Monday, June 02, 2008

Anticipation


As the thousands and thousands of stitches I put into the Ichida lace project get sucked up into the deceptively massive outer borders, I've put out this incentive to keep me knitting.



Recent Acquisitions
Just having it out and visible helps me rush along with Ichida. This latest purchase is a yarn called "Angel Face" from Briar Rose Fibers and the color is a rich antique gold. Chris at Briar Rose had sent beautiful yarns as door prizes for the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat, and this alpaca laceweight yarn was gorgeous. I had no idea how difficult it was going to be to pick from all the colors she had in this yarn.

I also recently received my last shipment for this season's Black Bunny Fiber - Fiber-of-the-Month-Club (or something like that).



This one, in addition to having gorgeous colors is a blend of merino and alpaca....yummm. Carol is a demon...each fiber she sends is better than the last, and I want to drop everything each time a new installment arrives to work on only that.

But I restrain myself.

Current Knitting
I was able to do a LOT of knitting this past weekend, and I'm still only up to round 30 out of 76 for the outer border areas of the Ichida lace garment.

Each round takes an average of about 35 minutes, so while I'm making great progress, it doesn't really look like it so much.

It seems I will have to post one more progress picture before showing you the final blocked piece.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Regarding availability of candy in the U.S., Barb asks, "If you don't have those 2 mainstays of the junk food diet, do you at least have Caramilk bars?

No, but those are easily accessible through Amazon groceries at the link above. I love how they advertise it, "over a pound of caramel & chocolate from canada" for only $15 (that's U.S. dollars).

7 comments:

Ted said...

**You don't have Caramilk bars!?!*

Migawd, Joe. What kind of a country do you live in!?

Jenn said...

No Caramilk? No Smarties? No WINE GUMS?

What do you eat then?

MadCityMike said...

I'm looking forward to the photos of the yarn you spin from the fiber.
I just began spinning and am blown away as I see the fiber twist into a yarn.
I'm enjoying your blog very much.....thanks for the inspiration.

RareSteek said...

I am horrified at this new knowledge concerning the candy drought in the U.S.of A. How about Coffee Crisp? or Crispy Crunch?

Anonymous said...

I laughed when I saw that Caramilk bars are "Gourmet Food".

sean said...

i cant wait to hear the report from the men's knitting retreat. i sadly had to pick between mandolin or knitting and mandolin won. having three foster kids cuts into my ME TIME. it's all good though. i enjoy knitting vicariously through your blog.

:-)

Van said...

Thanks for your kind words, Joe. Danny is one of the sweetest human beings. I am very lucky.

The link to my blog actually pointed to Danny's website. Mine is here:

http://vaneramos.livejournal.com/

Someone is commissioning me to knit one of Danny's traveling rib hats, like the one he modeled at the retreat. This is exciting.

Cheers,
Van