My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Koigu, Baby!

It’s all Koigu all the time here at WendyKnits.

I might have gone just a tad overboard on my Koigu purchasing frenzy Wednesday night at Knit Happens.

Kerry, I did leave some Koigu for you — honest! Does it help to know that I was thinking about you as I was grabbing the Kersti? No, I didn’t think it would . . .

So here’s what I purchased.

Ten skeins of Kersti.

kersti120904 Koigu, Baby!

I wound one of the skeins into a ball last night and it accompanied me to work today. I gazed longingly at it all day. It whispered sweet nothing to me. Soon, my pretty . . .

I plan to use this to knit a short-sleeve ribbed raglan pullover. It’s a design I worked up last summer (Lisa) and knit in Rowan Calmer. I wasn’t completely thrilled with the way it looked in Calmer — I’ve tweaked the pattern slightly and I’m thinking I’ll like it better in Kersti.

I did knit a Kersti swatch last night to double-check gauge. I love how this colorway works up! I get to start it as my commuter knitting tomorrow.

It took all of what little willpower I have to not cast on immediately. But I did finish my Kashmir scarf first.

scarf120904 Koigu, Baby!

Okay, it’s almost finished.

Yes, I do remember saying that December is Small Projects Month. This will be a small project because it has short sleeves. So there. (stamps foot)

Speaking of Small Projects . . .

Here’s what else I bought.

koigu120904 Koigu, Baby!

Two skeins each of six colorways of KPPPM. What am I gonna knit with two skeins of KPPPM? I dunno.

I’m thinking about gloves, for starters. Not socks, though.

Hey, here’s an idea. Tell me what you think. Email me here, and tell me what you think I should knit from 2 skeins of Koigu KPPPM. I’ll pick a winner and send said winner a fabulous prize.

Contest rules:

1. One entry per person
2. Tell me a specific pattern and either a link to it (if it’s a free pattern) or where to buy it (if it’s a for-sale pattern)
3. No patterns for socks, gloves, or mittens.
4. Submit your entry to this email address by 4:00pm EST Friday, December 17, 2004, to be considered for the contest.

I haven’t decided on the prize yet, but I promise it’ll be fabulous!

Spinning . . .

I plied some singles!

yarn120904 Koigu, Baby!

Q&A

Another Wendy asked:
So does the use of three Who songs as opening theme’s for CSI, CSI:
Miami, and CSI: NY bother you?

Well . . . it does now. I’ve never seen any of the CSI shows. But now I know. Sigh.

Yet another Wendy asked me to clarify: Do I know the entirety of Tommy by heart? Why yes, I do.

In fact, when I went to see the musical a few years ago, I couldn’t enjoy it. Every single time it strayed from the original rock opera, it bothered me. Intensely. Insanely.

Just so you know: if I ever hear a muzak version of Wish You Were Here, I will not be held accountable for my actions.

Have a good weekend.

lucy120904 Koigu, Baby!

Comments

  1. NO one hearing a muzak version of Wish You Were Here *should* be accountable for their actions! That would be so terribly wrong.

  2. Never stuck with “Wish You Were Here”. Unfortunately, I HAVE heard a muzak version of “Comfortably Numb”, about 16 years ago at the pizza parlor where I worked. Ugh! Oh, and I heard a muzak version of “Us and Them” at the grocery store a few years ago. Yes, I am permanently scarred from the experiences.

  3. Kind of a random question, but is there any Spongebob merchandise that you you don’t have? I keep seeing things in Hobby Lobby and other places and I always wonder if you have them already or not. Makes me wish I had a camera phone so I could snap a picture of them all.

  4. I am rather krazy for Koigu too. Enjoy!

  5. ooooh! you could make 2 charlotte shawls….

  6. then please don’t ever go to the Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque. Its a fubulous place that’s open 24 hours and serves kick-ass New Mexican food, but it is all-Muzak-all-the-time. Oh, lord, the things I have heard ruined by muzak! Oh well…

  7. Not to worry, Wendy. I took good care of Kerry today. We went to my LYS, Knitting Arts and the little sweetie even bought *me* a present for her birthday. She did despair for a moment that you had bought up all the Koigu at Knit Happens though. She’s on her way home tomorrow and promises to get into KH soon to survey what’s left of the Koigu.

  8. Gosh, if I knew you loved The Who so much, I would have told you to go see The Studio Theatre’s version of Tommy. (They’re a theater at 14th & P in the district)

    Unfortunately, it was over the summer and closed in July.

  9. Leslie - knitting therapist says:

    Ahhh, should’ve known you were a fellow Pink Floyd freak!
    May I be so bold as to recommend David Gilmour’s live DVD? Truly a masterpiece – and I believe one of the last times Michael Kamen was on film before he died.
    Best to you and Lucy.

  10. I wish I could buy Koigu here in Europe, it looks so gorgeous!
    Can’t wait to see what patterns the other readers suggest… will you publishe the links they send?
    Have a wonderful weekend Wendy!

