In general, I am not much on pictures of yarn. I know that the colors will not be accurate, the texture will not be visible, and just generally you can’t tell that much about yarn by looking at a photo on a monitor.

SweetGeorgia’s pictures of yarn are an exception, but she takes tender, evocative pictures of her backyard grill, so this is obviously not about the yarn.

 

Still, I am showing you pictures of yarn. This is the yarn M sent me: Luna from the Endless Summer collection. It is a viscose/cotton blend, and it is soft and lustrous. The two fibers are in separate strands, plied together, giving it a subtle tweed effect of shiny and matte textures. I am excited about working with it.

It seems unlikely that this amount of yarn will make an entire sweater, but fine yarns often seem like that, so we shall see.

This is the sweater I will be making with it: Jasmine, by Elsebeth Lavold. This is from her book The Summer Breeze Collection.

Regal Orchid for M, and then pink (or rather, Silken Damask — not a very transparent color name, but lovely to say) for me.

Chanthaboune wants one after that.

I think this sweater would also be nice with shorter sleeves — ballerina length, or even cap sleeves. In fact, carrying the lace up into straps and leaving it sleeveless would also be pretty. I may make a lot of these.

 

 

I swatched, and was surprised. The fact that I get surprised when I swatch is the reason that I swatch. (The needle at the top of the picture is not some unusual new knitting technique. I just threaded the second needle throught the cast on row in order to make the swatch hold still for its picture. So yes, this swatch is upside down. Come on now, you are paying way too much attention to what is after all just another picture of yarn.)

I went clear down to size 1 needles before I got a nice fabric. My gauge on #1s is 23 stitches to 4″ — the pattern requires 22. I had a momentary thought of just watching scary movies while I knitted in order to add a bit of tenseness… No, I must move further down. In case you are curious, the pattern recommends #4 needles for the ribbing, and #6 for the main knitting. Let this be a reminder not to pay a whole lot of attention to the pattern’s recommendation for needle size. I am a relaxed knitter, myself, and always have to use smaller needles than the pattern calls for.

But in this case, my circular #1 needles are busy keeping my shawl from last summer from disintegrating. This is not a UFO, I swear. It is merely a WIP that is having a long vacation.

I also don’t like scary movies, so I would not want to have to watch them the whole time I am knitting. And I have never actually tested the hypothesis that watching scary movies while knitting will change your gauge.

So it is clear that a trip to the LYS is in order. #2 daughter is at home, and expressed a willingness to be awakened at 9:30. So we should be able to hit the yarn shop when they open, score a set of 0s and 00s (for the ribbing) and get home in time for a long day full of lolling around.

Our coffee table bears mute witness to the fact that we put in a good amount of lolling time last night, too. Highlights of the picture include Erin, getting a couple more rows; newspapers listing the St. Patrick’s Day entertainments, none of which we actually attended; books and Netflix which we were discussing; and leftover snacks from husband and daughter’s drive down from her school. Also sneakers, weights, and other random mess. Therefore, it is clear that between now and the time when I have permission to awaken #2 daughter, I will be cleaning house.

Normally, I would also go grocery shopping, but the Yarn Harlot recommends buying only enough food for one day at a time during Spring Break, on the grounds that teenagers will eat all the food in the house, no matter how much there is. She could be right about that.