I like it when yarn companies name their yarn instead of just giving it a boring reference number. Cascade Heritage Silk Paints does that, although that’s not the reason I like to use this yarn. It’s sooooft! And gorgeous. And it weaves like a dream.
This is the latest shawl off my loom using the Cascade, colourway 9810: Queen of Hearts, as the warp and Viking Baby Ull in grey for the weft. Usually I use a lace weight as my weft, but for this project I upped the weight to fingering weight. It’s soft with a little more oomph to it than the lace weight gave.
The finished size is 14″ by 60″ with 4″ fringe.
To be added to the shop later this month.
It was my first time to that part of the world and hopefully it won’t be my last. Everyone has said how gorgeous the water is there and they weren’t kidding. I was mesmerized by the colours of blue, the clear waters and sunrises. These are only a few photos, the rest are uploaded onto flickr. I’m starting to run out of space on this blog so I need to be mindful of what I post, or buy more space, or start another blog. Hmmm.
While I was on vacation…
Knitpicks Chroma in Galapagos:
These are my new addiction. I’d love to wear one today because it’s snowing and I’m freezing, but I’m going to save them to add to the etsy shop. Oh, how I sacrifice!
Details on Ravelry.
Well, that was nice.
I’m just popping in to say I’m here now, rested and relaxed after a caribbean cruise, on the aptly named Emerald Princess. I booked this trip way before we decided on Emerald Lotus for our Etsy shop name. That must be my lucky word! But now I’m home and busy sorting through piles of laundry, bills and photos. The laundry and bills have their own schedule and must be done, the photos I tend to push aside and “get to” when I have time. Well, I never have time, so I’m doing them now… this morning. Loading over 200 of them onto my flickr site, then probably a few over here.
I’m happy to report that knitting was worked on, even with a rum drink and a gorgeous sunset. One man came up to me and asked why in the world I would be knitting on a cruise… like I was sitting and doing my taxes or something. I just told him it’s what I do… it relaxes me and is just natural to do anywhere I am. If I’m sitting on a deckchair watching the sunset and the beautiful caribbean sea roll past, I’ll probably have my knitting with me.
And I’ll get back to that knitting in a bit… as soon as I’ve finished with those photos!
This is a hand-dyed, hand-spun yarn I created using KnitPicks’ Bare, peruvian wool, and Greener Shades acid dye. It came out much more intense than I was intending, but I love how saturated the wool became and I didn’t want any of the natural white showing through. I struggled with what to name it…thinking it looked like some of the heliconias that we saw in Hawaii, but after spinning it up, it looks like a painted desert to me. So voila! It’s 256 yards at 14 wpi (dk weight).
Also this week, I spun up a skein of superwash corriedale from SweetSheep that I purchased long ago. Its colour way is called Forlorn and it does look a little forlorn next to the intense Painted Desert. But it is a lovely subtle colourway… They’re like extroverted and introverted sisters. Forlorn is 234 yards at 10 wpi (worsted weight).
I’ll be adding both of these to our etsy shop once I get them to my sister’s, probably later this month. Until then, I’m keeping them safely hidden away and trying really hard not to wind them up and knit with them!