I'm working on spinning the Polwarth that I bought at The Fold in September. For reasons I cannot fathom, the colorway is called Wintergarden. It is blues, streaked with periwinkles and greens. There is nothing in MY winter garden that looks anything like that.
The winter garden is all about structure, what the garden designers call bones. A sunny day produced this sturdy actor in the winter play:
Small, brief early winter snow squalls knock it down. The grass springs back to upright posture until the real storms of winter rest for too long on its back. I cut it down in March with a hedge saw. What used to be an hour long job that produced RSI in hands and thumb became a five minute task. Our actor is Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus'.
After Cassie's post that showed ebony needles, I found them for sale at Patternworks. I asked the DH if he wanted more Aurora 8 yarn for his next scarf, since he loved the last one so well. He all but sneered. "Storebought?? I want handspun. Make me a hat out of handspun." I so love this man.
We settled on the Polwarth for color and texture. I'm spinning it thicker, to end up with DK or sportweight once it is plyed. My search for something interesting to ply with it was brief, meeting all criteria for a no-brainer. I had been playing with grey baby alpaca that I also got from Toni. I only have an ounce. Must acquire more.
*Hello?* *Toni?* *Etherknitter. A-gain.* *Can you send me all your alpaca? I mean some of your baby grey alpaca?* *Anything else interesting hanging around?* *Sure, send all of that too.* *Bye!*
I'll wait until I turn the heel on the Trekking sock before I expose it to the light of flash. And I'm waiting for the Elsebeth Lavold pattern book to arrive before I can start the husband sweater. In the meantime, I could not resist two balls of Karabella Boise at my LYS. I have the same colorway as this knitter. It's already cast on, and jostling to become a scarf.