Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Exception to the Rule

Summer is my least favorite season, but it does have one redeeming quality.

Saturday was my first visit of the season to Larriland Farm.  Thirteen pounds of blueberries and twelve pounds of cherries was the result. In retrospect, it's probably a good thing I was too tired to hit the raspberry fields.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Merino Cashmere Cure

This winter the Oranje sweater pattern was released.  Definitely an interesting design, but did I want to knit it?  Nope.  Never even considered it.  And even had I fallen hard for the pattern the day it was published, it required a yarn purchase, and this year I’m all about knitting from stash.  At least so I thought…

In April a new thread popped up in the Sanguine Gryphon Raverly group announcing an Oranje knit-along (KAL).  I was immediately tempted, but decided against joining in because of the whole not wanting to buy yarn thing.  The smart move here would have been to stop reading the thread.  People began posting pictures of their color ideas.  I started to waver.  Next swatch pictures appeared.  I started thinking about possible color combinations and began sorting through my stash and browsing yarn online.  The idea of a yarn purchase stressed me out though, and since I was struggling to come up with a combination I was completely happy with anyway, I decided (again) not to knit the sweater.

Then I bought yarn and started swatching. 

When the KAL officially kicked off June 1st, I cast on immediately.

I figured I would stall out after finishing the stripey hem and braid since endless rounds of stockinette are all that followed. I was wrong.  

I'm in love with this project.  I don't want to put it down.  The cure for knitting apathy is clearly merino cashmere yarn.