So I got another wonderful colorway from Bohemia Fibers. It’s called Atomic Limon and it’s quite brilliant.
I nearly messed up with this yarn. I bought the first skein without checking the yarn requirements of my project, so then I bought the second one separately. You guessed it, the dye lots didn’t quite match. So I put a note in my Ravelry stash description that I’d just alternate skeins as the stitch pattern changed and that I was pretty sure that would work out. As it turns out, Amy from Bohemia yarns saw the note and offered to swap the two skeins for two new ones. She even told me that if I put a note on the skein I preferred she’d see if she could get the skeins she sent me more like that one. Talk about amazing customer service! So I made the swap, and I’m absolutely thrilled.
The website says it’s blacklight reactive. I haven’t had a chance to test that out yet, but as you can see it’s pretty bright.
I wound the two skeins of fingering weight yarn on the nostepinne. I actually dug out the swift for the second one, which took a bit of hunting, but was oh, so worth it. I had been resorting to using the back of a chair, volunteers hands, or even looping the yarn around my neck for a while. That was ok when I was winding the diadem yarn, which is super soft. Not so much for superwash wool…
I had actually forgotten how much easier it is to use an umbrella swift. The second skein (on the right) took about a third the time to wind that the first one had. As you can see the shape of the two balls is a bit different. I think that has to do with the angle I’m winding the yarn onto the ball at. I’ll have to experiment a bit and see if I can get it consistent. In any case, they’re both perfectly useful center pull balls.
I cast on the Belle Greene shawl from Stitching in the Stacks. The pattern was inspired by an historical figure I’d never heard of before, but she sounds fascinating and the shawl will be amazing. I’ve finished the stockinette section and have put together an image which shows how the yarn reacts to sunlight –
No image manipulation, just two pictures taken on my iPhone 5 in burst mode as the car rode under a bridge on a sunny day. So, yeah. I figure I’m going to use very bright beads on this baby, because subtle is l-o-n-g gone.
I’ve made two more Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns. The Tomten jacket for my two year old niece Margaret, and a co-ordinating Baby Surprise Jacket for her newborn sister Anne.In case you hadn’t guessed, the family are huge Orioles fans. The BSJ is as much fun as I expected, and very simple to knit. It took a little bit to figure out how to seam it – just a brief struggle followed by an “ah-ha” moment.
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I entered to win a skein of Madeleine Tosh Vintage yarn from Lisa Bogart (end of March).