11 June 2010
7 Small Shawls: T - 204 days and counting down.
Scents have always made a huge impression on me, so it's no surprise that I sniff my yarn. Ok, maybe it does surprise you a little, but really, it's a natural thing. ;) Particularly the silk yarns. I've been sniffing silk ever since I was a child and my mother used to sew with silk fabrics. To me, silk has a very distinctive silky smell and I love it! I say "to me" because of all the strange stares I've gotten from people - when they ask the fiber content of a yarn or fabric, I sniff it, and then I say "it smells like silk." Apparently, not everyone thinks that silk smells like anything special. Who knew?!
But I digress. One of my most favorite things is walking into Stitches West to help set up and smelling all the hand dyed yarns. It smells like vinegar and wool, and silk, and...yum! I just walk in the door, close my eyes and breathe deeply. Euphoria!
Right about now, you are probably wondering what the point is. Well, Lisa Souza sent me some of her cashmere/silk fingering weight yarn in Forbidden City. (Wanna see? Look!)
It's been sitting next to my computer while I'm working, and every now and then, a delicious silky aroma wafts by my nose. Mmmmmmm. This is truly a yarn for all the senses! Soft, beautiful and delicious all around.
Lisa's yarn wasn't the only one that came in the mail. Just look at these!
These are from Saffron Dyeworks. OMG. The colors! Even #1 Son, who is generally unimpressed by such things, was drooling over it!
The colors are New Moon and Swoop (the teal). They don't smell though. Well, maybe a teensy bit woolly, but that may be my imagination. :)
Thank you both so much ladies! These will look incredible knitted up into Small Shawls!
I also want to thank you all so much for your kind comments about Maia! I'm excited about getting her to my test knitters and then off to you for the next eBook installment! This was a super fun and simple knit, and I know you'll enjoy her as much as I did. Plus, Maia is designed so that you can enlarge her by simply repeating the second to last chart as many times as you wish. How about that?! :)
In other news, today I helped my friend Karen set up her tent for our local little spinning event: Spinner's Day on the Farm. I'm missing it this year to go to a swim meet. The meet started started today, and I was running around like a madwoman before taking off up north. I got a little knitting done on a small (but painfully slooooow) secret project and planned other small shawls in my head while I knit and timed swimmers. The meet lasts all Saturday and Sunday, so we'll see how much I can get done! I'm off now to vegetate a little. Have a great weekend, everyone!