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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

How did this happen?

I was determined that apart from my Manos designs (more about that in a minute) I would not be casting on anythign else this month. I've got a quick knit to finish for a magazine for end of next week, my Knitty submission and a few other projects on the needles and I do not have time for a new wip now.

But yesterday I was in knitting heaven, ie Spin A Yarn. I'd seen some gorgeous Alchemy yarn the previous week which I'd resisted then and nearly bought yesterday but I managed to resist, but this ball of Noro Kureyon Sock yarn was just too tempting for me. Actually I bought 2 balls.
Then when I came home I looked through my stash of beads and found these gorgeous purple ones from a cute little bead shop in Totnes.
A few ideas went through my head and before I knew it I had this one the needles:

And look, as well as lots of gorgeous purple and violet shades, there's green in there too. the beads are perfect. I won't say too much about what I'm knitting yet as it may become a secret project.
So I gave in to temptation last night and allowed myself to knit on the new project all evening. It was a nice and easy knit and I was tired.
Had a great day at Spin A yarn by the way. Pixie came down for the day too and it was nice to catch up. We didn't have time to stay for as long as normal yesterday as I had to get back for a meeting at school.
Now to my Manos del Urugay news. Artesano, who distributes Manos del Urugay yarns in the UK, have asked me to design 3 patterns for the new Manos laceweight yarn. The new lace yarn is a gorgeous blend of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere and is lovely to knit with. I've been doing a lot of swatching with it and have just e-mailed off the pattern to Pixie so she can get started on one of the designs for me. I'm doing the other two myself. I'm designing one lace scarf and two lace garments. Now, I know a lot of people will probably think 'a sweater in a laceweight yar?? never! It'd take forever'. Well, most of the sizes take about 150gr of laceweight yarn and if you think about it, a big lace shawl is 100gr, so a sweater is not really that much bigger than a shawl. Anyway, I'm very excited about this assignment and can't wait to get started with it. I've got a short deadline though as it all has to be finished by end of FEbruary so I really cannot afford any more distractions like the one last night.
E-mails have apparently already gone out to yarn shops about the new Manos yarn and the accompanying designs. Two other designers are working on designs for this new yarn too but I'm not sure who they are or what they're knitting. I can't wait to see all the new yarns and the designs in yarn shops soon though.
I've spent the morning grading and writing up the pattern for the garment Pixie is knitting up for me. Now I've got to go and get hte sock club parcels done. Huge apologies to hte sock club members again. Parcels will be going out tomorrow which is a few days late. Yarn's looking gorgeous though.


Pixie said...

It was a wonderful day out yesterday and lovely to catch up with you person.. after all the times we had to cancel due to thing or another lol

Love what you started last night.. can't wait to see it finished.

I have cast on and ready to start knitting.. so better get to it.


Joyce across the Pond said...

Mmmmmmmmm - more Noro....I just love it...and I have some of those colourful beads as well...they will be knockout...and yes, I know the feeling about not starting things...yeh yeh I know the feeling but like you sometimes I choose to ignore that feeling and go with my creative feeling - yes, I feel guilty about having 'a night off' from my card/calligraphy orders but that makes me a better creator the next day!

Shelley L. MacKenzie said...

Can't wait to see what your new project is! I love the colour of the yarn. I haven't tried the Noro sock yarn yet, but have tried the Kuryeon and made a scarf with it a few years ago.