Tuesday, September 15, 2009

In which the Rabbit starts another lacy thing

The Rabbit seems to have come down with a bit of startitis, (see, e.g., here) but she consoles herself with the fact that she will have twenty hours in the car during the next five days in which to finish things. Here's the new thing on the needles:

It's another scarf, made with the Handmaiden Double Sea Silk that the rabbit (ahem) "acquired" on Saturday. The pattern is Christine Vogel's Drop Stitch Scarf from her blog, Frazzled Knits. The wavy pattern seemed appropriate for seaweed-infused yarn.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In which the Rabbit knits lace

It's hard with paws. There has been much ripping back and re-knitting.

In which the Rabbit goes to Kitchener, and participates in a yarn orgy

It's call the Kitchener Knitter's Fair, and it's two large room jammed with yarn. And some roving. And lots and lots of knitters. The Rabbit was driven into a frenzy by wool fumes. Here is some of what she scored (notice that she doesn't say "bought." That would bring the reality of the thing too close.)

First, some sock yarn. Three skeins, to be precise:

The Rabbit notes that in a way, these are three different versions of the same skein of sock yarn: lots of reds, with bits of blue, green and purple. She was in a red mood.

Another theme that emerged: fuzzy neutrals, one in Shetland wool (she met the shepherd), one in suri alpaca, and one in angora (angora!):

Another theme: yarn to make drapey shawls with. The first of these is a hand-dyed blend of merino and tencel, and is wonderfully shiny; the second is a mix of silk and something called SeaCell, which is a man made fiber made with seaweed (the manufacturing process is similar to that for rayon and tencel):

Finally: small amounts of Very Decadent Fibers, to make small decadent things with. Some paco-vicuna, and some qiviut:

In which the Rabbit prepares for winter

The Rabbit has decided that one way to make winter more tolerable might be to assemble a wardrobe of yummy handknit hats and scarves. To that end, she has just finished another winter scarf, this one knit out of chunky baby alpaca yarn:

The pattern is from Leigh Radford's One Skein. That woman is a genius. (Apparently, One More Skein, the sequel, is now out. Note to self: must get.)

She has commenced work on a cabled hat to (more or less) match. Early days yet.