Monday, September 19, 2011

Kitchener purchases

While I did very well with winning prizes on the way to Kitchener, I think I did equally well with my purchases. I was after a cardigan's worth, and some sock yarn.

I succeeded at both.

First up is some Amerigo Cottom Flamme - 100% pima cotton, with a slightly thick and thin consistency, in a wonderful emerald green. It really is emerald, not the teal that it appears here. This is destined for a Featherweight Cardigan - possibly mixed with a slightly lighter, lime-ish green I have in my stash, if I determine I need more length.
Next up is my favourite stuff - Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. I love this stuff. I made my blue cardigan last year in this, and it wears beautifully, and feels wonderful. The Purple Purl had it on sale, and while I passed it up at this years Knitters Frolic in April, I couldn't walk by it again, so eight skeins of this true red ave come home with me. This will be the Dahlia cardigan from the recent Interweave Knits. It has the wonderful back lace panel, and the drapey front I love so much. (It's already been cast on...)
Then there was the sock yarn. Two from Tanis Fibre Arts - her blue label standard sock yarn in Poppy, and her luscious purple label cashmere blend in Stormy. The Poppy's recipient is undetermined, but the Cashmere Stormy will be for my husband. If he continues to put up with all the wool, he deserves cashmere blend socks. The third skein is from Studioloo - it's their Bootsie merino/nylon blend in the Tartan Tease colourway. I walked by this four times and fondled it, and as I told the guy at the booth - if I pick up something four times, then I need to buy it.
Susan and I both splurged at the glass jewellery booth - this sheepy pendant was too cute to say no to! I did swap out the chain that it came on - as you can see, it sis a little close to the scar, which still gets irritated at times. But the sterling chain has gone to a good home, as part of a jewelry set I made for my niece.
Finally - Another ball of laceweight merino. Not much on it's own, but when added to the laceweight Fleece Artist I bought at the Frolic, it's perfect for another Featherweight, or similar light weight cardigan.

Unfortunately - neither of these pictures really captures the rich forest-y green of these yarns, along with the slight tonal variations of the Fleece Artist.

So all in all - a really good day. More knitting to get to, but then again, that's not a bad thing, is it?


KnitTech said...

I'm making Grilltech's sweater out of the silky wool. It is very lovely stuff.

Smart purchases!

Brendaknits said...

I've had some Silky Wool in my stash for years but have never worked with it. Maybe it's time. You will love the Flamme.

Needles said...

Centolavaggi was the first lace weight I knit with. I did not know it then, but among ordinary easily affordable lace weights, it is absolutely the finest.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Great stash enhancement. I love Tanis yarn. She's local to me. I met Studioloo's Cindy this summer while I was in Mississauga. The guy at the booth was either her husband or best friend (?) both whom I met while I was at the knit night.