Big weekend for me: a long drive to Ohio to see The Firstborn in her new habitat. If only I had some freshly finished knitwear for her to model! Must. Knit. Faster. I do hope to enjoy enough passenger time to get my Monomania pretty close to finished. I just started Stripe 6. Guess what begins on Stripe 6: armhole shaping. The drama!
Before I throw the sack of Trader Joe’s snacks in the trunk and head west on I-80, a few tidbits.
Blue Hand Group
In case you missed it, Rowan has reintroduced the classic version of Rowan Denim yarn, in the dark indigo shade (“Nashville”) only. (After a decades-long run, Rowan had discontinued Denim back in 2013. Dark days.) Lots of knitters have emailed and tweeted me the good news. (Thank you!) Others have worried that during my KonMari mania, I might have gotten rid of my personal archive of Rowan Denim.
THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. I will never go so far in the march to minimalism as to have less than 6 bags of Rowan Denim on hand at all times. If stockpiling 120 balls of denim yarn makes me some kind of fanatic survivalist, so be it. Come the apocalypse, you guys will be unraveling sweaters off your children’s backs to salvage the yarn, while I’ll be cracking the seal on crispy fresh bags of Rowan Denim and knitting ganseys until the spinning mills get back on line.
For benighted souls who are unfamiliar with the wonders of Rowan Denim, I wrote a fairly concise review of the yarn for Knitter’s Review a while back. And there’s a two-part tome of tips I posted on the blog on July 8 and July 10, 2008. I think I covered the frequently asked questions, the infrequently asked questions, and the never-asked questions. I may have more answers than people have questions.
Check out this stunning crochet wedding dress. (And if you’re on Instagram, the #dailybride hashtag. All brides observed in the wild. I started the hashtag, but now there are snapshot brides from all over. I do not mean to give the men short shrift; it’s just that those white dresses are what catch my eye as I wander the streets and parks.)
Brilliant Chawne Kimber (whose blog is Completely Cauchy) has been taking her patchwork tinier and tinier for months now. It’s mesmerizing. At some point, the pieces she is joining will only be a few threads in either direction. How would that even work? A puzzle only Chawne could attempt. (While you’re there, don’t miss the knitting.)
Happy weekend, everybody.
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