Random Refinements

So the camel-silk blend from the last post…

(you remember it, right? Well, please let me remind you, because you totally need some of this:

See? I told you.)

…did NOT cost $125, which I realized I implied. It is Oasis, from the uber talented and exceedingly nice Kim (The Woolen Rabbit‘s mastermind). It’s only $26 for 375 of the yummiest yards I’m likely to work with. And it’ll be perfect for a beret next winter. Or whatever you want to make from it, because I urge you to go visit that site right now and snag yourself some. It’s divine. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

There, don’t you feel better?

Last weekend was completely gorgeous weather around these parts, and in addition to a ton of hiking we embarked on a major spring cleaning. I love cleaning, and I love a freshly-decluttered and clean room even more. Look! I have a craft room again! It turns out that there was one buried under the winter’s worth of cruft.

I had fun re-sorting the stash (the 3 bins you see under/next to the desk), rediscovering old yarns, and petting everything. I tried to shame myself into finishing a languishing WIP by putting it on my dress form. Unfortunately I then lessened the shame somewhat by putting the pieces of my next sweater design on top of it.

Not that either of those projects is going to get my attention for the next little while. Elinor totally distracted me with a little contest:

I love this contest both because I’m sorely in need of some sock reviving (my last pair was Devon, and who knows what I knit before that but it was a long time ago because most of my socks have holes and are waiting to be darned), and because her post set some wheels turning. The Woolen Rabbit helped out with the idea that floated to the top of the pile, too:

(Harmony sock yarn, “Oh Ruby!”. It’s as gorgeous as it seems.) Of course, a random conversation on a very unpleasant day at work got me thinking about another sock idea too. Seriously, if we won the lottery I’d do this full time and still have more ideas than knitting capacity. It’s crazy. So, there are likely to be two sock designs for your perusal some time this month. I hope you enjoy them!

What are you most looking forward to, this spring?

10 thoughts on “Random Refinements

  1. I got me some woolen rabbit too — in the most amazing orange! It’s skinny stuff, so we’ll see how long it sits – I keep taking it out and going hmmmm…. I just couldn’t leave it there, and I’m dying to use it..

    Also, I’ll post later today but I just received a little shipment of yarn in the mail today from The Plucky Knitter for a couple of projects. It’s amazing. And killing me to get to school and back so I can wind and knit!!

    On our IKs — we’re like Jack Sprat and his Mom – a good match for our different strengths, yes? I see a good design “back and forth” continuing..

    These spinners will be the death of me…

  2. I am impressed that your stash fits in 3 containers. Mine is, ahem, a bit bigger.

    Love Kim’s yarn and fiber, but love her even more — she’s a terrific woman!

    Your designing passion is fantastic!! Look forward to seeing the results. As for Spring, I LOVE Spring cleaning and have been doing the same — it’s great!

  3. Kim does beautiful stuff with her yarn – the colors are always gorgeous and the base yarns she uses are fantastic. I’m excited about your new sock designs!

  4. Good lord, that yarn is too beautiful.

  5. What I love about spring is that it announces summer! I’m from up north Montreal! Gorgeous yarn and I so wish I could win the lottery and knit all the time! Look forward to see the socks that will come out of this. Have a great weekend!

  6. We really did raid her booth at SPA. I got some sock yarn, but only because I got Oasis in January! Must earmark that for sooner rather than later knitting.

    I am impressed with your stash restraint. I’m using the equinox to start my organizing and cleaning. Spring cleaning is much more soul satisfying than maintenance cleaning.

  7. walks in the woods.
    playing catch with the boys.
    building forts.
    knitting birthday socks.
    cake, ice cream and loads of birthday parties.

  8. I am so not a red person, but I LOVE the ruby yarn!

    I also love cleaning. Weird, yes? My brain unclutters when my living space unclutters. And I love the bits of green that appear in Spring, and the clean air.

  9. Spring is actually almost over here in California. But I am looking forward to being able to eat dinner on the patio. I am also hoping for a big crop of Calla lilies this year, as our plants look very healthy.

    The Woolen Rabbit is on my short list of yarn purveyors to try. I went a little crazy at Sundara not too long ago, and so I’m taking it easy for a bit.

  10. Wow, I definitely need some of this but my stash says otherwise… maybe if I knit through a bunch I can buy myself a little reward 😉

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