On the needles now...Saroyan in Serenity 20 using the Inferno colourway. So far I'm enjoying this knit very much as it's a little different from a triangular shawl and not quite a scarf as the edging makes it just interesting enough to hold my attention and I do so love little lace details.
Also in the works...a fabulous stole design knit by Wendy of Wendy Knits who has described Serenity 20 to be as soft as "buttah"...love that review! I'm so excited to see the final design. It's really an honour to work with such fantastic designers - watching them create gorgeous pieces from ZYG yarns is the best part of our collaborations!
I'm anxiously watching for a couple more designers to cast on Serenity 20 (Cookie A is one) as I am always intrigued by what designers decide to make with the yarn. I have visions of colour when I dye and I can only imagine that designers have visions of designs once they have the yarns in their hands. The creative flow is fascinating...from my visions of colour to their visions of design...it's all so magical.
On a completely unrelated note I had someone ask me to knit them a small blanket with letters in it. Can you imagine? I just don't have the time to entertain such an undertaking and when I said it'd be rather expensive it was a bit of shock to them of course...LOL Anyone know of someone who would knit something like that for a reasonable price? Let me know if you do as I'm happy to refer them.
And by "D" I mean Detroit, Michigan. Just this past weekend a group of us from my local SnB gathered ourselves up into two cars and made the journey to see the Yarn Harlot speak and we had such a nice time. Stephanie is engaging, witty and funny all rolled into one. She mentioned something about being nervous when she first came out but honestly, I was none the wiser...she is a fantastic speaker and so easy to relate to. A friend of mine called her genuine and I think that sums up her talks very well.
There were a couple of moments of eyes filling with tears when she spoke about self-esteem and how she has finally realized that she is truly a writer and an author despite all the comments to the contrary. Who makes these comments? Non-knitters of course because if you're a knitter, you'd never even consider Stephanie not to be an author...I mean, come on, how many books has she published now? LOL!
The Detroit Public Library was gorgeous and the drive over was fairly quick as well. Here's a few shots I managed during the day:
And remember the sweater Stephanie knit in what was it? 17 days or so during the Ravelympics? Here it is and in person, stunning!
I think this is my favourite as I felt like a total fan girl and was tickled by the Yarn Harlot looking at the Zen Yarn Garden yarn I gave her. She said something really funny to me too but do you think I remember? No! I was way too nervous...LOL
If you'd like to watch a couple of little videos from her talk, here they are...the titles are self-explanatory once you listen...now I wish I had caught a couple more!
If you ever have the chance to go see the Yarn Harlot speak and haven't yet, do drop everything and go see her - it's so totally worth it! And if Stephanie is our ambassador for promoting knitting in all its glory, I don't think the knitting community could have a better spokesperson!
For more blog posts about the day, click on the following links:
Another shawlette off the needles and completed...yay! I am so enjoying knitting these and each one is fantastic. Kudos to Romi for a well-written and clear pattern and what was most fun about this pattern is I only used up 88 g of the 100 g skein of Serenity 20 to get a really lovely sized shawl. Blocked, this one is 50" by 21" which is a fantastic size as I prefer my shawls to be slightly larger rather than smaller. The 20% cashmere content also makes the shawl lightweight but warm even with the lace bits....I love it!
As the reverse stockinette i-cord bind-off was new to me, I thought I'd do up a quick video of its technique in case anyone else was unsure how to do it. I made sure to check with Romi before releasing the video and she has confirmed that my technique is correct...yay for learning new techniques!