I always thought it was genius to refer to yarn p0rn because maybe that way the spam / technohostiles wouldn't screen it out as being p o r n. But I admit to some befuddlement when I see it as yarn pr0n. What is the purpose of reversing the two middle letters? Is that a further attempt to confuse the spambots?
Anwyay, today I have lots of yarn pr0n or yarn p0rn, whichever way you prefer to see it.
There has only been minimal knitting, but I do at least have a HO to show.
And of course there will be the usual random rants and digressions and stream of consciousness ramblings.
Back in February I decided to treat myself to some new self-striping yarn because I had a bit of a year-end bonus. I think I googled self-striping yarn to see what came up, and one of the things which showed up was CaterpillarGreen.
I'd never heard of CaterpillarGreen. I think I have at least a passing familiarity with most of the indie self-striping dyers, so I decided to check it out.
Go now and check it out. It's www.caterpillargreen.com. She's in Canada -- in Saanich on Vancouver Island, which is where I grew up.
The proprietor is Catherine and she's caterpillargreen on Ravelry.
I was blown away by how gorgeous her yarns are. Some of them are the usual 3 or 4 stripe, but then she does some which are asymmetrically striped or which blend from one striping sequence to another. The only base she has right now is an MCN - it's a 70/20/10 but it's nice and thin, the way I like it. I would say it's comparable to Sweet Georgia Yarn's Cashluxe Fine or Hazel Knits Entice. It's not as thick as Bugga or TFA Purple Label or ZenYarnGarden's Serenity 20. It's similar to Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering.
The colours in real life are pretty close to what shows up on the monitor. My Ocean Sunset is a little more subdued, but other than that, they're all very close to the samples shown online.
These arrived last week, so it was about 6 1/2 weeks between ordering them and receiving them. But oh my, it was totally worth the wait.
There are 9 colours currently available on the website, and I ordered 7 of them. I didn't order Concrete Tulips or Skyline. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, and your math skills haven't deserted you. She threw in a bonus skein! How sweet is that?
From left to right are the Bonus Yarn, Earthy Hues, Ocean Sunset, Finger Paint, Hillside, g biv, Warm and Fuzzy, and Spectrum.
I took individual photos so that I can slurp them to my Rav Stash.
So those will be knitted up into socks of loveliness, primarily for me.
That's the first of the yarn p0rn that I've received.
The second is three skeins of Cashluxe Fine from Sweet Georgia Yarns. I love Sweet Georgia Yarns, and I love virtually all the bases.
Last year the Cookie A sock club got a skein of Sweet Georgia in the colourway Blood Orange. I nearly wept when I saw it because of course I didn't join the Cookie A club last year. The colourway was absolutely to die for. It's a bright orangey red or reddy orange, I'm not sure which. But it's one of my favourite colours.
So when I saw that Felicia has added Blood Orange to her regular tonal/semi-solid colourways, I knew I had to have some. She also has three new colours for spring: Coral Rose, Melon and Basil.
The Coral Rose is almost a blend between China Doll or Blood Orange and Rosebud.
And she has a new neutral -- Birch. Well, it may not be brand new, but it's new to me. Last time I ordered from SGY I ordered Tumbled Stone and it was the only kind of neutral / natural colourway.
So I ordered Blood Orange, Coral Rose and Birch.
The individual skein shots are way too overexposed and they have yellow light showing up in them. This is as close as I can get to the real thing. The Blood Orange isn't quite as electric as this is showing.
But they're all gorgeous.
And thus endeth the yarn p0rn. (For now. Ahem..... La la la la la, there might be a couple more things on the way la la la la la la la.......)
I finished the first Patina sock out of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Lucky Penny, and I am on sock #2.
I am using 2.50 mm needles and 64 stitches, and I did a single sole gusset decrease.
I'm using my Chiaogoo DPNs, and I love them. They're fabulous. They are different from the Signatures, but they run a close second as far as I'm concerned. I love the slightly brushed texture, but it doesn't slow down the knitting speed. They're excellent.
I have been a little disappointed in some of the other DPNs I've bought, and I tend not to use them. The Kollage DPNs and the Knitters' Pride Karbonz are two examples of needles I really, really wanted to love, but don't. The Hiya Hiyas are pretty good, but the Chiaogoos are a bit better.
So that's the yarn p0rn and the knitting for this week.
The evil dogs have decided it's not enough to disembowel the squirrels. They disemboweled their new dog bed.
Princess took this shot and sent it to me.
Yes, I realize they all have glowing eyes, but it's because they are monsters. Veritable hellhounds. Witness the destruction.
Fitness classes at Dalplex are moving over to the Studley gym on Tuesday because they put all the undergrads in the fieldhouse to write their exams. I think it's ridiculous, but that's what they do. The fieldhouse is virtually out of bounds for the next three weeks.
They have those plastic and metal stacking chairs all stored at the sides of the fieldhouse. I thought they made pretty interesting textural shots. They look at bit like chevrons or maybe feather and fan.
So after the big nor'easter with the masses of snow, we had another one which brought freezing rain and ice pellets.
The snow is now melting, and I think we're supposed to be above zero for the rest of the week. My fingers are crossed. I am heartily sick of winter.
I leave you with the somewhat uneasy alliance between Sebastian and Persia and then the cuteness of Bastian on his own.