February 28, 2007
First, some quick video schnippets for ya.
Etsy. I always wondered where our favorite handcrafty online marketplace got its name. Etsy.com. I always thought it was sort of like itsy, as in “itsy bitsy.” Which doesn’t mean much, but it is cute. Turns out that Et sy is Latin for “and if.” I learned that and a lot more from this TV profile, which captures all the promise and anticipation which comes with “and if.” Such energy! And I loved seeing our pal Robin’s daughter Julie, making her beautiful handmade books in the studio of Etsy–her books and cards and (dreamy) scarves are here. Remember: if you support an artist, you get two extra free days in Heaven. That’s just a fact.
And here’s a News Channel 5 report about a prayer shawl group in Nashville. This schnippet features Lindsey Hill, one of the cool midwives who knits at the library each month. Warning: heartstring-tugging ahead.
My Knitting, O My Knitting
On Saturday, my Blue Sky Alpaca & Silk yarn arrived from kpixie.com. I had expressed concern to Pixie Jessica that the shade I chose wouldn’t be murky enough for my taste, and she wrote back, “If you like murky, verte is for you.”
Verte. Which means “green.” But when I opened my little box, I was delighted to find that the Blue Sky people are nothing if not subtle thinkers when it comes to color, because this yarn is blacker than the cover of Smell the Glove. None more black.
Anyway. The yarn. I know you’re probably sitting there thinking, Girl. Why would you go for such a grim shade when the Alpaca Silk shade card has the most luscious colors of any shade card in the history of yarn?
Well, it’s because I’ve been doing some soul-searching. I wear my semi-felted-by-accident, non-handknit gray cardigan every day. It’s because I like it. I just do. I really, truly like dark sweaters, but I’ve always avoided making them because it seemed like it wouldn’t be any fun to knit a gray, black, or so-dark-it’s-not-really-green yarn.
But this Verte. It seemed like the right time, the right yarn. I started work on the silk shrug, and I gotta say: I love knitting a long swath of stockinette using size 3 needles and gloomy yarn. I’m freeeeeeee!
I finally got this yarn to show its sheeny green soul when I placed it on my black coat and used a flash:
Which goes to show you, after all, that there’s a little green in all of us if we look hard enough.