A Skein, Just One
August 25, 2006
Yesterday I launched the Hefty bag of yarn (the good, the bad and, yes, the ugly!) off to our Guess the Number of Hefty Bags contest winner Danielle. It turns out that she’s having a contest of her own, and she’s going to be giving away yarn from the Hefty bag, so Lord knows where all that stuff is eventually going to end up. Anybody who wants to get in on Danielle’s contest, go here.
As I’ve been adjusting to a life without as much stuff around, a life where I sit around wearing my wedding shoes and playing with the fake chicken, I’ve been eyeing my yarn anew. So many yarny souvenirs of our travels this spring! I haven’t really been able to contemplate it all properly, what with all the crap covering it up.
The variety and beauty of the new yarns coming out is really lovely. It’s impossible to keep up with it all–not like the olden days in 2003 when the Rowan shade cards were all a person needed.
It’s funny. I’m loving all the alpaca and natural fiber blends and the soy and bamboo, but get this: the skein that has held my attention the most–the one hank that really gives me a shiver–is this:
Blue Heron Yarns mercerized cotton, Bluegrass colorway. There are 1,050 yards in this skein. It’s string, basically–vaguely sheeny string dyed in the most subtle way imaginable. I just love it. Remember? This was a souvenir of Seaport Yarn in New York.
I love this yarn so much that I’ve already made two of Polly’s beautiful Kiri shawls with it. One in Copper and one in Leaf. Last night I decided I needed to stop carrying the skein around like a chihuahua and make something out of it.
So I wound and wound. Forty minutes later, voila:
A thousand yards of yarn in a four-inch ball. What to make with it?
It took about a second to figure that out. I am truly in awe of what Eunny does on her blog. She is brilliant, just brilliant. I often find myself shaking my head in wonderment, if not befuddlement. How does she do that?
Anyway, her Print o’ the Wave stole is so pretty, and so traditional in a modern way, that I’ve gotta give it a whirl.
The head-shaking comes when I look at her little sidebar called “Techniques.” Right there, free as the wind, is her dissertation on the elements of lace-making. I went to Part IV to see what her feelings were about provisional cast ons, and of course she has many feelings. She has contemplated provisional cast ons the way I contemplate what kind of Dairy Queen Blizzard I am going to order.
She taught me a new provisional cast on that really is, as she says, “ridiculously simple.” Ridiculous! I’m making fun of it even as I’m doing it! Silly cast on! How can you be so simple? You should have a crochet chain in there somewhere–but you don’t!
This is a swatch, but look at those little loops at the bottom, waiting for the day when they’ll be grafted to a bunch of like-minded loops from the second half of this stole. So elegant!
I’m not totally sure that this yarn will do justice to this pattern–I may need to find a fuzzier, velcroier yarn so that the beautiful zigs and zags read properly. But I’m going to give it a try with the Blue Heron mercerized cotton. A beautiful yarn and a beautiful pattern ought at least to meet each other, right?