Right now? Right now I am sitting at my laptop typing a blog post… ;P
But what I want to tell you about is what I have been doing while you have not been seeing much of me here. For Christmas, my mother-in-law took me to a lovely local yarn store in Clinton, TN. It is called The Clinch River Yarn Company. It was a little tricky to find, as it looks at first glance just like any other house along North Charles G. Seivers Blvd., but upon closer inspection, and paying more attention while driving buy, you can’t miss the big sign in the front yard. And there was even a rock with a knitted coat… 😀 My apologies, I didn’t bring my camera, so I don’t have any pictures. The store itself was full of yarn. I think there were 4 or 5 rooms, with walls full of yarn. And yarn was also in the middle of the rooms. And yet it was wonderfully spacious, and very easy to navigate. I was walking around with a 2 year old attached to me, and never felt very crowded. The owner was also wonderful, available to help, but in no way pushy. And when I thought that I had seen all, there was yet another room I had not been in. It is deceptively big inside! I ended up with some gorgeous locally dyed sock yarn. It was dyed by Atomic City Fibers. It is a nice, even, well plied sock yarn, with a great dye job. There was quite some variety in terms of saturation among the different colors, but they all were beautiful. There were 2 skeins per color on display, but 4 available, and the skeins of the same color (as far as I could tell) matched in dye-job. I ended up with this green, it is actually called Green Salts:
The put up is 50 grams, or 1 3/4 oz and 218 yards. It is 75% fine superwash merino, 25% nylon, and so wonderfully soft! Have I started using it yet? Well, yes! I actually ran out to Walmart, a place I don’t go to very easily, because I just don’t like it, and tried to get some needles. I had fully intended on leaving the yarn alone until I got home, where I have plenty of needles, but I just could not get my mind off of it. And at the yarn store, I had seen a gorgeous little top that I was planning to make with this yarn, for my oldest daughter. I managed to find some US 3 needles, DPN’s, not circs (which is what I was looking for), and got started:
I am a little further now, I have used 2 skeins so far, and they work beautifully together.
The pattern is called Clara by Amber Bertram. It starts with a stockinette bodice on top, and continues with a wonderfully lacy lower half. This is not a very good picture, I promise I will make a better one next time. The pattern has quite a few different options so you can customize all you want. Shaped neckline, square neckline, solid or lattice shoulder straps, a fitted or more roomy lower part, 3 different hem options, it is all possible. And the sizes are from 3 month all the way to 10 years! There was a tiny mistake in the chart for the lace hem, but the written version for it is correct. I did write the designer on Ravelry, but have not heard anything from her. The pattern in general is very well written, and I think I am likely to make it again in a different size some time. My daughter can’t wait for me to get it finished.