Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I have become completely enamored with Exquisite Little Knits: Knitting with Luxurious Specialty Yarns, by Iris Schreier and Laurie Kimmelsteil. Laurie recently visited Buffalo and I attended her evening class in which we learned about using these fanciful yarns. Well, I haven't been able to stop dreaming about all the projects I want to knit out of this book!
I am past the half-way mark on my Flowing Diamonds Shawl. A very easy knit, although the lattice, or ladder, yarn can be pesky. You have to be careful to knit into the loop and not into the strand of yarn itself. My first experience with Eros about two years ago was a complete disaster. That pattern required you to undo half the ball and then knit from both the inside and the outside of the ball. All I got was a horrendous mess! It is hiding somewhere stuffed into a plastic bag in the back of some closet. If I ever find it, I should probably just burn it. This time, I paid really, really close attention to keeping the ball neatly together with a rubber band and only unrolling a reasonable length of yarn at a time. So far so good! I'm also using bamboo circulars, which are at least a little less slick than Addi Turbos would be with this slinky yarn. Here's the pic from the book, and mine half-way done, and a close-up of the Eros Glitz I am using.
I am also pathetically, hopelessly, in l-o-o-o-v-e with this darling angora hat from the same book! Is this not adorable?
The only color of the Joseph Galler Belangor used in the book I could locate was white, but it arrived the other day and it is so yummy, yummy, yummy!
The Muench Fabu in greens and pinks that I ordered for the trim is on backorder, so I might, if I get real impatient, try this instead. (Only if I get REAL desperate...)
Still working on the Manos scarf... at least a little bit each day. And thankfully, both my sinuses and my lower back are feeling better. What is the scientific knowledge regarding the correlation between back pain and the common cold? I swear to you -- they came on concurrently, and are subsiding concurrently. I am CONVINCED that I got a head cold not only in my head, but in my back as well.