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I Have Been There

December 31, 2007

Yes, the WEBS year end sale coincided with my annual trip north, and it suddenly sank in: I will be 30 miles from WEBS. So through rain and sleet, we went.

This is a view of about 1/3 of the main room.

Besides this main room, which has a spinning corner, there is a loom room, a small closeout room, a huge warehouse-like closeout room, and a sit-and-knit room. And that’s just the parts that are open to customers. It is huge. It is just like I imagined it to be, only neater.

I goofed up and bought a lot of yarn.

Laines du Nord Cashsilk closeout colors were 3.99 for 25 grams (normally 9.00). I bought a bag of purple and 4 balls of emerald green to make the Princess Mitts from The Knitter’s Book of Yarn. One mitt is already half done and as I knit it I’m wishing I’d bought more of this color, it is lovely.
I also bought a bag of WEBS new Florence (merino, acrylic, and kid mohair) to substitute for brushed alpaca in the lace cardigan from the last IK (but all in one color!). I am not sure it will be the perfect substitute, but it is very soft and just might work. It’s hard to guess how much yardage the pattern uses, because it has so many contrast colors, but luckily I should be able to get more if I need it.

And I got a hank of that new Classic Elite Alpaca Sox yarn to try out.

It was a yummy day.

I have accomplished some knitting since the last time I posted. I finished Emily’s Selbuvotter mittens (Annemor #4) with chart tweaks:

They don’t look all that much like cats, but they look less like dogs.

I couldn’t help starting a pair for myself. This one is NHM #9, also in Telemark.

For some reason, the white and purple Telemark feel a bit loftier and lighter than the two shades of blue that I used for the other pair. It is not as hard on my hands. I am really delighted with how they are turning out.

I also finished my Loksins socks. They turned out great. This photo does not do them justice.

I started a plain pair of garter rib socks for Emily in off-white Knit Picks Risata. They are coming out really nice, so far I like the yarn very much.

On a whim I started the Seville jacket from Oat Couture, in purple Brown Sheep Prairie Silks that were marinating at the bottom of my stash. This was on a day that nothing appealed to me. Now it’s languishing because other things have caught my interest, but it is a pleasant boring knit. It’s not much to photograph right now because it has a plain stockinette back and a plain stockinette left front.

I’ve made more progress on Autumn Rose, although it stalled a little because I didn’t take it with me on my holiday trip.

I think these colors really sing, in a medieval-tapestry sort of way, and the yarn has an appealing hand when knit up at this gauge.

When I got home from vacation, I had a huge box from Morning Sun Fiber Barn in Iowa – it contained three batches of fleece I’d sent off for processing. This is 2 1/4 pounds of Cormo from ‘Peggy’.

I also have about a pound of shetland X merino and about a pound and a half of grey shetland. They did a great job with these – the shetland was a mess of vegetable matter so of course it still has some in the roving but the two fine fleeces are picture-perfect.

That’s about all – I am not thinking clearly because my 6 1/2 year old is having a tantrum downstairs…

A sad farewell to Dan Fogelberg, one of the pre-eminent voices of my college years.

There is no Eden or heavenly gate
That you’re going to make it to one day
And all of the answers you seek can be found
In the dreams that you dream along the way…

-“Part of the Plan”, Souvenirs, 1974

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2007 1:06 pm

    What a feast for the eyes! The mittens and Autumn Rose look fantastic, as do your Loskins. The pattern on Autumn Rose really pops.
    Your Cormo looks so nice, I really hope you enjoy spinning it. Nice haul at Webs!

  2. December 31, 2007 8:09 pm

    Wow – I don’t even know where to begin! All of it is great! I really love your mittens, and Autumn Rose, and the periwinkle yarn from Webs (so jealous). Glad you like how your fleeces came back – I’ve always been happy with her.

  3. December 31, 2007 11:17 pm

    The mittens look great and I LOVE the autumn rose! I hope you had a nice trip – I’ve been to webs once and it looks much like it did years ago. Congrats on the great finds!

  4. January 1, 2008 1:46 pm

    Everything is so lovely! Totally agree with you on the Autumn Rose colors and think the animal on Emmie’s mittens looks kinda like a fox. 😉
    So sad to hear about Dan Fogelber, his music conjures up such memories! I particularly liked “To the Morning”.

  5. January 1, 2008 8:59 pm

    Wow, so much loveliness. I am a big fan of the Loksins pattern, and yours look great. And your Fair Isle, I love love the colors. Well done!

  6. Sam permalink
    January 1, 2008 11:47 pm

    Oh, fine, just make us jealous with your fabulous trip to WEBS! 😉 The kitting is all beautiful – great job on the mittens. Autumn Rose is looking fabulous – can’t wait to see that one modeled. And I don’t know the sock pattern – am going to have to google it, as those are just lovely. Great work!

  7. January 2, 2008 12:05 pm

    Wow! I haven’t been on your blog for awhile, and your FOs are just stunning! As usual. 🙂
    I am drooling over your Webs trip.
    Happy New Year! 🙂

  8. Renate permalink
    January 3, 2008 9:40 pm

    Absolutely inspiring needlework! This is where I come when I need a nudge if my knitting wanes. I am in awe of the lovely Selbuvotter mittens. Happy, happy 2008!

  9. January 5, 2008 5:26 pm

    Whoa, what is that wonderful THING under the autumn rose? Individual containers for your yarn. I MUST KNOW!

  10. January 6, 2008 10:17 am

    I’m so jealous of the Webs trip…I hope to get there someday 🙂
    Autumn rose is looking beautiful!

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