This photo of Colinette yarn - recently added to my stash - is here to distract you from the fact that I am bored of knitting sleeves, and have pretty much put all major projects aside while my sleeve-knitting batteries get recharged. The single rose prop in the photo is provided courtesy of my three-year-old son, who brought it home to me after visiting an open market with his Daddy on Sunday morning*. I think it charming that he brings flowers to me, and usually obtains them himself by repeating "flower for Mommy, flower for Mommy" to flower vendors like a caffeinated parrot.
I have thoughtful Marie of Space Craft
to thank for enabling me with this lovely yarn by ordering it and sending it to me in trade**. I received it yesterday and, quite frankly, can't stop staring at it like a love-struck fool. (Do you want to see a closeup of this yarn? Sure you do. Click here
.) As soon as my honkin' big 15mm Addi Turbo circs come in and I finish up some current projects, I'll be knitting this yarn into the wrap featured on the cover of Vogue Knitting's Holiday 2003 issue. The very thought makes my palms all sweaty and I feel like running around the room in circles from excitement. I've been wanting to knit something using Colinette for a while, but it was seeing someone else's enviable stash that pushed me over the edge, thank you very much. I won't name names [cough::Wendy
::cough], but seeing photos of someone's yarn stash
can be enabling.
Marie was also kind enough to include a gift of Colinette hand-dyed chenille
[drools helplessly] in the package. Marie rocks my knitting world. And any suggestions on what I can make using this yarn are welcome.
Speaking of chenille, I may have taken a break from my trip to Sleeve Island, but I haven't completely stopped knitting:
I knit a flower washcloth from Weekend Knitting
, using the Crystal Palace cotton chenille everyone's favorite biologist
sent to me in one of her yarn care packages. What a fun little project! I have a hank of this yarn in green and I'll be knitting another flower this week. Meanwhile, I headed over to my favorite store that sells provenšal
products and bought some handmade soaps from the south of France. I'll be sending them together with the flower washcloth as a gift to my Grandma.
*Mommy, of course, had stayed behind. Mommy is a lazy person on weekend mornings.
**Fact: Trades with knitting buds make me feel like I get presents in the mail.