels stressful, I just want to do something else for a while.
I got out this beautiful yarn that I had purchased in Newaygo at The New Ewe (I blogged about this shop a while back), and I cast on a new knitting project. This is Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic yarn by Blue Heron Yarns in the color Carnelian.
I love how it's working up. I can only show this sneak peek, because it's a special present for someone. I absolutely LOVE this yarn! It is so soft, the color is so beautiful, and there is that little strand of gold thread running through it that just gives it an extra oomph. I love how the red undulates between red and purple. The only bad thing is my hands are so dry, every once in a while my fingers "catch" the yarn and snag it. I have to be really careful about that. The pattern is pretty easy. When I finish this, I'll show you the whole thing and write a pattern review. I find that after I make one of the rows with the big holes in it, I have to count my stitches. I find I easily forget one of the holes on the end, and it throws the whole pattern off! After a lot of "tinking" (unknitting), I learned to just stop and count my stitches after one of those rows. It has saved me a lot of grief!
I also got some of it in this color. The photo is sort of deceiving....it's greener than it looks in this photo, but isn't this pretty? The color is called "bronze," but it's a really "champaign" color if you ask me. Love it.
I also got this in the mail the other day. I ordered it from Bijou Basin Ranch. I encountered them first at Fiber Festival last year....they do a lot of yak yarn. This isn't yak, though....it's angora. They are starting a knit along (KAL) tomorrow. It's for the Fir Trees Cowl. I got the pattern free when I ordered the yarn. I thought it would be fun to participate in the KAL, because I've never done a KAL and it was a very small, doable project. Also, this is kind of a lacey pattern, and I haven't done much with lace knitting. I thought it would be fun to do it with other people. I resisted for a couple of weeks when I saw them posting on Facebook about it. But I finally caved. I am glad I did. When I opened this yarn, I couldn't believe how SOFT it is! And the pattern only takes one little skein. So, it should be fun. I'll keep you posted on that progress.
(By the way, if you have never checked out Bijou Basin Ranch, you should. Their yarns are just beautiful, and the folks there are so nice and friendly. I have really enjoyed every transaction I've had with them. They are so helpful!)
Hope you're all having a good day. It is finally supposed to start warming up this week, but we have rain in the forecast all week. I wonder if we'll ever get some good weather here! I guess we got spoiled back in March with those 80-degree days that one week....
Until next time,