Friday, May 30

HandMaiden Silk Cotton, dandelion
HandMaiden Silk Cotton, 'dandelion'

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words about the hail storm. Even the insurance adjuster said she hadn't seen a storm like that in Austin in forever and then she handed me a check for 2 broken skylights, some dented metal fascia and a piece of corrugated clear plastic with a perfectly round hole in it.

 I bought this to cheer myself up after the mass destruction of my garden. The colors remind me of Provence and the silk/cotton blend is very cool to the touch. I immediately cast on for Lovlund which is a chevron shell normally knit with Noro Hana silk. The angles will break up the horizontal lines which I really don't need to wear these days. (see below)
HandMaiden Silk Cotton, dandelionLovlund, detail
Lovlund detail, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, Book Number Two


There's no excuse for this. I got caught in a weak moment. A very weak moment. See, I got an e-mail yesterday from Hill Country Weavers that they were having a huge sale today and tomorrow. The sale was so huge that it was in the owner's garage and driveway. I drove over and started scouting out the yarns. Lots of novelty yarns..been there, done that...heavy cotton, thank you...some sparkly stuff and...hmmm, what's this? S. Charles Merino Cable for $5, Noro Big Kureyon for $9, and Ironstone Flirt for $14. I bought enough of the Merino Cable in assorted colors for another one of my phantom future "colorwork" pieces, some of the Noro for a couple of Blips(blankets in progress) and, well, the Flirt was supposed to be just a bit of silliness. It's an acrylic fuzzy superchunk boucle with 27% wool that is soo soft. So, uh yeah, I bought enough for some kind of wrap. And, please don't remind about my growing collection of big needle wraps. There was a lady ahead of me who snapped up 17 skeins of that Big Kureyon in the same dye lot, so I'm not the only one on the fast track to excess.
Bay tree bud
Now, this really cheers me up! That, and and the fact I'm off to play Knitty Bingo tonight at Gauge. Woohoo!

Friday, May 16

All Hail Broke Loose

There is some kind of funky karma going around the planet. Mother Nature paid us a visit.
P5153152There was a violent hail storm that passed through our neighborhood just after midnight a couple of days ago. By the time it was over, we had 2 adults, 2 boys and 1 dog all piled into our bedroom. The cat ran for cover under Bandit's bed.

This was what greeted us the next morning. A 2-foot high pile of hail on the patio. We were extremely lucky that there wasn't any extensive damage.
Neighbors have broken windows, damaged roofs and huge trees uprooted.
P5153158It looked like a plague of locusts had stripped all the trees. We had just transplanted this crape myrtle.

P5153156P5163176One banana tree got plastered while the other survived.

P5163171Dr. Who Scarf made from Lion Brand yarns. This is a birthday present for a godson in Devon, England.
P5163168We're all fine and it's a beautiful day.

Friday, May 9

Zen String + Robincat=My Stash

My apologies to anybody waiting on new listings with Zen String and Robincat. This insanely beautiful and incredibly spun lace weight merino never made it out of the area code, much less onto the internet. It's slotted for Scheherazade--a yarn this exquisite demands to be a showstopper shawl and I've got about 1,400 yards to wrap around myself.

Robincat spins Zen String
Zen String "Deep" merino roving,
Robincat handspun, laceweight

Robincat handspun, Zen String handdyed 'Deep'
Zen String "Deep" merino roving,
Robincat handspun, laceweight

Robincat spins Zen String
Zen String "Deep" merino roving,
Robincat handspun, laceweight

broken hydrantThere was a broken fire hydrant down the street today.

Mix 2 boys to 1 part water
The temperature was around 90 degrees fahrenheit.

Japanese sponge
My Japanese sponge was ready for work.

Friday, May 2

Color My World

Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm 70% kid mohair/30& cormo worsted. Colors from center top: Saffron, Lavendar, Cinnamon, Chili Powder, Parsley. Fabric: Martha Negley for Rowan & Westminster Pattern # MN08

Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm 70% kid mohair/ 30% cormo sport weight, color: Turmeric

We are enjoying the fleeting moments of spring before the summer heat sets in. My pelargoniums (what a magnificent word) wintered over and are ablaze with scorching hot pink blooms. It's a good thing I have a buff colored dog to offset all the primary colors in the house.

There were some fantastic sales in Martha's Vineyard, all the better to offset the $4.20 gal/gas. If you want to make yourself feel a little better, then go and check out how much the Europeans pay for gas. Gas is taxed much more heavily than here, so as a result, they have some pretty amazing autoroutes/highways without a bunch of skanky billboards for strip clubs near the county line. Oh yeah, those joints get points for clever--The Booby Trap and The Landing Strip have always been faves of mine.
Back to the sales--The Lilly Pulitzer shop had all LP sheets and fabric for 70%off, so I got two sets(3 yards each) of 300-count sheeting fabric for $30 each. I've never been a thread count junkie, but this sheet is crack, baby. And now I've chopped it up into big pieces for a queen-sized Texas star quilt. I'm using my stash of provencal fat quarters for the background.

Somehow, this columbine just showed up and is quite happy to hang out with my canna 'tropicana.' The colors are all wrong, but they're such happy bedmates that I can't separate them.

I decided to 're-ply' the turmeric mohair/cormo sport weight(re-ply on the right, original on left) and I'm much happier for it. It makes for a sturdier yarn with the same silky drape.
Pink and green--what more could a subversive retro preppie want in her suburban garden unless she decided to plant a white oleander?

Who says gardeners can't have their little jokes?
Speaking of which, Humphrey Lyttelton died this week and go check out out BBC Radio for some gems. Goodnight, Samantha!