Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to Monday, if only to finally wear a sweater that has been knit for months but only yesterday got buttons added. Here we have Hazelnuss, from the Cirilia Rose pattern of Nuss and knit of Blackstone Tweed. It took me about 9.6 skeins on size 7 needles.
The knitting was done back in May, but finding the right buttons and then finally getting them sewn on took much longer, mostly because I wasn’t sure how to handle stabilizing the front edge. The final approach I took included a very narrow satin ribbon sewed along the inner edge of the lace rib that runs up the front, backing buttons to stabilize the actual buttons on that soft edge, and running that same ribbon around the neck. With the latter move I was able to control a slight tendency of the edge to curl out, too.
Something else I’m looking forward to is the arrival of the fleeces I dropped with Zeilinger’s while at Rhinbeck. They won’t be coming for many Mondays, but I did reserve a sample of each. I found some time this last week to play with the CorriedaleX which Erica is sharing with me. I used mini-combs to create a very soft and fluffy top, then spun up some very fine singles. Chain-plying gave me a very fluffy but dk weight yarn. I may swatch some more - what would a 5-ply look like? - but this would be a very nice sweater yarn, indeed!
In other fiber news, this last week I received the gift of some of Rising Moon Farm’s new yarn crop in return for a small favor. Catherine is far too generous, but I am far too thrilled with the yarn to refuse. You, too, can get your hands on some of this when she gets it listed on their website for sale. (Hah! I just checked their website and see that you have already bought some!)
Yesterday I played assistant at one of Gale’s photo shoots. I won’t divulge any details, as that is Gale and collaborator’s privilege, but it was my privilege to get to hold reflectors, tape back curtains, etc as the brains of the operation posed models and props.
Standing around holding a piece of foam core may not sound glamorous, but it did come with fringe benefits. I met one of the cutest dogs around - Rowan reminded me so much of Judit. He was totally sweet.
Another benefit was that in just watching what Gale does for a full day, I learned a ton. Lighting, modeling, attention to detail and more, not the least of which is that it really is winter in Minnesota and the light (especially when it comes through falling snow) is cool in temperature and fades fast.
Not that the kiddens couldn’t have taught me that, too. It is cleary time to snuggle in with sister, and even if someone annoys you by taking your picture, you can just go back to sleep afterwards.
But not until you go to work on Monday and show off your new sweater.
I hope your Monday brings you pleasure in some way, too.