Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stripey Grandma Love

I'm going to be a Grandmother again! Actually, once a Grandma always a Grandma, I'm thinking. It's probably more accurate to say that another Grandchild is joining my brood and I'm very happy about it.
In the grand tradition of Grandmothers in waiting, I'm taking to needlework to welcome the new little one. In my state of happy anticipation I pulled out some bright and soft cottons and started an ambitious project that will likely take months. Just a little Stripey Grandma Love to wrap up a much welcomed child.

The little chubby chirps, sent to me by a talented swap partner, Susan will keep me company while I'm waiting.
They're my new armchair companions.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sock Yarn Bonanza!

I received some lovely self striping sock yarn from my friend Bobbi over at MyBootee Boutique in order to knit up some sample socks for marketing purposes. I happen to adore her sock yarn. It's nicely twisted, (reminds me of Koigu!), for smooth, effortless knitting and excellent wear. I made my Mother a pair for Mother's Day last year and although she wears them frequently, they look like new. Granted, Mom is a knitter who hand washes her socks, but after a year of use, they haven't even pilled!

Doesn't every knitter love self striping sock yarn? One can happily knit away, watching the colors change between your fingers and transform the project, inch by inch. Bobbi's colorways are so vivid and well put together. The Margo colorway reminds me of a dried nosegay of violets. Something you might find preserved in a cedar chest in the attic. I called the sample sock Antiqued Violets.

I'm pulling out the Rainbow colorway next for more hypnotic, self-striping stitching fun!