  11. I was shocked and surprised last night when my husband brought up the subject of getting a spinning wheel. I don’t know what came over him because I’ve never discussed spinning. If he starts listing the merits of Koigu, I’ll know he’s experiencing some kind of mind control.

    Question: I searched the archives but didn’t find any reference to this. If you are putting a zipper in a sweater–do you put it in by hand or machine?

  12. Hi Wendy. I love your acquisitions. I’m new to Koigu but look forward to working with it. Nathania’s blog, Purls Beyond Price, http://nathaniaapple.typepad.com/knit_quilt_stitch/ recently featured some lovely lacey scarves in KPPPM–I’m not sure how many skeins they took. Good Knitting!

  13. Cool Koigu, Wendy. I know you’ll do something fabulous with it all.

    As for muzak, well, I am a fan of Pink Floyd, but I can’t determine just how one would tell a muzak version of “Us and Them” from the real thing.

  14. Or there’s Mark Morford’s column in SF Gate about the death of rock and roll:
    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2004/12/10/notes121004.DTL&nl=fix

    Apparently, he reads Wendy’s blog, too!

  15. Diana & Orion says:

    Whoa,Wendy … a bit lusty on the koigu, no? *lol* Really nice haul there, girlfriend!

    Wanted to commend you on the beautiful handspun shawl and the beautiful scarf still in progress … also to tell you I share your absolute bewilderment and loathing over the use of the Who song in the JC Penny commercial.

    Now, at the risk of throwing my anonomity away, I will tell you I am a Director of Ideation , come up through a wicked path of print and broadcast copywriting, and not in the furthest reaches of my imagination can I fathom what that particular Who song has to do with a sale at a notoriously fashion-backward retailer …. I find it not only gross on a personal level but most profoundly on a professional one *lol*

    So, trust me, you are not alone.

    AANd Lucy has never looked lovelier …

    kudos, Di, Orion & Finwe, his BRat PRince kitten

  16. Diana & Orion says:

    Whoa,Wendy … a bit lusty on the koigu, no? *lol* Really nice haul there, girlfriend!

    Wanted to commend you on the beautiful handspun shawl and the beautiful scarf still in progress … also to tell you I share your absolute bewilderment and loathing over the use of the Who song in the JC Penny commercial.

    Now, at the risk of throwing my anonomity away, I will tell you I am a Director of Ideation , come up through a wicked path of print and broadcast copywriting, and not in the furthest reaches of my imagination can I fathom what that particular Who song has to do with a sale at a notoriously fashion-backward retailer …. I find it not only gross on a personal level but most profoundly on a professional one *lol*

    So, trust me, you are not alone.

    AANd Lucy has never looked lovelier …

    kudos, Di, Orion & Finwe, his BRat PRince kitten

  17. Diana & Orion says:

    Whoa,Wendy … a bit lusty on the koigu, no? *lol* Really nice haul there, girlfriend!

    Wanted to commend you on the beautiful handspun shawl and the beautiful scarf still in progress … also to tell you I share your absolute bewilderment and loathing over the use of the Who song in the JC Penny commercial.

    Now, at the risk of throwing my anonomity away, I will tell you I am a Director of Ideation , come up through a wicked path of print and broadcast copywriting, and not in the furthest reaches of my imagination can I fathom what that particular Who song has to do with a sale at a notoriously fashion-backward retailer …. I find it not only gross on a personal level but most profoundly on a professional one *lol*

    So, trust me, you are not alone.

    AANd Lucy has never looked lovelier …

    kudos, Di, Orion & Finwe, his BRat PRince kitten

  18. Hearing Happy Jack in a Hummer commerical nearly brought me to tears.

    I heard Comfortably Numb as a classical song once and I had to stop and be like, wait, am I hearing what I think I am?

    And I’m 18 and practically only listen to classic rock 🙂

  19. Trop dure de ne pas craquer devant tous ces échevaux ! Je suis certaine que tu vas bien t’amuser…
    Lucy est toujours aussi craquante !

  20. Is it okay if I put the “Bad-Ass Knitter” button on my blog? I’ll save it so as not to use bandwith, but I really love it and totally believe the manifesto that belongs with it.

  21. I love that Kashmir scarf! Just beautiful. That also has to be the cutest pic of Lucy that I’ve ever seen. ^_^ How adorable is she?

  22. Blue. Koigu. Heavenly. Sigh…. I think I’ve managed to convince myself that KH is on the way to my mom’s house in Baltimore (well, it’s off the highway! right? just a small detour!) so I can go tomorrow and check out what you’ve left in the store. 🙂

    I did buy 2 skeins of orange KPPM this week (when I went shopping with the lovely Nathania) to make some socks. Orange Koigu! And I don’t normally care for orange.

  23. Koigu’s Patch of Berries scarf is a pretty, 2-skein project. They have it on Patternworks.com, but alas it is backordered. I see it as the next Charlotte!