Knitting in the Winter: Freija and Beatnik

Freija

Pattern: Freija, by Mari Muinonen, from Twist Collective, Winter 2010.

Yarn: Yarn recycled from Kaari: Shepherd Classic 100% Wool, in “dried rose.”

Modifications: Because of gauge difference, I knitted the length for the smallest size and also did not knit 8 rows of the cable chart, and adjusted the buttonholes accordingly.  Other than that, the jacket was knit pretty much as written, leaving off the bobbles..  I knew I would never wear the jacket as jacket — I can’t imagine unbuttoning so many buttons — so the front is sewn shut.

Thoughts: I think the cable design is stunning; I can imagine this pattern modified into a sweater dress/coat dress.

Beatnik

Pattern: Beatnik, by Norah Gaughan, from Knitty, Deep Fall 2010.

Yarn: Burgundy Silk (merino and silk) from Lambspun of Colorado.  I won this yarn in a drawing from the store years ago; it has been two other sweaters, and has worn well.

Modifications: Because the yarn is DK weight, I used the numbers for size M, and ended up with a finished chest measurement of 34 inches.  I followed the pattern pretty faithfully, except for picking up more stitches around the neck — I didn’t think the numbers given would result in a boat neck.  It still doesn’t, but it looks good anyway.

Thoughts: It’s a Norah Gaughan design — enough said 🙂

Kitchen Remodel: Week 6

A pause, while we wait for 8 bullnose tiles, the hood, and the new island countertop:

The stone mosaic above the stove is from Josh Kalkstein of Clay and Stone Gallery in Santa Fe.  The center circle is yellow onyx, surrounded by Chinese marble, with slate bars on the top and bottom.  It’s a nice touch in an otherwise fairly prosaic suburban kitchen 🙂

Kitchen Remodel: Week 5

End of week 5:

New this week:

Tiling has begun, and the onyx decorative tile trim is beautiful.  Part of the Grohe kitchen faucet has been installed — unfortunately it needs a bigger sleeve to accommodate the spray head hose.  The new GE Profile microwave looks very sleek, even though we didn’t feel like paying for the trim kit to make it look like a built-in appliance.  I hope it works as well as it looks; the reviews have been inconsistent at best . . . .  yes, I admit, I bought that microwave because it was the only one out there that fits the depth and width of the cabinet.  And then there is my third favorite part of the remodel: the bank of floor-to-ceiling cabinets!

Violet Confusion

No, really, I like hand dyed yarn from small producers.  But there is hand dyed “with natural variations,” and there is this:

Farmhouse Yarns single ply worsted merino, in violet

The yarn is a single ply worsted merino from Farmhouse Yarns, by Carol Martin of Hopyard Spinnery. I bought 10 skeins of “violet” — but  what I got was 6 skeins of violet, two skeins of lavender, and 2 skeins of navy.  Really.  The disclaimer on the Farmhouse website goes lik this:

Farmhouse Yarns™ are hand-dyed, and by nature, each skein is unique and beautiful.  We don’t use dye lots, and no two skeins are exactly alike.  Variegations and color saturation in each skein  depends on its location in the dye pot.  Typically, skeins at the bottom of the pot are deep and rich in color, and skeins at the top of the pot have more subtle, somewhat less saturated and more muted shades of color.  For an even distribution of color throughout your knitting a project, we suggest alternating skeins every few rows.  Our yarns provide an exciting chance to play with color to great effect, when a project is well planned out.

I don’t require my hand dyed yarn to be “exactly alike”; I understand that each pot will produce yarn with some variation, because it is the nature of the process — but what I got goes beyond “variation.”  I can alternate skeins all I want — I am not going to get an “even distribution of color” from the yarn I received.   Shame on Hopyard Spinnery and Farmhouse Yarns for calling these completely different colored yarn violet, and shame on Flying Fingers Yarn Shop (of scenic Tarrytown, NY) for packaging  and selling these skeins as one “lot” of violet.   What would it have cost them to email me to tell me that of the 10 skeins, only 6 could legitimately be considered violet?