Counting the Days

Counting the days until I can knit again, that is. But to tide me over until then, I’ve been admiring the stash enhancements I found at Stitches West at the end of February. Pigeonroof Studios figured large in my acquisitions; the color “Vitals” in particular lured me into Krista’s booth – it’s a saturated, dramatic red with subtle deeper flecks that add mystery. I scored 4 skeins of it in DK weight (enough for a sweater!) and one in a heavy laceweight that contains sufficient baby alpaca and cashmere to bring me practically to tears at its softness.

On my photography day, this cyclamen happened to be in full bloom in a nearby pot. Its rich rosy color reminded me every so slightly of “Vitals,” although with the sun shining through the petals it has a pinker glow.

More luscious fiber from Pigeonroof:

Having visited Habu Textiles in New York City last summer, I was eager to see what treasures their booth at Stitches might have, and was definitely not disappointed. Habu’s colors and textures are so modern and unusual that I don’t like to rely on my computer monitor for accuracy. Being able to touch the yarns (made with fiber blends that include stainless steel and paper – not your everyday yarns by any means) and compare the colors was wonderful, and I stocked up while I had the chance.

Finally, today is my nephew’s twelfth birthday. He wants to be a chef, which impresses the hell out of me because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I was twelve. There are those who would maintain that I STILL don’t know what I want to do when I grow up! Tempering his experiments in the kitchen, however, is a competing passion for skate-boarding. Happy birthday, Moses!

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