Friday, March 03, 2006
Project Spectrum has started in earnest at Casa de Craftylilly. I'm working on my Angelica Tunic with this fantastic cotton/rayon handpaint from Over the Rainbow yarns on ebay. The yarn is just gorgeous. I usually find working with cotton to be a bit more uncomfortable than working with wool, but this stuff is quite nice. I took the photo of my progress yesterday, which was overcast and ugly, so you don't really get a good look at the beauty of this yarn. The colors go from red, to magenta, to a coppery green. The colorway is called Autumn, which it really does resemble. The rayon adds a nice sheen to the fabric as well. Angelica will be the perfect spring sweater. I've been noticing that we like the colors red and pink quite a lot at my house. Take the kidlets clothing for example. Lots of red and pink action here. Then of course there is my sock knitting bag. I bought this bag at Piddleloop, a fantastic little company that makes the cutest knitting bags and pouches. The overall color of the bag is purple, but there's a lot of pink in there too. Now my sockpal's yarn, the Cascade Fixation, is decidedly not pink or red. It is a rather subversive black and white. The yarn totally fits my sockpal though. I'm really enjoying reading her blog. She's a fun knitter, who definitely knits to the beat of her own drummer. I like a girl who know her mind! I wish I could share her blog with you. You'll just have to wait a couple of months! I'm using a free pattern using Cascade Fixation called the Spring Garden socks. I think the lace pattern will look interesting with this yarn. *EDITED TO ADD* I just spent the last hour trying to work with this pattern and yarn. Ummm, I think I'll be choosing a less complex pattern for this yarn. Fixation is going to take some getting used to, and all the YOs and twisting is too much. Wish me luck. As a final note, I usually don't advertise about my bead stitchmarker and jewelry shop over at etsy.com, but I've been getting some emails from people so I thought I'd just mention that I also do special order stitch markers. If you let me know what colors or themes you'd like for your markers, how many you want (I usually do sets of 5 or 10), and what size needle you'd like them to fit, I can work something out with you. I haven't updated my store in a while, but am working on it. I hope to have some new sets up by the end of the month, but feel free to contact me if you have something special in mind.