My current work in progress:

Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

Resistance is Futile

lichengiotto Resistance is Futile

What is it about Colinette? (That’s a close-up of Giotto in the lichen colorway, btw.)

I was asked that question a couple of times yesterday, by people who’ve never seen it in person. (In person? In yarn?)

I blame Emma for the start of my Colinette obsession. ๐Ÿ™‚ For in January 2003 she sent me the most beautiful Colinette Fandango scarf. I adore this scarf. And I’d never seen any Colinette up close and personal before.

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So that’s where it started. I bought some Skye to make felted bucket hats, and did indeed make two hats from it. And I picked up a skein here, and a skein there . . .

The stash grew.

And then last month I saw Kristine’s poncho and bought the kit in the teal colorway from Knit Happens and my obsession exploded into a frenzy.

And you know . . . I almost don’t want to knit my Colinette. It’s so gorgeous in the skein that it seems a shame to do anything with it, apart from fondle it and admire it.

And in answer to a comment question from Liz, none of these are really spoken for, project-wise. They could each become just about anything. I’ve got some vague ideas in my head about what each should be. And some of them may spent an extended periods of time simply striking languid poses, reclining in bowls and/or baskets.

I want to be a skein of Colinette. Last night I dreamed about Colinette yarn.

Flora

I’m doggedly working away on Flora’s first sleeve. This is my least favorite part of a fair isle — when the sleeve gets too small for the 16-inch needle and I’m down to a 12-inch needle. I don’t like knitting with a 12-inch circulat, but it beats the alternative — fair isle on dpns. I’ve tried using two circulars and I like that even less than dpns. So I guess I ought to just shut up and knit, huh?

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Critter Knitters!

Did y’all see the very cool maps that Liz put up? They show where the donated blankets have come from so far. Liz will update them as more blankets come in, and they are linked to from the main blanket page.

Ooh! A Knit-along!

Upon reading about it on her blog, I immediately succumbed to Becky’s Bottoms Up Bucket Knit-along! I bought the pattern a while back for Bonne Marie’s Bottoms Up Bucket Hat, but haven’t yet made one. This is a perfect excuse.

After work today I’m gonna check out cotton yarn for a warm weather bucket. Betcha can’t guess where I’m gonna go . . .

Lucy and the Time Change

Lucy has not yet adjusted to the time change. For the past two nights she has awakened me by lying on my face at 3:00am. Last week she was doing this every night at 2:00am, so it’s obvious to me that she’s not looking at the clock before waking me up.

Yesterday morning she looked at me in disgust and horror when the alarm went off. I know she was thinking “Why is Mommy getting up in the middle of the night?” After helping me put on make-up and ensuring that I’d got cat hair in my eyes, she gave up and went back to bed. She was curled up in her kitty bed, asleep, when I left for work. She barely opened one eye when I said good-bye to her.

Tough life.

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Comments

  1. Yeah. Colinette. That’s where it’s at.

    Causes me to abandon WOOL, even.

    Shameless.

  2. Aubergine says:

    Wendy-

    I too want to be a skein of Colinette. I work at a shop in Bethesda, and aside from the Manos, its my favorite section to stock and organize… just touching it… ooh! Ahh! You may want to think about doing an Ab Fab Throw. I’ve done two, and they’re fast- great projects to travel with.

    best

  3. Heather in MA says:

    I couldn’t help but write after reading your comments today:

    “This is my least favorite part of a fair isle — when the sleeve gets too small for the 16-inch needle and I’m down to a 12-inch needle. I don’t like knitting with a 12-inch circulat, but it beats the alternative — fair isle on dpns…”

    I’m sure you’ve tried the “Magic Loop” – why not give it a whirl with these last few rows of your sleeves? Since it transforms cramped circular knitting into a method of nearly knitting flat, with only 2 needle tips to keep track of (as opposed to the similar 2-circ technique)I find it especially relaxing to work with. I especially love to teach it to newbies who are struggling with DPNs – it can make all the difference!

    I love your blog & read it diligently over a cup of coffee every morning. Thanks for all the knitting inspiration you and Lucy share!

    Heather in MA

  4. Boy have you got it bad !
    I confess to being rather proud of leading you astray ! :0)
    Might I suggest a little summer top in the new Enigma,which takes dye beautifully. ;-]

  5. Oh Wendy! Your blog put me in such a state of Colinette lust yesterday that Elka had to talk me down. I was in a state of near panic over the Absolutely Fabulous Throw because I could not decide on a colorway. You’re gonna cost me money, I can tell…

  6. There is never ever enough Colinette. I am slowly but surely acquiring a colorful mountain of Colinette Skye… and I love Giotto! I’m trying to figure out what my third Giotto top will be.

    I highly recommend getting yourself a colour card if you don’t already have one… they’re very inspirational and make for a lot of color therapy.

  7. I understand the Colinette love as well — when my eBay-purchased Ab-Fab kit arrived from England, I just wanted to throw the yarn on the floor and roll around in it. Hm, maybe I’ll go home and do that after work, just for good measure.

  8. Wendy, I just noticed that the Giotto is the same golden tones as your hair. WoW! What a combo!

  9. Wendy – the Flora looks great. I had to laugh at Lisa’s appreciation for some time to catch up – you are so ridiculously prolific! Can you give me some details on that fandango scarf? It looks great.

  10. Colinette tends to look nicer in the skein than knitted up, I think. It’s gorgeous stuff but I wouldn’t want to wear it. Apparently it’s also used for needlepoint of some sort… makes sense. I’d love to make a tapestry out of it.

  11. Colinette tends to look nicer in the skein than knitted up, I think. It’s gorgeous stuff but I wouldn’t want to wear it. Apparently it’s also used for needlepoint of some sort… makes sense. I’d love to make a tapestry out of it.

  12. Great price for the AbFab throw and other Colinette yarns at http://www.kangaroo.uk.com. They are in the UK and I have successfully ordered from them to the US twice.

  13. I love to look at (and fondle) Colinette yarns, but I haven’t bought any since I learned how much cheaper they are in the UK. I just know that some day I will fly over to London for a long weekend with an empty suitcase and clean out a shop or two! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. I popped into my lys on my lunch today and while shopping for some cotton yarn for my Bottoms Up Bucket hat, I took a few minutes to admire the Colinette.

    Amazingly beautiful stuff. I had to back away slowly and avoid that corner of the store for the remainder of my browsing time.

    You’re such an enabler!

  15. Perhaps Lucy and Axel need watches? He was pulling similar stunts, but thankfully NOT in the morning. He wanted dinner much earlier than usual, and made a right pest of himself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And yes, resistance is futile! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I’d never been terribly interested in Colinette until you started with the Borg references. Sigh. Now I’m intrigued…