May 19, 2004
What has happened to us? What’s with this shawl thing? Have we given up on decreases? Remember blocking?
Here’s what I’m swimming through these days:
This is the Koigu Pure Merino (aka KPM, aka very soft wool yarn) I bought at Personal Threads in Omaha on my Journey of Getting Out of Town. When it finds its destiny it will be a Koigu Alligator Wrap. (Why is this called an Alligator Wrap I know not.)
As we all know, Koigu is famous for its multicolor Painter’s Palette Pure Merino. Justifiably covetable for its miraculous mixes of colors. But I’m here today to testify about the gentle pleasures of KPPPM’s sister KPM.
KPM has to sit around and listen to everybody blab on about how colorful and fabulous KPPPM is. But KPM, darlin’, listen–you are a beautiful yarn yourself. You think you’re plain old indigo; you’re medium indigo and dark indigo and rilly pale indigo where the dye didn’t take. You’re no cheerleader; you’re editing the literary magazine, girl.
What my picture cannot capture is the endless shifts of color in these skeins that purport to be solid colors. They are NOT solids at all–the hand-dyeing leaves all manner of subtle variations.
Now, I’m the first to tell you that Alligator Wrap is not much of a pattern. “Cast on. Knit forever and drop those wrappy stitches. Cast off. Put fringe on if you feel like it.” Can you believe I paid money for this pattern? But KPM is carrying the day here as I chug through 100 inches of shawl. ETA: June 12, 2008.
In Other News
I think we’re headed for a Midsummer’s Night Steek before too long. Keava is quietly making her way into the world. Here she is, big enough for a seat cover at this point. (I have not abandoned my idea of knitted upholstery, you know.) Every time I return to Keava I’m surprised at the colors. Nutty combination, and a clink of the glass to Ms. Alice Starmore for her spectacular color sense.