Sunday, April 11, 2010

Na Craga


The shoulder/back/neck continue to heal, albeit more slowly than I’d like. And I’m still a bit in shock over the quickness of the move, and all that I had to pack/store/divest of.

It seems that for awhile there all I did was pack up and give away boxes and boxes of my textile treasures.

So imagine my delight when I received a package here at the lake house from a most generous Raveler last week, on Wednesday.

It contained a CD of his music, which suits my mood perfectly at the moment. And…enough yarn to knit an Alice Starmore aran sweater. The yarn is an incredible color, perfect for jeans, and perfectly dark enough to be a working sweater. I’ll post several pictures below, taken in different lights to try to capture the tones in it. It’s Jamieson’s Shetland Heather. Which is simply not available to us here in the US anymore through any distributors, although I’m under the impression that it’s still being made. It knits up into a wonderfully warm fabric – quite frankly too warm for the centrally heated homes we live in in North America (probably why it’s not sold here anymore). But it’s going to be lovely and perfect for living on a boat in northern waters.

My intention was to save it to knit next fall so that I’d have it for the Atlantic Crossing back to the US next April, and then possibly to wear while sailing up the Atlantic coast.

Intentions be damned. I couldn’t Not cast on.

So I did. ;)

And, it’s going so well that I intend to wear it in a few weeks on the boat!

I’ve wanted to make Na Craga from Starmore’s book Aran Knitting (being rereleased in Sept) since I obtained the book.

I cast on Thursday.

It’s been cold here again, the 78 degree temps disappeared. But it’s been perfectly wonderful weather to sit and knit this fabulous design with this fabulous yarn. And listen to Michael’s cognac smooth voice singing somewhat melancholy songs to beautiful accompaniment.

Thank you MJ. Thank you from the botton of my heart.

I also got on the phone and called Karabella in NYC, since I can’t find a store anywhere that carries the Aurora 8 anymore. I ordered the 3 sk I’m short to finish the nautical pullover that I was working on when we got the offer for the house. It should arrive this week before I head out again on Thursday for my next road trip. And I’ll finish that pullover and Na Craga to wear before the end of May!

One last note: I apologize for the sporadic nature of the posts here, and my absence from blogland. I should have internet connectivity again in May. Meanwhile, it’s still public library and internet cafes 20 miles away for me to have internet access.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Progress and Evaluation on the Minnow Knits dress in Luscious by Kollage

I think this is going to be relegated to the “experiment but not good enough to keep” pile.

I thought I was using the smallest plate in the knitting machine, but it turns out there is one smaller. The stockinette portion of the dress is just too loose, and consequently also terribly uneven looking. I know some of that will block out, but unless it shrinks up considerably too I’m not going to keep this for bgr (baby girl Ryan).
I love the bodice. It’s a fun little dress. And I think that what I’ll do is take out some of the Manos del Uruguay cotton stria that I have from when Chris’s when out of business in St Louis, and make another one, paying closer attention to the skirt fabric. Also, I know that the cotton stria washes well. It’s the yarn I knit Joey’s chemo blanket from several years ago, and my sister attests to the washability of the fabric.


The Spring 2010 issue of Verena is at the bookstores. I just love Verena. This issue they’ve taken a page from one of Rowans latest books, and done a whole Hollywood Retro look set of designs.
The cover sweater is a cute little number that they’ve paired with a Prada-style lace skirt. Remember last year when the big question was, what to pair with the lace skirts – this is a lovely little answer.
Mardel, do you have this issue yet? I love seeing your takes on the new designs from all the knitting publications.

Comment replies;
Jen, the Bond sweater machine I have cost less than $100 on ebay. No matter how you cut it, you can’t upgrade any kind of sewing machine for less than $100.

Stash and others, Thank you for your concern. The shoulder is healing. I have x-rays that show there is no disk involvement. It was simply a very severe muscle spasm that I ignored until it got to the point I couldn’t stand it. Ice, rest, and now heat, as well as some light stretching is allowing it to heal. Soft tissue injuries always take the longest to heal.