Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A New Leaf

It's OK that things sometimes spin out of control, as long as you can find the way forward at some point. I've picked myself up. I got back on the horse that threw me. Now I ask you, how many mixed metaphors does it take to make a point? I've turned over a new leaf this week.

Your adorable little boy will be turning 3 years old and you invite neighbors and friends to celebrate. What would you expect one of those crafty neighbors to do, now that the chill is on hereabouts? Knit a hoodie, of course, based on a free Lion Brand pattern (registration required). I've converted it to knitting in the round, though. Methinks Rocky would like a piece of the Fearless Fibers worsted weight wool and mohair in "Stormy Night". Naughty boy!

WIP: Jack's Birthday Hoodie
If you were in Chicago this past weekend, you may have had the opportunity to stop by YarnCon, our first-ever local indie dyers, spinners and crafters convention. I finally got the chance to see my friend Lisa Mendez's hand spun and dyed yarns in the wild. Naturally, one or two came home with me, and I just couldn't resist the urge to turn this artfully painted green-to-deepest chocolate brown merino goodness into something equally full of texture.

That is why "before"

Handspun and dyed yarn
is fast becoming "after."

Tree bark swatch
Lisa's vision was that this yarn resemble the color and texture of tree bark. I think she knocked it out of the park!


Speaking of handpainted goodies, bellamoden is having a sale, today only! Rebecca is one of the new dyers for The Loopy Ewe, so get her yarn while you can at this price.

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Blogger bellamoden said...

Thank you for the mad props, ma'am!

10/17/2007 02:44:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

You are evil for posting all that awesome yarn. I have to remain strong!

10/17/2007 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

That Lisa Mendez yarn is gorgeous! So is the FF yarn. And what a tease shot of Rocky! What a handsome lad he is. :)

10/17/2007 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

OH I love love love that stormy night! And Rocky is a doll...

10/17/2007 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous SarahA said...

I can't believe I didn't go to Yarn Con! I was planning on it but at the last minute went out to lunch with a friend instead. Now I wish I had seen you, at least.

10/17/2007 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Holy moley, that is gorgeous yarn. It totally does look like tree bark. And hearing about Yarn Con from several sources - very jealous of the initative shown by you Chicagoans. ;)

10/17/2007 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

You really scored some great yarn at Yarn Con! Nothing really spoke to me there, but I was more than happy to take my 20% off coupons to Nina and Loopy Yarns right away.

The sweater is looking great -- I just love Fearless Fibers' eye for color.

10/17/2007 09:52:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Awesome! I am so glad that you got to get back in the scene by going to YarnCon. Hey, if I pretend to be a three year old boy, will you knit me a hoodie? haha.

10/18/2007 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Stormy Night will make an excellent hoodie! I'm glad your cat is so helpful too--keeping that yarn in check.

The green and brown yarn is gorgeous and looks so good in the pattern stitch you are using.

10/18/2007 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous KarenJoSeattle said...

Both those yarns are lovely and interesting color combinations. The texture on the second project sure didn't interfere with the goal of looking bark-like.

Good to hear you having yarn adventures again.

10/19/2007 01:22:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Karen --
What a wonderful color choice for a hoodie for a young man!I've seen that hoodie made up - it comes out very nicely, and I'm sure it will become one of his favorites.

The other yarn is amazing -- and the stitch pattern you chose is just superb with it -- it looks like lichen!

10/19/2007 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

Wow, the tree bark yarn is just beautiful. Lisa did hit the color spot on!

10/19/2007 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

Wow, the tree bark yarn is just beautiful. Lisa did hit the color spot on!

10/19/2007 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

yep, i have said it before.....YOU are the sweetest neighbor! lucky people to live near you!
Can't wait to see what that treebark is going to be....i LOVE it!

10/20/2007 06:36:00 AM  
Anonymous meg said...

What gorgeous colors! Mmmmmm, purrr. Love that furry little person, too -- excellent taste! :)

10/20/2007 02:40:00 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

That is some very pretty yarn! Wow.

10/20/2007 08:36:00 PM  
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10/22/2007 08:10:00 AM  

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