The past couple of weeks have been a bit strange. I’ve started and discarded a number of posts. There are things to talk about but I haven’t quite found the right words. I think I’ve sunk into a bit of a reflective state of mind that hasn’t quite right for blogging. So, I’ve decided that the best way to talk about what has been happening will be in snippets:
I’m working on another pattern that has me very excited, but that’s all I can tell you about at this stage. It’s another ‘geek happy’ pattern. I really wasn’t sure if others would understand the concept of this sock, but the secret advisers I’ve talked to have all been very supportive, so I think it’s going to fly. I do hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as me when it is released.
In the meantime, I share a picture of pretty yarn from the very talented Helene of Happy-go-knitty. Some of it may have been for my new design…
The Ripe Raspberry pink at the end is the most heavenly soft yarn I have ever felt (truly!). It’s 50% yak, 50% silk. The yarn is a heavier lace weight, which I like because I am still not overly fond of knitting cobweb weight yarn. I think it will become a lace shawl fairly quickly. The stitch markers are adorable. Each of them has a different word such as ‘love’, ‘create’ and ‘imagine’.
It has been school holidays, and I had another happy ‘mumcation’ which involved very little besides knitting, outside of working hours. I had time and space to experiment with new techniques and stitches that I don’t usually have the concentration for. It was very productive from that point of view! It’s wonderful when you have a sister whose kids are the same age as yours. One day I will be able to repay the favour and my sister can have a ‘mumcation’ too! I am enjoying having the boy home though. Life will soon be back to normal when the older one returns from his holiday too.
I have discovered a couple of new-to-market yarns. Post coming about them soon.
One of the reasons for not having much to say is because I’ve been also working on this very, um, tedious project:
Robin is a lovely design, and I really want a sweater like this, and I love, love, love the Zealana Kiwi fingering that I’m knitting it in. The stocking stitch hell will be worth it, I tell myself through gritted teeth and sleepy, drooping eyelids. I feel that this project is a test of perseverance. It’s very hard to stay awake at the end of the day and knit hundreds of stitches in stocking stitch.
Why am I knitting a plain stocking stitch sweater in a design that can easily be got from the stores for a much cheaper price? You’ve probably guessed: It’s all about the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern! I’ve wanted another sweater in Kiwi ever since I finished my Autumnal Cardigan, and found that this yarn is just the best thing ever. The yarn has not pilled or gone out of shape at all. It has the most amazing drape, and it is soooo comfortable to wear!! After wearing this cardigan all summer and autumn, the cotton in the yarn has softened and weathered just enough to give my Autumnal that slightly faded denim look and feel that you get in a good pair of jeans after a period of wear. It is really the perfect yarn for an autumnal garment. And I think it will be amazing in this pattern. Only eight more 500 stitch rows before I can separate the sleeves from the body. I.can.do.it!!!
Those who know me well might shriek a little this next thing: I am considering starting a Facebook page for Kiwiyarns Knits. You read that right. The person with complete anathema towards Facebook is now thinking about using it. Why? Well, I want to make information about New Zealand yarns more accessible. This blog is a great repository for information, but I do recognise that the use of social media has moved on a lot since I started Kiwiyarns Knits. I think that a Facebook page may be a more flexible way of sharing information in quick bite sizes. It will sit along side this blog, which I am going to keep writing, but it will have a different angle to sharing information. For example, through all my ‘likes’, you’ll be able to easily find the Facebook pages of other yarn companies in New Zealand. I could share quick photos of interesting things I’ve seen but which don’t quite make a post. People can use the page to share useful information about what they know of happenings in the New Zealand knitting scene. I’d really love it if people posted pictures of their projects in New Zealand yarn, or of my designs. The one thing that will not happen on that page is selling. I really have an issue with buying on Facebook, and I’m not about to start that on my page. So what do you think? Would you be interested in seeing a Kiwiyarns Knits Facebook page? I’ve also considered Instagram and Pinterest and all those other social media tools, but I think that Facebook will serve my purposes best. I’d be keen to know if there is interest in this.
Thanks for bearing with this unusual post. I’m sure I’ll get out of my current state of mind soon.