OK I have to admit it: I wanted to be the one to buy the 1,000th pattern. I wanted to get mine at some delightful milestone in the life of Kay’s pattern. I thought about being #100, but that came and went too fast. Even #500 slipped past me in the night. It turns out that rascally Elizabeth K. beat me to #1,000, so I settled for #1,001. I had no idea that 999 other knitters would be so generous. THANK YOU, everyone, for pitching in for Japan. And congrats to Elizabeth K. for being #1,000 (she said bitterly).
(Here’s the button. Can’t believe I just said that. It’s obviously a button. CLEARLY a button.)
Thanks also to everyone who is spreading the word about the Mitered Crosses blanket pattern. Loving the good energy coming from our knitting community. Can’t get enough of this pattern-buying for Japan? Wendy Johnson over at Wendy Knits has a beautimous shawl pattern, the Japanese Garden Shawl, with net proceeds going to the Red Cross through the end of April.
In fact, if you really want to dovetail your generosity with your inability to resist a “Buy Now” button, this Ravelry thread lists a bunch of cool Japan-related pattern offerings.
This morning’s radio story about the residents of the House of Blessings and Longevity, a nursing home in Japan’s Iwatu prefecture, reminded me of some of the catastrophe’s most vulnerable victims.
I was out yesterday hunting Noro, because I am fixated on this being an all-Noro blanket. Feeling very literal about this. Some of you have noticed the unpleasant fact that the background color, the creamy neutral known as Ol’ 269, is discontinued, which is a massive and colossal bummer. Noro Silk Garden is one of the yarn world’s glories, and this neutral is the only unstripey Silk Garden color. O Mr. Noro! Please restore this most helpful of shades! It is such a friend to all your crazy colorways. It is the vanilla ice cream of Noro. We all know the mighty power of vanilla ice cream.
I was curious to see what would happen if you made the neutral background a dark neutral. So I got a skein of Noro Cash Iroha, shade 120 (silk/lambswool/cashmere/nylon) and a skein of Noro Taiyo, shade 9 (cotton/silk/wool/nylon).
This lush dark gray, high on my list of grays that I like, is too much for the light ‘n’ airy Taiyo. A lighter shade of gray would probably work, but there isn’t one in Cash Iroha. I would like this to be a cheerful sort of blanket. I duplicated the square to see what a whole blanket of gray would look like. (Imagine varied colors of crosses. And, uh, focus.)
I am a charter member of the Gray League of America, but even I think this would be a lot of gray.
Noro Kureyon, that all-wool workhorse yarn, does have the neutral shade that has disappeared from the Silk Garden world. It’s shade 211. I’m going with this for the moment, along with another shade of Taiyo that makes me really happy, #21:
Obviously I am going to report on how this one goes. I honestly don’t think I’m going to settle on any combination for a while, at the rate I’m going. Such fun.
Again, mille grazie to everyone who bought the pattern. Please post your efforts on Ravelry so we can all see!
PS I went to Rome with la famiglia last week! Will post some choice Rome moments. Reentry to Nashville has been . . . difficulto . . . I carry my can of Sant’ Eustachio caffe around with me like it’s a beloved baby. It smells so incredible, I wish I could smell-0-vision it to you right now.
PSS (Up top, I just discovered that my cat is Noro Kureyon shade 211.)