Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Boo-tiful Yarn!

OK, that was a lame pun, but I wanted something that tied in with Halloween, and that's as good as I could come up with. Happy Halloween!

Monday was Kate-the-Enabler's birthday, so we decided to treat ourselves to a visit to Mouliné, our not-so-local yarn shop. Despite some early difficulties (I gave Kate the wrong cell-phone number - Hee Hee!!!), we met up at around 1 o'clock and proceeded to scour the store in search of yarn for our respective projects. We were Moms with a Mission! Kate wanted yarn to get started on Eunny Jang's lovely Endpaper Mitts (enabled by the talented Caroline). I wanted to pick up some yarn to make a hat for my lovely daughter Émilie, and possibly a scarf for myself.

After some lengthy discussion/debating with Scott, Kate settled on some lovely Zara yarn (it's technically a DK weight, but it's really on the finer side, so I think it'll be fine). I also enabled her into a skein of Fleece Artist merino sock yarn ('cause every sock knitter needs at least one skein of FA). For myself, I picked up some beautiful Malabrigo for my scarf. Mmmm. I just want to roll around in this yarn. I already have some in my stash, which I had planned to use for the Snowball Hat from the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I think I'll try to fiddle the cable pattern from the hat into a scarf pattern.

I also grabbed a skein of Colinette Cadenza. This is their DK-weight merino, and it's quite soft and squishy. I was a little surprised, actually, since I'm not a huge fan of their Jitterbug sock yarn (that probably makes me some kind of heathen). I think it's something to do with the way it's spun, maybe? (Like I really know what I'm talking about!) I don't know, it's seems sort of stringy to me. In all fairness, I've yet to actually knit it up. Maybe once I do, I'll change my mind.

In other yarny-goodness, I FINALLY received my order of Sock Hop yarn from Crow Mountain Farms. I think I ordered these skeins back in July or something, but they apparently had problems getting the orders from their spinners, so it took a while. It was worth it, though! Luscious handspun. Note to self: must learn to spin ASAP!

I'll leave you with this picture of Émilie, taken this morning as she was leaving for daycare. Come on, say it with me: Aawwwwww!


Shelley said...

Your daughter is so cute and adorable!!

Love the yarn you got - really great colours too! Can't wait to see what you knit up with them. I've bookmarked your blog and will definitely be back again!

Kate-the-enabler said...

Clearly Shelley is a discerning reader :)

and Thank you. Thank you very much. Love my yarn. Love it. I just keep peeking in the bag at it - and have promised that I can play with it when I've done some work today. It's a GOOD incentive.

Gonna learn the tubular cast on. Hee.

And Emilie looks completely adorable. I really like the hat.

So, what are you casting on first - (are you finished with the gorfing?)

Happy Hallowe'en.

Caroline said...

Haha! So the enabler has become the enablee! Since Kate doesn't have a blog, I hope you'll post her endpaper mitts on yours. I love seeing all the different versions!

The yarn you bought is lovely. I'm on a sort-of-yarn-diet (because I need to save money!) so I'm trying not to get tempted.

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Jennifer said...

She's adorable! Did you take her trick or treating?

Knitting Mama said...

The next time you need a yarn fix, come shopping chez Robyn's Nest - I sell Jitterbug cheaper than Mouline does! (BTW!)

Emilie is too cute. Sorry I've been behind on blog reading.... hopefully it'll be back to normal once I move officially ;)