I’ve got a mishmash of stuff today.
To start, a picture of this morning’s sky, just before sunrise.
Next on the agenda, behold the most beautiful colorway of Wollmeise I’ve ever seen: Single Malt.
This is Wollmeise Lace, and this skein of yarn is most definitely going into the “to be knit soon” queue.
A question from the comments — how to bind off the Hanging Garden Stole so that it will be stretchy enough?
Well, the short answer is “loosely.” But how to achieve that? One way is with a Russian bind-off, which is nice and stretchy. Another tip — use a needle a size or two larger than your working needle. Me, I’ll probably just do my usual cast-off and make it loose by going up a needle size or two. I’m not planning on blocking the living daylights out of this, so I don’t need my bind-off to be terribly stretchy. I’ll probably just steam it with my iron when I’m done.
And next, an important public service announcement:
I received the following email from Rachel in Scotland:
I run a small animal shelter and ethical pet supply shop here in Edinburgh (you can read about what we do on my website) and recently, what with the time of year and the economy being what it is, we have had a massive influx of rescues and we’re struggling to cope. As part of our fundraising efforts, and because I and so many of my friends love to knit, we’re all knitting wee cat toys and other items out of scraps of spare yarn, and then we offer them here on the front desk for a donation to the rescue fund.
You can read all about this on the Paws Here journal at http://paws-here.livejournal.com/6067.html
I’m wanting to get the message to as many knitters as possible, so if they have a little bit of spare time and yarn they can help us make a difference to these animals.
Longtime readers will remember The Great Charity Mouse-a-thon I ran several years ago shortly after Lucy came to live with me. It’s amazing what a group of knitters with bits of leftover yarn and an hour to spare will accomplish. And there are many wonderful patterns for kitty toys.
Feline dimsum from Knitty
My main catnip mouse pattern is here, with links to other patterns.
STOP THE PRESSES!
Do you know what this is?
It’s the switch on my thermostat. Yes, it finally got cold enough so that I turned on the heat.
I can hardly believe it.